United Airlines will add a new non-stop route to Florida from its hub at Washington Dulles, picking up a route that’s being dropped by rival American Airlines.
Service to Miami will launch Dec. 19, with United offering one daily round-trip flight on Airbus A319 jets. The service restores a non-stop route United last flew in 2014. United will add a second daily flight on the route during the peak holiday travel period (Dec. 24 through Jan. 6).
United will have the route to itself. American currently flies non-stop between Miami and Washington Dulles, but that will end Dec. 19 — the same date United plans to launch its Miami-Dulles route.
AAA says its travel insurance sales have increased more than 20% this year, following a 13% rise in 2017.
“Tripers are increasingly not taking chances, and they’re choosing to invest in the value and peace of mind that travel insurance can provide, for international as well as domestic and cruise vacations,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president of AAA Trip and Publishing.
A recent AAA survey revealed that 38% of travelers are likely to purchase insurance for future international trips. The most valuable benefit to consumers is trip-cancellation protection.
Hilton signed a new franchise agreement with the Al Habtoor Group to rebrand three hotels in Dubai’s Al Habtoor City, effective Aug. 1, 2018.
The hotel names will change to Habtoor Palace Hotel, LXR Hotels & Resorts, V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton and Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City. Marriott International originally operated the hotels, which were named The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will do a program of revitalization and upgrades for Silversea Cruises under the name Project Invictus.
The development follows the July 31 closing of RCCL’s acquisition of a 66.7% equity stake in the Monaco-based luxury cruise operator.
“Our intent is to solidify our already strong leadership position with an exciting array of upgrades that thrill our guests,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea CEO.
The first Invictus enhancements will roll out on the Silver Muse on Aug. 19, when an upgraded champagne and caviar service will begin.