New Cabo Hotel & Flight Packages Only a Click Away via Solmar.com‏

September 9, 2014 on 3:12 pm | In Airlines, Beachbooker, Cabo, Mexico | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLos Cabos, Mexico – Located at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, Solmar Hotels & Resorts, a five-property hotel collection known for its utmost hospitality providing guests a “home-away-from-home” vibe, is now offering travelers an easier and more affordable way to plan an upcoming vacation.

Solmar recently launched a one-stop booking site for travelers to plan all aspects of their Cabo San Lucas vacation, including accommodations and airfare, in one affordable package via www.solmar.com’s new hotel and flight booking option. With multiple airlines and five properties to select from, such as the luxurious, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, the charming original, Solmar All-Inclusive Resort & Beach Club, and the family-friendly Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, there is truly something for everyone.

“We are always looking for ways to make the vacation experience easier and more enjoyable for our guests,” said Ricardo Orozco, Solmar Hotels & Resorts Managing Director, “By providing travelers with the option to book their flight and hotel stay directly through our website, we are not only adding convenience but providing a cost savings that they would otherwise not have been able to receive when booking separately.”

After booking a hotel & flight package via Solmar.com, guests are encouraged to visit the Solmar Online Concierge where they can easily plan other aspects of their trip such as airport transportation, meal plans, activities both on- and off-site and much more via http://store.solmar.com/.

For more information on Solmar Hotels & Resorts or to book a flight and hotel package, please visit www.solmar.com. For reservations please call 1-800-219-2727 to speak to a bilingual (English or Spanish) representative.

Located on Baja California’s most exclusive and private beach, Solmar Hotels & Resorts offers guests privacy while still being able to enjoy the excitement of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The collection of five all-suite resorts offers guests the highest quality of service and hospitality. In the past year, two Solmar properties – Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa and The Ridge at Playa Grande Luxury Villas – were awarded the prestigious Four Diamond rating by AAA. Additionally, TripAdvisor recognized Solmar All-Inclusive Resort & Beach Club and Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa for receiving high ratings and guest reviews on this popular travel site. Additionally, Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa has been rated among the “Top 15 Hotels in Baja California” by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards along with Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, which was also included as one of the “World’s Best Hotels” for the second year in a row. For more information about Solmar Hotels & Resorts, visit www.solmar.com, follow us on Twitter @SolmarResorts, Instagram and Pinterest and visit our Facebook page.

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Element Brand Debut at Frankfurt Airport‏

September 9, 2014 on 3:05 pm | In Airlines, Germany | Comments Off



Element Frankfurt Airport, Starwood’s First Element Outside of North America, Offers Eco-Centric Sensibilities and a Reimagined Extended Stay Experience

FRANKFURT, Germany-Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the debut of its trailblazing Element brand in Europe with the opening of Element Frankfurt Airport. This marks the first Element hotel outside of North America. Offering bright, modern design and green-minded sensibilities, the hotel is located in Gateway Gardens, Frankfurt’s new business district adjacent to Frankfurt International Airport, Europe’s third-busiest air travel hub. Element Frankfurt Airport offers travellers a reimagined interpretation of the extended stay experience and an atmosphere to fuel a life in balance and on the move.
Element Frankfurt Exterior (Photo: Business Wire)

Element Frankfurt Exterior (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are delighted to partner with Bari Gruppe as we expand the innovative Element brand beyond North America, bringing to Europe a fresh new option for travellers seeking spacious, long-stay environments that are both affordable and sustainable,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “The opening of Element Frankfurt Airport could not have come at a better time, with the rising number of savvy and environmentally conscious travellers and the Element brand’s unprecedented global growth momentum. We feel confident Element’s entry into strategic European markets such as Frankfurt today and London in 2017 is just the beginning.”

Marco Bari, Managing Director & CEO, Bari Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG added, “We are proud to partner with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and be the first to bring the most dynamic extended stay brand to Europe.”

