Trip News: August 21, 2018

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Trip Pulse

United Airlines is bringing a second flight to St. Kitts for the first time.

The carrier announced Monday that it is slated to launch a second weekly nonstop flight from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to St. Kitts, complementing the carrier’s existing Saturday service.

 


Hotel Business

American private investor Marcy Holthus has launched an exclusive boutique luxury hotel brand: Pilot Hotels. Incorporating the 12-room Washington School House Hotel in Park City, UT, and the soon-to-launch Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in France’s Loire Valley, Pilot Hotels “elevates authentic, curated, destination-defining properties to an extraordinary level,” according to the company.

With a background in finance and real estate, and a discerning eye for design, Holthus is charting a path in the development of historically and architecturally significant properties around the globe. Pilot Hotels will continue her quest to deliver unapologetic luxury for the elite traveler, according to the company.

 


Skift

Tripers were already flocking to Singapore in record numbers in recent years. But the debut of “Crazy Rich Asians” this weekend is giving millions of potential new visitors a big screen glimpse of a vacation for the rich and famous in the tiny island nation.

“Crazy Rich Asians,” the film based on the 2013 novel by Singaporean-American Kevin Kwan, delivered $34 million in box office sales in its first five days in theaters. The impressive debut made it the number one film, which features popular Asian-American actresses such as Constance Wu and Ken Jeong.

But the lead supporting role is undoubtedly Singapore itself, which had 12 attractions, such as Marina Bay Sands, and 12 Singapore-based cast members featured throughout the film. The city’s airport alone is a destination fit for Hollywood royalty and is a symbol of Singapore’s growth as a luxury travel brand.

 


USA TODAY

Southwest Airlines plans to increase its early boarding fee on some flights.

EarlyBird Check-In, which gives travelers a better boarding position in Southwest’s unique open seating system, will go from a flat $15 per person each way to $15, $20 or $25 depending on the length of the flight and the popularity of EarlyBird Check-In on the route. The switch to variable pricing, unveiled to employees Friday and due to be formally announced Monday, begins Aug. 29.

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