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Exclusive offer for American Airlines AAdvantage members.

With Marriott, you get more than an unforgettable experience. Earn 1000 AAdvantage® bonus miles when you stay at select JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott® Hotels, or Gaylord Hotels® between November 9, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Start planning your next trip to one of more than 250 participating Marriott full service-hotels and resorts in the US and Canada. More Destinations. More Miles.
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Registration for this promotion is required. Offer valid November 9, 2015 through January 31, 2016 at participating Marriott properties. Reservation must be made by December 23, 2015. Enrollment and registration with Marriott Rewards® is required to be eligible for this promotion. American Airlines AAdvantage® members must be members of Marriott Rewards® and indicate American Airlines AAdvantage miles as their earning preference in order to qualify for this offer. A maximum of 1,000 bonus miles can be earned per stay and a maximum of 5,000 bonus miles can be earned with this promotion. Miles earned on all qualifying charges at participating JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, and Gaylord Hotels®. Members electing to earn Marriott Rewards points are not eligible for this promotion. Only miles can be earned for bonus portion. Please allow six to eight weeks after promotion ends for bonus miles to be posted to your American Airlines AAdvantage account. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent in the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Only one room per hotel is counted towards a member’s nights or stay. Your preferred airline/miles program reserves the right to change program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. All program terms and conditions of your preferred airline/miles program apply. All Marriott Rewards terms and conditions apply. See MarriottRewards.com or call 800-249-0800 for complete Marriott Rewards terms and conditions.
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American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage® program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage® program with six months notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. Unless specified, AAdvantage® miles earned through this promotion/offer do not count toward elite-status qualification or AAdvantage Million MilerSM status. American Airlines is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies. For complete details about the AAdvantage® program, visit aa.com/aadvantage.
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Source: Amereican Airlines

Coffee drinkers win the battle of the beverages at London City Airport

It appears as if passengers at London City Airport (LCY) do literally wake up and smell the coffee as the gateway reveals that it sold 25,000 cups of the beverage last month!

LCY claims to have discovered its passengers love of coffee during a new survey looking into the drinking habits of airport visitors.Remarkably for a nation of tea drinkers, the humble cuppa was completely overshadowed by the sale of over 800 coffees a day, with cappuccinos the best seller.
October was a significant month for the airport as it enjoyed its busiest ever week – 94,686 passengers from the week commencing Monday 19th – and welcomed 408,544 passengers overall.In total,  25,773 coffees were sold meaning that one in every 15 passengers grabbed a caffeine fix before their flight or whilst waiting for arriving friends and family.
The coffee fest involved 4,616 cappuccinos, 3,789 lattes and 2,364 Americanos whilst the cup of tea, thought for a long time to be Britain’s favourite drink, was booted out of first place and accounted for just a fifth of the airport’s total hot drink sales combined with hot chocolates.
Research by the Financial Times earlier this year found that the UK is a nation of coffee addicts with 1.7 billion cups sold per year. Indeed, one in five people will visit a coffee shop every day, up from one in nine just five years ago.An LCY spokesperson said: “For a nation of tea drinkers though it’s quite surprising to see just how many coffees we sell, and we’ve been looking into the reasons behind the high numbers.”One in 15 might not sound much but it all works out as nearly 831 litres a day, which is around eight people’s water consumption in an entire year!
“If you factor in our busiest times of day, which is usually between 7am and 10am and then 5pm and 7pm, it looks as if we have passengers that need a cup of coffee to help them perk up before heading off in the morning or keep them awake when flying back in the evening.”

Source: Airport World

Oslo Airport unveils vision of the future for F&B and convenience store offerings

Oslo Airport has released a sneak preview of the new food, beverage and convenience store offerings that will open at the gateway in April 2017!

