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Hilton Reports Upsurge in Hilton Honors Guest Loyalty Program Memberships

Hilton Reports Upsurge in Hilton Honors Guest Loyalty Program Memberships

Hilton, which is entering its 100th year, reported a 20% increase in its guest loyalty program for 2018.
The hotelier said it gained over 14 million new members in its Hilton Honors loyalty program, which brought the total member to over 85 million by the end of 2018.
On its earnings call for the final quarter of 2018, the company provided additional details about the program’s growth.
Hilton said it is seeing growth …

Lobby Bar – February 15: Lady Chablis, King of the Road, and ‘I’ll Take Salvador Dali Airplanes for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
Can’t take the heat.  American Airlines is effectively moving 700 flight attendants from Phoenix to Dallas/Fort Worth.  Rumors at the company say the reason is that too many of the company’s airliners were melting in the hot desert sun, but that’s only a rumor.  In a cost saving measure, American booked flights for the attendants on Southwest Airlines and said …

Norwegian Air to Add New York-Athens, Chicago-Barcelona Flights to Route Map

Norwegian Air to Add New York-Athens, Chicago-Barcelona Flights to Route Map

Norwegian Air announced plans to offer new non-stop seasonal service linking New York to Athens and Chicago to Barcelona.
The Barcelona service will commence on June 7, 2019, while service to Athens will begin on July 2. Both will operate until October 26, 2019.
Both flights will operate four times a week.
The move comes after news of the airline’s financial woes and the cancellation of multiple routes from the United States to …

American Airlines to Grow Los Angeles and Dallas Bases, Downsize Phoenix and St. Louis

American Airlines to Grow Los Angeles and Dallas Bases, Downsize Phoenix and St. Louis

American Airlines announced plans to increase the size of its flight attendant bases at Dallas/Fort Worth International and Los Angeles International airports while downsizing those in Phoenix and St. Louis.
The DFW and LAX bases will increase by approximately 700 each, while Phoenix and St. Louis will be shrunk by one-third, the latter translating to a reduction of approximately 700 flight attendants in Phoenix and 75 in St. Louis.
The Fort Worth-based …

Five Injured by Severe Turbulence on Seattle-Bound Delta Flight

Five Injured by Severe Turbulence on Seattle-Bound Delta Flight

Four passengers and one flight attendant were injured when a Delta flight headed for Seattle hit severe turbulence.
Delta Flight 5763, operated by Compass Airlines, had departed John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 10:30 a..m. PST when it encountered the turbulence Wednesday afternoon. The aircraft diverted to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where it landed safely.
The aircraft, an Embraer E175, landed around 1 p.m. local time after the crew reported turbulence at …

Marriott Bonvoy Guest Loyalty Program Makes Its Debut

Marriott Bonvoy Guest Loyalty Program Makes Its Debut

Marriott’s new guest loyalty program, Bonvoy, made its debut on Wednesday.
The new program actually went into effect in August although the pre-merger programs continued to use their old names, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards.
The new Bonvoy name was not announced until mid January.
While there are no further changes to the program beyond those introduced last summer, there are two new elite status tier names.
Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite …

IHG Acquires Six Senses Hotels in $300 Million Deal

IHG Acquires Six Senses Hotels in $300 Million Deal

InterContinental Hotels Group will acquire Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, the owner of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza chains said on Wednesday.
Six Senses, which has properties in the Maldives, Portugal, the Seychelles, and Thailand, manages 16 hotels and resorts, with 18 signed contracts in its pipeline. Its properties include a 19th-century wine estate in Portugal’s Douro Valley and beachside resorts in Indonesia and Vietnam.
“We’re incredibly proud to welcome Six Senses …