The Points Guy, a travel and financial website, has revealed its picks for the top loyalty programs for elite flyers. Alaska Airlines' MileagePlan program received top marks for being purely based on distance flown, while United Airlines received acclaim for its Mileage Plus program.
The Denver Marriott City Center will rebrand as the Hilton Denver City Center in December. The 613-room property has undergone a $27 million renovation and will be the first flagship Hilton brand location in downtown Denver.
Travelers heading to Munich for Oktoberfest can follow the crowds and hit the biggest beer tents, or go to the tiny tents for a fun, intimate time. Less popular large tents, such as Armbrustschutzen, can also offer beer lovers an unique experience.
It is important that agents have a plan for before, during and after a disaster, Tammy Levent writes. Her suggestions include being set up to work remotely, checking in with clients and promoting travel to areas affected by the catastrophic event, which often depend on tourism.
A4A's Nicholas Calio says the proposed "FAIR Fees Act," which would allow federal bureaucrats to determine what US airlines charge for ancillary and other services, would drive up the cost of airfare for millions of flyers at a time when fares are at historically low levels. "A one-price-fits-all approach would eliminate the ability of customers to choose what product works best for them. Airlines would have fewer opportunities to distinguish their offerings -- which serve many travelers who could not otherwise afford to fly -- and the current growth of air travel would decrease, particularly in smaller communities." Calio notes that if "Congress moves in the direction of the pre-1979 regulation days, the nation will return to a period in which flying was cost prohibitive and less accessible to millions of Americans."
Hawaiian Airlines is implementing a flexible rebooking policy for affected customers flying on its own or codeshare flights to, from and through Boston Logan International Airport or New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport today.
Air Canada is developing its own loyalty program and is looking for a bank to be a partner in the effort. The program is expected to have a net value of $1.6 billion.
Several airlines added flights this week in an effort to get passengers out of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands ahead of Hurricane Maria. Carriers are also capping fares for travel departures from areas in the path of the storm.
Amtrak's "Break the Travel Quo" campaign courts travelers with online ads and videos highlighting the pluses of traveling by train. Amtrak doesn't charge baggage fees, offers comfortable seating with no middle seats, and allows passengers to talk on their cellphones and move about at will.
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