A total of five operators have been selected to serve food and beverages to the passengers at Norway’s main airport.
“A long, meticulous selection process has resulted in our decision to enter into a partnership with five operators,” says Øyvind Hasaas, managing director of Oslo Airport.”These operators submitted the overall best tenders and we feel certain that the Norwegian people will be pleased with our choices.”
The five winners are SSP, HMSHost-UMOE F&B Company, Reitan Convenience Norway, Joe & The Juice and BIT.The number of F&B establishments will increase from the current 20 to 37, while the number of convenience stores (kiosks) will increase from six to ten. 
“Our ambition has always been to bring in more operators, and now we have a good mix of companies that will provide better and more extensive food, beverage and kiosk offerings than what we have today,” says Hasaas. 
“Our ambition has always been to provide the best possible services for our passengers. While our current food, beverage and kiosk offerings are good, we believe that this will be enhanced when we open an airport nearly double its present size in April 2017.”Among the existing food and beverage establishments, Peppes Pizza, O`Learys, La Baguette, W.B Samson, Caffè Ritazza, Starbucks and Aquavit Bar will continue, while Franks Deli and Upper Crust will be phased out.
“We have wanted a broad selection where passengers can choose among both international and Norwegian menus. Several of the establishments have Norwegian food and beverages on the menu, while others have a more international flavour.”It is this combination that makes us certain that our passengers can look forward to excellent culinary experiences, at acceptable prices,” Hasaas concludes.

Source: Airport World

New owners named for key Japanese airports

Sendai in northern Japan and Osaka’s Kansai and Itami airports are all set to have new operators within the next few months as part of the government’s plans reduce spending on key infrastructure to reduce the national debt.

A private consortium spearheaded by rail operator, Tokyu, is set to rubber stamp a 30-year concession is manage Sendai by the end of 2015.
While an ORIX-Vinci Airports spearheaded consortium has been selected as the preferred ‘negotiations rights holder’ for Osaka’s gateways and is expected to take over the running of the city’s Kansai and Itami for 44 years from April 1, 2016.
If the $18 billion deal goes ahead ORIX Corporation and Vinci Airports will each have a 40% stake in a new, yet-to-be established concessionaire company with the remaining 20% of the shares owned by local companies.
Orix Corporation is one of Japan’s most acquisitive financial firms, while the deal will cement Vinci Airport’s status as one of the world’s leading airport operators.

Source: Airport World

UK firm appointed to conduct the retail planning for Istanbul's new mega-hub

The retail planning for Istanbul’s eagerly awaited new €10.2 billion gateway is to be carried out by London-based The Design Solution.

Located in Amavutköv district 35 kilometres northwest of Istanbul, it will replace Atatürk Airport as Turkey’s major gateway and will have an ultimate capacity of 150 million passengers per annum.
Set to open in 2018, Istanbul’s new airport is expected to be an iconic global hub that sets new standards in operational and service quality, and operator İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi AŞ (IGA) is determined that the retail experience will set a new benchmark for travel retail.  The airport will have a gross floor area of over one million square metres, of which approximately 53,000sqm has been set aside for retail.Earlier this year UNIFREE DutyFree İşletmeciliği AŞ – in which Gebr Heinemann has a majority stake – secured a 25-year contract to operate all of the international airside retail space and The Design Solution will be working closely with these retail and supply partners to develop the optimum overall commercial plan. 
Robbie Gill, managing director of The Design Solution comments: “It is both challenging and humbling to be working with the biggest new airport on the planet – a gateway to one of the world’s greatest and most unique cities.”We are immensely proud to have been selected to support IGA’s astonishing vision where we can apply our extensive global experience to the project including, most recently, the commercial planning of the new Midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi, but the scale of Istanbul’s new airport adds an extraordinary new dimension to the challenge.  
“IGA have a clear focus on creating what they describe as ‘the world’s best shopping environment in worldwide travel retail’, ranging from a new interpretation of contemporary luxury to a traditional bazaar concept, and we look forward to being part of delivering this unique and authentic vision. “Istanbul itself provides a unique inspiration for how an authentic sense of place can be delivered, ensuring that every passenger enjoys the retail space to the full and also that they feel intrinsically connected to the city at the bridge of Asia and Europe.”
Construction on the first of the four-phases of the project began on May 1, 2015, and includes a massive earthworks programme to provide a platform for the infrastructure development.  Ultimately the new airport, with an area of 76 square kilometres, will accommodate six runways and, when it opens (2018), the current airport will then be closed. 
The Design Solution brings considerable experience from the greater MEA region through a portfolio of other major airport projects, including projects at Muscat, Doha, Mumbai, Delhi and Antalya. 

