What's New in Travel
Alaska Airlines Begins Seattle-Nashville Route
Alaska and Icelandair partnership finally reopens door for direct award tickets to Iceland
Sea-Tac Parking Deal
TSA Ends Free Passes to Airport Pre-Check Lines
TSA's contorversial but traveler-friendly Managed Inclusion Program, which allowed passengers labled "low risk" to use the expedited security lanes in order to speed up the security process, is officially phased out of all airports nationwide. In June, TSA announced that they would be ending the program after a Homeland Seurity report revealed that a convicted felon and former member of a domestic terrorist group was selected by Managed Inclusion and cleared the PreCheck lanes. He was identified later and re-screened before boarding the plane. Now, only people enrolled in PreCheck will be able to use the PreCheck line.
American Airlines and Delta Airlines End Interline Agreement Effective September 15th, 2015
Alaska Airlines Acquires Naming Rights to Husky Stadium
As part of a 10-year, 41 million dollar partnership between Alaska Airlines and The University of Washington, Alaska Airlines has attained naming rights to UW's Husky Stadium as well as becoming the official airline of all three UW campuses. For the next 10 years, the UW's new football stadium will be known as Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. The school has stated that the money from the naming rights will go towards athletic scholarships and other student programs on campus.
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Turkey Travel Warning Issued by State Department
On September 2, 2015, the State Department advised U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Turkey that the "U.S. Consulate in Adana has authorized the voluntary departure of family members out of an abundance of caution following the commencement of military operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey." U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey are advised to be alert to the potential for violence. In the past, terrorists conducted attacks on U.S. interests in Turkey, as well as at sites frequented by foreign tourists.
La Quinta Resort Offers Luxury Driving Experience
The La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs California is introducing packages that offer guests the chance to test drive three haute autos: the technological Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Porsche GT3. This experience includes an introduction and tutorial about each vehicle by Didier Theys, a tour through the desert, and a return trip into the sunset through the Anza-Borrego Desert. This is all in addition to the outstanding accommodations offered with the newly renovated guest casita or suite.
New Privatized International Airport Opening in Saudi Arabia
The project consists of a three-level terminal covering more than 156,000 square meters with 16 aircraft stands and boarding bridges. It also includes a widened and extended runway with 10km of taxiways capable of accommodating A380-size aircraft. It is expected to add 20,000 new jobs in the area and include accommodations for 100,000 people. While growth in the aviation sector will help the country diversify, experts warn that challenges still persist within the invisible infrastructure of air traffic that will need to be addressed.
New Non-Stop Delta Flights out of Seattle
Flying Delta out of Seattle has never been easier!
Save the Date!
Seattle is getting a new Hilton Garden Inn! The grand opening event will be held on September 23, 2015 at the new location.
1821 Boren Ave.
Record Setting Numbers of Travelers through Sea-Tac Causes Security Backups
Sea-Tac Airport has seen a huge increase in travelers in the past few years. The previous record of 1.5 million passengers set back in August 2014 is expected to be blown out of the water this year with 1.7 million this month alone. August is always a busy travel month through the Seattle area with vacationers and cruise ship goers, however the number of big corporations in this area such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Boeing, Expedia, and T-Mobile, the amount of business travel has contributed to the huge increase. Frequent travelers have said that Sea-Tac seems to have the equipment to handle the crowds, however they seem to be lacking in personnel to operate it. Sea-Tac TSA has addressed this shortage and has just hired new officers to screen departing travelers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection has added 10 new people to welcome arriving international passengers.
Final Phase of the Rearden Commerce Rebranding to Deem
Mobile Passport Now Officially Authorized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Mobile Passport was originally tested at a select few airports across the country and is now a reality! Officially authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mobile Passport allows travelers to submit their passport control and customs declaration information via their cell phone or tablet.
There are five easy steps to MPC:
Lufthansa Plans Overhaul of Airfare System
In October, Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans an overhaul of its ticketing system that will require passengers to pay extra for checked baggage, seat reservations, and flight changes or cancellations. There will be three types of fares offered in economy class, ranging from “light fare” which will allow carry-on baggage only to traditional economy class. Other European low cost airlines such as Ryanair already have similar systems in place.
Alaska Airlines adds Hainan as Mileage Plan Partner
Alaska Airlines continues to expand their Mileage Plan with the addition of the China-based carrier Hainan Airlines. With this newest addition, Alaska Mileage Plan members can now earn miles by traveling on Hainan Airlines which flys non-stop from Seattle to Beijing and Shanghai. As an added perk, Mileage Plan members will receive double miles while traveling on Hainan starting July 23rd through October 31st and vice versa for Hainan Fortune Wings Club members while traveling on Alaska.
Delta Announces Changes to SkyMiles
Delta's SkyMiles program will adopt a "Supply and Demand" approach to free flights and upgrades.
This new program will require more miles for free flights and upgrades for more popular flights than other less popular flights. This new program will go into effect June 1st, 2016. With these changes, Delta joins other carriers such as JetBlue, Southwest, and Virgin American who also employ a similar program.
New Center Runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Emirates Improves Travel to Dubai
The experience at Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 5 today reflects the style of the city and its travelers as Delta Air Lines unveils the completion of a three-year terminal-wide refurbishment, including the airline's first private check-in lounge, Delta ONE at LAX. The $229-million Delta project was completed in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the City of Los Angeles.
Additionally, a renovated Sky Club offers more space and an improved customer experience, including 100 additional seats; new shower suites and renovated bathrooms; an updated food area with cafe seating; and new furnishings and fixtures. New restaurants and shops in Terminal 5 feature celebrity chefs and retail brand names that reflect the cuisine, culture and lifestyle of Los Angeles.
Arriving in Costa Rica with Alaska
Alaska will soon be flying to two exciting destinations in Costa Rica: San Jose and Liberia. Connect through LAX and enjoy low intro fares this fall from $299* one way.
Delta Air Lines Is Adding Three Daily Flights to Pasco, Washington
Delta has added three daily flights between Sea-Tac International Airport and the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Washington. Delta will also offer three daily flights to Victoria International Airport, British Columbia, Canada.
2015 Corporate Travel Index:
Business Travel Costs Drop in Asia/Pacific region
The data in Business Travel News' 2015 Corporate Travel Index shows that combined hotel rates and miscellaneous costs for 2014 declined year over year in 15 of the 22 Asia/Pacific markets, many of them by double-digit percentages. With the exception of Jakarta (up 7.2 percent)and New Delhi (up 5.5 percent), increases were about 2 percent or less. Overall, the average daily hotel cost in the Asia/Pacific region in 2014 was $184, down 14.7 percent from the 2013.
2015 Corporate Travel Index:
Top 10 US Cities With The Highest Business Travel Costs In Hotel, Car Rental and Food
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