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Travelodge to open 15 UK hotels this year

02/14/2015

News »  Published: 13/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Travelodge will open 15 new hotels in the UK this year at a cost of almost £100 million. The openings will include properties in Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and the Thames Valley and four in London. When all 15 have opened, Travelodge will have 510 hotels in the UK. The budget brand has also announced that it has "identified potential" for a further 150 hotels in the UK over the next eight years and has signed three new properties - in London Dagenham, Dover and Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. In addition, the Travelodge has almost completed its £100 million refurbishment programme featuring its new look (see news, May 2014). CEO Peter Gowers said: "We are well underway with our plans to build new Travelodge.… Read More


Ryanair to take Aer Lingus case to Supreme Court

02/14/2015

News »  Published: 13/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Ryanair has vowed to fight the UK Court of Appeal's decision to uphold an earlier ruling that it must cut its stake in rival Irish airline Aer Lingus to just 5 per cent. The budget carrier said it will now take its case to the UK Supreme Court as the decision "raised human rights issues of significant public importance". The UK Competition Commission (now the CMA) in 2013 investigated Ryanair's 29.8 per cent shareholding in Aer Lingus to see if it prevented that carrier from merging to remain competitive (see news, August 2013). It concluded Ryanair's shareholding could "substantially lessen" competition on routes between Ireland and the UK, and told it to slash its stake to 5 per cent. Ryanair appealed… Read More


Austrian poised to charge for amenities

02/14/2015

News »  Published: 13/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Austrian Airlines is the latest carrier intending to charge short-haul economy passengers extra for amenities which would previously have been provided free of charge. The Vienna-based carrier will introduce these fees sometime later this year, according to Runway Girl Network (RGN).Some passengers will benefit more than others. At the winning end are those of you who travel light and aren't fussy about the onboard experience; at the losing end will be those who need a more civilised travel experience. It means either paying for the amenities or paying much more for business class instead. But whether you win or lose, what Austrian is doing will surely complicate matters further for the business traveller. Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht told RGN: "We… Read More


Bonus points offer for Choice Privileges members

02/09/2015

News »  Published: 07/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Loyalty » European members of Choice Privileges who complete two stays at participating Choice hotels can earn up to 12,000 bonus points. Guests must complete two separate qualifying stays by April 22. The bonus points are not in addition to the amount normally earned during the two stays. Twelve thousand bonus points are enough to redeem for a free night at over 100 participating Clarion, Clarion Collection, Quality and Comfort brand hotels in Europe. Qualifying stays must be booked online at choicehotelsuk.co.uk or by calling 0800 44 44 44. Brian Garvan, Choice Hotels Europe's director of European corporate sales, said: "With the busy March business period upon us we hope many business travellers will become Choice Privileges members and take the… Read More


Club Carlson launches bonus points offer

02/09/2015

News »  Published: 08/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Loyalty » Members of Carlson Rezidor's Club Carlson loyalty programme can earn up to 30,000 bonus gold points for stays at participating hotels. The "Extend Your Stay, Earn 30k" promotion is valid for eligible stays taken by March 29. Members can earn 15,000 gold points for each two-night stay or 30,000 for each stay of three nights or more. The offer is valid at over 1,000 Carlson Rezidor hotels worldwide including at the Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson brands. Members must register online for the offer at clubcarlson.com/30k and provide their membership number at reservation or check-in. Bill Van De Laarschot, Carlson Rezidor's senior director of loyalty, said:… Read More


Flying Club launches Virgin Hotels offer

02/09/2015

News »  Published: 06/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Loyalty » Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members who stay at Virgin Hotels Chicago will be awarded 1,000 miles per stay plus double bonus miles. Gold members will also receive a free breakfast and room upgrade, while Silver members will receive a room upgrade. The offer runs until April 30, although Flying Club members based in the UK will qualify for bonus miles until July 31. In order to qualify, members must make their reservation either by entering their Flying Club number at virginhotels.com or by phoning +1 312 940 4300. Virgin Hotels opened its first property in Chicago last month (see news, January 16). The brand plans to open hotels in Nashville in autumn 2016 and New York in summer 2017.… Read More


Etihad Guest adds ‘Walletplus’ to membership card

02/09/2015

News »  Published: 06/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Loyalty » Etihad Airways has added a payment currency conversion feature onto its Etihad Guest membership card. "Walletplus" allows members to put money onto their Etihad Guest card and convert it into 11 foreign currencies to spend when travelling. Partnered with Visa, the card can be loaded in advance, allowing members to take advantage of competitive exchange rates before travel. Up to 11 currencies can be held on the card, one of which must be UAE Dirham. The other currencies are the US dollar, UK pound sterling, euro, Indian rupee, Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, Singapore dollar, Hong Kong dollar, Japanese yen and Thai baht. Members can earn one Etihad Guest Mile per US$2 spent in the UAE, and one Etihad Guest… Read More


Swiss unveils ‘substantial’ business class overhaul

02/07/2015

News »  Published: 05/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Swiss has announced the "substantial" enhancement of its business class product. The national airline said it will provide more privacy and comfort for its business passengers as part of a new strategy it calls "Next Generation Airline of Switzerland". Business class travellers on short-haul flights will benefit from a bus transfer at select airports from the end of March. The service will be available at major Europe airports when flights arrive at non-terminal stands. The carrier's European fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft are currently being refitted with ergonomic seating as part of a new business cabin design. Swiss said it guarantees to keep the adjacent seat vacant in business from the end of next month. Long-haul passengers will benefit in… Read More


Thai to fly A380 to Heathrow

02/07/2015

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Air Canada defends tightly-configured economy

02/07/2015

News »  Published: 06/02/2015 - Filed under: News » Air Canada has defended its decision to install tightly-configured seating in economy on its B787-9 Dreamliner and B777-300ER aircraft. Bob Atkinson, the airline's general manager of sales in the UK, Ireland and northern Europe, told Business Traveller that the carrier has a "range of products which meet a big cross-section of the travelling public". The news that Air Canada will install 298 seats on its forthcoming B787-9 with 30 in business, 21 in premium economy and 247 in economy (see news, December 10) didn't impress our readers. Fitting ten-across economy seating on its B777-300ER was also unpopular (see news, February 2013). Air Canada's B787-8 But Atkinson said the layout is good news for those in economy wanting value for money, and that business travellers have… Read More


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