Travel News: November 20, 2018

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Uber launches rewards program in nine U.S. markets
Travel Weekly

Uber has launched a tiered rewards program that offers basic cash perks at the lowest level and bigger benefits like fee waivers and upgraded service for big spenders on the app.

With Uber Rewards, members earn one point per dollar spent with Uber Eats and rides with Uber Pool; two points per dollar spent on UberX, UberXL or Select rides; and three points per dollar spent on Uber Black and Black SUV rides. Riders reach a Gold level at 500 points, Platinum at 2,500 points and Diamond at 7,500 points.


Florida’s Brightline to become Virgin Trains USA
USA Today

Brightline will be renamed Virgin Trains USA as part of a new partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, the railroad announced Friday morning.

Virgin — parent company of Virgin Atlantic airlines and more than 60 media, entertainment and hospitality brands — will become a minority investor in the South Florida passenger railroad, according to Brightline.


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Almost Entirely Reopened
Travel Pulse

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was shut down for more than four months this summer after Kilauea’s outburst in May. But now the good news is flowing. Since its “soft opening” on September 22nd, bits and pieces of the Park have continued to open little by little, and here in November, it is very nearly up and running at full speed.


Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday Sale Has Landed

From now until 11/27, book online and enjoy incredible Black Friday savings and special offers on flights to Asia across all cabin classes.

1. Use promo code HOLIDAY to save on award-winning Business Class and spacious Premium Economy Class:

  • Extra $1,000 off Business Class, fares starting from $2,338
  • Extra $500 off Premium Economy Class, fares starting from $773

2. Save up to 60% on airfare from U.S. to the Cathay Pacific wide network of destination, Economy Class flights starting as low as $593.

Visit the Cathay Pacific Black Friday Site for more information.

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