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Hilton Now Allows Guests to Select Their Exact Hotel Room

In July, Hilton became the first hospitality company to offer room selection and customization via mobile and Internet-based floor plans.Guests can currently select their exact room online or via the Apple and Android HHonors apps across five Hilton U.S. brands: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites. That covers nearly 1,000 Hilton hotels. The functionality will also be available at DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites Hotels properties within the U.S. this fall.

That’s in addition to digital check-in, digital checkout and the ability to order food, beverage and other items that will be waiting for you when you step into your hotel room.

By the end of 2014, digital check-in and room selection will be available at more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties across 11 brands in 80-plus countries via members' Hilton HHonors accounts.


 

Delta Updates its Third Checked Bag Policy for U.S. and Canada

Key Changes Summary

 
Geographic Regions
 
 3rd Checked Bag Fee
 
Travel within the United States*
 
and
 
Travel between Canada and
the United States*
 
 
 
For tickets issued before August 15, 2014
 
 
For tickets issued on or after August 15, 2014
 
$125 (USD/CAD) $150 (USD/CAD)

Park At Sea-Tac For $19/Day Including All Taxes And Fees

Summer is coming to a close, but that doesn't mean the savings have to end! Enjoy this coupon to park for only $19/day in General Parking at the Sea-Tac Airport garage now through September 30, 2014. It's the closest, most convenient parking available, and the perfect way to start your trip.


Delta Updates its Checked Bag Policy for Travel between North America and Select Locations in the Middle East

 Key Changes Summary

 
Geographic Regions
 
 2nd Checked Bag Fee
 
Travel between North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico)
 
and
 
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates, Yemen
 
 
For tickets issued
before
August 14, 2014
 
 
For tickets issued
on or after
 August 14, 2014
 
$75 $0 (USD/CAD)
 
These changes apply only to Delta-marketed flights and for customers ticketed in Economy class.

TSA Tightens Up On PreCheck

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would stop giving lucky, randomly selected air passengers PreCheck privileges, a practice which has allowed travelers to pass through faster airport security lines without having been fully vetted for and enrolled in PreCheck.

Meanwhile, the agency is still working to expand the successful PreCheck enrollment program. The program is now available at 118 major U.S. airports.

PreCheck Program


Alaska Airline Is Moving To A New Location At San Francisco -SFO

Effective Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Alaska Airlines is moving to a new location in the International Terminal at SFO.

The ticket counter location will be on aisle 12, adjacent to the security check point for the A councourse. Gates are common use and will be assignd daily. The walk from the ticket counter to A12 is approcimately 15 minutes without wait time at security. In addition, this checkpoint experiences longer wait times as it is shared with 15 other carriers throughout the day.



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Earn Double Miles And Double MQMs All Year Long With Delta

Register today, then book and fly Delta or Delta Connection-marketed and -operated flights from Seattle by December 31, 2014, and you will earn double miles and double Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) on the nonstop segment out of or into Seattle. It's unlimited!


United Adds Passport Scanning To Its Mobile App

United Airlines introduced passport-scanning function to its mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Passengers on United Airlines will be able to scan their passports and check in for international flights on their smartphones or other mobile device.

Here's how it works: Check in 24 hours before your flight using United's app and you'll be able to scan your passport using the camera on your phone/device. After it has been verified through a security company, you can print out your ticket, skip the check-in counter at the airport and head straight to security.


Frontier EarlyReturns® Mileage Elite Program Redesign

Frontier currently has 3 levels of status in its mileage elite program – Base, Ascent, and Summit. As of February 20, 2015, the Ascent and Summit elite programs will merge to become only one status level – Frontier Elite. It is a blend of the two current tiers, with status being earned at 20,000 miles (currently 15,000 for Ascent and 25,000 for Summit), or 25 segments, and changes in benefits.

New Benefits:
  • Priority check-in, security & boarding
  • STRETCH seating at check-in
  • Complimentary carry-on bag
  • Free Advanced Seat Assignment
  • Waived Reservations Ticketing fee
  • Free Same Day Standby
  • Waived Same Day Confirmed fee
  • Last Seat Availability Award
  • Dedicated Customer Service Number
  • Waived Unaccompanied Minor Fee

  • United Uses Humor To Spread Message In Safety Video


    United Airlines is taking a humorous approach to its latest safety video, like the United flight attendant who steps into a cab and explains to the shocked cab driver how to buckle his seat belt, etc.

