Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.
If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
American’s Pilots Decry ‘Embarrassing’ Product, ‘Toxic’ Culture
There’s a nasty battle brewing between American and its pilots. The airline’s customers could get caught in the crossfire.
American’s CEO Acknowledges Labor Discord, Asks for ‘Leap of Faith’
If American can fix its contentious relationship with workers, the world’s largest airline could become “best in class.” That’s a big “if,” though.
Airline Nuisance Fees – Should They Be Outlawed?
A proposed amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill would prohibit the airlines from imposing unreasonable fees. How would you vote?
United Board in Battle for Control of Company
Two hedge funds, underwhelmed by United’s financial and operational performance, are proposing a shakeup of the airline’s board of directors. Game on!
Spring Travel Forecast: More Flyers, Less Comfort
According to A4A, 140 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines during March and April, the most ever for the two-month period. Here’s how to cope.
Caesars Raises Resort Fees at 5 Vegas Hotels… I Mean Resorts
Resort fees on the way out? Not at five Caesars Las Vegas properties, where the fees are rising, from $29 to $32 a night.
From Choice Hotels: a Free Night After 2 Stays
Between March 3 and May 5, Choice Privileges members can earn 8,000 points after two stays, enough for a free night at more than 1,500 Choice hotels.
Marriott Touts ‘Made-in-USA’ Towels
Around 3,000 U.S. Marriotts will soon feature bathroom towels and bath mats made in the U.S. by Standard Textile, from U.S.-grown cotton.
Win 1 Million Wyndham Rewards Points – Enough for 66 Free Nights
Enter the Wyndham “Have Points, Will Travel” sweepstakes by March 31, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: 1 million Wyndham Rewards points.
Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.
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- The Uber Dilemma: To Tip, or Not to Tip
- Lawmaker Targets ‘Deceptive Hotel Fees’
After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.
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