Travel News: New seaplane service from Manila to the islands – Air Juan

We loved the sea plane transfer on our visit to the Conrad Rangali Maledives – the non-stop service created an end-to-end luxury experience that’s hard to match. The Philippines has many islands and beaches even more beautiful than the Maledives and there is a growing number of upscale resorts, but so far the commercial flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport … Continue reading

Travel News: Marriott launches Luxury Hotel Group

When Marriott acquired Starwood, many die-hard Starwood fans were worried about what would happen to the many more upscale hotels and their beloved rewards program. Marriott addressed the rewards program issue on the day the acquisition became official – and allowed to link the programs and exchange points immediately. They are now addressing the management of luxury properties by creating … Continue reading

Travel News: First Boeing B777 with United’s new Polaris Business Class seat to start flying in February 2017!

United launched it’s new Polaris Business Class in June this year, with new pod-like seats, new Polaris lounges and new inflight amenities (read all the details here). On December 1, they opened the first Polaris lounge in Chicago’s O’Hare airport and started offering the in-flight amenities and food as PolarisFirst and PolarisBusiness class, replacing the previous GlobalFirst and GlobalBusiness class … Continue reading

Travel News: Restructuring of Air Berlin continues – sale of Niki stake to Etihad and plans for leisure travel airline announced

airberlin recently renounced a major restructuring of its business after years of financial losses, including the wet-lease of planes to competitor Lufthansa, the focus on business-travel to North America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Italy and changes to the leisure business. Now, the changes for the leisure travel arm have been announced: airberlin is selling its 49.8% stake in NIKI Air … Continue reading