United Airlines' MileagePlus rewards program has been voted Favorite Frequent-Flyer program by the readers of Trazee Travel. "We are extremely proud that our customers voted MileagePlus as the favorite frequent-flyer program. United continues to build and improve our loyalty program that provides great value for all of our members, while offering a variety of earning and redemption opportunities," said Luc Bondar, United's MileagePlus president and loyalty program vice president.
J.D. Power has released its 2018 Airline Loyalty Program Satisfaction Study, with JetBlue Airways' TrueBlue program taking the top spot. The frequent-flier programs for Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines ranked second and third, respectively.
Southwest Airlines will launch seasonal nonstop flights from Rochester, N.Y., to Fort Myers, Fla., in February and March 2019. The weekly Saturday flights are expected to carry 400 more travelers to Florida during the winter season, said Monroe County, N.Y., official Cheryl Dinolfo.
JetBlue Airways has added two new independent directors to its board: Sarah Robb O'Hagan and B. Ben Baldanza. "Their diverse experience as innovators across industries will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen the JetBlue business for our crew members, customers and owners," said JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson.
American Airlines celebrated more than 400 people who have worked 45 or more years with the carrier this week. "We are all here tonight because we want to thank you and let you know that we stand on your shoulders. Because of all that you've accomplished and that you've done, we have the honor to be able to lead this company and live up to the legacy that you've created," American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said.
United Airlines and restaurant operator OTG have joined to bring Gavi, a new restaurant with a southern Italian-like menu, to Terminal E at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The menu was created with chef Ryan Pera of Revival Market and Coltivare, and features traditional family recipes combined with locally sourced ingredients, according to OTG.
Airlines are expanding their food options for travelers looking for vegan and gluten-free snacks and meals. For example, American Airlines offers zucchini balls, and United Airlines has dishes made with farro and quinoa.