Your chances for surviving a plane crash have never been better. It goes without saying that even one fatality is too many. However, travelers can take some comfort in the fact that the odds of surviving a crash have increased dramatically. Several factors come into play, including significant advances in the manufacture of airplanes and a better understanding of the training needed by crew members to facilitate a quick and safe exit for all on board.
Changes to frequent flyer programs. American, Delta, JetBlue and United are making changes to their frequent flyer programs. It’s all good news for JetBlue’s TrueBlue members (miles never expire!) and American’s AAdvantage members (get miles for Marriott hotel stays) but a mixed bag for Delta and United program members. Click here for details. In addition, Southwest has announced their new partnership with Points, a loyalty program currency management company, giving businesses the opportunity to purchase Rapid Rewards Partnership Points for customers and employees.
It’s a lounge-o-rama. The Priority Pass independent airport lounge access program is coming to Atlanta on July 18. With many lounges already operating throughout the world, the concept is to provide frequent travelers with airport lounge access regardless of the airline flown, class of travel or existing membership in an airline loyalty program. The Club at ATL will offer access for Priority Pass members or those who purchase a day pass for $35. Los Angeles airport also has good news for lounge users. Check out the new offerings here.
An army marches on its stomach, and so do business travelers. Even the smoothest travel experience can create obstacles that stand between you and a good meal. Fortunately, many hotels are coming to the rescue by offering their guests the option of purchasing meals to go, packaged specifically to meet carry-on restrictions.
Gant is a business travel management firm. We help clients optimize their travel spend by employing a combination of technology, people and processes to coordinate business travel properly. In addition to corporate travel, we also provide meeting and event planning services. Gant Travel is a shareholder in RADIUS, a global travel company with over $19 billion in sales located in over 80 countries worldwide. www.ganttravel.com