Trip News: August 23, 2018

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Business Tripler

Virgin Group has announced plans to develop a new Virgin-wide loyalty programme , which will use the same currency as Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club scheme.

The group says the programme, which is expected to launch in 2019 as the Virgin Group Loyalty Company, will offer “unique and differentiated reward opportunities, to reward customer loyalty across Virgin branded companies”.

It will also offer members the chance to earn and spend “miles” (the currency of the Flying Club) across “a range of products and services”.


USA Today

United Airlines plans to start charging passengers to reserve select seats near the front of the plane, a practice already in place at rivals American and Delta.

There’s nothing special about the so-called “preferred” seats, no extra legroom or other perks as are offered to passengers buying premium seats in airlines’ coach cabins, such as United’s Economy Plus and American’s Main Cabin Extra.

They are just regular seats near the front of the main cabin, viewed as preferred because you don’t have to traipse as far down the aisle to your seat and are among the first off the plane.



Mandarin Oriental is opting for the safe bet over the big bet in South America.

The luxury hotel operator is bypassing Sao Paulo, the region’s cultural and financial hub, in favor of the relatively sedate Santiago. The Chilean capital may not have the glitzy appeal of the Brazilian metropolis — and the rich travelers that go with it — but it also doesn’t have the crime.

Santiago’s calm was the biggest factor when Mandarin Oriental International Ltd looked to Latin America, country manager Ignacio Rodriguez said in an interview. Now, the Hong Kong-based hotel chain is working at full speed to refurbish a hotel previously operated by Hyatt for an early 2019 launch. The property, which has 310 guest rooms and 52 suites, will be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental.


Trip Pulse

Hawaiian residents and visitors are preparing for the potential impact of the Category 5 Hurricane Lane as it careens toward the island later this week.

According to The Associated Press, the National Weather Service announced Tuesday the hurricane had reached Category 5 status, which indicates the storm is expected to cause catastrophic damage with winds of 157 miles per hour or above.

Hurricane Lane was about 500 miles southeast of Honolulu Wednesday morning.

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