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.
United Will Eliminate Seattle – Tokyo Service
United has announced that it would eliminate Seattle – Tokyo and Tokyo - Bangkok, Thailand service in 2014 as part of its Asia Pacific network optimization. The last Seattle - Tokyo flight will be on January 15, 2014.
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:
Sea-Tac Airport Offers Tips and Highlights for Holiday Travelers
The holiday season is approaching. Are you planning a trip? Check out the Sea-Tac airport travelers’ tips for a smoother journey.
Our Rearden Online Booking Tool Changing Name to deem@work
Coming Soon! On December 10, 2013 Rearden Personal Assistant will become deem@work with a refreshed User Interface There are no changes to the functionality of the tool - only color and branding.
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.
Delta Announces Double Bonus Miles To and From Seattle
Earn double bonus miles when flying between Seattle and San Francisco, Los Angeles or Las Vegas. First register, then book by December 31, 2013, and fly by October 31, 2014. The more you fly, the more you can earn—it's unlimited!
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.