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February 20, 2009

This and that….

Filed under: Business Travel,Southwest,united — Chris @ 1:19 am

>Southwest has announced that it will start flying into Boston later this year. (But no nonstops from the Bay Area…) That’s on the heels of its arrival next month into Minneapolis, and then New York La Guardia by June.  BATS from the SF side of the Bay rejoiced with Southwest came back to SFO. Anyway, the pattern seems to be clear: Southwest wants to be flying into major airports that business travelers like to use and seems to have moved away from its previous habit of using mostly secondary airports.

>United has discounted the number of miles needed for an award ticket to Europe to just 40,000 from the standard 55,000. Good for trips through May 14 except Apr 6-15.

>We just knew this was going to happen: A recent survey by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives reveals that excitement about “green” travel is waning as the economy drags along. The survey reported that 79 percent of companies see cost cutting as a top concern while environmentally sustainable travel is a priority with only 17 percent.

>Nothing like a little competition! Now that Delta and V-Australia are adding nonstops to Sydney (from LAX), United has suddenly found it important to install the new lie-flat seats in business and first class on 747 flights to Sydney from SFO and LAX.

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1 Comment »

  1. Two comments for United:
    1) On the plus side, I LOVE the new lie flat seats in Biz class, which I was able to enjoy on a flight from SFO to Frankfurt back in November.

    2) On the negative side, no more Mai Tai’s??? They had always been a major highlight of past trips to Hawaii. Bummer!

    One comment for Chris:
    I love the BAT newsletter! And even though I no longer live in Atlanta, I still love reading The Ticket newsletter, as well!

    Comment by JK — February 20, 2009 @ 3:58 am | Reply


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