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1. Delta customers will soon be able to upgrade to private jets

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 28, 2015

Delta's Medallion-level customers will soon be able to upgrade their tickets to a whole new level. The program is available only at Delta's East Coast hubs as a trial run, but it may expand worldwide. USA Today (07/27) Bloomberg (07/27)


2. List: Most extreme airports worldwide

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 23, 2015

The approach at Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airport, the five-degree takeoff and landings at London City Airport and high winds at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal make these some of the most extreme airports around the globe. Gizmodo (07/21)


3. Lawmaker moves to put $4.50 cap on luggage fees

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 23, 2015

Representative John Mica, R-Fla., is introducing a bill that would cap the amount airlines charge for handling luggage at $4.50 per bag. "This is fair and equitable since airports have been held to that fee level for handling passengers at the same $4.50 limitation by law for the past 15 years," he said. The Hill (07/22)


4. Poll: Have you used independent lounges during your travels?

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 28, 2015


5. Renderings: Plans announced for $4B LaGuardia remake

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 28, 2015

New York's LaGuardia Airport will be torn down and rebuilt, a project that will cost about $4 billion and take about five years. To start, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will relocate a parking garage to clear space for a new, unified terminal. Construction will begin next year, and about 8,000 construction jobs will be created. LaGuardia Gateway Partners, which includes Walsh Construction, Skanska USA and Parsons Brinckerhoff, will work on the project. BBC (07/28) The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (07/27) Forbes (07/27) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/27)


6. Airlines up their games with amenity-rich lounges

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 23, 2015

Airlines around the world are pampering high-value customers with exclusive airport lounges featuring spas, salons, restaurants, pet areas and much more. Runway Girl Network (07/22)


7. Demand for high-end corporate jets is surging

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 28, 2015

The largest, longest-range private jets are in high demand by corporations and the wealthy even as the market for smaller aircraft slumps. "Our owners are looking to fly to more international destinations and they want to do that nonstop," explains Matt Doyle of Flexjet, a company that offers time shares for jets. Financial Post (Canada) (07/24)


8. Independent lounges are growing in number, popularity

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 28, 2015

Independent pay-in lounges have been a staple of international airports for years, but recently companies like The Club have started bringing first-class comforts to America's domestic travelers. With entry fees as low as $35, the lounges make a great alternative to weathering your layover at the gate. TravelPulse (07/27)


9. List: Top 10 hotel bars in London

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 23, 2015

The American Bar at The Savoy, Artesian at The Langham and Dukes Bar at Dukes lead this Top 10 list of the best hotel bars in London. Bloomberg (07/21)


10. Airports are turning to social media to provide day-of-travel information to passengers

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Jul 23, 2015

Airports are harnessing the power of social media to provide passengers with up-to-the-minute information about their flights. Some airlines are also taking advantage of the new technology, like KLM and its #HappyToHelp. FutureTravelExperience.com (U.K.) (07/22)




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