Darren Booth (Frequently Flying) Memorial Amenity Kit Giveaway

Darren Booth, author of Frequently Flying, passed away on January 4th. Final Flight Farewell is a loving post from this parents, with fans contributing their memories of Darren.

I remember first encountering Darren’s amenity kit reviews with the reaction, “Amenity kits? Who cares?” A great deal of people do, it turns out. As I followed Darren’s exploits, I too began to care and see airplanes and airlines as more than a means to get from A to B.

Without its pilot, the blog will be discontinued but should not be lost. There is much of value to the frequent flyer.

So, I ask you, the reader, to comment on a favorite post from Frequently Flying, including the link in the comment and why you chose it, so that other readers can find more of Darren’s gems. Make an effort to go back through the archives and I am sure you will learn and enjoy.

For every 20 eligible, unique comments, up to 200, I will give away an amenity kit from my personal reserve, up to a total of 10 amenity kits.

Of course there will be an United amenity kit, as Darren’s primary airline, and others may include Delta Tumi, China Eastern Ferragamo, and maybe some surprises. I will assign them to winners at random.

China Eastern Ferragamo Amenity Kit

Comments must be posted by Saturday, January 11 at 11:59 PM EST. Potential winners will be drawn at random from all comments, will be posted here and notified by email by Sunday, January 12 at 11:59 PM EST, and accept by Saturday, January 118 at 11:59 PM EST. Available to US entrants/addresses only.

Thank you, Darren for sharing yourself with us, this seat’s saved for you.
UA 787 04

And the luck of the draw goes to:

#6, Simon, who recommended:

Amenity Kit Giveaway 07Jan14 A

Amenity Kit Review: Thai Airways Royal First Class – Men’s Tumi (2012)

Tumi amenity kit review. I love Tumi products!

#22, Samuel, who recommended:

Amenity Kit Giveaway 07Jan14 B

The Cost and Allure of Airline Amenity Kits

An interesting post about amenity kits from a business (cost) perspective.

#44, Henry, who also recommended Thai Tumi:

Amenity Kit Giveaway 07Jan14 C

RIP Darren

Thank you for creating a niche for amenity kits. His post below made Thai First an aspirational award for me:

Amenity Kit Review: Thai Airways Royal First Class – Men’s Tumi (2012)

May you enjoy your eternal window seat

Thank you all for your tributes to Darren.

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Anthony
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RIP

joel
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Rapid Travel Chai
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@Anthony – thank you, but please follow the instructions if you want to be eligible for an amenity kit.

Joey
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I loved when he covered the qatar childrens amenity kit http://bit.ly/Ip2zaL i thought it was something new and different

mommypoints
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I don’t need an amenity kit (though perfect tribute), but my personal favorite posts of his were the United 787 Inaugural as we were both on that flight and got to enjoy some of the day together.

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/11/12/united-airlines-boeing-787-dreamliner-inaugural-ua-flight-1116-iah-to-ord/

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/11/13/united-airlines-boeing-787-dreamliner-inaugural-chicago-arrival-celebration/

smittytabb
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I was so saddened to read this news yesterday and I thought the tribute by his parents was very eloquent. I enjoyed his blog and will miss it.

My favorite review is the one for the Turkish Airlines Comfort Economy amenity kit. I have that kit and it was the first and maybe only time I had gotten an amenity kit in coach. It was my first time flying Turkish and it made a great impression!

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/06/10/amenity-kit-review-turkish-airlines-comfort-class-premium-economy/

Pixie Points
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What a wonderful idea and a perfect tribute.

askmrlee
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/about/

I chose this page simply because the montage of his frequent flyer cards on this page resembles my own personal collection from last century! I also have cards from PA, ML, TW and HP and a UA Premier Emeritus.

MilesAbound
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I am going to pick Darren’s highest rated amenity kit from Thai first class, a product I have yet to try: http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2011/10/17/amenity-kit-review-thai-airways-royal-first-class-summer-2011/ I did not have the pleasure of meeting Darren, but his quirky and fun blog made my cut when I stopped reading BoardingArea and slimmed down to just the readable blogs via Google Reader and now Feedly. It was with a very heavy heart that I learned of his passing. I have some Cathay amenity kits of my own from a recent trip back from YVR. If I win I will be donating this kit along with my… Read more »
Jacob
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/09/16/amenity-kit-review-air-astana-long-haul-business-class-mens/

I’ve never heard of Air Astana but they seem to have an awesome product. I really wanted to fly them after reading the amenity kit review.

Gregory
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Dave
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Loved his last post on the United Airlines Special Edition BusinessFirst Amenity Kits. Very fitting as he was indeed special!

Michael W Travels
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Stefan- Very nice tribute & giveaway for a stand up guy! I still can not believe the news…

Phillip M
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Such a great way to honor such a great man.

