A walk through United Polaris business class lounge

United Polaris Business Class Lounge

If you have yet to experience Polaris, the new business class seat on United, then you’re in for a treat.

But the seats are not the only new product—the airline has recently opened up a brand new business class lounge in Chicago on December 1st, and will open three more this year in Newark, Los Angeles and London, and two more in 2018 inside the Hong Kong and Tokyo airports.

These posh new lounges will replace Global First class lounges, however United Clubs will continue to run alongside the new Polaris lounges. For those of you who have not had the chance to experience the new club at Chicago O’Hare, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see mid-year this year and on to 2018.

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A local’s guide to the modern city of Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

It’s incredible to think that the city of Frankfurt was almost entirely destroyed in World War II. It has now become a charming city that feels more like a large town. Boutique shops, cafés, amazing restaurants, markets, and museums have popped up all over the place, spurring an interest for Germans and tourists to come to not only explore but also relax in the spectacular city of Frankfurt. In fact, in the last 15 years, tourism in Frankfurt has doubled.

So what can you do in this city, with its futuristic architecture and bustling atmosphere? Here are our top five favorite spots, which are quite popular with the locals.

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Ultimate international destinations for foodies

best destinations for food

No matter where you are in the world, food is always a must and should always be incorporated into your getaway. Cities like Paris, Barcelona, and Shanghai among other popular destinations offer world-class dishes in both high-end and hole-in-the-wall restaurants and cafés, but they are not the only ones.

From street-food stalls to local spots that never change, the world is full of fresh, fun and uniquely delicious meals waiting to hit your taste buds. So for those who are looking for a food adventure, consider heading to these lesser-known destinations for some of the best cuisines.

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The NEW South African Airways business class seat

South African Airways Business Class

After three years, South African Airways (SAA) has finally released its new business class seat aboard their A330-300s, and it’s slicker than ever.

Kim Thipe, head of marketing at SAA, said: “We wanted to create a strong identity that was both reflective of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage and designed to appeal to both domestic and international passengers”.

So what does this new design feature and look like?

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Best first class versus best business class: who takes the top?

Emirates First Class

Flying in Business and First Class is a luxurious experience, some even more so than others depending on the airline you’re on. From The Residence apartment-like suites on Etihad, showers aboard Emirates, to the onboard bar on Virgin Atlantic—upper class cabins almost never disappoint. Nonetheless, there are always a few carriers that take the top when it comes to business and first class seats. Here are the best ones in both categories based on the Business Traveller Awards. How surprised are you?

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These airlines are rated the safest in the world

Qantas

Flying is not loved by all, in fact, one out of every three people have a fear of flying. Nonetheless, regardless of our anxieties, air travel can be unavoidable, especially if we have to travel for work or vacation. While there are various ways to ease our worries, opting for an airline known for its safety can make all the difference.

Every year, Airline Ratings publicize a list of the top 20 safest airlines in the world, analyzing 425 carriers based on several factors. These include incident records, audits, operational excellence, government associations, and FAA endorsements. Airlines are given a maximum of seven stars for all of these categories combined. If the carrier does not meet the criteria, no stars will be awarded. So, who took the prize for being the safest?

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Discovering Melbourne: a city full of surprises on every street corner

Melbourne

Melbourne has become a hub of sport, style, and culture. It has the coziness of a small town set in a modern metropolis. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking, Melbourne was ranked number one most livable city in the world—the sixth year in a row. It’s no wonder so many travel to Melbourne to not only see its wonders but to also live among them. From scenic drives, thriving art scene, hipster bars and cafes, unique shops and award-winning restaurants, the city is full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. So for those of you who are ready to take on this magnificent city, here are our favorite hot spots you cannot miss the next time you’re in town.

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Ask a local: Dubai’s hidden delights away from the tourists

Dubai, UAE

What once was a small fishing village, has now grown to be one of the wealthiest, multi-cultural and metropolitan cities in the world. Known for its jaw-dropping and futuristic skyscrapers, world-class shopping, and alluring beaches, Dubai continues to draw over 14 million tourists from all over the world to experience its magnificence.

Rather than standing in long lines to get to the top of Burj Khalifa, shopping through the Mall of Emirates, or tanning on the overcrowded beaches at the Palm Islands, why not take on the city and all that it has to offer outside of the norm? If you are the non-traditionalist when it comes to sightseeing, then we have just what you need. Here are Dubai’s top five hidden delights guaranteed to provide you with a true Arabian adventure.

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How to look great even after a long flight

long flight

Regardless if you travel often or not, internationally or domestically, being on an airplane can be damaging to not only our skin but also to our bodies. From high cabin pressure to salty foods and alcohol, airplanes can make us look and feel like a mess. Nonetheless, there are ways to look just as good (maybe even better) when you get off the plane with these few tips.

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Introducing “Melody”, a luxurious private jet from Airbus

Airbus Private Jet

If you were already blown away by Lufthansa’s private jet, then you’ll love Airbus’ A320neo “Melody” edition, also known as the ACJ320neo. The designers were “inspired by hilly horizons, rolling rivers and other curves of nature”, which you can really see with the different tones of green and white colors used throughout the single-aisle jet. If you look carefully, there are no hard corners, simply fluid ends and beginnings to give it a softer, more luxurious yet cozy feel.

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