Alaska Airlines to open new flagship lounge at SeaTac

Alaska Airlines will be inaugurating its new flagship lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on July 12. Located in Concourse N, on the Mezzanine level (above gates N13-18), it will be the carrier’s biggest lounge so far (with 15,800 square feet), and will feature great views of the tarmac and runways. At SeaTac, fliers can get access to three Alaska Lounges in different locations: Concourse D (beyond the security checkpoint), open daily from 4:30AM until 8PM […]

Real ID-compliant licenses can be obtained now

Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another acceptable form of ID (for example, your U.S. passport or a U.S. military ID) to fly within the United States. Some things to know: Drivers’ licenses can be updated to REAL ID-compliant now. Licensing agencies and motor vehicle departments are expecting long lines and wait times in the months leading up to October […]

Azamara rolls out rebranding, and our advisors talk about one of their ships

Azamara is rolling out a massive expansion of its land-based product, and an extensive rebranding that emphasizes the company’s focus on destination immersion. Larry Pimentel, Azamara’s CEO, says that the expansion is an evolution of Azamara’s “Destination Immersion” brand concept. “Originally, it was about longer stays, more overnights and night touring… We came to the conclusion that the reason people cruise is the land. And when you think about it and you ask anybody about […]

JetSuiteX to launch service between Seattle and Oakland in July

On April 23rd, JetSuiteX announced the launch of daily round-trip commercial service between Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI) and Oakland (OAK) starting July 1st. JetSuiteX is a small California-based airline that has a code-sharing partnership with JetBlue and operates from private and community airports. By entering such markets, the company will compete directly with Alaska Airlines, Spirit, Delta, American and Southwest to and from the Bay Area. The company will operate the route with a 30-seat […]

Hotel brands are expanding into new international markets

From pristine locations to Shakespeare’s hometown – Hard Rock, Hyatt Regency, Glo, Kimpton, Secrets and Hotel Indigo are making their first entrance into many different countries. Hard Rock: Barcelona, Spain On the last available seaside plot in Barcelona, the Hard Rock International will bring its musical flair to 504 rooms in 2022.Guestrooms will have private balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel will offer a rooftop terrace and bar with swimming pool, two specialty restaurants, lobby […]