Many major airline loyalty programs have added the possibility of redeeming miles for rental cars and hotel rooms, but according to a new report, some of those programs are much more effective than others in making those awards a desirable option for participants.
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Cvent, a cloud-based marketplace that connects meeting planners with venues worldwide, surveyed its meetings and events planners to rank the Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the U.S. (Hint: The cream of the crop are located primarily in warm-weather destinations.)
- The Peabody Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
- Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, Nashville
- Hyatt Regency, Atlanta
- Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Fla.
- The Venetian and Palazzo Resort, Hotel & Casinos, Las Vegas
- Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
- The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
- ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter, Las Vegas
- MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
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At O’Hare Airport, United Airlines is making major improvements at Terminal 2, installing boarding bridges at 10 United Express gates, to be completed by mid-2013, and building a 12,500-square-foot United Club, due by the end of this year. Next spring, two international airlines are scheduled to start flying to ORD for the first time—Air Berlin, with service to Germany’s capital city; and Hainan Airlines, with flights to its Beijing hub.
On the lodging scene, Joie de Vivre Hotels opened the 184-room Hotel Lincoln at 1816 N. Clark after a $10 million overhaul of an existing property, while the 63-room luxury boutique Hotel Ivy made its debut at 233 E. Ontario. The Langham Chicago was due to open this year in a 52-story mixed-use building at 330 N. Wabash (next to the Trump Hotel). John Pritzker, son of the late Hyatt chief, reportedly plans to convert the Chicago Athletic Association building on S. Michigan Avenue into a 250-room luxury property to open in 2014, managed by Thompson Hotels. Less recently, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel opened, occupying the first 18 floors of the visually stunning Aqua Tower near Lake Michigan, while lodging innovator Ian Schrager converted the historic Ambassador East Hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood into the Public Chicago.
Companies involved in in-flight Wi-Fi technology announced progress on two fronts last week that eventually will mean more widespread availability and better connections for passengers. And some of that progress relied on sacks of potatoes.
You think you log a lot of miles in the air? Compared to United’s favorite customer of all time, you’re probably nothing more than a rank amateur. The airline announced last week that its most frequent flyer has set a new mileage record.
A new survey of corporate chief financial officers by American Express finds relative optimism about business travel budgets next year, as most expect both the U.S. economy and their own companies’ bottom lines to show improvement.
While traveling, the feeling of staying in a “home away from home” can be, well, nice. Perhaps that’s one reason there’s been a proliferation of “peer-to-peer” lodging sites, such as VRBO, Airbnb and Wimdu, in which you rent someone’s entire home, apartment or room. Tripping.com is an aggregator that lists multiple services. Guests post reviews, and invariably you’ll either meet or exchange information with the home’s owner. Sometimes the owner will play host, not unlike a B&B, and give advice about local sites and things to do. The Onefinestay.com site, which lists upscale homes to rent in London and now New York City, goes a step further by supplying homes with “five-star hotel linens and toiletries” and lending guests, for the duration of their stay, an iPhone loaded with local tips and helpful videos recorded by the home’s owner. The site plans to launch an “unhotel” in every major world city. Viva la living like a local.
Will you be traveling to more meetings next year? Almost a third of business travelers will, and when they do, they’ll find better food, greener hotels, and maybe some adventurous team-building activities, according to a new survey of meeting planners.
Maybe your smart phone or tablet is fine for checking schedules and getting flight alerts, but would you use it to buy and pay for travel services? According to a new survey, the answer is yes for an increasing number of users.
Study: ‘Fiscal cliff’ poses threat to U.S. business travel
What will happen to your future business travel plans if the U.S. government doesn't do something to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, which kicks in on January 1? According to a new study by a leading business travel group, the impact would be significant in the short term, but maybe not so bad farther out.