By Larry Olmsted As the Pfizer, Moderna and additional coronavirus vaccines continue their global rollout, most in the travel industry see a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and a slow return to travel normalcy. But personally, I expect a few of the pandemic induced changes to stick
By Monique Burns With the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg “Willy Brandt” Airport, the German capital adds yet another stylish leaf to its portfolio. In design–forward Berlin, with cutting–edge galleries, hip fashion boutiques and chic shops, the new airport showcases a sleek Bauhaus aesthetic of glass and steel accented
By Larry Olmsted Reaching higher tiers of airline loyalty programs has traditionally required flying a couple of times each month – but right now hardly anyone is flying anywhere. Hotel programs are similar, and for example, to reach Hilton’s highest tier Diamond status usually requires 30 separate stays totaling 60
By Monique Burns Any American traveler who’s ever flown a domestic carrier to a major U.S. gateway to board an international carrier knows that airline partnerships are key. Travel becomes practically seamless. A single itinerary outlines connecting flights and baggage is checked through to your final destination. There’s no
By Larry Olmsted Airline upgrades usually come in dribs and drabs, tweaking existing services, so when an entirely new cabin product is launched it is big news. This is especially true when it is from the carrier serving more destinations than any other airline in the world, and the U.S.
By John Lampl If you love plane-spotting and are a military airplane geek and your body shivers and quivers every time you see a collection of life-sized fighter and bomber aircraft, then where you want to zoom off to is Ogden Utah, home of the best flying collection west of
By Everett Potter A southern airport named for a political power couple ranks as the nation’s worst. But don’t blame partisanship—Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR, earned the lowest score from a consensus of travelers. They voted in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey,
By Everett Potter Portland, OR, has a reputation for hipsters, but its airport makes a positive impression on all kinds of travelers thanks to quality food and shopping options and the likelihood of an on-time departure. So, if your next itinerary includes PDX—rated the nation’s No. 1 airport—consider yourself lucky.
By Everett Potter Buckling your airplane seatbelt and weight-loss personality Richard Simmons aren’t things you’d necessarily think go together. But if you flew on Air New Zealand in the recent past, it’s Simmons who may have video-instructed you how to buckle up. Great companies always think outside the box, and