New Travel Record, Spirit Expands Military Benefits, Virgin Cruise Giveaway Goes Wrong, New St. Regis Resort in California


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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. I thought they are worth sharing so I hope you enjoy reading them.


TSA sets new record Friday for most travelers screened in a single day

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it set a new record for most travelers screened in a single day on Friday, according to a post from the agency on X, formerly known as Twitter. TSA officers screened 2,951,163 individuals at checkpoints nationwide, surpassing its previous record from November 26, 2023, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. ➡️ Read more


Spirit Airlines Expands U.S. Military Benefits to Include Spouses and Children

The airline announced it is extending the existing benefits for active-duty U.S. military service members to their spouses and all their children when traveling with the service member effective immediately, including two free standard checked bags, one free standard carry-on bag, and the existing one free personal item per person. Complimentary priority boarding is also available for active-duty service members, and their spouses and children when traveling with the service member.. ➡️ Read more


Virgin’s cruise giveaway goes horribly wrong

Virgin Voyages is dealing with a PR nightmare after a woman who won a free cruise said she’d have to pay $8,000 in flights to claim her prize. The winner booked a cruise out of Brisbane for herself and her partner. However, in February, the company announced that all of its Australia voyages were canceled due to tensions in the Red Sea. So they would have to fly from Australia to Europe or the Caribbean to claim their prize. ➡️ Read more


Resort At Pelican Hill Joining Marriott, Becoming St. Regis

The Resort at Pelican Hill, located in Newport Beach, California, has operated independently since it opened in 2008. But that is changing later this year. As of July 1, 2024, the Resort at Pelican Hill will join Marriott, and will participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program. Then, after an extensive renovation, the property will be branded as a St. Regis. ➡️ Read more


JetBlue Starts Flying From New York to Edinburgh

JetBlue has added another route to its transatlantic offerings with new, nonstop flights to Edinburgh from New York. Daily summer-seasonal service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) will operate through September 30, 2024. Prices start at $499 round-trip. This is only the second direct offering from New York’s JFK to Edinburgh. ➡️ Read more


Azul and GOL Announce Codeshare Agreement

Azul and GOL airlines have announced a commercial cooperation agreement that will connect their flight networks in Brazil through a codeshare agreement. This partnership covers all domestic routes operated exclusively, meaning rotes operated by one of the two companies but not the other. The agreement also encompasses frequent flyer programs, allowing Azul Fidelidade and Smiles members to earn points in their preferred program when purchasing segments included in the codeshare agreement. ➡️ Read more


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