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Búcsú Malév Hungarian Airlines

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The second European airline in less then a week shutdown. Malev Hungarian Airlines part of One World grounded all aircraft and stoped all operations. Directions for passingers has been posted on the company webpage. Spanair shutdown just a week before.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state radio that two Malev planes were still overseas, one in Tel Aviv, the other in the Irish Republic. The premier said those planes were not allowed to take off because of Malev's ...

Sad times for Star Alliance!

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Could 2012 be a sad year for the Star Alliance? Well looks like it, Star has lost some of it’s shine and could be more on the way?

The hard times for star started when Lufthansa sold off British Midland International (bmi) to their european rival IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia; One World Member airlines. It looks like this sale will go thru, but there is a chance that the UK government might rule this would be a monopoly. Star really wanted Lufthansa to ...

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The end of Spanair.. Not a shock to me.

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It is always sad to see a company just shut down, the people who lost their jobs today are indeed in my thoughts.

Here you can watch a video of the Spanair ticket desk closing its windows for the last time.

The fact of the matter is; it was a poorly run airline with very little standards. The only reason it was in the Star Alliance is that it was once part of the SAS group (a founding member of star). The network loss will be a hole for Star, many airlines like LH, LX, SK ...

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Service in Sofia, Hilton Style at the Hilton Sofia!

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I can not express how impressed I was with the staff at the Hilton Sofia Bulgaria, never have I been to a hotel that every member of staff stood out as special. I think the staff follows the lead of the General Manager of this hotel, Mr. Jacques Brune. He welcomed me at check in as a Diamond member, he walked by the Executive lounge and spotted me in the lounge he stopped in for a chat. It was clear that Mr. Brune has pride in his hotel and staff. I did find this very interesting article ...

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Herr Doctor VS The Captain

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Well this was a first for me, an airport Doctor fighting with an airline captain. With a nice and orderly on time boarding in Munich I took my seat 4D on a Lufthansa Flight operated by bmi for Lufthansa. (LH has BD operating flights for them from MUC and FRA to Manchester and Birmingham). The crew is a bmi crew with one German speaker. Most everyone was in their seats when 3 bright orange vest escort 3 passengers on board. It was a Doctor and some other EMS type people who worked for MUC ...

Sorry! That Will Require 2 Tickets.

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The other night I wanted to book a Star Alliance reward with my UNITED miles, so I called the 1K desk, I found the flights I wanted to get me from Manchester, UK (MAN) to Terceira, Azores (TER). I wanted to book MAN-FRA-LIS-TER and return, a reward within Europe for 25K miles. I wanted to route via FRA as my friend is going with me and he is based in FRA.

The UNITED agent told me routing via FRA would not work as I was “going to far out of the way” She added the ...

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Hyatt Regency London “The Churchill”

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I have been a Hyatt fan for a long time and I have always heard good things about the Hyatt Regency in London. My trips to London have been for business and the rates at the Hyatt were always out of what I could spend so I would pick the Hilton London Tower Bridge or Hilton Paddington; both very good hotels. After my stay at the Hyatt they were blown out of the water, just a really nice hotel. I should say I have very low expectations for any hotel in the UK, but in London I have ...

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Hilton Istanbul, the longest operating Hilton hotel outside The Americas - A review

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In its 55th year of operation, the Hilton Istanbul continues to impress with its great location, inspiring views and facilities. In 2010, the Hilton Istanbul Executive Lounge was cited by US Business Traveler magazine as being one of the ‘World’s Best Executive Lounges’.

The Executive Lounge features floor to ceiling windows with stunning panoramic views across the Bosphorus. Guests with Hilton Diamond status or ...

Review: Hilton Frankfurt Airport - NEW HOTEL - Many Photos

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I was lucky to stay at the brand new Hilton Frankfurt Airport in Germany! WOW what an amazing place! When I walked into the lobby of the Hilton, I thought to myself this looks like a Hyatt. This hotel is upscale modern for sure, and is just impressive to look at. Hilton made a major investment here! The Sheraton should be very worried, and also get working on updating the rest of that hotel.

As I was a guest still in the opening days the hotel was not very full, and it was kind of ...

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Quick first look at: Hilton Frankfurt Airport (Video)

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Here is a first look inside the Hilton Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany. This hotel opened on Dec 20 2011, and still has the new hotel smell. 

Below is a quick video showing a twin executive room and the public areas of the hotel. I will post a full review with many more photos of both the Hilton and The Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport soon. The hotels are located in "The Squaire" right at the FRA airport and in the long distance rail station. You can ...

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ANY WEEKEND ANYWHERE! Save on your 2012 Hilton Weekend Stay! Book Now!

