The Flight Detective

Trent is an Australian flyer in "exile" in Ireland. You'll find detail about his flights and other travel related experiences, all of which is self-funded. As a result of his undying passion for the premium classes, he has been reduced to an affordable diet of bread and water when at home.

What Options Are Presented During Booking With SAS?

Scandinavian Airlines or SAS is the airline of Denmark, Norway and Sweden though it is now second largest airline after Norwegian. The airline is one of the founding members of Star Alliance. For flights within Europe, the airline operates a simple fare structure featuring three different fare types. To compete with low cost carriers, there is SAS Go Light which is hand baggage only. Next is SAS Go which is a normal ticket featuring a bag included. Finally there is SAS Plus which features lounge access, an included meal, fast-track security, two checked bags and so on. This is...

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How Is The New Domestic Club Europe at British Airways?

Domestic Club Europe is a new beast at British Airways. Prior to 1 April 2017, all domestic services by British Airways in the United Kingdom were single class. The introduction of buy on board catering finally forced the airline to harmonise the business class product. No longer would international premium passengers be sitting in economy on their UK connections. So, what is the new service like? Domestic Club Europe At Belfast City Airport, you board the aircraft directly from the British Airways lounge. This is a fantastic first impression that gives the new domestic Club Europe a real premium...

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Check Out The Bubbles & Food At This First Class Lounge

British Airways operate a Galleries First Class lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5. While the lounge is lacking things such as enough charging points for all guests, it does have a decent selection of food available. My favourite part is the Champagne bar, because as regular readers will know, I am partial to the odd glass of bubbles. Here is a short run down of what is on offer in July 2017. A Variety of Bubbles Henriot is the Champagne currently being served in the British Airways First Class lounge. Much to my surprise there was another type of...

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Review: British Airways Lounge Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport is the closest airport to the city of Belfast. This is the airport that full service carriers use due to this fact. Low cost carriers use Belfast International which is miles away. British Airways operate a lounge at this airport. This is available to Club Europe passengers as well as Gold and Silver Executive Club members and their oneworld equivalents. Lounge Arrival Once you pass through security screening, you follow the signs to the lounge area. This features the British Airways lounge and a little further on the Aspire lounge. Toilets are located in the corridor...

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How Difficult Is It To Decline Cheap Flight Upgrade Offers?

It is not in my nature to decline a cheap flight upgrade offer to business class. Whenever I am presented with the opportunity to upgrade, my conditioned response is to get out the credit card and pay. It reminds me of Pavlov’s dogs! See offer, pay for offer. Regular readers will remember the time KLM presented an upgrade offer for €59 at the time of check-in. This is an excellent price and naturally I proceeded to pony up the extra cash. A recent offer provided me with a dilemma. The British Airways Offer I made a booking using my...

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Review: Jurys Inn Hotel Belfast Executive Room

Jurys Inn are a chain of hotels hailing from Ireland which are found throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. There is also one hotel in Prague. These hotels are aimed at people in the middle of the market and most properties are rated 3 stars. In Belfast, the Jurys Inn has recently completed a total refurbishment so I thought I would give it a try. The hotel is located in the city centre near the Grand Opera House and a minute or so walk from the Europa Bus Centre. Jury’s Inn Belfast Check-In Arriving at Belfast Central Station after...

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Belfast City Airport Transfers

Belfast is blessed with two airports, Belfast International and Belfast City. As you might expect, Belfast City Airport is much closer to the city than the competition. Bombardier (originally Short Brothers) built the airport to support their aircraft manufacturing business at the site. Commercial traffic commenced in 1983 and the airport is served by a number of airlines. Belfast City or Belfast International? Interestingly, Belfast International Airport is served by low cost carriers such as Ryanair and easyJet. These are the two main carriers at that airport. On the other hand, Belfast City is served by full service carriers...

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Rail Review: First Plus on the Enterprise Train in Ireland

Enterprise is the name of the train which runs between Dublin and Belfast on the island of Ireland. This service connects the Republic of Ireland with Northern Ireland which is in another country, the United Kingdom. There is a common travel area between the two countries so there are no immigration or customs checks on the journey. Heading northbound from Dublin the train stops at Drogheda and Dundalk in Ireland, then Newry, Portadown and Lisburn in Northern Ireland before reaching Belfast. Tickets cost around €20 each way in standard class. First Plus costs €61 one way or €99.00 return...

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Waterford Airport New Aer Southeast Scheduled Services

Waterford Airport in the south east of Ireland will have scheduled services once again from July. The airport has no scheduled service at the moment with the last services being flown by VLM in 2016. A new airline startup called Aer Southeast will be flying Saab 340 aircraft between Waterford and London Luton from 24 July. Routes to Manchester and Birmingham are also planned to go on sale shortly. Waterford Airport The airport is located just over 7km from the city of Waterford, which has a population of 55,000. The closest main airport is Cork Airport which is about...

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Qantas Announce Boeing 787 Dreamliner Names

Qantas have announced the names of their forthcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The airline held a competition asking the Australian public to suggest names for the aircraft and these were whittled down to a number of finalists. This list comprised of twenty choices which I explained in a post while the competition was running. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the winning choices. Winning Names An article by Robyn Ironside and published by announced the news on 20 June 2017. The eight winners are listed below. Skippy – Australian slang for a kangaroo, probably made...

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