Wednesday, March 22, 2017

‘Alaska’ to stay, ‘Virgin America’ to fade away

Many planned changes on target while others miss the mark 

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Air Group, which completed its acquisition of Virgin America in December 2016, announced March 22 that it will retire the name Virgin America but create a combined airline that will adopt many of the brand elements identified as important by Virgin devotees. Read more here.

American Cruise Lines announces Grand New England itinerary

American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, has unveiled its new Grand New England itinerary, an 11-day round-trip from Boston that combines the highlights of two existing itineraries and introduces some new ports of call as well. Read more here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In-flight electronics banned on flights from Middle East, N. Africa

Passengers flying to the U.S. on non-stop flights from 10 major airports in the Middle East and North Africa will be required to place their laptops, tablets and other traveling electronics into their checked luggage and will no longer be allowed to have them in the aircraft cabins. Read more here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Royal Jordanian apparently backs away from ban on in-flight electronics

Royal Jordanian Airlines, the flag carrier airline of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, announced that it would prohibit virtually all in-flight electronics for flights to and from North America starting March 21 then, without explanation, deleted all references to the ban. Read more here.

Delta announces new Seattle to Chicago non-stops

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines continues its aggressive expansion from its Pacific Northwest hub with the addition of three daily non-stop flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Read more here.

Customer experience survey ranks Courtyard by Marriott best lodging provider

A survey of 10,000 consumers conducted by customer experience research, consulting, and training firm The Temkin Group showed that Courtyard by Marriott delivered the best customer experience in the hotel and rooms industry. Read more here.

Accessing airport clubs economically

With many travelers making plans for their summer trips, it would also be a good time to look into those havens from the cacophony of the concourse known as airport lounges. Most commonly associated with a specific airline, these oases come at a cost but there are several ways to make the price of admission downright affordable. As well, there are more and more options to the so-called "legacy" lounges operated by the airlines. Read more here.