Interesting bits and pieces from around the world of travel and beyond…

There could be beds in Premium Economy sooner than you think

After winning a Crystal Cabin Award for its innovative cabin concept, Airbus is one step closer to bringing bunk beds to premium economy fliers.

Unwilling to spend a small fortune to fly in some of the world’s best first-class airline cabins, but struggle to sleep in economy seats? In the near future, you may be able to drift off in a real bed on a plane for the price of a premium economy ticket—if you’re willing to sleep in the cargo hold.

Priority Pass restaurant restriction: one visit per 24 hours

This past weekend, I flew through Ronald Regan (DCA) airport in Washington, DC with a long 6-hour layover. I’d previously read that Priority Pass allows users to check in to the same restaurant again after 2 hours.

I therefore didn’t worry about hitting the full $28 credit on my first visit to American Tap Room, a Priority Pass restaurant in Terminal C at DCA, figuring I’d visit again before taking off on my next flight.

These are the most expensive cities in the world in 2019

Asian and European cities led the list of most expensive cities around the globe in 2019.

That’s according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Worldwide Cost of Living report, which highlights the top 10 most expensive cities around the globe. The report uses more than 400 prices across 160 different products and services — including food, drink, clothing, and home rents — to calculate rankings.

Inside Changi Airport Singapore’s new ‘Jewel,’ home to world’s tallest indoor waterfall

Following four years of construction and nonstop media coverage, Singapore’slong-awaited Jewel Changi Airport is officially open.
Featuring a dramatic, doughnut-shaped exterior framed in steel and glass, the 135,700-square-meter space (around 1.46 million square feet) is a multi-use complex designed to connect three of Changi Airport’s four terminals.
But above all, the April 17 opening confirms long-held suspicions that yes, the “world’s best airport” is now even better and will likely hold onto its top spot on the Skytrax rankings, which it has dominated for the past seven years, for the foreseeable future.

Uber Secures $1 Billion Funding for Self-Driving Unit Ahead of IPO

Uber Technologies secured a $1 billion investment from three Japanese companies, ahead of an initial public offering expected next month.

Denso, Toyota Motor and SoftBank Vision Fund bought stakes in the self-driving unit, valuing the arm at $7.25 billion, according to a statement. The deal will help Uber, which tallied a $3 billion operating loss last year, to continue funding a very costly endeavor.

Header image courtesy of Airbus



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