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New Business Class-Only Airline Expands With Flights Between New York and London

We first wrote about La Compagnie—a business class-only airline founded by industry veterans Frantz Yvelin (L’Avion) and Peter Luethi (Swissair; JetAirways)—when it launched last July with flights connecting Newark Liberty International Airport and Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport. The carrier just announced that it will be launching its second route, between Newark and London, on March 29, 2015. Travelers will be able to book tickets by the end of December. The same tiered ticket structure (based on cancellation and change options), baby-blue airplane, and business-class amenities will apply.

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

Miami's New Food Scene

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It's past 9 p.m. in Miami—the fashionably late latin dinner hour.

A Lamborghini shimmers its way through Philippe Starck’s Easter Island–esque columns at the sleek condo complex Icon Brickell. Behind the Lambo trails a tomato red Porsche, then a Jaguar the color of enameled kale. My boyfriend, Barry, ogles the parade of conveyances. I fix my gaze on the stilettos that descend from the cars: Louboutins and metallic Jimmy Choos, steeper than anything spotted even in Moscow. The killer heels, and the men with fat wallets who love them, head inside past the soaring black-onyx bar, into the dining room of a new Mexican restaurant called Cantina La Veinte.

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A Year of Van Gogh

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The 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death brings a flurry of exhibitions. This month, the Beaux-Arts Museum in Mons, Belgium—a 2015 European Capital of Culture—explores the artist’s formative years (January 25–May 17). In May, Oslo’s Munch Museum (May 7–September 6) finds parallels between the Dutch and Norwegian masters. And van Gogh is the inspiration for further events in Amsterdam, Paris, and Arles, France.

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January 2015 Vacation Deals

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Bali: 35% from the Alila Villas Soori

West Bali Sojourn package includes:
 • Four nights in a Mountain Pool Villa.
 • Two 60-minute Balinese massages.
 • Yoga classes surrounded by volcanic sand beaches and rice paddies.
 • Return airport transfers included.

Cost: $1,628 ($407 per night), double, January 6-March 31.
Booking Code: T+L Deal

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Cruise Trends for 2015

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What’s new at sea? Boatloads, from redesigned ships to souped-up technology (finally, free Wi-Fi!). We’ve also got the scoop on river cruising—one of the year’s hottest trends.

New river ships, around the globe

Interest in river cruising is peaking thanks to a wave of sleeker ships in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the United States. “Our river-cruise business has tripled in the past five years,” says travel specialist Ruth Turpin, who is on T+L’s A-List of top advisors. “People are looking for an in-depth experience of a country.” In Europe, Viking River Cruises has 12 ships launching, while Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways, Scenic Cruises, and Emerald Waterways are christening two ships each, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, one. A pioneer of luxury cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Expeditions is turning its attention to the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia with the 205-foot Aqua Mekong. Stateside, American Cruise Lines’ Victorian-inspired paddle wheeler, American Eagle, will begin plying the Mississippi in March.

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Chef's Tour: Barcelona

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In the six years since Albert Adrià left El Bulli—the world-famous restaurant of his brother, Ferran, which closed in 2011—the Spanish chef has become an icon in his hometown. And his five restaurants, including his latest, the Mexican Hoja Santa ($$$), have turned the once run-down El Parallel district into a culinary hot spot. A month away from the debut of his cocktail school, Adrià reveals his local haunts to T+L.

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Six Things We Hope Won't Change at Kimpton Hotels

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Luxury behemoth Intercontinental Hotels Group went out and got itself a sexy Millennial hotel brand, dishing out $430 million in cash for Kimpton Hotels on Tuesday. As IHG remains mum on its future plans, fear that our favorite little boutique collection’s soul will be corrupted is washing over us at T+L. Here, six things we hope won't change at Kimpton.

