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Lyft to Pilot Scheduled Rides in San Francisco

Lyft to Pilot Scheduled Rides in San Francisco

Ride-sharing service Lyft announced Tuesday it is testing a new feature that allows passengers to schedule a trip in advance.
The new feature allows users of the service to schedule a ride up to 24 hours in advance of the pick-up time and is available in the city of San Francisco.
The Lyft app has been updated to permit scheduling a ride by tapping the clock icon when entering pick-up location. Rides …

Qantas and WestJet Expand Partnership

Qantas and WestJet Expand Partnership

Qantas Airways and WestJet announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement Tuesday.
Members of the two airlines’ loyalty programs may choose to earn either Qantas Points or WestJet dollars when flying either airline. The two airlines have had a code-share agreement in place since 2014.
Members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program will also be able to redeem Qantas Points on Qantas code-share flights operated by WestJet starting May 24. The two airlines …

Tru by Hilton to Open in Oklahoma City Airport

Tru by Hilton to Open in Oklahoma City Airport

Hilton Worldwide announced that it broke ground on its second Tru brand hotel, located in Oklahoma City. The Tru by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport is scheduled to open next spring.
The hotel will have 86 guestrooms, and like all Tru by Hilton properties, will have what the company calls “the hive,” the brand’s version of a lobby that will be located on the first floor. Hilton says the area will have …

4 Frequently Asked Questions About Travel After EgyptAir, Brussels, and Paris Terror Attacks

The temporary entrance to departures at Brussels Airport

Recent world events, most recently the possibility of terrorism having caused the crash of the EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo last week barely eight weeks after deadly terror attacks at Brussels Airport and a metro station that killed 35 people and injured hundreds, as well as the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, have had an impact on travel across the globe.
Travelers are clearly concerned …

United to Improve Coach Meals on International Flights

United to Improve Coach Meals on International Flights

United Airlines announced several improvements to the meals it offers coach passengers on international flights.
Starting June 1, the Chicago-based airline will resume offering a complimentary mid-flight snack to coach passengers on all international flights. United had discontinued the snack after it began offering what it termed a “more robust” three-course meal during the flight.
The snack will include a small sandwich and candy on flights 12 overs or more in duration …

London to Get 24-Hour ‘Night Tube’ Train Service Starting in August

London to Get 24-Hour ‘Night Tube’ Train Service Starting in August

Transport for London announced that the long-awaited Night Tube will commence operations on August 19. The 24-hour weekend service will at first be offered on the Central and Victoria lines. It will be available on the Piccadilly, Jubilee, and Northern lines come autumn.
The start of service will mark the first time in the history of the Tube that Londoners will be able to travel at all hours of the night …

New Element Hotel to Open in Historic Detroit Building

New Element Hotel to Open in Historic Detroit Building

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced that it will open a new Element hotel in Detroit in 2018. As its name denotes, the Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building will be located in one of the city’s most historic venues, which is being converted to a mixed-use development.
The 14-story neo-gothic Metropolitan Building first opened in 1925 as a jewelry emporium. The building’s exterior will be restored and its interior will be …