Source: Airport World

Earn up to 75,000 bonus miles when you buy or gift AAdvantage? miles today

Start your Cyber Monday shopping early with the best buy/gift offer of the year.
Now through November 30, 2015, you’ll earn up to 75,000 bonus miles when you buy miles for yourself, or add up to 75,000 bonus miles to your purchase when you gift miles to a friend or loved one.
That’s a total of up to 200,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles.

Terms and ConditionsAAdvantage members must purchase at least 6,000 AAdvantage miles or more in a single transaction from the Buy or Gift Miles program from 7:00:00am CT November 15, 2015 to 11:59:59pm CT November 30, 2015, to be eligible to earn bonus miles. The applicable bonus miles are awarded to the recipient for Gift Miles transactions. Bonus miles earned do not count toward the annual limits.
Source: Amereican Airlines

Episode 120 – Liberty of the Seas Listener Cruise Review

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Source: Royal Caribbean

Earn up to 75,000 bonus miles when you buy or gift AAdvantage? miles today

Start your Cyber Monday shopping early with the best buy/gift offer of the year.
Now through November 30, 2015, you’ll earn up to 75,000 bonus miles when you buy miles for yourself, or add up to 75,000 bonus miles to your purchase when you gift miles to a friend or loved one.
That’s a total of up to 200,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles.

Terms and ConditionsAAdvantage members must purchase at least 6,000 AAdvantage miles or more in a single transaction from the Buy or Gift Miles program from 7:00:00am CT November 15, 2015 to 11:59:59pm CT November 30, 2015, to be eligible to earn bonus miles. The applicable bonus miles are awarded to the recipient for Gift Miles transactions. Bonus miles earned do not count toward the annual limits.
Source: Amereican Airlines

The Lady and the Kapitan: A Polar Love Story

Karina Taylor loves to travel, and for years she has been passionate about a Kapitan.
Powerful and impressive, her Kapitan is no stranger to the rigors of polar travel, sharing the record with Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen for reaching 78 degrees south. The Kapitan is also a veteran of the Northwest and Northeast passages – having navigated the Northwest Passage more than any other passenger vessel on Earth – and was the first to circumnavigate Antarctica with guests.
Karina’s Kapitan is the Kapitan Khlebnikov (KLB), the world’s most powerful icebreaker and a Quark passenger favorite.
Karina and her Kapitan – Photo credit: Karina Taylor
A civil servant from Melbourne, Australia, Karina first set eyes on the Kapitan Khlebnikov in the early 1990s.
“The travel section in my weekend paper did a lift out on polar travel. I had been fascinated with travel to Antarctica since I read Sir Ernest Shackleton’s book South as a kid. The article had photos of several expedition ships and then my eyes fell upon the Khlebnikov and I knew straight away it was the vessel I wanted to travel on,” she explained. “It was big and sturdy and simply magnificent. I cut that picture out and for 15 years or so it was stuck on my fridge.”
Karina began learning everything she could about polar travel, and in 2010, decided it was time to take her dream trip. She contacted Quark and was added to a waiting list for two possible Kapitan Khlebnikov itineraries. It didn’t take long for good news to arrive: she was booked for November 2010, for a trip to Antarctica.
“I was elated and spent the year scanning the internet for polar gear. I loved the excitement of parcels arriving from overseas every few weeks with interesting items like waterproof pants, gaiters, buffs and goggles.”
Traveling on an Icebreaker 
The time finally arrived, and Karina traveled to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world and a destination in its own right. This embarkation point is where Karina finally saw her Kapitan in person.
As a polar-class icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov combines power and technology with comfort. Its advanced icebreaking technology and 24,000 horsepower engine can navigate the most remote, ice-choked destinations. The vessel has 51 cabins and suites, each featuring private facilities, large windows, desk, hairdryer, robes and large closets.
“As soon as I boarded the KLB in Ushuaia, I felt completely at peace. The cabins are small, practical and comfortable. I loved that the portholes open to let in crisp air. The auditorium where movies and lectures are held seats everyone comfortably. The bridge is huge, and a fantastic place to watch the skilled captain and his team at work.”
The bar, lounge and library are intimate locations for socializing with other passengers, but Karina says the ship is so huge it’s never a problem finding a quiet spot on deck to absorb the sights and sounds of some of the most remote vistas in the world.
 A stunning view – Photo credit: Karina Taylor
Karina remembers she had to keep pinching herself to prove she was really there and not dreaming! The wildlife was amazing, the scenery stunning, and she got to fulfill a lifelong dream during that first trip.
“We enjoyed the most incredibly perfect weather for our days exploring South Georgia Island, enabling us to have multiple landings per day and picturesque scenic Zodiac cruises. It was here I finally stood at the grave of my lifelong idol Sir Ernest Shackleton, toasted his braveness and shed a tear at the realization I was finally really there.”
It was the trip of a lifetime, but just a year later Karina was on board Kapitan Khlebnikov again, headed for East Antarctica. The highlights of that voyage included emperor penguin colonies, iceberg alleys, and Christmas Eve flight-seeing on one of KLB’s two helicopters.
 
