Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Business Traveller names best airline, hotel and car hire firm

Singapore Airlines has been named as the world's best airline by readers of Business Traveller magazine.


The airline also won best business class and best economy class while Emirates Airline won best first class for the second consecutive year.


The awards, which were presented by former BBC news reporter Kate Adie OBE and comedienne Jenny Éclair, were voted for by readers of the magazine.


Virgin Atlantic won best premium economy class while British Airways was named Best Shorthaul Carrier and it won Best Frequent Flyer Programme.


EasyJet was named Best Lowcost Airline


Hilton Hotels and Resorts won both Best Business Hotel Chain Worldwide and Best Hotel Chain in the UK and Europe.


Marriott scooped the prize for the best business hotel chain in North America for the fifth consecutive year and Jumeirah was named as the best business hotel chain in the Middle East for the sixth year in a row while Shangri-La was named as the best in Asia for the 16th consecutive year.


Singapore's Changi Airport held on to the title of Best Airport in the World, a title it has never lost and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport was the best in Europe. However, London Heathrow boasts the best tax-free shopping.


Avis won Best Car Rental Company Worldwide.


By Linsey McNeill

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  • Questioning the LHR choice

    I've found at outlets like the Harrod's store in T3 that they are not above contravening the law and charging a foreign traveller in THEIR currency and not in GBP. They have done this to me twice without advising me first or asking for my permission to do this as they are legally required to do. Upon doing a comparison, I've found that an instant 4% has been added to my cost as the store's rate of conversion vs that of my bank differs by that much. And of course as a traveller on the way to a flight, you are under the gun and they know it, and there is of course no one around outside that you can call to make a charge. I warn everyone about duty-free shopping at LHR.

    By David Smith, Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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