“LUXList 2012” Declares Best Luxury Travel Brands of the Year

LUXGetaway.com, the website best known for its editorials on luxury travel, releases its first annual “LUXList,” luxury travel’s list for the top brands of 2012.  LUXGetaway.com’s panel of travel experts has chosen the top luxury travel brands of 2012 within each respective category.

The 2012 LUXList

Domestic Airline: Virgin America
Virgin America’s in-flight experience continues to be unparalleled by its competition.
www.virginamerica.com

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

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

Rental Car Company: Hertz
In an industry with lots of choice, and highly driven by price, Hertz prides itself on its customer service and Hertz #1 Club rewards program.
www.hertz.com

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 at 3 airport lounges around the world.
www.americanexpress.com

Fractional Ownership Network: Timbers Resorts
Timbers Resorts now has 12 properties in their collection of luxury boutique resorts. Each one is uniquely positioned and embodies the culture and community of the destination in which it resides.
www.timbersresorts.com

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.
www.exclusiveresorts.com

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

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

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.
www.inspirato.com