The Icebreaker Experience   
“Flying over pack ice and huge icebergs, ducking and weaving around them thanks to the skills of our amazing pilots, then landing near an ice cave and an emperor colony for the entire day and evening. I don’t have the words to describe this day. It was simply perfect. I didn’t want it to end.” 
Karina says the Expedition teams make the trip, and Quark has some of the best. 
“They share an incredible passion for the destination and an amazing knowledge of the history, geology and wildlife. They get just as excited as passengers at the sight of a blue whale or a fluffy emperor penguin chick being fed by its parent,” she recalls. 
On-board lectures are informative in themselves, but Karina says the flow of knowledge, information and anecdotes is virtually non-stop.
“The expedition teams go out of their way to ensure each passenger has the experience of a lifetime. They are a credit to Quark and I would happily sail with any of them again. I am happy to call many of them my friends to this day.”
In all, Karina has spent 116 days traveling the Polar Regions in the past four years and has seen about 70% of the Antarctic coast. Every trip is an adventure, and leaves her wanting more. 
“Every day is a new and wondrous feeling and experience. Every day takes my breath away. Every day makes me want to plan another trip.”
Fortunately for Karina, there are many options for travel in Antarctica or the Arctic. And for 2016, Khlebnikov will conduct a rare full circumnavigation and semi-circumnavigation of the Arctic, along with four extraordinary Arctic Icebreaker Expeditions.
Contact one of our experienced Polar Travel Advisers today to book your adventure.

Source: Quark Expeditions

Voyage Spotlight: Celestial Crossing

Experience the romance of the sea and the pure joy of cruising as you spend 14 blissful nights sailing from Miami to Barcelona aboard Seven Seas Navigator®. From relaxing in complete comfort in your luxurious suite to exploring the famous Rock of Gibraltar, you will create endless memories during this voyage across the Atlantic.  Below is a sampling of memorable moments that await you.

Memorable Moment No. 1: Admiring first-hand the fascinating barrier coral reef that surrounds Bermuda and the colorful array of fish that make the reef their home during an intriguing orientation tour of Bermuda’s West End.

Memorable Moment No. 2: Indulging in a rejuvenating massage and nourishing facial at the legendary Canyon Ranch SpaClub® during one of many glorious days at sea.

Memorable Moment No. 3: Partaking in an interactive discussion led by an expert from The Smithsonian Collection by Smithsonian Journeys.

Memorable Moment No. 4 Discovering the stunning beauty of Madeira’s shoreline from Europe’s highest cliff before enjoying  afternoon tea in the Old World charm of Reid’s Palace Hotel.

Memorable Moment No. 5 Hiking to St. Michael’s Cave and Ape’s Den in Gibraltar to view the Barbary apes and tailless Moroccan monkeys in their natural habitat.

Memorable Moment No. 6 Enjoying juicy Porterhouse Steak, succulent Filet Mignon and great conversation during an entertaining dinner at Prime 7.

Memorable Moment No. 7 Savoring the distinctive cuisine and signature beverages of Catalonia by taking a hands-on cooking class, sampling the area’s wines and cavas, and visiting a farm during a Culinary Creations: Taste of Barcelona Post Cruise Land Program.
Create your very own moments aboard Seven Seas Navigator in March. Celestial Crossing features a specially-priced Business Class Air Upgrade for only $1,299 from Barcelona, while guests in Penthouse Suites and higher receive FREE Business Class Air* from Barcelona.

Source: Regent Seven Seas