Fans and frequent travelers of Southwest Airlines will notice a few changes to the airline in 2020.
One change Southwest passengers can look forward to is the removal of the expiration date for Rapid Rewards points. Taking a page out of the books of other major airline rewards programs, Southwest Rapid Rewards members will no longer worry about points expiring, or scrambling to make sure accounts stay active by earning or redeeming points every 24 months, required by the previous policy.
A not-so-pleasant change coming to the Rapid Rewards program, however, involves an increase in the number of points needed to obtain a Companion Pass, a pass allowing travelers to bring a guest to fly with them for free. Previously, Rapid Rewards members needed 110,000 points per calendar year to obtain a Companion Pass, but, beginning in 2020, members will need 125,000 points to earn a Companion Pass.
Finally, Southwest recently announced agreements with Amadeus and Travelport to make flights available for travel managers via these channels. When it goes into effect in summer 2020, this will be the first time Southwest’s flight schedules and pricing will be available to travel agencies.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 opened as the second InterContinental property in Yokohama earlier this fall. The property, with its 173 guestrooms and suites, provides a relaxing atmosphere away from the hubbub of the city with views of the waterfront.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Set in the Coachella Valley, Renaissance Indian Wells recently reopened as Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells. With a new name, the property unveils a new look and guest experience. All 560 guestrooms and 103 suites were completely redone, as were the public spaces, lobby, fitness center, pools, food and beverage offerings and event spaces.
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ONE BEAUTIFUL DAY in Massachusetts during the fall of 1924, Arthur Tauck, Sr. had the idea to offer his first guided tour. Both an entrepreneur and a well-traveled salesman, Tauck was enjoying his lunch at a restaurant overlooking the treetops and was overtaken not only by the beauty of the fall foliage but by the fact the other patrons in the restaurant were all traveling salesmen.