While kids are heading back to the classroom, we’re already planning for the New Year. We have some exciting changes on the books — new columns and tweaks on our destination articles and informative features. We’ll reveal most of the updates in January 2016, but we couldn’t wait to share a fun twist: We have replaced our Snapshot page with a monthly quiz. This month, we challenge you to identify currency from countries around the world. When you think you have it right, check your score via the answer link or pull out your smartphone and scan the handy QR code.
Trying to maintain a competitive edge in the evolving world of airline loyalty programs? Turn to page 34 for a comprehensive report on who wins and who loses as airlines switch from mileage-based to fare-based accrual formulas; then turn to page 38 for a pictorial review of our Leisure Travel Awards gala on the rooftop terrace at Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica.
And when it comes to around-the-world travel, we bring you destination reports from Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Tucson, Guangzhou, Berlin, Singapore, Seoul, Murcia (Spain) and Bermuda. Plus, be sure to check out GT Select Hotels & Resorts. Global Traveler’s new online hotel directory brings you one-click access to everything you need to know about the world’s best luxury hotels and resorts.
Whether traveling for business or leisure — or both — we’ve got you covered.
The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.
Tauck announced plans to fully restart its U.S. tours by July 1. Departures of the Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston tour have already begun, with other popular tours across the country relaunching in the coming months. Check the Open for Travel page for information on specific tour departures.
Turkish Airlines resumed its premium onboard dining and hot meal service on all business- and economy-class flights longer than two hours and 15 minutes. The resumption of service is in accordance with all health and hygiene applications.
Denver’s The Source Hotel offers its new Passport Program. Overnight guests receive The Source Passport at check-in and from there can enjoy restaurants and retail establishments across The Source Hotel + Market Hall with exclusive discounts. Exclusive discounts are available at The Woods, Safta, Reunion Bread, Beet & Yarrow, Melted and more.
With the vaccine rolling out and U.S. air travel expected to pick up in the upcoming months, the personal finance website WalletHub released a report on 2021’s Best Frequent-Flyer Programs, to help travelers make the best decision for their wallets.
TAP Air Portugal now offers all passengers COVID-19 testing service at Lisbon Airport at a discount. Depending on a destination’s various restrictions, the Rapid Antigen Test is €21; the PCR test is €85; and a PCR Test plus Rapid Antigen Test is €106. TAP customers enjoy priority access to this service.