Built in the heart of the growing new business district near the global headquarters of Lufthansa, Condor and DB Schenker, the hotel is only a few minutes away from one of the biggest international airports worldwide, Frankfurt International Airport. The hotel features 133 spacious and airy extended stay studios and one-bedroom suites, all with modular furniture, flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving and custom-designed closets with ironing board. Every room comes with a fully equipped energy-efficient kitchen, spa-inspired bathrooms including invigorating rain showers and signature Heavenly® Beds to ensure a good night’s rest.

Limónes, the all-day dining restaurant and bar, serves regional Spanish cuisine from 7am until midnight including a healthy breakfast, shared lunches with tapas-style dishes, and à la carte dining meals. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness centre – Motion – plus a flexible meeting space and a business centre. Guests at Element Frankfurt Airport can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, the brand’s signature healthy and complimentary RISE breakfast; Restore, a 24/7 grab-and-go gourmet food pantry to buy everything they need to make delicious meals in-room; RELAX evening receptions. Additionally, 24-hour laundry facilities with washers and dryers are available for guests’ convenience.

“Our stylish Element brand is a great fit for the vibrant city of Frankfurt providing global visitors with an eco-smart, extended stay hotel experience designed as an intimate recharge space for both work and play,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “We’ve built the design concept of this hotel around the requirements of longer stay guests, from spacious studio style rooms to additional kitchen facilities, making it the perfect home away from home close to the buzzing international airport.”

Originally launched in 2008, Element became the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the US Green Building Council LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for high-performance buildings with energy-efficient appliances used in all properties. Recognised as an industry leader in the eco-space, Element’s global portfolio is set to double within two years from 15 to 30 hotels by the end of 2017. In addition to Element Frankfurt Airport, the brand will debut in other markets including a new Element hotel in Suzhou, China in 2015 and as part of a Aloft and Element dual-hotel development in the historic Tobacco Dock section of East London.

Starwood currently has 25 hotels throughout Germany under six of its nine distinct and compelling brands. Element Frankfurt Airport is Starwood’s fifth hotel in Frankfurt, joining Le Méridien Parkhotel Frankfurt, The Westin Grand Frankfurt, Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotel and the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center.

For more information on Element Frankfurt Airport, please visit: http://www.elementfrankfurtairport.com/en

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About Element Hotels
Element®Hotels is made to order for guests in the know and on the go. Its bright design defies convention, bathing guest rooms and public spaces in natural light. Stylish and sustainable throughout, Element offers extended stay comfort with a conscience and lots of signature amenities from its healthy RISE breakfast and RELAX evening reception to saline swimming pools, spacious fitness centers, bikes to borrow and electric vehicle charging stations. Starwood’s latest brand innovation, Element made history in 2008 as the only major hotel brand to pursue LEED certification for high-performance buildings brand-wide. To date, there are Element hotels in 12 markets in North America with new domestic and international hotels in development. Visit www.ElementHotels.com or connect on Facebook.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

About Bari Gruppe
Bari Gruppe GmbH & Co. KG is a Munich based company specialized in development, leasing and operating mid and upscale branded hotels in Germany and other European countries. Please visit www.barigruppe.de for more information.

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Air Canada loyalty promo offers 50 percent more miles

September 9, 2014 on 3:04 pm | In Airlines, Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, NWT, Ontario, PEI, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Yukon | Comments Off



Air Canada is offering a 50% mileage bonus for all Aeroplan members beginning next month.

In one of the carrier’s most extensive loyalty program promotions yet, bonus air miles can be earned on all Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights from October 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015.

In order to qualify for the bonus, bookings must be made by the end of October and registration is required in advance.

Applicable fare types are Tango, Flex, Latitude, Premium economy lowest, Premium economy flexible, Premium rouge, Business class lowest, and Business class flexible.

Air Canada yesterday reported its best ever monthly passenger load at 89.8%, translating to over four million passengers during August.

