United Airlines switches to point-based upgrade system

Beginning on December 4, United will introduce PlusPoints, its new program designed for Platinum and 1K members of its MileagePlus program, which will replace the current Regional Premier Upgrades (RPUs) and Global Premier Upgrades (GPUs). The new points-based system is expected to offer more flexibility in upgrades for such frequent fliers. Currently, the system awards members with two RPUs (upgrade requests largely for travel within North America) when they reach Platinum status, while 1K members […]

Coworking spaces are taking over hotels

Hotel companies have realized work is no longer set in a confined cubicle/office for 8 hours a day, and that their common public spaces have been often used as coworking areas. Following this behavior and looking to get a piece of this market, many hotels have started offering temporary spaces for rent to those many who fit the profile. The Ace Hotel New York, GFI Hospitality property, has become a good example when it comes […]

New flights are being added for winter getaways

American Airlines and JetBlue announce new routes to the Caribbean, Bermuda, South America and Europe starting this upcoming winter. For AA, the new services are part of a broad expansion that includes new destinations, additional flights and extended services to existing routes. American Airlines Dallas (DFW) and Chicago (ORD) to St. Thomas (USVI): starting on December 21, 2019; this will be a Saturday-only flight. Flights leaving from Dallas will operate on a Boeing 757 year-round, […]

United Airlines expands international routes

United’s latest route expansion includes new year-round and seasonal services, changes from seasonal to year-round, and extra flights to existing routes. Giving travelers more options to escape the winter weather, the airline is adding flights to Curacao (United’s 21st destination in the Caribbean), Nice (the gateway to the French Riviera), and Palermo (becoming the only U.S. airline flying to Sicily). Other destinations include Zurich, London, New Delhi, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Chicago to Zurich: starting on […]

Alaska Airlines adds routes to the Pacific Northwest and California

Starting in January, business and leisure travelers will be able to fly eight new nonstop routes: Two daily flights between Spokane and Los Angeles – starting January 7 Two daily flights between Spokane and San Francisco – starting March 19 One daily flight between Redmond/Bend, Oregon, and Los Angeles – starting Jan. 7 One daily flight between Redmond/Bend, Oregon, and San Diego – starting March 19 One daily flight between Redmond/Bend, Oregon, and San Francisco […]