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

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

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

Scoot Air to fly to USA by June 2018

Scoot Air, the long-haul low-cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines (SQ), just completed their merger with the short-haul LCC TigerAir, also owned by SQ. To celebrate the occasion, they announced 5 new routes, including flights to Honolulu, Hawaii! They will also start serving Harbin, Kuantan, Palembang and Kuching! … Continue reading

New IHG Hotel on Bali – Indigo Seminyak

IHG has six hotels on Bali, several Holiday Inn and HI Express Hotels, as well as an InterContinental. The latest addition is the Indigo Seminyak – it’s in a great location, looks amazing – but comes at a very high price. Find out if it is worth booking (yet). … Continue reading

Travel News: Wyndham launches Trademark Collection – a new hotel soft brand for 3-4 star hotels

After acquiring three hotel brands in the last two years, Wyndham Hotels is now launching its 19th hotel brand, the Trademark Hotel Collection! Similar to other “collections”, Wyndham is trying to bring independent hotels in major urban centers into the company and rewards program under the Trademark brand. While Hilton‘s Curio collection and Marriott‘s Luxury Collection are targeting the top … Continue reading

TravelNews: airberlin emerging from the crisis?

Airberlin started a major restructuring this year, focusing on becoming a network airline for Europe and transatlantic traffic, wet leasing a number of planes to Lufthansa and spinning of leisure flights to subsidiary Nikki Air (I reported about it here and here). And that reorganization did not go smoothly: with the introduction of the summer flight plan, chaos broke out … Continue reading

TravelNews: The Best and Worst Airports around the world!

AirHelp has researched and ranked airports around the world – and, to nobodies surprise, Singapore’s Changi airport ranked he best, followed by Munich and Hong Kong. At the bottom of the barrel, you’ll find Kuwait Airport as the worst in the world, as well as Newark and London’s Gatwick and Stansted as well as Manchester! … Continue reading

Travel News: The End of Roaming Charges in the European Union is here!

Many travelers (including yours truly) have been shocked by high mobile phone and data charges on foreign trips. Phone companies worldwide are milking their customers with outrageous charges for phone use in foreign countries. As of June 15th, European Union regulation has ended roaming charges across EU nations – roam like at home is the message. You can make phone … Continue reading