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World's Oldest Public Museum Adds Newly Discovered Roman Treasure

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Christmas comes early in Rome. The Capitoline Museums, the oldest public museum in the world, has add a "new" statue to its collection—the 2nd century AD Vignacce Marsyas, a colored marble statue depicting an epic scene from the famous Greek myth of Marsyas. (Marsyas was flayed alive by Apollo after loosing to him in a music contest). 

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Flavor Paper Launches Travel-Inspired Wallpaper

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We’re calling it: paint is out, dynamically papered walls are in. The folks at Flavor Paper—the Brooklyn-based print lab turning out some of the world’s most interesting patterns right now—have taken things a step further with a new collection of travel-inspired photo murals. A collaboration with photographer and adventurer Boone Speed, the Superscape series transforms his outdoor panoramic images into indoor wall coverings that are fit to print (and sized and scaled to order).

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Data Stash from T-Mobile Lets You Budget Your Data

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T-Mobile just announced the latest in a recent string of attacks on the service-chokehold enforced by most mobile carriers: a “Data Stash” service allowing users to rollover unused data each month.

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Q&A with Canyon Ranch Spa Co-Founder and Wellness Visionary Mel Zuckerman

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As its 35th anniversary year comes to a close, Canyon Ranch and its co-founder, Mel Zuckerman, are eyeing a bright future—one that explores new frontiers in health and wellness—and includes brand-new campuses.

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A Memphis Map That's Fit for The King

Memphis Map for Elvis Downtown

Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? Brighten someone's Blue Christmas with a hand-drawn guide to Elvis's hometown. The Memphis Map for Elvis Fans highlights all The King's former haunts in River City, from his childhood home to where he worked as a truck driver to the spot where he made his first public appearance.

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White House Charts “New Course” with Cuba

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President Obama announced today sweeping changes to our policy with Cuba that will loosen travel and trade restrictions there. In ending our embargo—a Cold War Policy that has been in effect since 1961—the U.S. will re-establish an embassy in Havana and expand travel for Americans to the country.

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Q&A with Macaron Maven Yigit Pura

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He’s the first-ever winner of the televised cooking competition, Top Chef Just Desserts, and this Saturday, his new pâtisserie opens in Palo Alto, California. Pastry-chef Yigit Pura talks to T+L about passion, pastries, and the importance of pursuing your dreams.

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Marriott and Taj Hotels Offering Free WiFi—But There’s a Catch

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UPDATE: Starwood has joined the free Wi-Fi ranks. The hotel behemoth recently announced that it will offer complimentary service for all members of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program beginning in February. One hitch: you only get it if you book through an official Starwood channel, including hotel brand websites, SPG.com, and the SPG app.

Hyatt and Hilton: the ball is in your court.

 

In the last few weeks, two major hotel brands have announced that they will start offering free WiFi: Taj Hotels started November 15, and Marriott next year, on January 15. But before you start cheering, there is a catch: the internet speed is only fast enough for checking email, browsing the internet, and updating social media. All things we do while on the road, sure, but if you were hoping to stream any video or download large files, it’ll cost you.

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RelayRides Launches New Car Delivery Service

RelayRides

While Airbnb.com has dominated travel headline news around the mushrooming peer-to-peer economy, another player in the P2P space has quietly been gaining ground, offering travelers a feel-good alternative to traditional car rentals. Launched in 2010, RelayRides today announces what could be a game-changing feature—convenient delivery of your selected car to your home, hotel, or airport.

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Ways to Travel Better Twitter Chat on Tuesday December 16

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Want to find out how to make your life easier while traveling? Join our Ways to Travel Better Twitter Chat on Tuesday, December 16th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

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TODAY Show Video: Great Holiday Getaways

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Whether you’re looking to take a trip to a snowy city in the mountains or escape to a warm spot on the coast, we’ve got the perfect last-minute holiday getaways.