    It’s a well done video shot around the planet, taking advantage of the latest shooting style and light humor common in many contemporary videos.


    Cathay Pacific Named "World's Best Airline" For Fourth Time In Annual Skytrax Awards

    Cathay Pacific Airways has been named “World’s Best Airline” in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for the fourth time this year. The carrier took the title in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

    The latest Skytrax awards are based on a survey of 18.85 million airline passengers from around the world who voted for their favourite travel experiences between August 2013 and May 2014. The survey covered 245 airlines worldwide. The survey measures standards across 41 key performance indicators of airline products and services.


    Delta Offers Customers Free In-flight Entertainment

    Delta announced it will begin offering free entertainment options on all of its domestic aircraft and two-cabin regional jets beginning on August 1, 2014.

    All Delta customers, in every class of service on flights longer than one and a half hours, will have access to a selection of free entertainment options, either at their seat or through their laptops, mobile and tablet devices.


    Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle Will Open This Fall

    The Hampton Inn & Suites Bellevue Downtown-Seattle is situated across Lake Washington from downtown Seattle, WA. This hotel is presently accepting reservations for arrival November 13, 2014 and beyond.

  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Free In-Room internet
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Here is the address: 11405 Northeast 2nd Place, Bellevue, Washington, 98004, USA


    Stay Charged: TSA Bans Powerless Devices From Flights

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Sunday that on certain overseas flights to the United States, it will not permit “powerless devices” — cellphones and computers that cannot be turned on. The traveler with powerless devices may also undergo additional screening.

    According to Reuters, TSA officials singled out smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, for extra security checks on U.S.-bound flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


    Marriott Will Open Its New Full Service Hotel In Bellevue This Fall

    Opening Fall of 2014 in the center of Bellevue, Washington, this newly built, LEED Certified hotel will feature

  • 384 urban lifestyle designed guestrooms,
  • over 21,000 square feet of meeting space including a 6,200 square foot ballroom,
  • 17 different meeting rooms ranging in size from 3,600 sq ft to 600 sq ft,
  • full Service Meeting Service and Audio Visual Specialists,
  • restaurant and bar,
  • fitness facility and indoor pool,
  • complimentary internet service in the roon and in the lobby area, etc.
  • Here is the address: 200 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004


    Save On Airport Parking All Summer Long At Sea-Tac Airport

    Save on airport parking all summer long when you travel from Sea-Tac! Enjoy this coupon to park for only $99/week in General Parking at the airport garage now through September 30, 2014. It's the closest, most convenient parking available, and the perfect way to start your trip.

    Click the icon to print the coupon.


    Aviation Security Fee Increase Goes into Effect July 21

    On June 20th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced plans to implement the increased per-passenger Sept. 11 Security Fee to $5.60 per one-way trip effective July 21. Currently the fee is $2.50 per flight segment.

    Under TSA’s interpretation of the law, a fee of $5.60 is imposed on each “one-way trip,” inclusive of connecting flights. Yet for a single fee to apply to a one-way trip, the connecting time between continental domestic flights must be four hours or less. For international flights and domestic flights outside of the continental U.S. (Alaska and Hawaii), the connecting time between flights must be 12 hours or less. If layover lasts 4+ hours (domestic flights) or 12+ hours (international flights), another $5.60 fee will be added.

    WATCH: Why Do We Have To Pay More TSA Fees?.


    Alaska Offers New Nonstop Service To Tampa and New Orleans

    Sea-Tac welcomes new domestic nonstop service to Tampa and New Orleans from Alaska Airlines in June, 2014. Tampa previously was the largest unserved city out of Sea-Tac.

    The new Tampa flight schedule is as follows:                                                
    Flight Departs Arrives
    774 SEA at 8:50 a.m. TPA at 5:30 p.m.
    775 TPA at 6:30 p.m. SEA at 9:25 p.m.
     
    The New Orleans flight schedule is as follows:
    Flight Departs Arrives
    788 SEA at 10:15 a.m. MSY at 5:00 p.m.
    789 MSY at 5:55 p.m. SEA at 8:50 p.m.


    United Announces Changes To 2015 MileagePlus Program

    United announces changes to 2015 MileagePlus program. Members will earn award miles based on their ticket price rather than distance flown.

