United Values Credit Card Spend, Gov’t Shutdown Affects Holiday Travel, IHG Invests in InterContinental

United Airlines 737-MAX 9 in the sky
United Airlines 737-MAX 9 in the sky. Photo courtesy of United Airlines.
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How a looming government shutdown could affect holiday travel.

Under current House leadership, I don’t see how we’ll avoid a government shutdown next Friday. And, of course, this is going to happen right before the busy Thanksgiving travel period. Be extra nice to the TSA staff and others who are affected. They have enough stress of being forced to work without getting paid. They don’t need entitled travelers pulling a “Karen” on them for something completely unnecessary.

United Airlines tweaks frequent flyer program to reward credit card spending.

With these tweaks, you’ll get 20% more elite status credits on your spending. Plus, you’ll earn them on every $500 you spend vs. having to spend a total of $12,000 each year. United is also eliminating the annual cap so that you can earn even higher levels of elite status based on spending (plus some flights).

United Airlines 737-8_Livery
A United 737-8 on the runway. Photo courtesy of United Airlines.

Why Your Next Layover Might Surprise You: How Charlotte and Atlanta Are Redefining Airline Hubs.

It’s surprising that Charlotte has the highest percentage of travelers connecting to other airports. I knew it was a hub city but didn’t realize that much traffic went through it. Air travel continues to evolve, and we need to evolve with it. When choosing a favorite airline, it pays to understand its hub cities and routes so you can take advantage of its schedule to find the lowest fares, most direct routes and best award availability.

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon Closes Following Major Earthquake, Fear of Volcano Eruption.

Mother Nature is undefeated, even when it means that your travel plans are interrupted. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland, so this is a major bummer for travelers making a pitstop next week.

IHG’s Tom Rowntree on the coming InterContinental brand transformation.

InterContinental is one of the premium brands in the travel world that doesn’t receive enough accolades. While IHG continues to add luxury brands to its portfolio, InterContinental is still its favorite child. I love to see the investment in the brand to ensure that IC stays competitive and attracts more travelers to its properties.

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