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DOT to Airlines: Be Transparent in Baggage Fees

DOT to Airlines: Be Transparent in Baggage Fees

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a proposal to require both airlines and ticket agents to inform customers of baggage fees when providing ticket information.
In the early days of air travel, the fees were included in the ticket, but in modern times, most if not all airlines charge a separate fee for checked luggage unless the passenger is exempt due to his level of elite status with the airline or …

Boeing Workers in South Carolina to Vote on Union Representation

Boeing Workers in South Carolina to Vote on Union Representation

Workers at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner campus in North Charleston, South Carolina plant will soon have the opportunity to vote on whether they want to join a union.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said on Friday that it plans to file a petition for Boeing workers in North Charleston with the National Labor Relations Board to vote on union representation.
The news follows workers’ concerns in recent months over issues …

American Airlines to Introduce New ‘Basic Economy’ Fares

American Airlines to Introduce New ‘Basic Economy’ Fares

American Airlines announced that it will begin to offer new basic economy fares on February 10. The new tickets will be available only on select routes when they are launched.
Basic economy tickets will seat passengers in the main cabin, and will afford them the same experience those with main cabin tickets while in flight, as main including complimentary entertainment, drinks, and snacks.
However, basic economy passengers will only be permitted one …

Hyatt Acquires Spa Operator Miraval

Hyatt Acquires Spa Operator Miraval

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced the acquisition of Miraval, a leading spa operator.
The acquisition involves an initial investment of $215 million by Hyatt for the Miraval brand, as well as for its two resorts, namely the flagship Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa in Tucson, and the Travaasa Resort in Austin, Texas.
Hyatt also plans to invest an additional $160 million over the next few years to fund Miraval’s planned expansion of …

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Opens in Florida

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Opens in Florida

Wyndham Hotels Group announced the opening of a new property in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is the hotel company’s third property in Florida, and its 14th in the United States.
The hotel consists of two towers, and has 343 guestrooms and suites. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows, while bunk rooms include bunk beds for travelers with children.
The property has an open-air lobby, as well as a pool …

WestJet to Begin Calgary-Mesa Flights

WestJet to Begin Calgary-Mesa Flights

WestJet announced the launch of new seasonal service to Mesa, Arizona from Calgary. The carrier will operate the service three times a week through April 29.
Flights will depart Calgary International Airport at 10:35 a.m. and arrive at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport at 1:33 p.m. Return flights will depart Mesa at 2:20 p.m. and arrive back in Calgary at 5:24 p.m.
In addition, WestJet will launch once weekly service to Mesa from Edmonton …

Southwest to Begin San Diego-Los Cabos Route, Add 4 International Destinations from Fort Lauderdale

Southwest to Begin San Diego-Los Cabos Route, Add 4 International Destinations from Fort Lauderdale

Southwest Airlines announced that it plans to launch service between San Diego and Los Cabos, Mexico on April 17. The flights are subject to requisite government approval.
San Diego will be the carrier’s fourth city in California to offer non-stop international service.
In addition, the Dallas-based airline said that it will offer multiple flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on June 4.  The new destinations include Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Belize, and …