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American Airlines to Celebrate Final US Airways Flight with Commemorative Flight Number 1939

American Airlines to Celebrate Final US Airways Flight with Commemorative Flight Number 1939

American Airlines provided further details about US Airways’ final flight on October 17, 2015. The final flight will operate as Flight 1939, a number selected to commemorate the airline’s founding in 1939.
US Airways started as All American Aviation in that year, becoming Allegheny Airlines, USAir, and finally US Airways before its 2013 merger with American.
The carrier’s swan song will celebrate the airline’s major hubs by departing Philadelphia and stopping in Charlotte …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2015

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The United Kingdom officially entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, with a declaration of war against Germany in support of its ally, France.  Hostilities had broken out on July 28 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.
Harriet Quimby became the first woman in the United States to be licensed as a qualified pilot on August 2, 1911.
The International Air …

Kimpton Loses Multiple Properties in Bay Area including Palomar and Monaco

Kimpton Loses Multiple Properties in Bay Area including Palomar and Monaco

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which was acquired by InterContinental Hotels Group last December, has lost multiple hotels in the Bay Area, including the Monaco, Harbor Court, Serrano, Triton, Cypress, and Prescott.
The latest casualty is the Palomar and its restaurant, Dirty Habit, effective Tuesday. The Palomar, which has been renamed the Hotel Zelos, will be managed by Benchmark Hospitality International. The news was announced in an e-mail to the hotel group’s …

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 Announces Date for Final US Airways Flight

American Airlines Announces Date for Final US Airways Flight

American Airlines announced the timing of the last US Airways flight on Friday as well as the planned shutdown date of that airline’s reservations system.
The airline’s swan song will be a red-eye: Flight 434, scheduled to leave San Francisco International Airport at 10:00 p.m. on October 16 and land at Philadelphia International Airport shortly after 6:00 a.m. the following day.
At that point, the US Airways name and website will be …

Cathay Pacific Partners with LoungeBuddy at SFO

Cathay Pacific Partners with LoungeBuddy at SFO

Cathay Pacific Airways announced a partnership with LoungeBuddy to offer travelers additional information about the airline’s lounge at San Francisco International Airport.
Over the next 60 days, passengers with the LoungeBuddy app on their iPhone will receive customized information about Cathay’s first- and business-class lounge upon their entrance into the lounge at the airport.  The information will be sent using iBeacon technology, which is activated when mobile devices are in close …

Grand Hyatt and Westin St. Francis Form Union Square Alliance

Grand Hyatt and Westin St. Francis Form Union Square Alliance

Two Union Square hotels in San Francisco announced a partnership for meetings and events.
The Union Square Alliance, comprised of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and the Westin St. Francis, will focus on mid-sized conventions in the city by the bay.  Together the two properties offer 86,000 square feet (9,789 square meters) of meeting space and up to 1,250 guest rooms for meeting planners looking to hold an event in the …