On the Ground: Because our original flight from Recife to Miami had been delayed by weather and we would miss our New York connection, we were offered a flight to São Paulo, from which we could take an overnight flight to New York. Due to the resulting wait, we received vouchers for the airport’s best restaurant, Bonaparte, where we enjoyed a leisurely — and delicious — dinner from a menu of a dozen entrées and as many salads and desserts. Following dinner, we adjourned to the Admirals Club, a spacious area with a well-stocked, self-service bar; comfortable leather chairs; WiFi; showers; a business center and food service that included light meals and snacks. (29/30)
Pre-flight: Thanks to the dedicated boarding line, we were quickly seated. The closet was right beside our front-row seats and embarking passengers were blocking the aisles, so we hung our own jackets. Despite the aisle traffic, the cabin staff offered us a choice of orange juice or chilled Champagne as soon as we were seated. When the aisles were clear, they made sure we were familiar with the seat controls and entertainment system and gave us menus and amenities kits. (28/30)
In-flight: The dual interlocking tray tables on this flight were well designed for both dining and working, providing a solid surface for either and room enough so that I didn’t have to stow my laptop away while eating dinner; I could just close it and push it aside. Since I’d had a good dinner in the airport, the light meal option of a plate of fresh fruit and assorted cheeses with a glass of Pouilly-Fumé was just right. It was served quickly; and although I faced a selection of five movies in each of five different genres, I opted instead to finish up a little work before reclining my seat to its full 180 degrees to test the comfortable pillow and fluffy cotton-covered comforter. I had asked to be awakened for breakfast since I had a full day of meetings ahead in New York, and started the day with fresh fruit, hot tea and buttery, warm rolls. Before we landed, a screen showed our arrival gate, connecting flight gates and status and a terminal map, all very handy for passengers in transit. (39/40)
The Experience: Without hovering, the cabin crew always seemed to be there when we needed something, and we were very impressed with the concern of American Airlines ground staff in dealing with our unexpected routing through São Paulo and getting us rebooked to New York in time for our meetings.
Total Score: 96/100
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.
Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.
Business travel is on the brink of returning, according to three new reports. The latest monthly Traveler Confidence Index developed by Travel Again shows business traveler confidence soared in May, with 42 percent now fully ready to travel, up from just 20 percent in April. An additional 31 percent are planning some type of business travel for summer, with 74 percent willing to travel domestically for business in the next 90 days. However, employers may not be as ready, with only 22 percent of business travel respondents with current business travel plans.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.