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Lufthansa premium economy - A340

Lufthansa Premium Economy Review

Last week I had the opportunity to fly in Lufthansa Premium Economy on the route Munich - Mexico City. In this article, I would like to share with you my experience from this flight ...
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Chinese culture for first-time travelers

Fast guide through China and Chinese culture for first-time travelers

Recently I was looking through my photos from China. Some of them remind me about the differences between European and Chinese culture, the others bring me the memories of things which surprised me. I was repeating myself "it's a pity I did not know that before"... That's how I came up with the idea for this article. Today, I'm going to collect all that what I've experienced and considered different in China compared to that what I'm used to in Europe. If you are going to visit China in the near future, reading this article will be a good start ...
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air china premium economy

Air China Premium Economy review

Long-haul flight in the Economy class is a kinda hard experience, especially when you travel like that very often. Therefore the majority of airlines offered the upgrade of Economy class called Premium Economy class. Air China is also offering this class and recently I had a chance to test it for the very first time. Is it a good deal to pay for it? In this article, I will share with you my experience from the flight Frankfurt-Beijing in Air China Premium Economy ...
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how to tip

How to tip around the world – the ultimate guide

To tip or not to tip? This is the question... This is tricky because unfortunately there is no main rule which you can apply all over the world. In some countries you will find a tip on your bill by default, in others, it's up to you if you want to tip or not and finally there are countries which you should not tip at all. That's a real headache... I was lost in that. That's why I've decided to write a guide on how to tip around the world ...
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/ / Efficient at the destination
tom stuker article

Tom Stuker – the king of frequent flyers.

Recently, I was wondering about the frequency of my business trips compared to other employees on similar positions as mine. A couple of minutes with Google search results focused my attention on Tom Stuker. A 64-year old ATN executive who travels a lot. Really a lot. If you remember a 2009 movie Up in the Air with George Clooney then you know who I'm talking about. The main character of the movie is based on Tom Stuker's story ...
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/ / Air travel tips
difference between economy and premium economy

The Difference Between Economy and Premium Economy – The Ultimate Comparison of Long-haul Travel Classes.

Recently I was trying to find some comprehensive data about different travel classes. I found what I was searching for on the Seatguru's Airline Seat Comparison Charts. As I love numbers and data analysis, I took these figures to create some cool graphs to be able to show you what is the difference between economy and premium economy on long-haul flights ...
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booking class code

All you need to know about your booking class code

Recently, I was trying to use my Miles and More voucher to upgrade my travel class for a long-haul flight to Beijing but my request was rejected. The man on the phone told me that my booking class N does not allow him to give me this upgrade... a man learns something new every day ...
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/ / Air travel tips
health risks of flying

All you need to know on the health risks of flying

The benefits of flying keep your mind at ease as you think of all the things you will be doing in the new location. You get to see exotic places, visit friends and relatives you haven’t seen for years and you get to rack up frequent flyer mileage. But there is a downside to flying, especially when you are on long-haul flights going from one continent or country to another. The health risks of flying are well-known but I think it's worth to collect them all in one place to know what are we dealing with ...
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/ / Air travel tips, Travel & Health
Places to visit in Barcelona

Places to Visit in Barcelona When You Have a One Week Off.

Still wondering where to take your wife or girlfriend for a short vacation? Let me give you advice -  take her to Barcelona. I visited this beautiful city with my lovely wife two months ago, in May. This trip was so good that I decided to share with you our experience and recommend some of the must-see places to visit in Barcelona. We have been there for one week visiting these incredible attractions listed below. Also, read on to know some Barcelona "hacks"  to save your precious time... Have fun 🙂  ...
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/ / Beyond Business Travels
US flight delay compensation

US flight delay compensation – a step by step guide on how to get yours

Maybe not everyone but roughly over 900 000 airline passengers per year qualify for some sort of compensation when their flights have been delayed. According to Henrik Zillmer, founder, and CEO of Airhelp, only 15% of total passengers receive compensation. The rest 85% is left with no money because of the following reasons: they do not know about their rights or they do not know how to file the complaint in the right way. But don't worry - this article will explain to you how to deal with US flight delay compensation ...
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what to do in shanghai

What to do in Shanghai if you have two days free?

