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LoungeBuddy Adds Support for Lounge Access Purchase in the U.S.

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LoungeBuddy, which released version 2.0 of its app in November, announced it was adding the ability to purchase airport lounge access from a mobile device for locations within the United States.  It also announced a lounge management tool and Apple Pay integration.
The LoungeBuddy app locates and recommends airline lounges at specific airports based on user-defined criteria.
Effective today, with version 2.02 running on iOS devices, LoungeBuddy will support in-app purchases for …

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Union Votes to Accept New Contract

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Union Votes to Accept New Contract

Alaska Airlines’ flight attendant union announced on Wednesday that its members voted to accept a tentative contract agreement between the union and the airline.
The tentative contract agreement was first announced in October, with a ratification vote by the union’s board scheduled to take place in December.
The agreement includes an increase in pay, built-in protections for reigning health care costs, improved job protections, and work rules.
The news follows over two years …

Alaska Airlines Debuts New In-Flight Entertainment System

Alaska Airlines Debuts New In-Flight Entertainment System

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of AlaskaBeyond Entertainment, the carrier’s new in-flight entertainment service.
The service allows passengers to watch recently released movies and TV shows on their personal Wi-Fi-enabled electronic devices during flights.
All content on AlaskaBeyond Entertainment is complimentary through January 31, 2015.  Beginning February 1, 2015, premium content on the service will be available starting at $1.99, at which point the airline will offer passengers approximately 30 hours and …

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express announced plans to offer some of its card members free access to Gogo in-flight Internet starting next year.
The Gogo Preferred Program, which will only be available from American Express, will give holders of the company’s Business Platinum Card ten Gogo in-flight passes per calendar year.
The service will be available Gogo-enabled aircraft on eight airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: November 29, 2014

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend, the guests are gone, the dishes are put away, and no one wants to hear the words “turkey fricassee.” Here are five stories you might have missed while basting the turkey.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Sofitel Philadelphia, noting that a visit to a Sofitel anywhere in the world is also partially a visit to France. The combination of comfortable surroundings and excellent service make for a memorable …

Alaska Airlines to Enhance Mileage Plan Benefits

Alaska Airlines to Enhance Mileage Plan Benefits

Alaska Airlines announced that it will be making changes to its Mileage Plan loyalty program next year.
Beginning January 1, Mileage Plan members who book non-refundable tickets in M and B economy fare tickets will receive 25% mileage bonuses, while those who book non-refundable S fare tickets will receive bonuses of 50%.  Currently, none of these tickets offer bonuses.
Mileage Plan members who book a refundable Y fare economy ticket will receive …

Alaska Airlines to Launch Seattle-Milwaukee, Seattle-Oklahoma City, Portland-St. Louis Routes

Alaska Airlines to Launch Seattle-Milwaukee, Seattle-Oklahoma City, Portland-St. Louis Routes

Alaska Airlines announced it will add three new routes next July, two from Seattle and one from Portland, Oregon.  The carrier is expanding its partnership with SkyWest Airlines, and will operate the new flights using SkyWest Embraer E175 planes under a capacity purchase agreement.
Beginning July 1, 2015, Alaska will offer daily service between Seattle and Milwaukee.  Flights will depart Seattle at 9:35 a.m. and arrive in Milwaukee at 3:10 p.m., …