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Gifts For First (and J) Class Passengers  
User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8145 posts, RR: 54
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5284 times:

I am meeting with a senior executive from a major airline in the Middle East (one of the oldest ones, not a new Gulf carrier). Although the meeting is mostly a social, I have been told he is interested in dreaming up a gift for First and Business class passengers.

For instance - KLM's famous Delft "blue houses" are the best known* gifts airlines give to their premium customers. I also have a lovely mid-90s alarm clock from MEA that still keeps perfect time (and the flight I was given on was operated by a 707, what a great day), for instance.

I wanted to get all of a.net on the case with this one. What is the best airline or corporate gift you've ever received or heard of, and what do you think would be the most useful and reusable gift you could receive while travelling?

I will cheerfully share the credit with a.net** when I have the conversation with the executive, and thanks for your input.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KLM#KLM_Delft_Blue_houses
** this will help next time the thread about, "Do airline execs read a.net?"


fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7698 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5174 times:

Middle East is a big place.

Some clue about who the carrier is/ where based would help.

Would not do to suggest anything alcoholic to Saudi.


User currently offlinejetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5073 times:

High quality pens are a very useful and traditional but effective gift


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20746 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5040 times:

If it's the airline I'm thinking it is, I would think a nice small round serving tray, with falcon wings incorporated into the design motif for the edging would be nice. It could be used in someone's office to serve dates with coffee, or used at home to keep wallet/keys on, etc.

Whatever they choose it should multi-task and appeal to both males and females.

Didn't Asiana give out Versace tea cups at one time?



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User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1853 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4965 times:
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The 'quality pen' idea is universal and people will also find a way to use them.

Another could be a small key fob with the airline logo on it.


User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4073 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4876 times:
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Not a key fob, I've got 20 for every single key I own.

I'm assuming it is to be handed over onboard, so it needs to be easy to tuck away in a carry-on bag.

I like the quality pen idea, but only if it truly is high end. Nothing ruins an airline's image faster than a "quality" pen running the ink down the chest pocket of its new owner.

How about a leather wallet with the airline's logo? Obviously, something else would have to be thought of for female passengers (sorry, drawing a blank). Yes, everyone's got one, but who couldn't use a new one anyway? Some busy travelers have more than one (personal/business) switching to/fro a corporate trip.

Another idea, given there are many smokers in the Middle East still, is a gold case to carry one's cigarettes.



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User currently offlineNYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

When I started with AA in the late '80s, we used to give the international first class passengers a little pewter eagle statuette. Then we switched to a box of chocolates in a silver box with the big blue scissor eagle logo on top. After a couple years, the chocolates were upgraded to a smaller box of Godiva. Then in the mid-90s, I think, we eliminated the first class gift.

I remember Delta used to give its international first class passengers an order form from Tiffany's, and once the passenger got home they would mail it in and receive the gift of their choice from the items offered on the form. I think there was a choice of four items. This being when DL still had first class, of course. Very impressive!

Don't know if it counts as a gift, but this fall, you may get to keep your pajamas which will be offered in AA's first class on all international 777 flights. Tests are underway now to gauge passenger reaction and see if it's an amenity passengers would like.


User currently offlinekeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4805 times:

Something 80% of the passengers can give to their wife / girlfriend / partner at home & is appreciated. Exclusive soap, exclusive to eat (chocolate always work). Something that has a good feel and touch, is recognizable and can be collected too (I have a few streets of blue houses (in the kitchen   ).

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7592 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4760 times:

A silver and leather keychain with flash drive???


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User currently offlineimag From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4744 times:

A high quality leather travel folder would do nicely in my opinion. Either totally bespoke, or from a well known ("local" maybe) brand with a customised cover or something. You could even have different patterns on the cover so they could become "collectable" - ie get yourself a full set. But then I usually sit in the back of the plane, so don't know if the front are into that.