  • Starting March 1, 2015, the award miles earned on most tickets for United and United Express flights will be based on ticket price, that is, base fare plus carrier-imposed surcharges and MileagePlus status, instead of the distance traveled.
  • Starting in early 2015 all MileagePlus members will be offered opportunities to use their award miles to purchase United Economy Plus seats, and to purchase subscriptions for Economy Plus and checked-baggage.
  • Members will still earn Premier qualifying miles (PQM) based on the distance flown and this change does not affect the qualification requirements for 2015 Premier status.
  • This program update will apply to all MileagePlus members worldwide.
  • For more informnation click .


    New .99 Per Day “Living Wage Surcharge” At MasterPark Airport Valet Parking

    Due to the new $15 per hour minimum wage requirement for certain businesses in SeaTac, MasterPark At SeaTac Airport starts charging a "Living Wage" Surcharge of 99 cents per day on top of other taxes and fees.


    Lufthansa Advance Seat Reservation Charge for Lowest Economy Class Fares

    On April 28th, 2014, Lufthansa introduced optional, paid-for seat reservations in the lowest-priced Economy Class booking classes on intercontinental routes. Passengers will therefore be able to reserve the seat they want in advance on all long-haul flights for a uniform charge of $35/Euro 25 per flight segment.

    It will still be possible to choose a seat free of charge when checking in online starting 23 hours before departure.


    Delta Launching New Seattle Service To Popular Ski And Beach Destinations

    This Fall Delta Air Lines will add new service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to popular ski and beach destinations, including Spokane, Wash.; Maui, Hawaii; Bozeman, Mont.; Calgary, Alberta; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    Service to Spokane and Calgary will begin Nov.3, 2014. Service to Maui, Bozeman, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta will begin Dec. 20, 2014.


    Sea-Tac Airport Welcomes Metsker Maps

    The Port of Seattle welcomes Metsker Maps, historic Seattle cartography experts, as its newest store last week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

    The small, local family-owned business features unique maps, globes, books, guides, travel accessories and children’s items.

    Metsker Maps has been a fixture in Seattle for over 60 years. The main store moved from Pioneer Square to the Pike Place Market in 2004.

    The store is located post-security at the beginning of the B concourse next to McDonald’s.


    CDC Issues Travel Alert On MERS

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 2 Travel Alert on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS) and provides special precautions for travelers.

    CDC does not recommend that travelers change their plans because of MERS. CDC recommends that you pay attention to your health during and after your trip to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. Call a doctor right away if you develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after your travel.

    MERS is caused by a coronavirus known as MERS-CoV. Symptoms of MERS have included fever, cough, and shortness of breath.MERS can affect anyone. MERS patients have ranged in age from 2 to 94 years old.

    You can learn more about MERS on CDC web site.



    Oregon Wines Fly Free on Alaska Airlines in 2014

    In honor of Oregon Wine Month, Alaska Airlines has partnered with the Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon to offer the "Oregon Wines Fly Free" Program.

    Beginning May 1, visitors traveling from Oregon on an Alaska Airlines flight can check a case of Oregon wine for free.This will be a year-round program.


    40 Percent Of U.S. Travelers Now Get Expedited Screening

    According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), 40% of travelers are being screened at expedited security lanes, resulting in faster-moving checkpoint lines. TSA plans to provide expedited screening to half of all fliers by the end of 2014. Travelers enrolled in the TSA's PreCheck program, military personnel and travelers deemed low-risk on a per-trip basis are given access to expedited security screening.

    PreCheck Program


    Frontier Airlines lowers fares, raises fees

    Frontier Airlines says it will cut its base fares by an average 12% while adding new fees for carry-on baggage and requests for particular seats. The airline also will charge $5 to $50 more for front-of-the-plane or exit-row seats with more legroom. Frontier already charges $1.99 for soda and bottled water on its flights.


    TSA Expands Pre-Check Program to International Airlins

    The Transportation Security Administration is expanding the PreCheck expedited screening program to international airlines. On April 29th, Air Canada became the first international carrier to participate. Other international carriers are expected to join shortly.

    Nine U.S. airlines currently participate in the program: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.



    Newark Airport AirTrain Service Temporarily Suspended

    Newark Liberty International Airport’s AirTrain service will be partially shut down for much needed repairs through May 1 and completely suspended from May 1 – July 31, 2014. During the closure, free shuttle buses supplied by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will serve as an alternate mode of transportation to/from the Hertz rental location and between terminals. Please make an allowance for possible delays when planning your travel.


