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Historic Palmer House in Chicago Reopens Just in Time to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

Historic Palmer House in Chicago Reopens Just in Time to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

The historic Palmer House hotel in Chicago reopened its doors to guests on Thursday following a year-long closure.
The shutdown was precipitated due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.
The Palmer House hotel, which is now celebrating its 150th anniversary, first opened its doors to guests on September 26, 1871, 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and it reopened in 1873, after its …

United to Boost July Schedule as Travel Returns

United to Boost July Schedule as Travel Returns

United Airlines said it plans to operate 80% of its U.S. schedule in July as compared to the same month in 2019.  Compared to June 2021, it will increase its domestic network by 17%.
The Chicago-based carrier is resuming discontinued flights and adding new routes.
The plans for July call for new routes to Bozeman, Montana; Orange County, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Yellowstone/Cody, Wyoming.  In addition, the carrier will adjust its …

To Prepare for Summer, United Airlines Adds 480 Flights to Schedule

To Prepare for Summer, United Airlines Adds 480 Flights to Schedule

United Airlines said it would fly 60% of its flights in June compared to its June 2019 schedule.
The Chicago-based airline will add more than 480 daily domestic flights to its schedule, which translates into operating over 3,100 daily domestic flights.  The increase means that United will operate 67% of its domestic schedule when compared with June 2019.
The carrier will add new flights to Alaska, Hawaii, and Montana, among other destinations.
In …

Four Seasons Chicago to Reopen Its Doors to Guests After Major Renovation

Four Seasons Chicago to Reopen Its Doors to Guests After Major Renovation

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced plans for the reopening of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.
The reopening comes after a multi-million dollar renovation at the 347-key property that started in 2020 led by the New York-based Rottet Studio, an architectural firm.
The hotel will reopen its doors to guests starting on April 30.
The lobby now features a lighter color palette that includes white marble with slate and gold accents.  Guests enjoying …

IHG Adds 4 New Even Hotels in U.S. and China

IHG Adds 4 New Even Hotels in U.S. and China

InterContinental Hotels Group announced four new Even Hotels, the hotelier’s wellness brand. The new properties are located in Colorado, Illinois, and Texas as well as in Shenzhen, China.
The health-oriented brand opened its first property outside the United States, the Even Hotels – Nanjing Yangtze River in China, in 2020.
Even Hotels promote fitness and health, and focus on the health-conscious traveler by helping guests stay active and eat healthier meals during …

American Airlines to Offer Employees Who Get Vaccinated an Extra Vacation Day

American Airlines to Offer Employees Who Get Vaccinated an Extra Vacation Day

American Airlines is not only offering its employees vaccinations against the coronavirus at some locations, it’s offering those who get vaccinated a bonus.
The carrier’s top two executives, in a memo to employees viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, offered an incentive of an extra vacation day in 2022 as well as $50 in what the airline calls recognition points.
“”As we close out the first week of March, we remain optimistic that …

American to Connect Chicago with Ontario, California

American to Connect Chicago with Ontario, California

American Airlines announced plans to launch new twice-daily service between Chicago and Ontario, California on August 17.
Flights will depart Ontario International Airport at 11:40 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 5:48 p.m., and 5:38 a.m. the next day. Return flights are scheduled to depart Chicago at 9:55 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. and arrive in Ontario at 12:14 p.m. and 10:39 p.m., respectively.
American will …