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United Airlines to Debut ‘Better Boarding’ Process This Month

United Airlines to Debut ‘Better Boarding’ Process This Month

United Airlines announced multiple refinements to its boarding process. The airline, referring to the changes as “better boarding,” will roll out the revised process starting September 18.
The changes include the reduction of the number of boarding lanes from five to two and the addition of text alerts when boarding begins.
Group 1 will board using the blue lane, while Group 2 will then board via the green lane.  Groups 3 through …

United Could Move ‘the Bulk’ of its Operations from Newark Liberty if Proposed Increase in Jet Fuel Tax Becomes Law

United Could Move ‘the Bulk’ of its Operations from Newark Liberty if Proposed Increase in Jet Fuel Tax Becomes Law

United Airlines said it would consider moving some operations from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey to other hubs if lawmakers there enact legislation that would effectively raise jet-fuel taxes that the airline pays.
The bill, which has already been approved in committee, would require all airlines carrying over eight million passengers per year to pay a four cent tax per gallon on all jet fuel purchased …

Expect Travel Disruptions Through Early Next Week from Florence: Here Are Some Tips to Minimize the Impact

While the Mid-Atlantic region braces for what is being described as a “life-threatening” hurricane called Florence, many travelers are wondering, “Should I even take that flight?”
The storm, slated to make landfall in the Carolinas as a dangerous Category 3 storm Friday morning, is predicted to produce catastrophic flooding and heavy rain over a larger swath of the region and farther inland than had been originally predicted.
Expect significant travel disruptions, not …

Airlines Issue Waivers from D.C. to the Carolinas Ahead of ‘Life-Threatening’ Hurricane Florence

Airlines Issue Waivers from D.C. to the Carolinas Ahead of ‘Life-Threatening’ Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence set to strike the Carolinas as a “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” Category 4 storm, airlines serving the mid-Atlantic region are offering waivers that allow cancellations and rebookings without any fees.
The waivers are in force for destinations that are expected to be in the path of Florence, a wide swath of the East Coast that ranges from the Carolinas to the Washington, D.C. area.
Meanwhile, airlines are preparing to cancel …

United Airlines Sees Increase in Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor for August

United Airlines Sees Increase in Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor for August

United Airlines announced operational results for August 2018. The carrier’s consolidated traffic and capacity were up year-over-year, as was its load factor.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of August was 21.99 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 7.8% from 20.34 billion RPMs in August 2017. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 5.4% to 25.2 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, from …

United Airlines Contest to Send the Hardest Worker in America to Tahiti for a Vacation

United Airlines Contest to Send the Hardest Worker in America to Tahiti for a Vacation

United Airlines is on a hunt for the hardest working person in the United States.
On Tuesday, the airline announced a contest, Time Off in Tahiti, to locate that individual, “whether it’s someone who works 80-hour weeks, a stay-at-home parent, or someone working multiple jobs to make ends meet,” the airline said in a statement.
The winner and his guest will be flown on United to San Francisco and then continue on …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2018

September marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.  The month gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.  After January and February were added to the calendar ahead of March in a calendar reform, September became the ninth month but …