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Editor’s Find: The Secrets of St. James’s, London

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Sandwiched between Piccadilly and The Mall in London’s West End, St. James’s may be the most-traveled-through but least-known neighborhood in London. At least, that’s my take-away after spending a recent Tuesday morning walking through its historic streets, courtyards, and mews in the company of Frank Laino, executive concierge of the Stafford London in the heart of St. James’s. After 16 years of catering to the wishes of clients at the discreet, upscale Stafford hotel, Laino knows St. James’s like few others, and recently began squiring hotel guests on foot tours. Here are some of the most intriguing stops on his itinerary.

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Trends for 2015? Ask Pinterest.

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From travel to food and DIY, what will be trending in 2015? "The Pinterest 100" is a board made up of pins from influencers and members of the Pinterest community with tips on what to eat, make, and try next year. T+L is included in the travel round-up and excited to share tips on the best places and ways to travel next year. Find out more and follow along.

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SFO’s New Centurion Lounge First for West Coast

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American Express is extending its network of luxury airport lounges. With Centurion Lounge locations in Las Vegas, New York's LaGuardia Airport, and Dallas/Fort Worth, the newest addition opened at San Francisco International Airport—the first on the West Coast.

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Spread Holiday Cheer With Peninsula's "Snowpage"

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The Peninsula Hotels have found an adorable way to spread both holiday cheer and charitable good this season, and you can take part too.

Guests at Peninsula properties worldwide will find SnowPage, a smiley plush snowman, decorating the hotels’ public spaces. For every image of the stuffed animal posted to social media with the hashtag #SnowPage, Peninsula will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps children with life-threatening diseases fulfill their dreams.

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Why to Visit Fez in 2015

Medersa

For more than a decade, Marrakesh has been the Moroccan destination on everyone’s list, with its ever-more-luxurious hotels, nightclubs, and attainable whiff of the exotic. Fez, about 240 miles northeast of Marrakesh, was often an afterthought. Those who went there raved about the medieval medina—still totally inaccessible to cars, still genuinely Moroccan. But with few upscale places to stay, conservative Fez was never more than a quick stopover.

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Twitter Chat Recap: Nightlife

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Missed T+L's latest Twitter Chat on Nightlife? We've got the day's best tweets right here, with expert opinions on where to go, what to drink, and how to handle the morning after.

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Must-Download iPad App: Pixelmator

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Have you ever tried to get a photo in Times Square or Grand Central—without the obstructions of fanny-pack-wielding pedestrians? Chances are you have, and that you’ve failed. Enter Pixelmator, a powerful new iPad-only app that can make it happen.

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What Travelers Should do to Maximize Miles in 2015

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When it comes to travel, the theme of 2015 is all about shifting loyalty. Delta and United are both switching to revenue-based frequent flyer programs, meaning you’ll now earn miles based on the price of your ticket rather than based on the flight distance. Starting in February of 2015, we’ll see the elite status ‘cliff' and we will also see more people fall off because of the requirements that are going to be put in place. Here are four key trends to watch for:

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Spas to Visit Now: Island Spa Catalina

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Situated off the L.A. coast, Catalina has long been a favorite escape, so it's no surprise to see a destination spa open on the island. Island Spa Catalina is part of a $40 million revitalization plan for Catalina Island. 

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Expedia Releases Airplane Etiquette Study

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What are the biggest no-no’s while flying? Kicking the seat in front of you, according to Expedia’s second annual Airline Etiquette Study. The travel giant partnered with research firm GfK and asked 1,000 Americans to rank fellow fliers’ most bothersome actions.

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The Real Deal with Amazon Travel

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If you’ve heard the rumors about Amazon’s new travel site, you’re not alone. Buzz is big surrounding the e-commerce company’s aggressive appeals to hotels across the nation. But Amazon’s plan isn’t to compete with TripAdvisor or Expedia. Instead, the changes are a part of a massive build-out of the burgeoning Amazon Local.

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Nightlife Twitter Chat on Tuesday, December 9

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Where are the hottest new bars and best spots for nightlife? Find out what the experts have to say on Tuesday, December 9th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

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