A small bottle of signature scent made by one of the Middle East fragrance houses (eg Amouage from Oman). Either a collection of a couple of existing scents, or have some customised and you can even have mens or ladies or unisex. I think you'd need to use an exisiting brand, say "British Airways by Amouage" or "Amouage by Saudi Arabian", it just adds a bit more elligance to it I think. And it could become a desirable ie you can only get it if you fly with this airline. Just make sure it's less than 100ml...

The decent pen is a great idea as well, but I think it would need to be well presented as well.


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2987 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4735 times:

A nice bottle of wine is the best way to go IMO. It's pretty universal, unoffensive and can be taken home and shared.

Best gift we ever got from QF was a set of salt and pepper grinders though! Don't know why but I think they were sucking up to a member of my family who controls his company's travel account so sent this beautiful leather box with these big long grinders at Christmas one year. We use them all the time!!


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4737 times:

Quoting keesje (Reply 7):
Something 80% of the passengers can give to their wife / girlfriend / partner at home & is appreciated. Exclusive soap, exclusive to eat (chocolate always work).

Depending on where the unnamed airline flies to quarantine could be a problem with foodstuffs, soaps, etc. No point giving passengers something that they will have to leave on the aircraft.

Which brings up another point: it would have to be portable, permissible through customs/ security, appeal to a wide audience, be attractive or of some use other than chucking into a drawer.

I like the idea of a quality, refillable pen. I am not talking about a cheap ballpoint that you throw away because it is impossible to get refills. But a decent, good looking and long lasting pen. Otherwise an Omega watch will do. 


User currently offlineexFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4694 times:

How about a nice business card holder - either metal or high-end leather.

User currently offlinesquared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4671 times:

Quoting qf002 (Reply 10):
A nice bottle of wine is the best way to go IMO. It's pretty universal, unoffensive and can be taken home and shared.

Given that this is for a Middle East airline, where some (if not a significant proportion) of the clientele may be observant Muslims, offering a nice bottle of wine is probably a bad idea...

I like the pen idea, especially if it is presented in a nice wood box. However, any branding on the pen/box should be fairly subtle.


User currently offlinedavidlc3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4626 times:

At Legend we gave high end, sculpted chocolates. For flights to NY they were in the shape of the Statue ofnLiberty and flights to Dallas in the shape of a cowboy boot or hat...

User currently offlineGolfBravoRomeo From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4476 times:

F and J travelers are likely frequent travelers. Something where a bit of variation can be introduced would be good. Like the blue houses. Didn't LH used to give out music CD's? If so, I don't have them anymore, I do still have several Concorde pens.

User currently offlineusair330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 827 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4442 times:

How about a model airplane clock that shows time on the fuselage by holograph. Than the landing gear and flaps go up after you set your alarm than go down when the alarm goes off.  (Your allowed to dream aren't you)

User currently offline777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

Quoting squared (Reply 13):
However, any branding on the pen/box should be fairly subtle.

I bet a nice Montblanc pen can to a nice job. I would be more than thirilled to get one of those.

Doesn't LH gives some cutlery to F pax??



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Quoting qf002 (Reply 10):
A nice bottle of wine is the best way to go IMO. It's pretty universal, unoffensive and can be taken home and shared.

Problem with that, is that a bottle of wine goes into many duty free quotas, which many passengers would want to use with their choice of wine.

Secondly, I don't know if alcohol is the best option for an arab airline, especially when a high number of passengers would be muslim.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3594 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

Quoting NYCAAer (Reply 6):
Don't know if it counts as a gift, but this fall, you may get to keep your pajamas which will be offered in AA's first class on all international 777 flights. Tests are underway now to gauge passenger reaction and see if it's an amenity passengers would like.

Most international airlines (other than USA) already have these for F class pax. I have them from LH, SQ, QF, CX, JL, BA...AA (and UA) are way behind in this amenity. (DL and US don't have longhaul F).

