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Hertz Ends Partnership with Ryanair Following Contract Dispute

Hertz Ends Partnership with Ryanair Following Contract Dispute

Hertz announced Thursday that it ended its partnership agreement with Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline.
The move comes after what Hertz termed “lengthy discussions regarding a contractual dispute.”
Hertz said it will honor existing bookings made through the partnership.
“We strongly believe in mutually beneficial partnerships and would never take lightly the decision to end a key relationship,” said Michel Taride, group vice president at Hertz International.
The contract between Hertz and Ryanair, which …

Justice Dept. Opens Anti-Trust Investigation Over Airline ‘Capacity Discipline’

Justice Dept. Opens Anti-Trust Investigation Over Airline ‘Capacity Discipline’

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into possible collusion amongst major airlines in the United States to limit the number of available seats and thereby maintain high ticket prices.
Federal prosecutors have sent subpoenas to several airlines investigating that the department termed “possible unlawful coordination.”
The move follows a wave of airline mergers that were approved by the department, which at the time said that the combination of American …

JetBlue Opens T5 Rooftop at JFK

JetBlue Opens T5 Rooftop at JFK

JetBlue Airways announced that the T5 Rooftop is now open for visitors.
The wooden outdoor deck, made from sustainable materials, is accessible to all passengers at the airline’s terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport once they have cleared security.  It includes a 4,046-square-foot (375-square-meter) landscaped park, seating for 50 people, a 400-square-foot (37-square-meter) area for children, and a dog walk.
Among the many features of the deck are views of the …

Hackers Hit Trump Hotels, Gaining Access to Credit Card Data

Hackers Hit Trump Hotels, Gaining Access to Credit Card Data

The Trump Hotel Collection appears to be the latest victim of credit card breach.
The news was first reported by Krebs on Security, citing data shared by several U.S.-based banks.  It involved a series of charges made to credit and debit cards that had previously been used at the hotel chain.
Potentially impacted Trump properties include those in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.  The extent of the breach …

Alaska Airlines to Give Its Credit Cardholders a Free Checked Bag

Alaska Airlines to Give Its Credit Cardholders a Free Checked Bag

Alaska Airlines announced it will offer a free checked bag to passengers holding one of its credit cards.
The Seattle-based airline said that cardholders of its Alaska Airlines Visa Signature consumer card will not be charged a fee for their first checked bag.
In January, Alaska offered all members of its Mileage Plan frequent flyer program a free checked bag for one month.  In February, the airline offered the same promotion to holders …

Sabre Takes Control of Asia-Pacific-Based Abacus

Sabre Takes Control of Asia-Pacific-Based Abacus

Travel technology company Sabre announced it had acquired and taken control of Abacus International, a major global distribution system in the Asia Pacific region.  Sabre had previously owned 35% of the company.  Abacus was founded by six airlines – ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Malaysian, Royal Brunei, and Singapore – and was owned by 11 Asian airlines at the time of the sale.
Sabre acquired the remaining 65% of the company …

Alaska Airlines to Link Los Angeles with Monterey, Gunnison/Crested Butte

Alaska Airlines to Link Los Angeles with Monterey, Gunnison/Crested Butte

Alaska Airlines announced that it will launch two new routes from Los Angeles later this year.  The carrier will begin daily service to Monterey, California on November 5, as well as seasonal service between Los Angeles and Gunnison/Crested Butte, Colorado, a popular winter skiing destination, on December 16.
Flights between Los Angeles and Monterey will depart Los Angeles at 7:40 p.m. and arrive in Monterey at 9:05 p.m.  From Monterey, flights …