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/08/26/vintage-airline-seat-map-delta-air-lines-dc-10/

One of the best flights when I was younger was on this plane. The vintage seat maps were always a pleasant surprise, and would bring back great memories of flying on lots of different planes gone by.

RIP Darren. You will never know how much you affected to the community.

Denise L
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I liked The Cost and Allure of Airline Amenity Kits post because I was always curious about how much it cost an airline.
http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/03/27/the-cost-and-allure-of-airline-amenity-kits/

Atif
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I LOVED the amenity kit reviews. I’ve always loved amenity kits, even from a young age when we didn’t fly much…. a LONG time ago I even used some Continental miles to BUY a surplus kit direct from Continental back when they had an on-line store for that kind of thing….

Darren’s posts reviewing kits always made my day better!

Having said that…as a Delta flyer it was this post (and the series it was part of) that I liked the most because it gave me insight into how life on United goes…

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/12/17/million-mile-flight-review-united-businessfirst-seoul-to-san-francisco/

Will miss Frequent Flying!

Max J
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He will be so missed…

Bill n DC
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My favorite tribute is that he got me taking pictures of the amenity kits. Not sure if can attach photos, but I have a nice 2012 United Global First pic like his Oct 13 review:http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/10/15/amenity-kit-review-united-airlines-global-first-%E2%80%93-2012/

kodoma
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/03/17/amenity-kit-review-american-airlines-business-class-–-eames-case/
I looked at kits I had a slight chance of ever obtaining and I liked this one. I like Eames. Darren really had an eye for details. Thanks for doing this!

Sarty
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/11/27/amenity-kit-review-qatar-airways-childrens-activity-backpack/
Gotta love Sponge Bob!
This review nicely shows the author’s enthusiasm.

Samuel
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/03/27/the-cost-and-allure-of-airline-amenity-kits/

An interesting post about amenity kits from a business (cost) perspective.

Angelina
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This is a great tribute to Darren and his passions. I’m sure he is beaming over this. RIP

cy
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/12/17/million-mile-flight-review-united-businessfirst-seoul-to-san-francisco/

loved reading his 1MM trip report… never expected it to be one of his last 🙁 RIP

Jonny
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/10/15/amenity-kit-review-united-airlines-global-first-–-2012/

Kit review of united airlines. Flying for the first time in first class (united) this spring and have been reading every detail of my trip that I can to get ready.

Bruce
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I’m am so sorry!!!! He was a wonderful person in this goofy community of frequent flyer lunatics and will be greatly missed. I thought his blurb on “Spongebob Squarepants” backpacks and comfort kits on Nov. 27…spoke to the little kids in all of us. Willing to grow old…not willing to grow up!!! We are all…just passing thru…i will live this day…as if it is my last…Carpe Diem!!!!!

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[…] We lost Darren Booth, Boarding Area blogger at Frequently Flying. Here is the comment I left at the classy short blog post announcing his passing by his parents. RIP Darren, you have no idea how much you will be missed, your passion for all things flying was so evident! Rapid Travel Chai has a nice tribute and (what else?) an amenity kit contest. […]

BOShappyflyer
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Thank you for a tribute to Darren. I don’t know Darren personally but I enjoyed his blog, so I was really shocked and deeply saddened to learn about his passing. He seems like such a kind and sweet guy. May he rest in peace and I wish his family some comfort during this very difficult time. That said, one of my favorite Darren’s post is — ironically — not an amenity post, but this one: http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/05/27/captured-the-embarrassing-photo-of-me-on-my-first-flight-ever/ I love this one because it showed a different (more personal) side of him and his family (not something that one take lightly when… Read more »
mowogo
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Honestly, my favorite post was his top 10 ranking of the amenity kits. While the total list is great, seeing the specific best ones at the top makes me really wish I had all of them listed (some of the others reviewed, not so much) http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/11/04/top-10-amenity-kit-reviews-plus-a-new-index-page/

airshadow
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I liked his recent vintage seat map post of an American Eagle Shorts 360 – I found myself Googling images of the aircraft because I thought it was cool looking. http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/11/29/vintage-airline-seat-map-american-eagle-shorts-360/
RIP Darren

DavidB
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As an amenity kit addict I read Darren’s posts about these things to know what to be on the look-out for on my own travels. Who knows exactly why, but maybe they held a bit of the “gift at Christmas or birthday” aura about them…expected but the contents were always a bit of a surprise. Will miss these reports. But suppose my favourite post was actually one of his last, an homage to those luxurious “Barcko-lounger” style C-seats on UA’s now departed PS 757s. I hate UA’s “new” C seat (the ones on the ex-UA planes) but fondly recall a… Read more »
Jansen
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I too like to collect amenity kits. http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2011/07/18/amenity-kit-review-british-airways-first-class-spring-2011/ Like Darren says, anything BA, exudes class and style/taste.