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As I first reported back in November Hilton will once again have the "ANY WEEKEND ANYWHERE" sale. You can book some very good rates now thru any Hilton booking channel, the sale requires you to book now till the end of January, and stay any weekend in 2012 at all Hilton Family hotels worldwide. This is a fully pre-paid rate, and is for the room only. Some hotels have a rate called, “AWA WITH BREAKFAST” this rate is more but gives each booked person in the room a full breakfast. ...

Texas is Getting Bigger Thanks to Lufthansa.

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On August 1, 2012, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport will become the first airport in Texas to receive A380  service, when Lufthansa upgrades the aircraft type it uses to operate the Houston-Frankfurt flight. LH440. IAH will be Lufthansa’s fourth destination in the United States with A380 service.

The LH A380 will operate from Terminal D at IAH. Over the next several months, the Houston Airport will be renovating Terminal D to make accommodations to handle the extra-large aircraft.

There also looks like some good reward space in Y and C for this flight.

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Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport to open Dec 20 2011

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As I first reported on back in Aug, Hilton Worldwide is set to opens two hotels this December in the iconic and futuristic THE SQUAIRE at Frankfurt Airport, two of its hotel brands will stand next to each other in this new development. As Germany’s second Hilton Garden Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport will offer 334 rooms, in addition to 249 rooms and suites at Hilton Frankfurt Airport. I have been in contact with the hotels and both hotels will open on 20 December 2011. As ...

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The Hilton Prague - I award you the best Hilton Executive lounge in Europe! - Congratulations

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Winner of ‘The Best Hotel in the Czech Republic' for the 4th consecutive year at the TTG Travel awards 2011, the Hilton Prague hotel is still one of my favorite Hilton’s out there. I will also like to award the Hilton Prague with an award of my own, the best Hilton Executive lounge in Europe. I have been to most; if not all the Hilton hotels in Europe with lounges so I think I can empower myself with bestowing this award. Hands down this hotel runs a lounge that I would ...

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The New Turkish Airlines Lounge in Istanbul

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Hello from the Turkish Airline Lounge in Istanbul Turkey (IST). This lounge is very cool, and here are some photos. As a Star Gold having access to lounges like this is so nice.

This lounge has a Kids area with video game, pool table, books, and more.. showers and Suites for a nap. The bathroom is very clean and modern. Made to order food items, coffee and Tea bar service. Just one kick ass lounge.. This place makes the UNITED clubs look like a homeless shelter.

You can see even more photos of the Turkish Airlines Istanbul Lounge as well.

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Winter Time Sales for Hilton Family!

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Just got word that Hilton Family Hotels will be having 2 winter time sales this year. They will be called the “December Sale” and the return of the “Any Weekend Anywhere” sale.

I’m told the Dec sale will start very soon and will cover stays into early Jan 2012. Then in Jan Hilton will kick off the Any Weekend Anywhere sale like last year, giving deep discounts upto 50% off on weekend nights for all of 2012. These will be prepaid rates that can be booked in Jan 2012.

More details to come soon, so you might want to think twice about booking any prepaid rates for Dec or weekend nights in 2012.

Flying for Status on US Airways in Envoy. (Part 1)

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I just finished a mileage run to make UNITED 1K for next year. I was lucky to find a very good Business/First class fare on US Airways from Manchester, UK (MAN) to Seattle (SEA). I departed MAN on Friday on the MAN-PHL flight on a A330-300 in Envoy, followed by PHL-PHX on a A321 in First, and finally PHX-SEA on a A320 also in First. 

When I booked this I was thinking how bad can it be? The last time I was on US Airways was back in 2000 on an old and run down B767 in Economy and ...

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Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport - Good pick for Hilton VIP's

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  This could be my favorite hotel in the US, as I live in Europe I do not experience many US hotels. I have been a guest at the DoubleTree at SEA airport over 10 times now, and I have to say consistency is this hotels best trait and over the past 4 years I have been impressed with seeing the same staff over and over, the same and very good diamond VIP treatment and just overall room quality. The only thing this hotel needs is an executive lounge and it would be ...

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Lufthansa is growing in Berlin

This week Lufthansa announced that they will be growing in Berlin! The current service from Berlin on Lufthansa is mostly domestic routes, with other European being served by Star Alliance partners. This will all happen when the capital of Germany welcomes the new airport “BER” Berlin Brandenburg Airport 'Willy Brandt'. Lufthansa will start 30 new destinations from summer 2012. Lufthansa's Berlin fleet is set to grow from nine to 15 aircraft all Airbus, mostly A319 from the failed ...