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United get stretched Dreamliner

September 7, 2014 on 3:11 pm | In Airlines | Comments Off



United Airlines has become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the new Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft.

The aircraft is the first of 26 United has on order.

The 787-9′s extended range, which is 8,550 miles compared to the 787-8′s 8,200, will enable United to launch its Los Angeles to Melbourne service on October 26.

Before that, United will mainly fly the aircraft between Houston and LA.

“The 787-9 builds on the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency and customer comfort while giving us even more flexibility and range,” said United’s vice president of fleet Ron Baur.

United’s 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats, 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

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Virgin Atlantic to scrap four routes

September 7, 2014 on 3:10 pm | In Airlines, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Virgin Atlantic is stopping flights to Tokyo Narita, Mumbai, Vancouver and Cape Town and is instead launching new transatlantic services.

Announcing the changes, the airline said it was ‘shifting focus onto positioning its business for long term success’.

The final flights from London to Narita and Mumbai will operate on January 31.

The summer seasonal service from Heathrow to Vancouver will not return after this season’s flying programme is completed on October 11.

Meanwhile, the winter seasonal service to Cape Town will operate as planned in winter 2014/15 but will not be renewed the following winter. The final flight from London to Cape Town will be on April 26 2015.

Instead, Virgin Atlantic has unveiled plans for five new daily transatlantic flights, some of them as part of its joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines.

The proposed changes include:

- A new daily service from London Heathrow to Detroit
- An additional daily service from London Heathrow to New York, JFK
- An additional daily service from London Heathrow to Los Angeles
- An additional daily service during the summer season from London Heathrow to Atlanta
- An additional summer seasonal service from London Heathrow to San Francisco flying five times a week
- An additional daily service during the winter season from London Heathrow to Miami
- A transfer of operations with joint venture partner Delta Air Lines that will see Virgin Atlantic fly a daily service between Manchester and Atlanta and Delta fly one of Virgin Atlantic’s existing London Heathrow to Newark services.
- In addition, Delta Air Lines will launch a new daily service between Manchester and New York JFK in Summer 2015.

The changes see over 500 more Virgin Atlantic flights operate in summer 2015 compared to summer 2014.

“The intended changes will enable Virgin Atlantic to better utilise its fleet by flying routes which deliver maximum profit or strategic importance, whilst matching customer desire to travel to other global destinations,” said Virgin in a statement today.

“Virgin Atlantic remains deeply committed to all of its global destinations and its network will include a continued presence in South Africa through its Johannesburg service, a continued presence in India through its Delhi service, as well as flights to other key destinations in Asia, Africa, Caribbean and the Middle East.”

Tha airline thanked its customers and staff in Tokyo, Cape Town, Mumbai and Vancouver for their loyalty and commitment to our services.

“In the future if Heathrow gains its long overdue expansion, Virgin Atlantic would love to re-enter Tokyo, Cape Town, Mumbai and Vancouver,” the statement said.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger added: “Our ambition is to be profitable for the long term, earn competitive returns, and invest those into providing the very best experience for our customers on the routes they most want to fly.

“Transatlantic flying has always been at the heart of our network and our most financially successful region. Today’s announcement allows us to play to our strengths and focus our network on routes between the UK and US, as well as other critical global destinations that are most important to our customers”

Meanwhile, the airline has announced an investment of £300 million in ‘customer experience’ improvements by the end of 2018.

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Flybe adds extra Manchester-Exeter flights

September 7, 2014 on 3:09 pm | In Airlines, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Flybe is adding an extra six flights a week between Manchester and Exeter.

The expansion, starting from October 26,, will see a fourth weekday flight departing mid-morning operated by one of its E175 jets, and a third flight on Sundays leaving in the early afternoon.

One way fares from £34.99, including taxes and charges, are now on sale.

This winter, Flybe will operate 12 routes from Exeter.

