Coming & Going: Spirit Airlines adds fee, new Starwood perks, more travel news
By Andrea Sachs,
Coming & Going
Plus-one on Spirit; Blue Ridge greenbacks; Starwood perks
That’s the Spirit
Spirit, the airline that loves additional fees, has introduced the $2 “unintended consequences” fee on all tickets. The charge stems from the low-fare carrier’s disagreement with the Department of Transportation over a new regulation requiring airlines to give passengers 24 hours to change a booking without penalty. The fee, the carrier said in a statement, will “cover the unintended consequences of government regulations.”
In honor of the agency, Spirit has named the fee DOTUC.
Three cheers, Blue Ridge
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program recently received two boosts that will allow the group to expand its network of TRACK Trails, self-guided treks that encourage junior hikers to embrace the great outdoors.
The BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation has granted the organization $701,000 for the next three years, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has declared its endorsement.
To date, the foundation and its partners have built nine trails. Info: www.brpfoundation.org.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts is rolling out new frequent-guest benefits March 1. A sampling:
●Your24 offers anytime check-in/check-out to Platinum members who reach 75 eligible nights during a calendar year.
●A welcome gift of bonus points, free in-room Internet or free beverage for Gold Preferred members.
●Free continental breakfast for Platinum-level travelers.
●One-night upgrade to a standard suite or select premium room. Members who stay 50 nights in a year receive 10 Suite Night Awards.
United Airlines has announced new daily year-round service between Washington Dulles and Honolulu starting June 7.