United Airlines and restaurant operator OTG have joined to bring Gavi, a new restaurant with a southern Italian-like menu, to Terminal E at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The menu was created with chef Ryan Pera of Revival Market and Coltivare, and features traditional family recipes combined with locally sourced ingredients, according to OTG.
Airlines are expanding their food options for travelers looking for vegan and gluten-free snacks and meals. For example, American Airlines offers zucchini balls, and United Airlines has dishes made with farro and quinoa.
Walt Disney World can be an unforgettable experience for families if they have the inside scoop on its parks. Visitors can customize an itinerary with the Disney VIP Tour, gain easier access to hot rides by using FastPass+ reservations and enjoy longer park hours by staying at a Disney Resorts property.
A Host Agency Reviews survey found the average income of hosted agents is $40,377 annually, a 16% rise compared to last year. This increase is being attributed to agents selling more large and premium packages as well as a strong economy.
It's important to increase your marketing efforts now to attract new clients before the market takes a downward turn, Richard Earls advises. The goal is to market aggressively when times are good, so when slow times occur you will already have a large client base.
Beginning Sept. 17, Southwest Airlines will allow only cats and dogs to fly as emotional support animals, limit the animals to one per passenger and require the animals to be leashed or caged at all times. "We welcome emotional support and trained service animals that provide needed assistance to our customers," said Southwest's Steve Goldberg. "However, we want to make sure our guidelines are clear and easy to understand while providing customers and employees a comfortable and safe experience."
United Airlines has entered into a partnership with Michelin Guides to provide MileagePlus members access to exclusive events in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Chicago. Members can use their miles to bid on the events, which include guide launch events with cocktails and tasting stations from the new Michelin chefs of 2019.
Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines' chief revenue officer, is proud of his airline's website, which he said is "blazing fast" because Southwest sells its flights as a bundle. "We do not nickel-and-dime you and try to make our money on selling you extra stuff, so we want our funnel to be really fast and really friction-free," he said.
Alaska Air Group reported a 7.6% year-over-year increase in July's revenue passenger miles, a 6.8% rise in available seat miles for the month and a load factor of 87.7%, up from 87% in July 2017.
American Airlines travelers flying in economy class can now pre-order light meals through the airline's reservation system. Passengers pay for the meals when they are served.