Regional airports in Southern California report that passenger numbers are up and speculate that construction at Los Angeles International Airport could be contributing to the increase. Long Beach Airport has reported 47% more passengers than last year, Hollywood Burbank Airport reported a 13% increase and Ontario International Airport reported a 6.4% increase.
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The best way to earn airline reward points and other perks isn't to fly, writes David Koenig -- it's to sign up for and use the right credit card. Airlines sell points to banks, which use them to reward customers for signing up and using the cards.
Nick Hines provides a list of craft beers served by each major US airline. "Flying isn't the luxury it used to be, but on many major American airlines, passengers can get premium craft beer whether they're in first class or in the general cabin," Hines writes.
As part of broader efforts to increase efficiency, both Marriott and Hilton have extended the advanced notice required to cancel a reservation. "Nobody likes incremental restrictions on the flexibility of reservations, but I think most customers understand that we've got a need to manage our inventory," said Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, adding that " the response has been just fine" and has had "no impact on the business."
The high-tech sleep startup BedJet is partnering with the Hotel Viking in Newport., R.I., in a pilot program aimed at luxury hotels. BedJet's V2 climate comfort systems, operated by guests via remote control or smartphone app, were installed in 10 Viking suites last month.