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American Airlines adds amenities, plus speed traps in Coming & Going

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More firsts in airline perks; speed traps ahead; NYC twofer shows

American, or Amenities Air?

American Airlines is trying to make the unfriendly skies friendlier — for customers who can afford it.

To lure more premium customers, the carrier last week unveiled a new suite of amenities for first- and business-class travelers on select international flights.

First-class passengers traveling between the States and London Heathrow were the first to enjoy the full range of new offerings: a quilted bed topper, a lightweight day blanket, a duvet and pillow, and an amenity kit with Dermalogica skin-care products and other accessories.

Business-class passengers on those flights tucked into the new duvet and pillow, slippers and amenity kit.

Starting Oct. 1, the airline will roll out the new perks, including turndown service with pajamas and slippers, in first class on all international flights served by Boeing 777s.

Two for the show

Theatergoers can snag two-for-one tickets to shows on and off Broadway during Broadway Week (Sept. 18-30) and Off-Broadway Week (Sept. 26-Oct. 9). Tickets go on sale Monday for both special events. Broadway shows include “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “The Phantom of the Opera”; off-Broadway performances include “Avenue Q,” “Blue Man Group” and “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”

Info for Broadway shows:

www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek. Info for off-Broadway: www.nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek.

Dry drink coupons

You might want to pour yourself a drink before you read this: Those free drink coupons from Southwest that you’ve been hoarding for a special occasion are now as useless as the light above your airplane seat.

All beer, wine and liquor coupons issued before Aug. 10, 2010, expired last week. The carrier will now accept only coupons with a valid expiration date. So that this doesn’t happen again: Use your coupon within a year and before the last day of the month of the issue date.

It’s a trap!

Labor Day weekend brings out the late summer revelers — and the cops. Check beneath the trees; you’ll see them.

In an effort to keep drivers safe, and ticket-free, the National Motorists Association has compiled a list of 25 North American cities with the highest speed trap activity since Sept. 1, 2009.

Livonia, Mich., part of metro Detroit, takes the top spot, with almost 28 traps per 100,000 residents. Also on the list: Orlando (No. 3), Las Vegas (4), Denver (5), Reno (6), Toronto (17), San Diego (20), and in the last three spots, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

For those on longer road trips, keep a light foot on the pedal in Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wyoming and Colorado, which led all states in new speed trap listings. For other speed trap tips, see the National Speed Trip Exchange at www.speedtrap.org.

Travel Ticker

National Geographic Expeditions has introduced a new Cuba trip taking advantage of the U.S. government’s new people-to-people tour license. The trip, called Cuba: Discovering Its People and Land, features interactions with farmers, artists, teachers, veterans and others. Numerous departures November through May. Land-only price is $4,995. Info: www.nationalgeographic
expeditions.com
. . . . Yes, you can fly, if all goes according to plan at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill. The theme park is touting its new “wing coaster,” the X-Flight, which skips the tracks above and below riders to create that soaring (at 55 mph) sensation. Expected opening: next spring. Info: www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica/index.aspx.

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