Portland in Maine is known as a desirable dining city, but it also offers an array of other cultural options besides tasting lobster bisque. Visitors can check out the historic Portland Observatory, go on an hour-long bike ride and view Winslow Homer works at the Portland Museum of Art.
JetBlue is offering one-way fares to Cuba as its first regular service to the island nation begins Aug. 31. JetBlue will offer three flights weekly from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., expanding to daily service Oct. 1. "It's a new day for Cuba travelers and one we have thoughtfully prepared for," Marty St. George, JetBlue's executive vice president. "We are proud to usher in a new era of Cuba travel with affordable fares and great service."
Take your social media game to the next level with these helpful tips and tools, advises Catherine Heeg. For example, you could make better use of Facebook by linking it with your blog and other profiles, so followers can get instant updates when you produce new content on any network.
ASTA research indicates that millennials are driving growth in travel agent usage, so agents can take advantage of this trend by offering this group curated travel packages. "That's what a millennial is seeking, something that is very specific to what they want," Travel Noire's Sedisha Matthias said.
Alaska Airlines is planning to expand storage space aboard 34 aircraft using Boeing Space Bins that can increase capacity in the overhead cargo holds by up to 50%. The airline says the retrofit of these Boeing 737 aircraft will enable almost all passengers to bring a wheeled bag aboard.
Tuskegee Airmen Inc. recognized honorary member Southwest Chairman Emeritus Herb Kelleher with its signature red jacket at the organization's national convention recently. "Herb's trailblazing efforts as the co-founder of Southwest Airlines and the leadership he has shown, especially in the area of diversity and inclusion, are noteworthy," said retired Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, TAI's president.
Southwest Airlines has announced a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share, matching the payout from last quarter. Southwest said that the latest quarterly dividend marketed the 160th straight dividend and would be paid on Sept. 8.
As the official partner of the NFL's New England Patriots, JetBlue is making it easier for fans to make it to away games. In addition to offering flights to every away game out of Logan International Airport, JetBlue will allow fans wearing Patriots jerseys to board early on game day.
American Airlines and the NFL's Carolina Panthers have extended their sponsorship agreement for another five years. The airline celebrated the deal with Panthers players on hand at American's Charlotte, NC, hub. "We've been partners with the Panthers since 2006," said Fernand Fernandez, American's vice president for global marketing. "What better place to invest than with a winning team?"
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