Our panel of travel experts has chosen the top luxury travel brands of 2012 within each respective category. We call this list the LUXList.  And our winners are…

The 2012 LUXList

1. Domestic Airline: Virgin America
Virgin America’s inflight experience continues to be unparalleled by the competition.

2. International Airline: United Airlines
The merger with Continental Airlines is complete, and now provides one of the most complete global route networks in the world.

3. Hotel Company: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Starwood has had strong growth in new and existing markets within 2011, and continues in 2012 with its luxury brands including St. Regis, W Hotels, Le Méridien, Westin, and the properties within The Luxury Collection.

4. Rental Car Company: Hertz
In a industry with lots of choice, and highly drive by price Hertz themselves with it’s customer service and Hertz #1 Club rewards program.

5. Luxury Travel Reward Card: Platinum Card® from American Express
Lots of travel reward cards promise exclusive access, but the Platinum Card® from American Express delivers allowing you to bypass arrival lines at most U.S. airports when returning from intentional travel, and free access for 3 at airport lounges around the world.

6. Fractional Ownership Network: Timbers Resorts
Timbers Resorts now has 12 properties in their collection luxury boutique resorts. Each one uniquely positioned and engrained within the culture and community of its destination.

7. Vacation Club: Exclusive Resorts
The 10-year-old vacation club has reinvented how luxury travelers view vacation home ownership. Members have access to properties in 40 of the most desired luxury destinations throughout the world.

8. Luggage: Tumi
Tumi continues to design the world’s most attractive and practical luggage for frequent travelers.

9. Travel Accessories: Bose
Bose’s recent additions of their SoundLink wireless mobile speaker & OE2 headphones make Bose an even better companion while traveling.

10. Rookie of the Year: Inspirato
Inspirato, the new travel club already has an impressive 40 destinations within its portfolio. In their first year they have become the fastest growing club in the world.

One Comment

  1. Karma Foundation

    This is a perfect list for the modern, luxury traveler. There are so many brands, hotels and airlines claiming that they’re the best and most elite, which is why third party opinion and due diligence is so important. While each of these brands is highly reputable, they top the travel list because of the services they provide to their customers, creating and delivering on the luxury experience!