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BA gives free upgrades

September 7, 2014 on 2:45 pm | In Airlines, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



British Airways is giving customers the opportunity to get free upgrades from Club World to First on selected flights from today until December 12.

The airline will let passengers booked in Club World upgrade on one leg of their journey, free of charge, and make use of all the First facilities, from the seat to the First lounges, concierge service and dedicated check-in areas at the airport.

Outbound travel is between September 4 and December 31 2014 and inbound travel must be completed by January 7 2014.

Customers should request the upgrade at the time of booking.

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BOOK PRIVATE JET FLYING VIA AN APP.

September 2, 2014 on 2:50 pm | In Airlines, Mobile Apps | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowETSMARTER: Private Jet Flying On A Whim…

“JetSmarter” gives access to the largest private jet marketplace in the world. The App allows travelers to book flights on a whim, the only app which allows someone to charter a private jet…

The company offers users access to the world’s “largest private jet charter marketplace” – and has recently created the 1st ever unified loyalty program. One can now earn reward points while flying private – allowing them to earn points while flying…

Instant pricing is available for flights worldwide – and jets are available worldwide instantly. 1st time can ever book private flights without speaking to someone… this allows consumers to cut out the middle-man by seeing the back-end flights. 30% of private flights are “empty legs” –.

Taking the private air charter process out of the eighties and into the future with transparency & simplicity

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Sell Airline Miles and Cash With Wholesale Miles, Inc

September 2, 2014 on 2:44 pm | In Airlines | Comments Off



Being a reliable entity for buying and selling miles, Wholesale Miles, Inc. now offers the facility to sell airline miles and in return get good cash at the best industry rates. Now travelers who want to trade their airline miles at the best price can rely on Wholesale Miles, Inc. as they are the leading seller and buyer of miles points. Sellers who have excess points and don’t need them, or they are expiring, can now sell the points in a few simple steps. Sellers have to fill in the form quote on the official Wholesale Miles, Inc website, and after receiving the quote request form from the seller; one of the executives contacts the seller and assists them in getting the best deal on their sale of airline miles.

Talking more about their services, one of the representatives from the company stated, “The process of selling and buying miles is fast and simple as it involves filling out the quote form prominently published at the top of every page on Wholesale Miles, Inc.’s official website. Upon receiving the quote request, a representative from the company will contact the interested person with different options available and pricing details. Aside from this, Wholesale Miles, Inc. provides gratifying deals and cash for miles to those selling miles.”

In addition to the sell airline miles for cash, Wholesale Miles, Inc. also provides buy airline miles offers where buyers can purchase miles at reasonable prices.

About the Wholesale Miles, Inc.: Wholesale Miles, Inc. is a reputable miles and points broker that offers the best pay for your miles and points. If you are looking to sell or flip your miles, we will hands-down get you the best price and unbeatable customer service. Wholesale Miles can also assist you in buying miles and points by selling miles and points below market rate prices. Give us a try and request a quote today! Do not let your miles expire – earn some cash, instead! Located near the San Francisco International Airport, we specialize in working with all airlines and their point programs.

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Flyers using own devices want discounted fares

September 2, 2014 on 2:29 pm | In Airlines | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowAir travelers who watch in-flight movies on their own devices believe they save the airlines money and want to be compensated in the form of lower fares.

That was the view of the majority of passengers polled in a survey on in-flight entertainment by technology start-up Osurv.

It found 87% of the 1,300 adult air travelers questioned said a ‘bring your own device’ policy saves airlines money from installing and maintaining seat-back TV screens.

It says 94% want the airlines to pass on these cost savings to flyers.

Around half of respondents expect free entertainment and over 25% want to see cheaper airline fares for BYOD passengers.

“People expect that if they have to bring their own devices they should get some benefit,” said Daniel Abram, co-founder of Osurv.

Southwest Airlines is the largest major carrier in the US with a defined BYOD policy.

It offers 20 channels of live television free for travelers with their own devices, but it charges $5 for movies and $8 per day for Wi-Fi access.

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