When airlines endeavor to showcase their friendliness to the LGBT community, they tend to take a multipronged approach. From consumer marketing to sponsored partnerships to employee policies, carriers aiming to take off with gay passengers have a variety of angles to exploit. On the marketing side, United Airlines uses email blasts through the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Delta Air Lines offers LGBT vacation packages through its Delta Vacations brand, featuring hotels that meet criteria as gay-friendly properties. American Airlines maintains a gay and lesbian travel section on its site as well, with information about LGBT events, news and special offers. Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, includes LGBT travel recommendations on its blog. Across the Pacific, Air New Zealand has been among the most successful at attracting attention with its LGBT-focused marketing efforts. In 2008 the company launched what it called the first North American “Pink Flight” — a specially themed service from San Francisco in celebration of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. And the carrier staged a same-sex wedding at 30,000 feet after New Zealand legalized such unions in 2013. Several airlines partner with LGBT organizations to sponsor special events and support causes. Southwest Airlines, for example, is the official carrier of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The carrier also includes working with LGBT-owned suppliers among the goals of its supplier diversity initiative. United Airlines maintains a presence in pride parades in five of its hub cities, serves as the official airline of Equality Illinois and is a Gold Level Partner with IGLTA. And in 2015 the airline became the only top-tier Diamond Level partner of the National Gay Pilots Association, a nonprofit organization of LGBT pilots and aviation enthusiasts, many of whom work in commercial aviation. The way an airline treats its LGBT employees, in fact, provides another way the industry gauges which airlines are most respectful of the community. Most major airlines in the United States, for example, include LGBT employee groups; American Airlines has one of the newest since its merger with US Airways resulted in a combined group called Pride, which boasts about 620 members. And JetBlue touts its perfect score of 100 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, a rating from the Human Rights Campaign based on surveys and reports on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts invites travelers to celebrate the holidays at any of its properties in Riviera Maya, Mexico. There is no time like the present for you to experience a stay at one of these luxury resorts.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
After a two-year hiatus from in-person sporting and outdoor recreation events, the seaside, car-free town of Las Catalinas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, recently announced the return of the annual Tri Las Catalinas, an off-road, multisport triathlon, Feb. 15–18.
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
Plan a célébration spéciale this holiday season with a stay at a historic French chateau in the Loire Valley. If pipers piping and dancers dancing are part of your dream holiday experience, set your compass for Château de Chambord, where 100 twinkling Christmas trees set a festive tone for Renaissance music and dancing, storytelling, performances, workshops, themed activities and more. Guests can sip mulled wine and nibble on sweet indulgences, or peruse the shops for authentic, artisanal Chambord products crafted from the estate’s own natural resources.
For the 12th consecutive year, Global Traveler recognizes the best of the best in the industry, naming 2022’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
What a year 2022 has been for travel! It’s not an understatement to say travel rebounded and surged following the pandemic, and airlines, hotels, travel providers and more are ready and waiting to serve the masses returning to the beautiful art of traveling. As such, we celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2022 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 19th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel. Our countdown to year No. 20 begins now.