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United Debuts Corporate Preferred at GBTA

United Airlines debuted the industry’s newest corporate travel program yesterday at the Global Business Traveler Association (GBTA) Convention in San Diego. United Corporate Preferred is a new benefits program that provides added perks for the airline’s top corporate customers. A multi-level program, United Corporate Preferred offers escalating benefits at three levels, including United Corporate Preferred, United Corporate Preferred Plus and …

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Americans Leaving Vacation Time on the Table

According to research from Project: Time Off, Americans left 705 million vacation days unused last year. In fact, 24 percent of Americans report not taking a vacation in a year or more. The Project: Time Off Coalition, an alliance formed by the U.S. Travel Association in 2013, is the organization that has uncovered this alarming trend, namely that the last …

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A Low Cost, Long Haul Bonanza

Just when you thought you had come to grips with one low-cost, long-haul concept, along comes another. First Norwegian, Scoot and Air Asia X brought low-cost, long-haul flights to the market; then the legacy airlines tried to match them, with Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Lufthansa, among others, introducing tiered economy class. You would be forgiven for not noticing, but …

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Sixt Focuses on Luxury Market in US

Rather than attempt to take on the major players in the US corporate travel arena, German car rental company Sixt has targeted luxury vehicles as the niche it will focus on in the States. The company is in more than 100 countries, and seven years ago it planted a stake in Miami. Since then, Sixt has grown its U.S. footprint to …

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Homesharing Hiccups for Hyatt, Accor

The big hotel corporations seem to be having some difficulty making homesharing work. Nearly a year after Hyatt Hotels announced it was investing in Oasis, a private accommodations provider, the company revealed Wednesday it had to take a $22 million impairment charge related to its investment. “That impairment relates to Oasis, which is the alternative accommodations investment that we made …

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National On Top, Again

Vehicle selection, customer service and overall value were just a few of the categories for which National Car Rental received praise, taking the top spot for the fifth year in a row in Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards. National received the award at a special celebration in New York City on Tuesday honoring the top travel destinations, companies …

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Ritz-Carlton Ranked Top Luxury Brand by J.D. Power

Travelers are happier than ever with their hotel accommodations, as overall satisfaction for the industry has increased, according to the annual J.D. Power hotel satisfaction study. The J.D. Power 2018 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index showed that overall satisfaction for the industry increased 8 points to 825 (on a 1,000-point scale), driven by increased approval of guest rooms and …

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Best Business Class Lounge Announced

The United Polaris Lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport has been voted Best Business Class Lounge in the United States by the 2018 World Airline Awards from Skytrax. The highly-coveted award, referred to as the Passenger’s Choice Awards, was voted on by more than 20 million airline customers across the globe. “What is especially exciting about this distinction is that …

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Uber & Lyft Have a New Competitor

ReachNow can’t be described as just a car-sharing service anymore. The BMW-owned division is now a ride-hailing service too, putting it in direct competition with Uber and Lyft. The company launched a new app this week that combines car sharing and ride hailing using a single shared fleet of cars. The service is live in Seattle as of Tuesday. And …

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Caesars Forum Coming to Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world’s most diversified gaming and entertainment company, broke ground on their newest development – Caesars Forum, a $375 million, 550,000 square-foot conference center in Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment is an undisputed leader in the meetings industry having hosted more than 1.9 million meeting participants, 1.6 million room nights with 17,300 meetings and events in 2017 alone. …