Kaye
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2011/08/15/vintage-airline-seat-map-united-airlines-boeing-747-sp-special-performance/

The first post I read of Darren’s. This vintage seat map (a favorite feature) made me feel nostalgic of flying in old-school planes.

Derek
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I always loved the vintage seat maps and detailed descriptions, so my choice is that of my favorite plane, the 747SP.

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2011/08/15/vintage-airline-seat-map-united-airlines-boeing-747-sp-special-performance/

David
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Very sad news for his family. Nice tribute by you, Stefan.

I really enjoyed the following post by Darren about flying coach because I always fly coach. We’re a family of four so I highly value every mile/point I get.

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/02/26/buh-bye-upgrade-phobia-rediscovering-the-joy-of-coach-travel/

This is some of what he wrote:

“Flying is awesome and it, in and of itself, is what I love to do.”

“If I get an upgrade, great. And if not, simply love the experience of flying.”

Shannon
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Darren is such a nice and warm person. He always answers my question promptly by email or tweet. He never ignores my comments like a lot of bloggers do. I am also a big fan of his unique amenity kit review s. You will be missed! Thanks Stefan to let us know this sad news.

Kittt Katz
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Darren was a generous giver of information and a generous amswerer of emails. I was shocked when I read the news this morning. I had just flown on united and the person next to me left a biz amenity kit from a soviet air line. I
thought he might be amused so I packed it up to send it to him but I procrastinated in finding out his address. He taught me a lesson. Even though I never met him Or heard his voice I feel An immense loss.

Mark
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I just stumbled upon this blog tonight and LOVE it. I’m very sorry he passed at such a young age. Reading his blog introduction makes me feel like my dream of traveling the skies really isn’t that absurd, and may just help me pursue my passion. Even after his passing, he is making change and will continue to, I’m sure.

Bless his resting soul. Maybe we’ll see him in the skies some day.

Mark
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http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/about/

I just stumbled upon this blog tonight and LOVE it. I’m very sorry he passed at such a young age. Reading his blog introduction makes me feel like my dream of traveling the skies really isn’t that absurd, and may just help me pursue my passion. Even after his passing, he is making change and will continue to, I’m sure.

Bless his resting soul. Maybe we’ll see him in the skies some day.

Ket
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I just wanna say it is very nice of you to give away amenity kits in memory of Darren Booth. Warms my heart in this very cold weather in the NE. 🙂

Joey
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What a beautiful and touching tribute, Stefan! Below are my favorite blog entries of Darren:

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/02/26/buh-bye-upgrade-phobia-rediscovering-the-joy-of-coach-travel/

I love his quote “Chasing the high of earning top-tier status and getting upgrades these past few years has really suppressed some of my natural joy.”
I’ve never met Darren but from this quote alone, I like him already simply since we both share the natural joy of flying, regardless of which seat we sit on. I think it’s also one of the reasons why I read your blog since you plan by destination even if it means you’ll have to fly economy.

Henry
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RIP Darren

Thank you for creating a niche for amenity kits. His post below made Thai First an aspirational award for me:

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/09/04/amenity-kit-review-thai-airways-royal-first-class-%E2%80%93-men%E2%80%99s-tumi-2012/

May you enjoy your eternal window seat

jim
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My favorite post by DB was always his Top 10 list of amenity kits, because he gave such a detailed breakdown of his way of calculating the score. DB you will be missed!

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/11/04/top-10-amenity-kit-reviews-plus-a-new-index-page/

Stuart
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RIP Darren, was looking at this review because I’m going on a US Air Flight this weekend and it made me sad that I’ll never see a review from Darren again:
http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/07/29/amenity-kit-review-us-airways-envoy-business-class/

Jim F.
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After comparing Darren’s reviews of the new AA and US kits, my hope (as a newbie international premium class passenger in May) is that the “New American” goes with the prior American kit reviewed here: http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2013/03/17/amenity-kit-review-american-airlines-business-class-%E2%80%93-eames-case/

greg z
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I always liked the first kit reviews best. Gave me something to aspire to (the flight too I guess). If I had to pick one, it would be the first I read:

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/09/04/amenity-kit-review-thai-airways-royal-first-class-%E2%80%93-men%E2%80%99s-tumi-2012/

Thanks for all the great times, you’ll be missed!

alexism
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I liked the blog quite a bit and am saddened by Darren’s passing. The review I liked best his review of a CX first kit (I was so excited when i got mine that I have to this day):

http://boardingarea.com/frequentlyflying/2012/02/23/amenity-kit-review-cathay-pacific-first-class-women%E2%80%99s-kit-summer-2011/