Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire. Today (April 1, 2019): Top 10 best hotel reward programs. Almost all major hotel chains own a lucrative loyalty program that allow guests to earn hotel points and redeem them for discounted or free stays. Everybody should participate in these programs as they can save you tons of money (although many programs have devaluated in the last couple of years). Unfortunately, the high-end luxury hotel chains are rather reluctant to the idea of a loyalty program, hence why only very few of them offer one. I hereby present the 10 most rewarding hotel loyalty programs for luxury travel and what they offer (with pros and cons). However, always keep in mind that deciding which hotel loyalty program is best for you will mainly depend on 4 factors: The number of hotels in a chain (larger chains offer more options to earn and redeem points); The benefits that are most important to you; The destinations where you … [Read more...] about Top 10 best hotel loyalty programs to join in 2019
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Matthew Dolan and David Jesse Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Mar 20, 2019 The description of the proposed investment by the University of Michigan read like the fine print few people can fully comprehend. U-M's elected leaders voted in December 2017 to pour as much as $130 million into a new fund to target "mining, distressed opportunities, operating businesses, and commodities or production inputs that exhibit attractive upside potential due to valuation dislocations, transactional complexities, or supply and demand imbalances." Even with all those words, there may have been a surprising ingredient still missing: Bourbon. Records and interviews show the fund's managers at a Canadian private-equity firm are behind a new bourbon operation in Kentucky. Known as IJW Whiskey, the low-profile company has already erected large warehouses in Danville to store the corn-based, barrel-aged whiskey used to make bourbon and have … [Read more...] about University of Michigan investing in Kentucky bourbon?
Former first lady Michelle Obama has often discussed her love for reading and is now a worldwide best-selling author with her memoir Becoming. And when it comes to her picks for little readers, she keeps it classic. In an appearance on Today’s video series “Open Book with Jenna Bush Hager,” in which notable people chat about their reading habits and recommendations, Obama said the first character she remembers loving as a child was Pippi Longstocking, the red-headed adventurous main character created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Buy Obama's favorite booksBuy ItPippi Longstocking, Astrid LindgrenBuy ItBuy ItBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill MartinBuy ItBuy ItAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith ViorstBuy ItBuy ItLife of Pi, Yann MartelBuy ItBuy ItGrapes of Wrath, John SteinbeckBuy ItBuy ItGoodnight Moon, Margaret Wise BrownBuy It“I was really fascinated with this strong little girl that was the … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama shares the children’s books she used to read to her daughters
Angelina Jolie is no stranger to the spotlight.The daughter of actor Jon Voight often joined her famous father at red carpet premieres and awards shows, but it wasn't until the late 1990s that we got to see Angelina in her own right.Over the years, we saw more and more of the actress as she won at the SAG and Academy Awards -- and as she developed her craft, it's safe to say she developed her fashion sense as well. 68 PHOTOS Angelina Jolie's style transformation See Gallery Angelina Jolie's style transformation Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage) Angelina Jolie (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage) Angelina Jolie (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage) Angelina Jolie (Photo by S. Granitz/WireImage) Actress Angelina Jolie at National Board of Review Awards. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty … [Read more...] about Angelina Jolie’s complete style transformation was one for the books
Friday newsletters always feature travel contests, tips, series, or news. Today (February 22, 2019): February 2019 luxury travel news. Every last Friday of the month, you can read my news round-up of what’s happening in the world of luxury travel. In this issue: InterContinental Hotels takes over the Six Senses brand British Airways unveils stunning retro livery Mandarin Oriental opens an ultraluxe Dubai resort Air France unveils new A330 Business Class product Aman announces a new property in Japan Grand Hyatt New York to be torn down and redeveloped Boeing is developing a supersonic plane A Virgin Atlantic plane breaks the speed record (faster than the speed of sound!) Rosewood announces a resort on the Island of Hawaii Rosewood Bangkok will open in March 2019 Airbus puts super jumbo A380 out of production A new ultraluxe resort opens in the Maldives Air Senegal’s unveils its new A330-900neo Business Class 1. InterContinental Hotels … [Read more...] about Travel news: this month (February 2019) in luxury travel