Take a look inside Alaska Airlines’ swanky new lounge at SFO
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by Harriet Baskas
16m ago
When Alaska Airlines switched operations from Terminal 2 to Harvey Milk Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in mid-June, passengers still had to make a long trek to Terminal 2 to use the airline’s lounge. But now that Alaska Airlines has opened a new, swanky 11,000-square-foot lounge in Terminal 1, that hassle is long gone. HARRIET BASKAS/THE POINTS GUYFinding the new Alaska Airlines lounge at SFO The new Alaska Airlines lounge is in Terminal 1 across from Gate B6 and Amy’s Drive-Thru and is just a few doors down from The Club at SFO. You can find the entranc ..read more
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Giant new cruise ship will be the biggest ever to sail Alaska
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by Gene Sloan
16m ago
Megaship fans are about to have a major new option for an Alaska cruise. Princess Cruises on Wednesday announced that its next giant new ship, the 4,300-passenger Star Princess, will spend its first summer sailing to Alaska out of Seattle. Scheduled to debut in October 2025, the vessel will begin Alaska sailings in May of 2026, the line said. For more cruise news, guides and tips, sign up for TPG’s cruise newsletter. Star Princess, notably, will be the biggest cruise ship ever to sail to Alaska. At around 178,000 gross tons, it will be about 5% bigger than the current size leader in the Alaska ..read more
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Delta CEO Ed Bastian leaves Atlanta for Paris Olympics as meltdown abates
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by Zach Griff
2h ago
Delta Air Lines has been in the spotlight of the airline industry this week following a five-day-long operational meltdown that led to more than 5,000 flight cancellations and stranded passengers and their checked bags for days. The meltdown also drew the attention of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which has since launched a formal investigation into Delta’s handling of its operational mess. The airline attributes the meltdown to Friday’s CrowdStrike IT outage, and the carrier and senior executives have remained mostly quiet throughout the crisis. Aside from a few written statements, n ..read more
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For the first time in history, you can step inside Balmoral Castle
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by Maren Gimnes
3h ago
Balmoral Castle’s 167 rooms and lavish grounds have long been kept away from the prying eyes of the public, but for the first time in history, the royal property is now open to visitors. Related: How to spend 1 day in Edinburgh Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is one of the British royal family’s most beloved properties. Queen Elizabeth II was so fond of the castle that she spent nearly every summer of her life there. She even spent her final moments there in September 2022.  MAREN GIMNES/THE POINTS GUY For the very first time, Balmoral Castle is open to the general public for ..read more
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Delta says its operations are getting back on track — but plenty of questions remain
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by Sean Cudahy
4h ago
Delta Air Lines says its operations are getting back on track, signaling the likely end of a multi-day meltdown that’s seen the carrier cancel more than 5,000 flights since an IT outage on Friday. In a letter to customers, CEO Ed Bastian said he expected disruptions on Wednesday to be “minimal,” and for Thursday to be a “normal day,” with the airline “fully recovered.” It’s welcome news after a chaotic few days across Delta’s global operation, particularly at its hubs. Want more aviation news? Sign up for TPG’s free biweekly Aviation newsletter. The five-day fiasco saw hundreds of thousan ..read more
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Venice could increase its tourist tax in 2025
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by Jordan Waller
4h ago
Venice, Italy, trialed a tourist tax earlier this year by charging day-trippers 5 euros ($5.43) to enter the city on 29 days. Now, the City of Bridges is planning to continue the tax next year and possibly increase the fee. The Venice tourist tax was hotly debated for several years, and after many delays and setbacks, the tax was set into motion earlier this year — a small trial run was held on select days between April 25 and July 14. Related: Which major destinations charge a tourist tax (or are planning to soon)? Those who entered the city before 8:30 a.m. or after 4 p.m. (or those sta ..read more
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The train that fits on a cruise ship: Here’s all you need to know about Royal Railway — Utopia Station
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by Megan duBois
4h ago
As I stepped onto the “platform” of Royal Railway — Utopia Station, I didn’t know what to expect. The immersive Wild West dinner show debuted on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Utopia of the Seas. Despite not knowing what would happen on the platform or in the train car itself, I was excited to try Royal’s newest “eatertainment” experience, as some call it. My journey started on the dimly lit train platform. It featured a large “Wanted” poster on an LED screen depicting the notorious sisters, the Yates triplets bandits. The platform also had a stack of luggage waiting to be loaded onto the trai ..read more
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I booked a family trip to Japan with a tour operator; here’s why I would do it again
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by Melissa Klurman
4h ago
Editor’s note: Audley Travel provided TPG with some complimentary aspects of this trip; however, the opinions expressed below are entirely those of the author and were not subject to review by the tour operator or any external entity. I’m an independent traveler who likes making my own arrangements. (Or, to rephrase that for the people who know me and will want me to tell you the truth: I’m a travel obsessive with a need to usually control every aspect of a trip.) But when it came to planning my family’s first trip to Japan, I decided I needed help connecting all the dots of what I wanted to s ..read more
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United to drop service to Fukuoka, leaving Japanese city unserved by Big 3 carriers
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by Zach Griff
5h ago
United Airlines will have one less pin on its route map later this year. The Chicago-based carrier filed plans over the weekend to drop service to Fukuoka, Japan, effective Oct. 26, as first seen in Cirium schedules and later confirmed by a carrier spokesperson. United currently offers daily flights from its Micronesia hub at Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) to Fukuoka Airport (FUK). This 1,651-mile route has historically been served by a Boeing 737-800. United inherited this route from Continental Airlines during the merger. Continental used to have a wholly owned Contine ..read more
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Epic fun! New MSC Cruises ship will target families with massive top-deck play zone
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by Gene Sloan
5h ago
Call it the most family-friendly MSC Cruises ship ever. The world’s third-largest cruise line on Wednesday announced that its next new vessel, MSC World America, would have a massive family fun zone on its top deck with everything from a giant water park to a ropes course and a rock climbing wall. Dubbed The Harbour,  the sprawling complex will target families in a way the line never has before, with a mix of watery and non-watery attractions, grab-and-go food options and a lounging area. For more cruise news, guides and tips, sign up for TPG’s cruise newsletter. It’ll also offer live mus ..read more
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