Although rules remain unchanged, United Airlines is look to enforce its policy more strictly. It has installed new equipment for checking bag sizes at many airports.Anyone stopped at security with bulky luggage will be sent back to the ticket counter to check the bag for a $25 fee .Passengers are allowed to take one bag aboard measuring no more than 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches, along with an additional small item such as a laptop bag or purse.
Starting in 2015, Delta’s frequent flier program will be revamped to reward members not by how many miles they fly, as in the past, but on how much they spend on airfare.
Alaska Airlines is allowing customers to check one box of pineapple without charge on domestic itineraries from Hawaii stations to the mainland. The box must be properly packaged and meet Hawaii Agriculture regulations.
Effective March 19, Alaska Ticket Counter will move to Terminal A from Terminal B, and Gate Location will move to Gate A30 from Gate 41B at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.
Effective March 26, Alaska Ticket Counter in Terminal 1 will move across from Checkpoint 1.Gate Location will move to Concourse C at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minnesota.
The Port of Seattle has installed three new water bottle filling stations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.The new wall-mounted system use sensors to dispense filtered water.They can be found in the following locations post-security:
Frontier Airlines will offer seasonal nonstop service to Seattle from Cleveland Hopkins International airport, beginning June 13, 2014. The new service will operate 3 days a week, Tues/Thurs/Sun, on 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
Alaska Airlines is going to add new daily routes between Seattle and New Orleans starting on June 12, Seattle and Tampa, FL starting on June 20, and Seattle and Detroit starting on September 4.
Thousands of guests who used their cards at hotels managed by White Lodging may have had their account information stolen. White lodging operates about 170 hotels across the United States, 19 of them flagged under Marriott International brands. The breach lasted for most of 2013.
ETC has verified that none of our clients stayed at these hotels during this period.
Southwest Announces New Routes From Dallas Love Field
Southwest Airlines has announced a line-up of 15 new routes from Dallas Love Field Airport. Starting from October 13 of 2014, the carrier will add non-stop services to Baltimore, Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Chicago, following by other routes including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Phoenix the following month.
The new flights will be available for booking from May and expected to lead to more competitive fares, at least in the short time.
The U.S. Department of State Issued Warnings To Travelers in Cairo
January 25th marks the third anniversary of the start of the 2011 change of government in Egypt. The U.S. Department of State had issued warnings to travelers that there could be protests and disruption to travel around the country in the days before and after the anniversary. Four people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a car bomb in Cairo on January 24th.
United to Debut Upgraded Boarding Area in San Francisco
A yoga room, dedicated kids' space and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the features of a newly renovated boarding area United Airlines will unveil later this month at San Francisco International Airport. United will open the boarding area E of Terminal 3 on Jan. 28, featuring upgrades that will include an entertainment center, dining options and expanded space.
Budget Legislation Increases 9/11 Security Fee On Air passengers
Budget Legislation increases the September 11 Security Fee on passengers of domestic and foreign air carriers for air transportation that originates at airports in the United States. The new fee structure will be a flat $5.60 fee per one-way trip and will be effective July 1, 2014. Currently, a passenger taking a non-stop flight pays a total of $2.50 per one-way trip, while a passenger with at least one connecting flight pays $5.00 per one-way trip.
International Partner Miles Help Earn Elite Status with Alaska Airlines
Starting January 15, 2014, flying on Alaska Airlines’ international partners will earn credit towards your Elite Status. Alaska’s international partners include: Aeromexico, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Fiji Airways, KLM, Korean Air, LAN and Qantas.
Alaska Airlines Brings More Nonstop Service to Salt Lake City
Alaska Airlines will bring more nonstop flights and more low fares to Salt Lake City from Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, and San Jose, plus a 3rd daily flight from Seattle. All new flights will begin in June 2014. Double elite qualifying miles will be earned between June 9TH and August 1st, 2014 if you register between now and June 15th, 2014.
American Airlines and US Airways Legally Close Their Merger
American Airlines and US Airways announced on Dec. 9th the completion of their merger to officially form American Airlines Group Inc. and begin building the new American Airlines. The new American has a global network with nearly 6,700 daily flights to more than 330 destinations in more than 50 countries and more than 100,000 employees worldwide.