Shanghai is the biggest city proper in the world (at least that’s what ‘uncle Google’ tells us). It is also one of the biggest economic, financial and trading centers in Asia. If you’re doing any business in China, there’s a high chance that you’ll end up going just there. Or, that it will at least be your point of entry since one of the three main international airports in China is in Shanghai (aside from Beijing and Shenzhen). Have you ever wondered what to do in Shanghai during your business trip, when you have one or two days free to spend in Shanghai? Here are some ideas… ...
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airport security

All you need to know about the airport security check

Airport security - I have mixed feelings about them... I love them, and sometimes I hate them. I love them because they protect my air travel from all sorts of disasters. They have to weed out the bad passengers and let the good ones fly safely to their destinations. I hate them because they are intrusive, ask weird questions and make me throw out my precious cargo like power banks, shampoo, and other liquids. Most people think that tough airport security started with 9/11. But that is not true. Airport security started to get tough long before 9/11. It all started when small groups of people called hijackers decided to change the destination of hundreds of passengers mid-flight. Hijacking became prevalent through the 70s and 80s and the ongoing events motivated airport security to beef up its security protocols and inspections. Over the years, these regulations became stricter and stricter ...
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/ / Air travel tips
best souvenirs

The best souvenirs to buy in Asia, Europe and America

Whenever I travel in business to a country I have never been before I'm trying to grab some of the best souvenirs as giveaways for my family and friends. Buying local souvenirs also helps me to remember the trip for years to come. The problem with a business trip is that you are always in hurry. You have limited time to pick the right thing which will best reflect the local culture and local habits ...
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best flight apps

17 best flight apps in 2018

We use our smartphones to communicate, navigate, take photos, emails, booking, checking the weather forecast. playing games and many other things. That's 100% true, but I think you could agree with me, that only really good apps installed on your mobile can bring a valuable user experience. There are millions of apps and only a small percentage is useful, user-friendly and robust. Therefore I always consider as a value if somebody recommends me a good mobile app. Having this in my mind I'm giving you the list of apps which help me to survive each air travel. Read on to know the best flight apps ...
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/ / Air travel tips
delayed baggage compensation

What You Need to Know About Lost or Delayed Baggage Compensation – The Ultimate Guide.

Almost 2,6% of passengers claim mishandling of their baggage. Mishandling means that your bags are either lost or will arrive later due to some problems at the departure airport. But don't worry too much. It can be not so bad as it looks like and in this article, you will learn how to turn this situation in your favor by applying for lost or delayed baggage compensation ...
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/ / In case of problems
denied boarding compensation

Denied boarding compensation – the ultimate guide

I guess you know that when it comes to flights, sometimes things don’t go as planned... Therefore denied boarding compensation is the least that an airline can do for you in exchange for your inconvenience. And believe me, this can cause some stress including boarding another flight, rebooking or coming back home a day or more later than expected. The consequences may cost you much or at least you will disappoint your family or partners... This ultimate guide on denied boarding is a part of my series of articles called Flight claim compensation and will give you all necessary information about what to do if you face this issue on your own. Read on for the answers and other relevant details ...
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Top Flight Claim Companies - Featured Image

Top Flight Claim Companies – How to Pick the Best Flight Claim Management Company? (update: February 2020)

Hi again! In this post, I'm collecting the major players on the flight claim management market to make a small summary which should help you to pick the best one. All featured companies run their business in the no win, no fee model. It means that you pay nothing unless they will win your case. This article is a part of my flight delay compensation guidebook where you can find more detailed posts on how to apply for the flight claim compensation ...
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What to do if flight is cancelled

What to do if flight is cancelled?

If you check the recent numbers on flight delays you can find out that it's not a rare event. Just in April 2018, 36 736 flights were canceled globally and 10 664 just in Europe. This is ~2% of the whole air traffic. It means that one of 50 flights are canceled. Is it a lot? Whatever your answer is, I think it is better to know the what to do if flight is cancelled? before it will be canceled ...
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what to eat before a flight

What to eat before a flight?

It's 3 o'clock in the morning. The alarm clock is ringing in your phone. You wake up. In 3 hours you should be on a plane heading to your destination. You know this situation, don't you? Because it's quite early in the morning, your stomach is not demanding any food. So the question appears - should I skip my breakfast? Yeah, that's really a headache. Answering the question "what to eat before a flight?" is not so easy. I will share with you my experience based on numerous trials. I will tell you what works for me and what not. But remember, this what works for me is not necessarily good for you ...
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How to say hello in different languages

How to say hello in different languages – basic phrases which will impress your business partners

Say Ni hao! to greet people in China and you will earn their respect. This is common in all countries all over the world. People appreciate when you know a few words in their own language. They see it more positive the more difficult the language is. By knowing at least how to say hello in different languages you show that you are not ignorant and you respect local culture ...
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