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United Announces New Corporate Program 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 and exclusive 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 …

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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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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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Hilton Ups Its Fitness Game

Hilton has taken the innovative step of installing gym equipment in individual hotel rooms so guests can workout in privacy. The new room category, which will be rolled out across existing properties, is called Five Feet to Fitness. The concept launched in May at Parc 55 in San Francisco and Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, near the Hilton Worldwide HQ in …

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W Nashville Set to Debut

How do you make Music City USA even more exciting? Set up a new stage for people to play. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today announces the anticipated 2020 opening of W Nashville. Owned by Twelfth Avenue Realty Holdings, the new-build hotel is the latest North American development in the brand’s packed line-up of extraordinary new hotels across …

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Five Star Luxury at Milestone

The landmark Milestone Hotel & Residences, a member of Leading Hotels of the World situated directly opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, has reopened all six of its luxury residences following an elegant and thoughtful refurbishment. Visitors to London can enjoy sumptuous surroundings and their own private front door in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington – just minutes from the West …

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Airport WiFi Ranked

Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network testing and analysis, today released their annual North American airport rankings that reveals the airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi. The results indicate that the Pacific Northwest has taken the top spot on the podium, with Seattle-Tacoma International unseating previous champion, Denver International, as the airport with the fastest, free Wi-Fi …