Travel News: April 9, 2019

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Virgin Atlantic Replacing Iconic Emblem
Travel Pulse

For decades she was considered an iconic, powerful emblem for an ambitious startup that turned into one of the strongest airlines in the world.

Now the Flying Lady that has graced the nose of countless airplanes in Virgin Atlantic’s fleet is about to be retired—and replaced with a modern look that more appropriately reflects a changing societal culture.

The British-based airline has announced that the Flying Lady proudly carrying England’s Union Jack flag will be replaced by five more ethnically diverse figures, including a black man, black woman and gay man.


As unruly airline passenger incidents take off, a search for solutions
Washington Post

Incidents involving unruly airline passengers have been rising in recent years . In 2017, airlines reported one altercation for every 1,053 flights, up 35 percent from the previous year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Drugs and alcohol play a leading role in many of these incidents. IATA says 27 percent of the cases involved alcohol consumption or some other kind of intoxication. An additional 24 percent were related to noncompliance with smoking regulations.


W Hotels Opens Second Lux Playground in Bali
Travel Pulse

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the signing of W Bali – Ubud, the brand’s newest W Escape.

Developed in partnership with Indonesia’s Ruang Teknik Group, W Bali – Ubud is set to bring W’s bold design, signature Whatever/Whenever service and innovative programming to the cultural heart of Bali.


United Is Switching Frequent Flyer Program to Demand Pricing

United Airlines is changing the way it prices seats purchased with frequent flyer miles. On November 15, the carrier is switching to a system that prices award seats based on demand rather than specific tiers.

The pricing strategy will allow United to slide award prices up when demand is high for a particular flight and ease off on costs when there are more seats available.

Portions of this system already went into place last month when several frequent flyers noticed that award seats on some routes were pricing out at rates lower than normal. As of Friday, that shift is now formally part of a full-fledged effort to apply dynamic pricing across United’s entire awards calendar.

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