As I prepare for my annual visit to Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong, I am looking forward to flying China Airlines’ new business class and meeting with the chairman of the airline, Mr. Huang-Hsiang Sun. Mr. Sun attended Global Traveler’s GT Tested Awards gala last year at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, taking home a well-deserved award voted on by you, the readers.
In the summer, I played Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The course is on land formerly owned by famed automobile manufacturer John DeLorean, and has been painstakingly restored into a top destination for any golfer. I played thanks to Chase Inside Access, offered to me as a United MileagePlus Club Card by Chase cardholder. This valuable benefit enables cardmembers to attend A-plus events, dinners and attractions that might otherwise be difficult to attend.
We are excited about the launch of TrazeeTravel.com, a website written for and developed by the millennial generation for the new über travelers. It’s exciting to see the site come together and grow. Check it out and look at the website’s social media platforms. The new generation of travelers will vote for the Trazees — awards for the best in travel. We look forward to comparing the GT Tested Awards and the Trazees to see how different generations think and travel.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts another harsh winter, so think warm as you plan your winter vacation. Last year even the South was hit with a severe ice storm, crippling Atlanta and parts of Florida. Best to find a place far enough away to avoid the cold — people say the almanac is 80 percent right.
Aviation is in my blood, as I was reminded at my mother’s 92nd birthday party in August. My father was a commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II and continued long after in the Naval Reserves. As a “weekend warrior,” he piloted his U.S. Navy LTA (lighter-than-air) blimp from Lakehurst, N.J., where the ill-fated Hindenburg (a zeppelin, not a blimp) met its demise. Jack Gallagher flew his airship over the houses of family and friends in Delaware County, Pa., making a run through Drexel Hill and returning back to the hangar. “There goes Jack in his blimp,” everyone would say; not sure if the Navy knew it was his!
There is nothing like flying and getting out of your comfort zone. I was reminded of who I am when I took a quiz on TrazeeTravel.com. Turns out I am an adventurer and a jetsetter — go figure.
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.