Quoting imag (Reply 9):
A high quality leather travel folder would do nicely in my opinion. Either totally bespoke, or from a well known ("local" maybe) brand with a customised cover or something. You could even have different patterns on the cover so they could become "collectable" - ie get yourself a full set. But then I usually sit in the back of the plane, so don't know if the front are into that.

I got a nice black leather travel wallet from SQ years ago in J class. I used it for over a decade until it finally wore out. I thought of SQ everytime I pulled it out. The watch from SQ was not so useful.

Quoting imag (Reply 9):
A small bottle of signature scent made by one of the Middle East fragrance houses (eg Amouage from Oman). Either a collection of a couple of existing scents, or have some customised and you can even have mens or ladies or unisex. I think you'd need to use an exisiting brand, say "British Airways by Amouage" or "Amouage by Saudi Arabian", it just adds a bit more elligance to it I think. And it could become a desirable ie you can only get it if you fly with this airline. Just make sure it's less than 100ml...

I got a bottle of Salvatore Ferrigamo mens cologne from SQ once as well...used it up and bought more later.

Quoting qf002 (Reply 10):
A nice bottle of wine is the best way to go IMO. It's pretty universal, unoffensive and can be taken home and shared.

Very offensive in the ME, possible illegal contraband in many destinations.


User currently offlinekeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

It has to be unique too to be recognizable. What typical Gulf / Quality / Universal ?

User currently offlinevegas005 From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

Give an HP TouchPad, the way they are selling you can probably get them really cheap.

User currently offlineaivisavia From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4224 times:

A pen, pencil, paper book and a wallet and people will be happy!

User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8145 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

Thanks for the replies so far. Sorry I can't tell you the airline, I want to, but I can't. I know it's a recurring theme on these boards, about how we wonder if CEOs / Travolta read them, well I don't know but you'd be surprised how news travels. I wrote an article for Airways magazine about Aria (Iran)'s shortlived Il-62 operation and the accident in Mashhad, and received emails (of thanks) from Aria HQ in southern Iran, and from the family of one of the dead pilots in Kazakhstan. So if Airways is read in Qeshm and Almaty, I'm sure a.net is read in the executive suite of the airline in this thread. (I will say this - booze is a no-no!)

But that isn't the point of the thread. What do you always forget to pack on a trip? What's the best corporate gift you've ever had or heard of? The pen is a clear winner so far, but I bet we can be more creative! Come on a.net...!



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25786 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4169 times:

Don't waste your money (or the airlines in this case).

I cant think of a single gift I have acquired from an airline in several decades of travel that really meant much to me or got me excited, let alone I still have.
Probably the most practical was a small leather business card holder where for a while I held all my travel related membership cards in my brief case.
A pen could be nice, however if you are going to do something with class, their cost can be quite high.



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25 tmcn : The good thing about KLM's blue houses is that one can collect them, so frequent flyers will not always end up with the same gift. Being a frequent tr
26 retrolivery : I remember I once flew Austrian Grand Class VIE-IAD, and among other options we were offered a hardbound OS branded cookbook (not long, perhaps 20-30
27 bwaflyer : A high quality leather or aluminium bag tag with the airline logo embossed on one side?
28 Post contains images fbgdavidson : Whilst the idea is good the practicalities are quite limiting in reality. You've got to give something worthy of being given away in an international
29 BMI727 : A few ideas that crossed my mind: Embroidered handkerchief Cuff links (antiquated, but they are still sold so probably still worn by some people) Tie
30 Post contains images readytotaxi : How about this little gem offered to JAL First passengers back in the late 80's. Folds up into an oyster shape,soft red leather.
31 Speedbird741 : I would suggest offering a traditional dallah. Of course, it would have to be of a smaller size but functional nonetheless. Perhaps, if a dallah is a
32 Post contains images blink182 : The leather bound/jewelry ideas are great, but in the case of a FF, who needs four new wallets in the course of a single month? Some possible ideas th
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