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.
United Airlines opened a Club lounge inside Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in November 2019. The lounge, near gate C7 in the airport’s new terminal, seats 95 guests and offers free WiFi, and ample power outlets and USB ports. COVID-19 may temporarily affect the lounge’s operating hours and procedures.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
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Hotel Indigo Madrid Princesa opened in Madrid’s primary shopping district (temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but expected to open soon), adjacent to Parque del Oeste, giving first-time visitors to Madrid a perfect location for city exploration. The property offers more than 100 guestrooms, with two designs found throughout, both inspired by the natural greenery found in Parque del Oeste and reflecting the spring and fall seasons. In-room amenities include smart televisions and complimentary WiFi.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
As states allow visitors again and travel picks up, airlines are starting to prepare for an influx in passengers by increasing cleaning schedules, preparing aircraft for flight and even taking the temperatures of passengers before boarding the plane.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a collaboration with John Hopkins Medicine International on its Lead With Care global health and safety program. John Hopkins Medicine experts will review and validate the Lead With Care program, which will then be implemented at Four Seasons properties around the world.
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.
Saint Lucia announced a phased plan to reopen island tourism responsibly, beginning June 4. Phase One includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only. In preparation, 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to open. The approach to reopening continues through July 31.