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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 …

U.K. Airports Commission: Heathrow ‘Best-Placed’ for New Runway

U.K. Airports Commission: Heathrow ‘Best-Placed’ for New Runway

The U.K. Airports Commission, the agency that is charged with examining the need for additional airport capacity in the United Kingdom and making recommendations to government relating thereto, recommended that a third runway be added at London Heathrow Airport.
A new northwest runway “presents the strongest case and offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits – providing around 40 new destinations from the airport and more than 70,000 new jobs by …

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 …

First Canopy by Hilton Hotel to Open in Reykjavik, Iceland

First Canopy by Hilton Hotel to Open in Reykjavik, Iceland

Hilton announced that it plans to open the Canopy Reykjavik/City Centre hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland in early 2016.  Hilton launched its Canopy by Hilton brand in October 2014, and the property in Reykjavik will be the brand’s first property in the world.
The hotel will offer 115 guestrooms and suites with complimentary Wi-Fi and local breakfast.  Upon arrival, guests will receive a welcome gift that is unique to the area.
A bar …

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 …

United Airlines Invests in Aviation Biofuel Company

United Airlines Invests in Aviation Biofuel Company

United Airlines announced it was taking a stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy, an aviation biofuel company.
The Chicago-based carrier said it will make a $30 million equity investment in Fulcrum.  This will be “the single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels,” the company said in a statement.
Fulcrum’s technology converts municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel.
In addition to the equity investment, the agreement allows the two companies to …

Alaska Airlines to Launch Boise-Reno Service

Alaska Airlines to Launch Boise-Reno Service

Alaska Airlines announced that it plans to begin new daily service between Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada to begin on November 5.  The service will be operated by Horizon Air, using Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
Flights will depart Boise at 6:15 p.m. and arrive in Reno at 6:44 p.m.  From Reno, flights will depart at 4:35 p.m. and arrive in Boise at 6:55 p.m.
The Q400s that will be used on the route are …