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Deborah Bernstein began her career as a journalist in upstate New York. She worked in the travel industry for more than two decades, representing airlines, international destinations and hotel companies. A former managing editor for Hotline and Hyatt’s Regency Magazine, her stories and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. Deborah, who has lived in London and New York, has traveled to more than 45 countries and the list keeps growing. She now calls Belgium home.

British Airways launches kids zones in London airports

Traveling with young children can be a nightmare, but British Airways is working to make the experience less grueling. Starting today, the airline is redesigning seven lounges at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to include a special “My 1st Years Kids Zones.”   Endless Entertainment So kids, say goodbye to airport lounge boredom. Ride on tiny airplane tricycles, play in a mini kitchen or play one of the musical instruments while Mom and Dad sit back and relax. The lounge program is all part of a partnership with British brand My 1st Years. This exclusive partnership extends to the airline’s...

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British Airways adds hosted bag drops at T5

Are you sick and tired of standing in seemingly endless lines at the airport as you wait to check-in your luggage?  British Airways announced today that it’s made life a bit easier with the addition of 72 hosted self-drop baggage machines at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. It’s the largest ever number of hosted bag-drop kiosks at its London Heathrow hub. The move is part of the airline’s £6.5 billion investment to enhance customer experience. Millions use bag check-in services Over the years, airlines have been looking for ways to make check-in less cumbersome, saving you time and them money. British Airways...

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Have you seen Brussels Airlines new A330 business class?

In the golden years of aviation, it was all about service. If you thought those experiences of yesteryear went by the wayside, Brussels Airlines will surprise you with its new long-haul aircraft design and service. The Belgian airline has recreated the ultimate travel experience on its intercontinental A330 flights, making it more personal and intimate.  Huge investment to improve services Brussels Airlines invested 10 million euro on each of its long-haul aircraft to transform business class, premium and economy class services. The concept is to create a boutique hotel feel at 30,000 feet. Think personal service, luxurious design and...

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Valentine’s Day means Belgian chocolate

  No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate, and the place to go for chocolate is Belgium.  It’s been a national obsession for more than 150 years. Book your flight and get ready to indulge. There are more than 320 chocolate stops scattered across the country in towns big and small. Sure, you know the regulars like Godiva, Leonidas and Neuhaus, but Belgium has a little chocolate secret: Centho. Their melt-in-your-mouth goodness is positively orgasmic! Ssshhh….don’t tell! Is chocolate better than sex? A Harris Interactive Poll reported that French woman preferred great chocolate to great sex! I’m guessing it’s the...

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Brussels Airlines cancels all Feb. 13 flights

Brussels Airlines has cancelled all flights for Wednesday, Feb. 13. No, it’s not the airline’s fault. A scheduled national strike is affecting all transport services throughout Belgium. The airline had originally cancelled just 68% of its flights. Based on the anticipated scale of the industrial action, Brussels Airlines is now pulling the other 22%. It’s annoying for the airline and for passengers, but it’s beyond the airline’s control. What a giant travel headache! No flights on February 13 “Brussels Airlines now considers it very probable that operations at Brussels Airport will be severely impacted due to industrial action of...

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National Strike to Disrupt Belgium Travel Feb. 13

Get ready for a travel headache if you are heading to Belgium on February 13. A national strike will cause disruptions in rail, bus and airline travel. The industrial action is the result of a breakdown in wage talks after three Belgian trade unions called for a general strike to protest “merger” wage increases. Brussels Airport is reporting the general strike is expected to affect services throughout Belgium, including transportation. They expect operations at the airport to be severely impacted. Expect flight cancellations, long delays, flight diversions and baggage delivery problems. There could even be demonstrations in the city...

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Kids Fly Free on Frontier

Kids fly free on Frontier Airlines — even young teens? Yep. You read it right. Frontier has launched a ‘Kid Fly Free’ promo for children 14 and younger traveling with an adult. But there’s a catch. You have to be a member of the airline Discount Den club, and you have to move fast since the promotion ends February 12. Committed to Families “Kids Fly Free shows our continued commitment to being America’s affordable and family-friendly airline,” said Barry Biffle, President and CEO of Frontier Airlines. “We’re the only airline going all out for families in this way –...

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