With a new $9 fee, United Airlines is offering travelers a speedier trip through security. United announced Wednesday that it would offer the fee for what it termed “Premier Access.” Customers can get expedited check-in and quicker access to the security lanes.
United announced that it’s selling its Premier Access option to all fliers – a perk that had traditionally been reserved for elite frequent fliers, first- and business-class passengers and holders of United’s various credit cards.
The new fee follows the lead of other airlines selling priority services to non-elite travelers. JetBlue sells Even More Speed access to expedited security lanes at several airports. Delta offers priority boarding as an add-on fee under its Trip Extras program, also starting at $9 per flight. And Southwest Airlines recently added an option to board early for $40.
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- Frontier Airlines said this week that its customers will no longer be able to book tickets on Expedia because it wants to steer customers toward booking directly on the airline’s website, FlyFrontier .com. According to Frontier, the company saves up to $25 on each ticket that is booked directly on its website instead of through a third party — a savings that the airline says it can then pass on to its customers.
- Delta is looking to include enhanced dining and entertainment options on its transcontinental flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles plus San Francisco and Seattle. These enhanced services include high-quality wine in BusinessElite, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today for BusinessElite flyers, complementary headsets for customers in Economy Comfort and Economy along with movies and on-demand television shows.
- The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai officially opened Wednesday as the world’s tallest hotel. Capturing the official record from the Guinness Book of World Records, the latest icon in Dubai’s skyline is made up of two towers standing 72 stories, 1,164 feet. Only one tower is currently open; the second is slated to open in 2014. If you’re thinking about booking a room, rates for one person per night start at $326.