Lufthansa launches new B777-9 Business Class with Throne Seats

Lufthansa has announced their new Business Class seats that will be installed in their new Boeing B777-9 airplanes and they are finally moving to an all aisle access configuration! The new seats will be exceptionally long at 2.2m and include the option for “throne seats” with plenty of desk space on both sides. The seats will roll out with the … Continue reading

The most rewarding hotel loyalty program: Wyndham Rewards

The hospitality research company IdeaWorks has released a new report, rating Wyndham Rewards the most rewarding hotel program, standing head & shoulders above the competition. That confirms my findings – if you are looking for the best value and highest reward rate in your hotels, Wyndham is the best choice. Find out more about the results. … Continue reading

UK’s Monarch Airlines bankrupt – 3rd European airline to fold in 2017, who’s next?

After airberlin and Alitalia entering insovlency this year, now Monarch Airlines went bankrupt and abruptly halted operations. The UK government refused to provide a loan like Germany or Italia had done and instead organized a “rescue mission” to bring back 110,000 Monarch customers stranded abroad! More than 700,000 customers have lost their future tickets and will have to pay for … Continue reading

The end of airberlin is near – don’t book a ticket or risk loosing it!

I have seen quite a few airline bankruptcies: every major US carrier, including United, Delta and American, has filed for Chapter 11, and most recently, Alitalia (finally) went into administration. But in all of those cases, the reorganization proceeded fairly orderly. In contrast, German airberlin has been in a fast and furious downward spiral since it declared insolvency two weeks ago. … Continue reading

Rated best US airline award program 2017: Alaska Airlines MileagePlan!

US News & World Travel Report rated – again  Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan as the top rewards program for airlines in the US. This year’s runner up is Delta SkyMiles, followed by JetBlue’s TrueBlue. While this might come as a surprise to many miles & points fans, different people look for different things in an airline award program. US News … Continue reading

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