Ryanair Sets Date for Allocated Seating
Ryanair will introduce allocated seating on all flights from February 1. Passengers will be able to select their preferred allocated seat either during the booking or when checking in online with three seat options available:
- Premium seats - Rows 1-5, 16 & 17 or 32 & 33 - giving customers priority boarding, extra legroom and/or faster disembarking for a fee of €10/£10 (the same fee as Ryanair's current reserved seat fee)
- Standard seats - Rows 6-15 & 18-31 - where customers can pre-select their preferred window or aisle seats or ensure that they sit together for a fee of €5/£5 (priority boarding can be added for a supplement of €2/£2)
- Allocated seating. Ryanair customers who do not wish to pre-select their seats can check-in during the period from 7 days to 2 hours prior to their flight and they will be assigned an allocated seat at no cost. (Free allocated seats will not be available prior to 7 days before each flight departure).
Ski Free Offer at Leading Resorts
An Alaska Airlines boarding pass will reward you with free skiing at some of the best snow in the West, including Mammoth (California), Sun Valley (Idaho), Big White (Canada) and more. Give ETC vacation specialist Tina a call at 425-453-8200 if you are interested in learning more about the details of the offer at each participating resort.
Customers Can Bid for An Upgrade on American Airlines
Customers can now bid on upgrades to first or business class cabins on some American Airlines flights. The airline's new Plusgrade program is being piloted in several markets and allows passengers to submit bids for upgrades six days before flight. However, the company declined to specify which markets are included in the trial. The airline will charge the customer if the bid is accepted, and says the program will not affect elite frequent-fliers' upgrade requests.
Sea-Tac Airport Welcomes New Duty Free Stores
The Port of Seattle welcomes the grand opening of Dufry’s newest American duty free stores in the south satellite, north satellite, concourse A and central terminal of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The vast majority of merchandise – including cosmetics, perfumes, handbags and watches – are available for purchase at reduced prices by any traveler. Only purchases of tobacco and alcohol are restricted to international departures.
Delta will add new daily nonstop flights to Seattle from San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, London, Hong Kong and Portland, Oregon beginning next year. The new service will provide customers with convenient connections to the airline's growing international network from Seattle.
Delta's new Seattle service includes:
Earn Double Miles on Alaska Airlines
You can earn Double Miles that credit towards status on Alaska Airlines’ flights to selected cities that pass through Seattle. You must register before your first qualifying flight between Seattle and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa, San Diego and Las Vegas.
FAA Approves Use of Most Electronic Devices Throughout Flights
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday announced that airline customers will soon be able to use most of their electronic devices throughout their entire flight, accepting recommendations made recently by an agency advisory group. However, voice communication on cell phones remains banned.
The FAA expects customers will be able to use their devices from take-off to touch down by the end of the year, but left certification and implementation plans and timetables to the individual airlines.
New Kimpton Hotel in Seattle
Kimpton willl be opening a new hotel in 2014 in the downtown Seattle West Edge neighborhood, just steps away from Pike Place Market and the famed Seattle waterfront. The hotel will also feature a Kimpton restaurant and a lounge, as well as 1,100 square feet of meeting and event space.
Alaska Changes Check-in Cut off Time to 40 Minutes
Starting October 30, 2013 all customers, whether or not they have bags checked, must be checked in at least 40 minutes prior to departure of their flight. Five stations still require 45 minutes: Newark, Las Vegas, Denver, Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Previously Executive Travel has provided free Automatic Flight Insurance on all tickets we issue for our corporate travelers. This insurance covered loss of life, limb or sight.
The insurance was provided through Cook & Co which underwrites the insurance with Zurich American Insurance Company. Zurich is the only company that offers this type of flight insurance and as yet does not have the proper filings in Washington State, so this insurance is no longer available at this time.
Zurich is working on obtaining the proper filings. When that happens we will again offer the insurance and notify you.
If you are thinking about investing in an electronic expense reporting product, you should be aware that there are several products available and there are compatibility issues among them. Executive Travel can provide guidance and recommendation as to what system best fits your company---give us a call.