Cathay Pacific announced a partnership with Synchrony Financial to bring a new Visa credit card to U.S. travelers. The card launches early next year and offers exclusive benefits and rewards for U.S. travelers only. Qualifying cardholders also enjoy travel packages, special fares and other perks when flying to Asian destinations from six U.S. cities. “Cathay Pacific espouses a ‘life well-traveled’ ethos: We believe that traveling well is an important part of living well. The forthcoming Synchrony credit card will allow customers to maximize their flight benefits and rewards so they may focus on living — and traveling — well,” said Eric Odone, vice president sales and marketing, Americas, Cathay Pacific. “Cathay Pacific is renowned for their customer service and we look forward to ensuring this exceptional experience extends to the new credit card program with meaningful rewards and value for U.S. travelers,” said Tom Quindlen, executive vice president and CEO, retail card, Synchrony Financial. “Whether they are a frequent flier or planning a special trip, Cathay Pacific travelers will enjoy having a new way to pay for their travel and the opportunity to take advantage of greater savings and benefits.”
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Hotel brands all over the world have pushed for sustainability. For many, it began with reducing single-use plastics, like straws. InterContinental recently announced the end of in-room miniature toiletries.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Marriott recently launched its Marriott Bonvoy Events platform; the new site is a tool for meeting and event planners that takes the place of the former Meetings Imagined. The platform provides detailed information about properties, tailored to planners’ needs, with insights and information about the meeting planning industry.