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Lufthansa Pilots On Strike

Pilots at Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines are on strike for three days beginning Wednesday, April 2, and ending Friday, April 4. The airline has cancelled 3,800 flights during that time period.

If you get cancelled, you have several options. You can re-book for a different day without incurring a charge. Or you can get a full refund of your unused ticket, or a partial refund of your unused segment of the flight. Lufthansa is also offering an exchange of your flight ticket to a rail ticket on the Duetsche Bahn to get around within Germany. No additional compensation or consequential costs like hotel nights or missed business appointments will be offered.



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.



New Larger Airport Cellphone Waiting Lot to Open April 1st At Sea-Tac Airport

A new, larger cellphone waiting lot is opening Tuesday, April 1 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new lot will be located directly cross from the S. 170th Street exit of the Airport Expressway. The new cellphone lot will have 200 parking spaces, 70 more than the old lot on Air Cargo Road. In addition, the new lot will soon provide free WiFi to visitors (scheduled to be completed in May). The old cellphone lot will be used for overnight parking spaces for aircraft.

The Cell Phone Waiting Lot is a free service from The Port of Seattle that allows drivers to wait up to 30 minutes in the lot until arriving passengers are ready to be picked up. Drivers must stay with their vehicles.



Alaska/Delta Mileage Plan™ Elite Level Members Receive Exclusive Benefits

In addition to earning miles toward Mileage Plan™ Elite status for your purchased tickets and redeeming your Mileage Plan™ Miles for award travel around the world - all MVP®, MVP® Gold, and Gold 75K members receive the exclusive benefits when flying Delta Air Lines.

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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.



Dozens Injured As Train Derails At O'Hare International Airport

Thirty two people have been injured after a train derailed and hit a platform at O'Hare International airport in Chicago on Monday, March 24, 2014.The trains were stopped at O'Hare but running between the Logan Square and Rosemont stops. Buses were being used between the Rosemont and O'Hare stops.



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.



Delta Plans To Turn Seattle Into A Hub

Delta Air Lines plans to turn Seattle, Wash., into a hub. The carrier has created a vice president position for Seattle, and it will fly to eight international destinations by the end of June.



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.



    AIRPORT CHANGES

    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.



    Sea-Tac Install Three New Water Bottle Filling Stations

    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:

  • Across from Gate A-5 near the Africa Lounge
  • Across from Gate A-2 north of Checkpoint 2
  • At the beginning of the D gates between Checkpoint 4 and Gate D-1
  • The original filling station is in the middle of the central terminal food court.



  • New Service From Cleveland to Seattle

    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 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.




    Hackers Target Hotel Operator, Steal Guests’ Credit Card Information

    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 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.




    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.



    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.