Travel News: February 1, 2017

Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel
Channel NewsAsia

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific will switch to biofuels made from landfill rubbish on select long haul flights in an effort to cut harmful emissions.

Cathay flights to Hong Kong from the US, where the new fuel is produced, will use a combination of conventional jet fuel and biofuels starting in 2019, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday (Jan 31).

The airline hopes to cut emissions on those flights by 80 per cent.


Hilton makes major changes to its loyalty program
USA Today

Hilton has announced sweeping changes to its loyalty program, letting members combine points with family and friends and use those points to shop at

The program will also get a rebrand. It will now be known as Hilton Honors vs. HHonors.

In fact, the entire company is getting a new identity and logo. Once known as Hilton Worldwide, it will just be Hilton from now on.


Barcelona aims to limit tourism with visitor cap law
Fox News

If Paris is the city of love, Barcelona must be the city of unrequited love. While tourists love to visit Barcelona, the city doesn’t quite love them back.

The strained relationship between Barcelona and its foreign visitors goes back a few years, thanks to a massive tourism boom that’s put burden on the city’s services, overcrowded its streets and frustrated locals.

The law, just passed by Barcelona’s city council, limits the construction of new hotels and stops licences being issued to accommodation providers, until tourist numbers are driven down.


Delta tweaks ‘Choice Benefits’ for top-tier elite fliers

USA Today

Delta Air Lines is tweaking a popular benefit offer to the “Diamond” level frequent-fliers in its SkyMiles loyalty program.

Currently, customers who qualify for Delta’s Diamond status are able to select two “Choice Benefits” perks. The perks available for selection include items such as international flight upgrades, bonus frequent-flier miles and the ability to confer elite frequent-flier status to a friend or relative, among others.

But those who qualify for Diamond status for 2018 will now be able to choose a third benefit. They’ll also be able to select their benefits at separate times throughout the year, a change from the current process that requires Diamond members to select all of their Choice Benefits at the same time.

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