While it may seem like every major hotel is part of a massive conglomerate, there are still quite a few that are not Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, IHG, Accor branded. It gets increasingly more challenging to standout when you’re not part of a loyalty program as the benefits and points are a huge reason why many Read more about GHA Discover Loyalty Program: Get Loyalty Program Benefits At Independent Properties[…]
It seems that every hotel brand is targeting millennials, which I suppose makes sense, given that millennials are becoming increasingly significant to large hospitality companies. In recent years, we have seen hotel brands bending over backwards to provide millennials with what they think they want. Entire brands have been launched with the goal of appealing to the “millennial mindset.” Starwood has Aloft and W, as its upscale version of Aloft. Hilton has introduced Tru, with similar features as Aloft. Marriott made news by deciding to remove desks from many of its properties as Marriott did not think millennials wanted desks, preferring to work from the common lobby space, or perhaps in bed.
Per the Australian Business Traveler, Sri Lankan will be launching nonstop Colombo-Melbourne flights later this year, starting off with 4 flights per week with the A330. Sri Lankan has a really nice business class product with reverse herringbone, lie-flat seats for the 11 hour journey. Sri Lankan used to fly to both Sydney and Melbourne, though Read more about Sri Lankan To Launch Colombo-Melbourne Flights 4X/Week[…]
Shangri-La is launching their own preferred booking partner programme called the Luxury Circle. Similar to Virtuoso and American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts, the Luxury Circle programme gives you special benefits for booking with an agent enrolled in the programme.
Malaysia Airlines flight 17, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July, 2014. It was a Boeing 777-200 and was a particularly awful incident considering 1.) the plane was shot down and 2.) this occurred only months after MH370 went missing.
In an increasingly popular move, Etihad is now selling access to their business and first class lounges in Abu Dhabi, as well as their combined first and business class lounges in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, London Heathrow, Dublin, Manchester and Paris. This is recently announced by Emirates as well, as they Read more about Etihad Is Now Selling Access To Their Business And First Class Lounges[…]
Today’s Aeroflot flight 270 from Moscow to Bangkok hit severe turbulence leaving at least 27 injured. According to reports, the crew were unable to warn passengers of the turbulence as it occurred in clear skies. It only occurred 40 minutes prior to landing in Bangkok, which I imagine is why the aircraft did not divert Read more about Turbulent Aeroflot Moscow-Bangkok Flight: At Least 27 Hurt[…]
Emirates may have slowed down their explosive growth, though they are continuing to add and upgrade their services across their network. As of 25 March 2018, Emirates will be sending exclusively A380’s to Melbourne. As of right now, they are sending A380’s on their nonstop routes, with a 777-300 operating their one-stop service in Singapore. Read more about A380 Service to Melbourne: Emirates Adds, Etihad Discontinues[…]
Air Asia has unfortunately suspended its new Kuala Lumpur to Mauritius route, stopping bookings as of 26 March. The route was started in October with great anticipation, representing Air Asia’s first route to Africa from its hub in Kuala Lumpur. The airline has said that the change is due to more efficient operations and aircraft Read more about Air Asia Suspends Mauritius[…]
Cathay Pacific used to have notoriously high rates for their business and first class. While almost every other airline seems to have sales and other periodic discounts, Cathay would maintain its high rates. This would be ridiculous at times, with a roundtrip flight from Singapore to New York, for example, would be thousands of dollars more Read more about Cathay Pacific Business Class Rates Have Come Down A Lot[…]