Blog

The latest business travel insights, technology trends, vacation specials and travel tips!

24 New Hotels Make Forbes Five-Star List

Forbes Travel Guide released its 61st annual list of Star Rating winners, recognizing the world’s finest properties and welcoming 21 new hotels to the prestigious five-star list. Peninsula Hotels emerged as the year’s biggest winner, marking the first all-Five-Star hotel company in the award’s history, according to Forbes. The Peninsula Manila (pictured above) earned its inaugural…

Details

Airlines Waive Change Fees Ahead of This Week’s Storm

Air travelers faced disruptions this week from a new round of wintry weather. A developing storm system was expected to spread a mix of snow, rain and icy weather across a large swath of the United States this week. The system was forecast to move out of the Southwest on Monday and across the Great…

Details

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Now Open

Mandarin Oriental’s newest resort makes its Middle Eastern debut with the introduction of the Group’s legendary hospitality to the region with the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Located in the heart of Dubai, and a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, the resort is set to bring a new wave of chic design and…

Details

Aloha Reckoning

In April 2018, a spring storm crept up on Kauai’s north shore, dumping record rainfall that generated flash floods that swept away homes, bridges, roads and crops. Most of the Garden Isle was unaffected, and Kauai went on to set a record for visitation for the ninth consecutive year. But traffic in the bucolic north…

Details

European Capitals of Culture

Surveys inquiring why Americans travel to Europe almost all point to one factor: culture. The majority of Americans still trace their DNA to the continent, and while their first stops in Europe might be English-speaking countries, 42 percent of passport-holding Americans revisit Europe frequently. Recent studies indicate that tourists pursuing culture and heritage tend to…

Details

Fall in Love With Free Air!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic cruise past Germany’s fairytale castles to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley. There’s no better way to discover the breathtaking scenery and timeless traditions of Europe than on an AmaWaterways river cruise. And to help your Valentine’s Day be really special enjoy free flights to and from Europe!…

Details

Airlines Tighten Lounge Access

If you’re a frequent airport lounge guest, have you noticed that they are getting uncomfortably crowded at times? The providers of those lounges certainly have, and they’re changing their policies this year to limit lounge access, even for members who pay the big bucks. American Express has been actively expanding its network of Centurion airport…

Details

Flybe Has Fire Sale, Investors Cry Foul

UK-based regional carrier Flybe has told its shareholders that it will have to close down operations if they vote against the proposed sale to Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group. In a statement yesterday, the airline warned that losing the sale would mean investors risk walking away with nothing for their shares. Major shareholder Hosking Partners…

Details

“Southwest Effect” Hits Hawaii Fares

Southwest Airlines finally performed its first test flight to Hawaii last week and airlines already appear to be lowering fares in response with flights as cheap as $358 round trip. On Monday, flights from San Francisco to Honolulu started at $358 round trip for seven days of travel. Google’s flight price history shows flights reaching…

Details

Delta First Class Passengers Can Now Pre-Select Meals

Starting this week, Delta Air Lines will give First Class guests on more than 1,000 weekly flights the option of pre-selecting their meals. Delta had been offering the option only to guests on service with a Delta One cabin, but will now offer it on domestic flights and flights between the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean,…

Details