    Changes By Delta Will Impact Alaska Airlines’ MVP/MVP Gold/Gold 75K Members Traveling on Delta

    Effective May 1, 2014, Delta Air Lines is making the following changes to their Skymiles Program:

    Discontinued:

    All Mileage Plan elite level members will no longer receive the following:
  • Baggage Waiver
  • Express Security
  • Priority baggage handling
  • 25% online discount for International Economy Comfort seating
  • Complimentary upgrades on flights between NY and SEA, SFO, or LAX
  • Boarding priority is changing from Sky Priority to Zone 1
  • MVP Gold and MVP Gold 75K members will no longer receive 50% online discount for International Economy Comfort seating



  • American, US Airways Alter Awards Chart

    The merged American Airlines and US Airways has made changes to their loyalty programs.

    Among the key changes at American and US Airways:

  • Passengers traveling on American on miles they earned or who paid full price for an economy seat won't get free checked bags anymore.
  • US Airways is ending blackout day for redeemed miles, but American is changing the number of miles needed to get an unrestricted free flight. More miles will be needed on popular travel days, fewer on less-busy ones.
  • According to the Associated Press, mid-tier elite members (platinum on American; gold and platinum on US Airways) will get two free checked bags; a reduction of one for the US Airways' Dividend Miles elites.
  • And lower-level elites (gold on American; silver on US Airways) will get one free checked bag, a reduction from two for the American customers.


  • Alaska Airlines adding Seattle flights to Baltimore, Albuquerque

    Alaska Airlines will begin flying from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Baltimore and Albuquerque, N.M. beginning in September.

    As part of the service expansion, Alaska will drop some routes from its national schedule, including dropping flights between Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., on April 5; Portland, Ore., and Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 23; Atlanta and Portland on Sept. 1; and summer Anchorage-Denver flights.



    A Trip To Dubai

    Is Dubai on your travel list? Consult with ETC Vacation Experts, they will provide great help to you. ETC President Angie just came back on a Travel Agent Familialization Trip to Dubai. She has shared her experience and knowledge with all the agents at Executive Travel. The agents now even can tell you which side of the hotel you should stay so you can get a good night sleep besides all the fun trip plans. Our Vacation Experts will make your trip easier for you.



    Fly Alaska To Salt Lake City, Earn Double Elite Qualifying Miles

    Alaska Airlines brings more flights and more low fares to Salt Lake City from Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Boise and Las Vegas, plus a 3rd daily flight from Seattle. All new flights will begin in June 2014.

    Register between now and June 15th, you will earn double elite qualifying miles will be earned between June 9th and August 1st. 2014.



    United Airlines To Offer Free Movies On Apple iOS Devices, Laptops


    Starting next month, passengers on certain United Airlines flights will be able to view more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV programs for free on Apple devices outfitted with iOS 7.

    To watch the free content, Users will have to download the latest version of the United app. Laptop owners will have to download and install a browser plug-in to watch certain types of content. Users will be able to download the app and plug-in at any time during their flight without having to purchase United Wi-Fi.

    United will have the new system installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014.



    EARN DOUBLE MILES AND DOUBLE MQMs ALL YEAR LONG


    Register today, then book and fly Delta or Delta Connection®-marketed and -operated flights from Seattle (SEA) by December 31, 2014, and you will earn double miles and double Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) on the nonstop segment out of or into Seattle (SEA). The more you fly the more you earn—it's unlimited!



    United Airlines Is Getting Tough With Super-Sized Carry-on Bags


    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.



    Delta Makes Radical Change to Frequent Flier Program

    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.

  • Miles you earn toward Award Travel will be based on ticket price
  • General SkyMiles members will earn 5 miles per dollar spent
  • Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Members will continue to earn an additional 2 miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases with the Card, so as a general SkyMiles member with a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, you could earn 7 miles per dollar


  • PINEAPPLES FLY FREE

    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.



    Alaska Airlines Adds New Routes To Its Network

    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.




    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.




    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.




    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.




    Delta Adds New Seattle Service

    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:

    • Four new nonstop daily flights to San Diego beginning June 2, 2014.
    • Six new nonstops daily flights to San Francisco beginning March 28, 2014
    • New nonstop daily flight to Seoul beginning June 2, 2014
    • New nonstop daily flight to London beginning March 29, 2014
    • New nonstop daily flight to Hong Kong beginning June 16, 2014
    • Four new daily nonstop flights to Portland, Ore. beginning Sept. 2, 2014.




    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.



    Automatic Flight Insurance Suspended

    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.



    Contemplating Electronic Expense Reporting?

    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.