Need to refresh your travel kit or need an inexpensive gift for that friend picking you up at the airport?
If you’re traveling through Denver International Airport this summer and spend $20 at any of the airport’s retail shops, you can use those receipts to get a free Summer Travel Pack (value: $16) filled with useful items such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, tissues, headphones, neck pillows, eye masks and more
You’ll need to be at least 18 years old to take advantage of this offer and you’ll need to turn in those receipts before all the kits are gone.
While not the reason to purchase a pricey premium cabin ticket, these new amenity kits from United and Delta help make front-of-the-plane rides that much more special.
Once United resolves and recovers from its system-wide computer glitch on July 8, premium passengers will be able to enjoy the carrier’s new partnership with Cowshed Spa, a premium spa and lifestyle brand from London, which is providing the personal care items in new amenity kits, in premium cabin lavatories and in about a dozen United airport lounges worldwide.
The kits roll out Aug. 1, 2015, and will be distributed to premium-cabin customers (Global First and BusinessFirst) on long-haul intercontinental flights to and from the United States and will contain Cowshed’s moisturizing hand cream, Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm and a Chamomile Refreshing Towelette. Striped socks, an eye mask, tissues, ear plugs, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and a pen will also be in both kits.
The United Global First kits are a bit larger and also contain Cowshed’s Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturiser, Jasmine Toning Eye Balm and an eyeglass cleaning cloth.
Look for Cowshed products in the shower facilities at United Clubs at ORD, EWR, Hong Kong, London and Tokyo and in United Global First lounges in ORD, SFO, DCA, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo as well.
Delta One passengers will also be getting a refreshed amenity kit – and snazzy striped socks.
Delta has begun handing out hard and soft-sided TUMI amenity kits containing a TUMI soft-touch pen and eyeshades, MALIN+GOETZ lip moisturizer, body lotion and new mouthwash; striped socks, facial tissues, earplugs and a dental kit with Crest toothpaste.
American Airlines has rolled out a new batch of what it is calling “Going for Great” upgrades and among the perks are limited edition amenity kits honoring nine airlines that have morphed into the modern-day airline: American Airlines, AirCal, Allegheny, America West, Piedmont, PSA, Reno Air, TWA and US Airways.
The retro-themed heritage amenity kits will be available through January 2016 for passengers in international Business Class or transcontinental First Class and are felt cases designed to be re-used as a mini-tablet computer case.
The airline plans to roll the legacy themes out in batches of three every four months.
In international Business Class the kits will contain a pair of socks and an eye mask styled with the colors of a specific airline, a toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, headset covers earplugs, a pen, tissues, hand lotion, lip balm and wipes.
The amenity kits in transcontinental First Class will have socks and an eye mask with the airline branding, a toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs, and personal care products.
International First Class customers will receive new, larger kits, containing socks and an eye mask, mouthwash, headset covers, a toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs, pen, tissues and personal care products. Upgraded pajamas and cotton terry slippers will also be handed out.
As a nice bonus, American will also start handing out amenity kits in Business Class on its transcontinental service between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Miami and Los Angeles.
United Airlines has been making upgrades to its premium cabin service and this week rolled out its latest perk: a new set of commemorative amenity kits and the promise of a PGA-themed kit that will arrive in April.
Why a PGA theme and not a rock & roll, football or pirate theme?
(Wouldn’t those be fun?)
United is the official airline of the PGA Tour, so PGA-themed kits it is.
These will double as shoe-bags and include traditional amenity kit items plus tees, golf balls and a golf-related discount offer. Look for these kits on international flights departing and arriving the United States.
In the meantime, United is distributing a new set of limited edition tin amenity kits.
Global First and United BusinessFirst customers on international flights departing from the airline’s seven mainland U.S. hubs and Honolulu will be offered these tins showcasing skylines of London, Frankfurt, Toyko, Beijing, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai or Honolulu.
A set introduced in 2014 featured images of mainland domestic hubs.
Here’s part 2 of my round-up of cool, collectible airline amenity kits, originally produced for CNBC Road Warrior. See part 1 here.
A complimentary amenity kit filled with deluxe-sized, beauty, grooming and lifestyle products chosen by the sample-savvy folks at Birchbox is one of the perks included with JetBlue’s upgraded, coast-to-to-coast Mint service introduced in June, 2014. The kit content will change quarterly but the mix of premium sample items started off with everything from Benefit Cosmetics mascara in the women’s kit to Ernest Supplies Cooling Shave Cream in the kit for men.
Finnair offers business class passengers a minimalist, eco-friendly amenity kit that includes socks, an eye-mask and earplugs packaged in a brown paper envelope. A more elaborate, but equally-eco amenities kit, with items in a green tea or birch scent, is available on request.
Business class customers on Air France now receive an amenity kit filled with Clarins cosmetics as well as mouthwash, slipper socks, toothbrush and eye shade. Passengers in the airline’s La Premiere cabins receive a leather cosmetics kit designed by Givenchy filled with skin care products by Biologique Recherche, including face cream, an anti-fatigue roll-on for the eyes, an eye mask, lip balm, hand cream and an oshibori hand towel.
Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, gives passengers in economy, business and first class cabins amenity kits that feature patterns of Sadou, a colorful, intricate and centuries-old Abu Dhabi weaving craft traditionally used on blankets, cushions and Bedouin tents. In addition to the nice array of products inside the bags, “I love the fact that Etihad has invested in an authentic design for their kits, embracing their cultural roots,” said Jonny Clark, a commercial pilot who evaluates airline products and design at TheDesignAir.