Let's say you're a person who travels frequently and you're looking for a connection -- not a connecting flight but a love connection.
According to MissTravel.com, your best chances are on a Delta Air Lines flight if the object of your desire is a single woman. The "destination-dating" website surveyed 2,000 single female travelers to find out which airline they use most often, and 28 percent said Delta was their No. 1 choice. The airline was preferred by13 percent more women than those who chose No. 2 United Airlines. Delta and United are the No. 1 and No. 2 largest U.S. carriers, respectively.
United was followed by US Airways, Southwest, Virgin, JetBlue and AirTran.
Single women also appear to be more talkative while traveling, according to MissTravel.com. Sixty-four acknowledged they speak to strangers at airports or on flights more than anywhere else; 39 percent said that they have or would consider dating someone they met during a flight.
Brandon Ware, the website's founder, suggested airlines increase their appeal to women traveling for leisure and the woman "who may have her eyes open for a potential love interest."
-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It's not exactly like winning the lottery, but boarding passes for some frequent fliers on US Airways, Delta and United airlines will now include a symbol that lets them go through screening faster.
The faster screening lines are offered under a program called PreCheck, operated by the Transportation Security Administration.
Frequent fliers with five of the largest airlines are invited to apply for the PreCheck program. If they get selected by the TSA to participate they can go through screening without removing their shoes, belts and jackets or taking laptops and liquid bottles out of carry-on bags.
Here's how it worked in the past: Passengers who applied for the program would learn only when they arrived at the airport if the TSA approved them to use the faster screening checkpoint.
Now, passengers who see a PreCheck logo on their boarding passes know instantly that they have been approved.
The TSA hopes to eventually include the logo on the boarding passes for those lucky approved fliers on Alaska and American airlines.
-- Los Angeles Times
More carry-on fees
Frontier Airlines announced that this summer it will become the third U.S. airline to charge passengers a fee to bring carry-on bags into the cabin. Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air already impose a carry-on fee.
But Frontier added a twist to its charge.
Passengers can avoid the fee ($25 in advance, $100 at the gate) by booking the flight directly through the airline, at FlyFrontier.com. (There is also no charge if the bag fits under the seat.)
By directing fliers to book with FlyFrontier.com, the airline avoids the booking fees it pays when passengers buy tickets through travel websites such as Expedia or Orbitz.
"I suspect we will see other airlines study this move and perhaps copy it in the future," said George Hobica, founder of the consumer website Airfarewatchdog. "This is an effective way to force consumers to book directly with the airline."
Frontier will also begin to charge $1.99 for coffee, tea, soda and juice. But passengers will get a full can of soda or juice, and the coffee will come with free refills.
-- Los Angeles Times
Hotels boost local music
Offering guests live entertainment is not a new concept in the hotel industry. In Las Vegas, major hotels regularly host acts such as Carrot Top and Penn & Teller.
Aloft Hotels, the ultra-modern economy brand operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, has put a new twist on the idea, turning its hotel lobbies into concert venues for local and lesser-known musical acts.
The effort began about four years ago, and the performances have drawn such positive reviews on social media that Aloft hotel managers are now getting requests from bands to play the lobbies.
Some of the performers who have played at Aloft hotels say the venues have put them into intimate settings with fans and helped them promote their music.
"Each show normally had about 100 to 200 people in the lobby watching," said Denton Hunker, the drummer from Green River Ordinance, a Texas rock band that has played at several Aloft hotels. "It was a great promotion for the hotel and for us as a band."
Matt Hires, a Florida singer-songwriter who has also played several Aloft gigs, pointed out other perks:
"They would take care of our rooms and bar tab, too, so that's not too shabby."
-- Los Angeles Timestravel