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Hilton Launches Promotion for Event Planners in APAC

Hilton Launches Promotion for Event Planners in APAC

Hilton announced the launch its Power of 3 to Get More summer promotion, aimed at awarding benefits to event planners.  The promotion runs through August 31, and is valid at Hilton properties across the Asia Pacific region.
Under the new offer, event members will receive complimentary Wi-Fi in the main meeting room.  The promotion also allows for the waiver of conference fees for one out of every 10 event attendees.
In addition, …

Dear Reader: Please Wear a Seatbelt in the Back of a Taxi

A London taxi

The crash that killed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia, highlighted a largely overlooked safety issue in travel: many people do not wear a seatbelt when in the back seat of a car.  The Nashes, who were ejected from the back seat of their taxi while returning from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to their home, were not wearing seatbelts.
While almost all states in the …

Volaris to Link Guadalajara and Cancun with San Jose, Costa Rica

Volaris to Link Guadalajara and Cancun with San Jose, Costa Rica

Low-cost Mexican carrier Volaris announced that it will launch new service to San Jose, Costa Rica from both Guadalajara and Cancun, Mexico on September 10.  Costa Rica will be the second destination in Central America for the airline.
Flights from Guadalajara will depart at 7:20 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and will arrive in San Jose at 9:55 a.m.  From San Jose, flights will depart at 7:05 p.m. and arrive in …

Transaero Unveils New Livery

Transaero Unveils New Livery

Transaero Airlines announced a new corporate identity and livery.  The new design replaces the one that has been in use for over two decades.
The carrier showed off the new design as it took delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 on Friday.   The aircraft, which has a two-cabin configuration with business and economy cabins with a Boeing Sky Interior, will be used on medium-haul domestic and international routes.  It will offer …

American Express to Refund Incorrectly Billed Travel Insurance Premiums

American Express to Refund Incorrectly Billed Travel Insurance Premiums

American Express is notifying card members who are enrolled to automatically receive insurance such as baggage protection, flight insurance, and medical protection when purchasing an airline ticket that it has billed some of these charges in error.
“On occasion,” the card issuer said, “a premium may have been billed for charges that were not covered” and the company has created a process that will permit card members to get these refunded.
The …

Delta to Launch Orlando-São Paulo Service

Delta to Launch Orlando-São Paulo Service

Delta Air Lines announced it will offer new flights between Orlando, Florida and São Paulo, Brazil beginning December 19.  The service is awaiting government approval.
Once approved, the carrier will operate the flights four times a week, using Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Flights will depart Orlando International Airport at 9:50 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and will arrive at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport at 9:50 a.m. the next day.  From São …

Gogo Introduces New Loyalty Program

Gogo Introduces New Loyalty Program

Gogo announced it will launch a new customer loyalty program this July.
The program allows customers to receive free SwiftBroadband equipment packages, which provide voice and data services over most of the world, both on the ground and in the air.
To qualify, customers must activate a new five-year SwiftBroadband service contract with Gogo at an authorized Gogo dealer by March 31, 2016.
The loyalty program is available to current Gogo customers with …