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Delta’s New BusinessElite Amenity Kits And How They Stack Up To Other US Carriers

by on February 4, 2013 · 13 comments

in American, Delta, United, US Airways

Although it’s certainly not the main reason why I select which premium class I fly to a particular destination, a great amenity kit can definitely make a difference to the in-flight experience, which is why I was interested to hear that Delta was updating its BusinessElite amenity kit.

According to an announcement late last week, Delta is partnering with Tumi and Malin + Goetz to provide a new amenity kit to its BusinessElite flyers. The new amenity kits will feature Malin + Goetz’s Neroli Hand & Body Lotion and Lip Moisturizer, a Tumi eye mask, socks, shoe horn, shoe polish, comb, dental kit, tissues, antibacterial wipes, earplugs and a pen, all of which will be contained in a Tumi case made from the brand’s exclusive ballistic nylon fabric.

Delta's new BusinessElite amenity kit.

Delta’s new BusinessElite amenity kit.

The new amenity kits will be available on Delta’s intercontinental BusinessElite service on all long-haul international flights.

In light of Delta’s new partnership, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at the amenity kits offered by the other major US airlines, so here’s what you can expect on American, US Airways and United as well.

American Airlines
In line with the unveiling of its new livery and delivery of its new fleet of planes, American Airlines is also introducing a new amenity kit designed by Eames Office (like the old one) with a toothbrush and Colgate toothpaste, a pen, tissues, a towelette, a wipe for your sunglasses or phone, eye mask, socks, ear plugs, a comb and Dermalogica products including lip balm, Active Moist Lotion and Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment – a leap forward from the Burt’s Bees products that the airline used to feature.

First Class amenity kits conveniently double as a tablet case and are stocked with Dermalogica skincare products.

AA First Class amenity kits conveniently double as a tablet case and are stocked with Dermalogica skincare products.

United GlobalFirst Amenity Kit
This is actually a really nice little kit I got on the most recent Star Megado that folds from three portions down into a single pouch and contains the usual combination with a travel toothbrush, Colgate whitening toothpaste, Scope mouthwash, Purell, tissues, hand wipes, a comb, ear plugs, socks, shoehorn, eye mask, pen and Philosophy brand lip balm, hand cream, face mist and moisturizer and a facial wipe.

I think this particular kit is pretty well organized and useful, folding up into a space-saving pouch and containing pretty much anything you’d need to keep well groomed on a long flight.

Smart tri-fold technique saves space at United.

Smart tri-fold technique saves space at United.

United’s BusinessFirst kit isn’t quite as well-equipped, but it does come with the Philosophy facial wipe, lip balm and hand cream, and a Purell sanitizing wipe, tissues, a comb, socks and eye mask, ear plugs and a pen in a plain little rectangular bag with a mesh pocket.

United BusinessFirst Amenity Kit

United BusinessFirst Amenity Kit

 

US Airways Envoy Class Kit
US Airways Envoy Class is one of the best business class products in the skies and rarely gets credit for being among the first adopters of the reverse herringbone configuration that Cathay Pacific made popular.

Despite that forward-thinking focus on premium passenger comfort, the amenity kit in their flagship Envoy Class leaves a little to be desired, but still has some goodies. It includes a royal blue eye mask and socks, a travel toothbrush and toothpaste, ear plugs, a pen and Gilchrist & Soames hand and body lotion and lip balm in a simple, zippered pouch.

US Airways amenity kit is aptly color coordinated with the airline itself.

US Airways amenity kit is aptly color coordinated with the airline itself.

I still think my favorite amenity kit is British Airways first class, which is a sturdy Anya Hindmarch case that includes decent skincare products and a thick eye-mask, which I take with me on all other flights. What is your favorite amenity kit?

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  • Brett Domue

    I wish Delta would bring back the little metal bookmarks in the kit. I’m down to my last one since Delta stopped including them a few years ago.

  • Steve

    ThaiAirways first class suites amenity kits are great–they combine Tumi with Hermes products, etc.

  • Richard

    Amenity Kits were a treat the first few flights. The Swiss First pajamas on the other hand are a treat on every long flight. Blankets and pillows are all of interest.

  • http://www.deltapoints.com/ DeltaPoints.com

    @Brett – you made my day to see your comment. I still, now and then, use a real book and broke my last one (Delta book mark) a while back. I think a change to a nice e-Reader cleaning cloth could be the next version of this! :-)

  • theweeklyflyer

    What about Air Seychelles, no honorable mention :)

  • http://www.triplepundit.com Nick Aster

    These things are nice, but I wonder how many of these things actually get used? Shoe polish? I hope Delta makes an effort to re-pack the parts that go unused. Would be quite a waste otherwise…

  • Vv16888

    The new EVA Airways amenity kit is great.

  • Lantean

    what about Thai business class kit? it is bad? :(

  • Suzannehendrix

    I love the amenity kit! I think it makes the whole business, first class experience so much more fun. It’s like getting a little present when you get onboard. I think Delta’s was pretty good before, so looking better to an even better one when I fly biz to the UK (thanks to TPG for tipping me off about the sale last week). Lufthansa had just an okay one and the worst one I ever had was on Iberia. Totally lame. I had thre opportunity to fly On LOT Polish Airlines a few years ago and I have to say that was a great amenity kit. I find myself on US Airways the most and I think their kits are pretty average, although I always did like the L’Occitane products in it. Never did real first class yet, but my in laws went on first BA last fall and said they got pajamas in addition to it all. Cool!

  • Bravenav

    It’s not shoe polish, it’s shoe wax, and it’s one of the most useful things in the kit if you have a meeting after you land. No one wants to show up for a meeting with dull looking shoes!

  • Chris L

    I like Emirates amenity kit. I get so many compliments on the Bvlgari cologne and hand lotion.

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  • grocerylist

    Does anyone remember MaxJet? They weren’t around very long but that’s the only Amenity kit I’ve ever experienced. It wasn’t very exciting, a blue pouch with socks, eye mask and earplugs. Supposedly later on they had a Hermes-branded kit.

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