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Delta Improves SkyMiles Benefits, Adds More Transcon Upgrades

Delta Improves SkyMiles Benefits, Adds More Transcon Upgrades

Delta Air Lines announced a number of improvements to its SkyMiles frequent flyer program on Tuesday.
One major change is that Platinum and Diamond members of the program will be able to use Regional Upgrade Certificates to reserve a Delta One business-class seat on transcon flights linking New York City with Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Each year, Platinum and Diamond members can elect to receive four or eight regional certificates …

American Airlines to Add Eight New Routes to the Caribbean, Latin America, Mexico

American Airlines to Add Eight New Routes to the Caribbean, Latin America, Mexico

American Airlines announced it will begin eight new routes to the Caribbean, Latin America, and Mexico in 2015.
The new service will include flights to Mexico City International Airport and General Rafael Buelna International Airport in Mazatlan, Mexico, as well as to Curacao International Airport; Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Punta Cana International Airport; Gregorio Luperon International Airport in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and Mariscal Sucre International Airport in …

Air China Begins Third Daily Flight on Beijing-Los Angeles Route

Air China Begins Third Daily Flight on Beijing-Los Angeles Route

Air China announced the addition of a third daily flight between Beijing and Los Angeles.  As with the carrier’s two existing flights between the cities, Air China operates the additional service using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The extra flight will depart Beijing Capital International Airport at 12:00 noon and arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 9:00 p.m.  From Los Angeles, flights will depart at 11:30 a.m. and arrive in Beijing at …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2015

An El Al 747 at JFK.  El Al's first international flight was July 3, 1949

On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  The property, a National Historic Landmark, boasts of having the world’s largest porch.  Over the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of notable guests including Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, five U.S. Presidents (Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Amelia Earhart, the …

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 …

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 …

What’s Doing in Santa Monica and Venice

Santa Monica Pier

Two of the country’s most cultural and lively towns, Santa Monica and Venice, California, are, like the rest of Los Angeles, graced by picture-perfect weather year round. The neighboring beach towns offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life in Los Angeles, and are the city’s most frequented beaches.
Part of Los Angeles’ Westside community, Santa Monica was populated by early settlers in the late 1800s, with the …