airberlin declares bankruptcy – what happens to thousands of passengers now?

After years of financial losses, recent restructuring and talk with part-owner Etihad, Lufthansa, the German government and other stakeholders to mount a rescue or at least an orderly transition, the attempts have failed. Etihad (somewhat surprisingly) pulled the plug and declined to provide further financing, resulting in airberlin declaring bankruptcy because they can’t see a viable path forward. The German government … Continue reading

Chaos at Barcelona Airport due to Strikes – be prepared for long lines!

It seems like at least once a year there are news from Europe about strikes crippling air transportation on the old continent – Air France, Alitalia and Lufthansa all had their share of problems, causing flight cancellations and delays, inconveniencing travelers. This year, the (private) security workers at Barcelona’s International Airport have been staging work-stoppages to improve their negotiating position … Continue reading

Marriott Rewards wins 2017 Title as best Hotel Rewards Program

US News & World Travel Report reviews the best hotel rewards programs every year and when all the points were tallied, Marriott Rewards won, pushing last years surprise winner Wyndham Rewards off the pedestal! They are followed by the other budget program, Choice Privileges, revamped World of Hyatt and Best Western Rewards! … Continue reading

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Fantastic Foto Friday: A Quiet Corner in a Busy City: Chinese Garden, Singapore

I call Singapore “Asia for Beginners” – because it is the easiest city to visit in Asia. Some people think it is just a big city – but I have lived there: Dig a little deeper and you can find plenty of peaceful places to rest and relax, like in the Chinese Garden!
Interested to go – check out my Travel Made Easy – Getting to Singapore, and Getting around the cityWhere to Stay and What to Do in Singapore

Singapore Changi Airport unveils new Terminal 4

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been voted as the best airport in the world year after year and, having lived in Singapore and flown regularly, I couldn’t agree more. Now, the new Terminal 4, replacing the former budget terminal, has been unveiled and is expected to start operations later this year. It’s the first fully automated airport, allowing you to go from … Continue reading