Extra seat fees could divide families on flights
The Seattle Times
If you’re flying this summer, be prepared to kiss your family goodbye at the gate. Even if they’re on the same plane.
Airlines are reserving a growing number of window and aisle seats for passengers willing to pay extra. That’s helping to boost revenue but also making it harder for friends and family members who don’t pay this fee to sit next to each other. At the peak of the summer travel season, it might be nearly impossible.
Condo-hotels reshaping luxury market
From Brickell to Miami Beach, Hollywood to Palm Beach, condominium hotels are reshaping the luxury, waterfront landscape. In the process, they’re changing the way developers, investors, hoteliers and even residents and prospective buyers view residential product offerings.
Consider the success at ONE Bal Harbour Resort Hotel & Spa, the luxury condo-hotel. Some 40 condo-hotel units have been sold in excess of $23 million at ONE Bal Harbour. Others also are reporting millions in new-unit sales.
Brand names long established or relatively new to South Florida include the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and Palm Beach, the Four Seasons, W Fort Lauderdale Beach and The Fontainebleau Towers, which built some 800 condo-hotel units.
US Airlines ‘Only’ Collected $3.36 Billion in Baggage Fees Last Year
Airline passengers in the U.S. collectively paid $3.36 billion in fees for carry-on and checked bags last year. The figure actually represents a decrease from 2010, when we dropped $3.4 billion on baggage fees. Chances are, you paid more out of pocket to fly last year anyway.
Singapore Airlines to drop Greece, ending 40 years of service
Singapore Airlines will drop its service to Greece, ending nearly 40 years of service on the Singapore-Athens route.
Singapore Airlines also said it will end service to Abu Dhabi, citing “the sustained weak performance of both routes,” according to a statement quoted by Dow Jones Newswires. Singapore has served Abu Dhabi since 2006. Both routes will end Oct. 26.