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Big Changes for Hilton’s Honors Program

Nope, that’s not a misspelling in the headline. Hilton no longer has an HHonors program; it’s now called Hilton Honors after the company axed the extra H. Also, the hotel giant’s name is now just “Hilton” instead of “Hilton Worldwide.” And with that new name, the company unveiled the following enhancements to its loyalty program:…

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It’s All Downhill From Here!

The snow is waiting on the slopes. What are you waiting for? Get away from the January blues by breaking out your ski gear and heading to one of the top mountain destinations in the U.S. and Canada. Teplis Travel can set you up with a fabulous vacation at well-known properties like the five-star St.…

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Will New Planes Eliminate Jet Lag?

Even though air travel is safer than ever and in many cases cheaper than 10 or 20 years ago, travelers love to complain about its agonies. Cramped and narrow seats, crying babies, chatty seat mates and armrest wars are common gripes. But other factors contribute much more to feelings of distress, especially on longer flights.…

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Big Jets Fall Out of Favor

United Airlines will retire its final Boeing 747-400 by year-end — roughly a year sooner than planned — because the iconic aircraft is no longer cost effective to operate, the carrier said on Wednesday. United currently operates 20 of the hump-backed jets, using them on routes from San Francisco to Europe and Asia. As recently…

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Is a Boom in Supersonic Travel Coming?

Colorado-based Boom, which is developing a 45-seat supersonic passenger plane, already has a commitment from Virgin Group chief Sir Richard Branson for 10 aircraft, and Virgin has agreed to work with the manufacturer on technical aspects and flight testing of the plane. And now an “unnamed European carrier” has optioned 15 aircraft from the manufacturer…

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Airbus Wants Airlines to Radically Rethink Cabins

When it comes to innovation, the world’s airlines rarely demand massive change from aircraft manufacturers. They want planes that will carry as many people and as much cargo as possible, while burning less fuel than previous-generation aircraft. But with a new program, announced last week, Airbus wants to help airlines change the calculation. Airbus seeks…

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New Luxury Hotel Brand Launched

Mytha Hotel Anthology is a new luxury brand that will initially cover seven luxury hotels, but is expected to expand with more locations in the near future. It is part of Turkey’s Dogus Group, a global conglomerate with more than 55,000 employees in 30 countries with holdings in automotive, media, financial services, construction, real estate…

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Airlines Accept Plan to Fix Overhead Panels

Despite the nearly $27 million price tag, airlines aren’t fighting a federal proposal to improve the safety of overhead equipment panels in Boeing 737 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration proposed the regulation in October because of reports that passengers were hit in the face and head by the panels of equipment that typically hold reading…

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Don’t Let This Unexpected Cost Blow Your Travel Budget

Expense management is a critical component of corporate travel, especially if you travel for business frequently and on a global scale. With careful planning and a consideration for budgets, it’s simple to keep the costs of airfare, hotel, and transportation in check. One area where unintended costs can creep up without notice, however, is in international…

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MGM National Harbor Opens its Doors

The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor, a casino hotel on the Maryland banks of the Potomac River, had its grand opening on Thursday night. MGM Resorts is making its debut in the Washington area. Located about 10 miles south of the city, the hotel has views of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. The MGM…

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