Scottsdale, Arizona – a Hometown Feel away from Home

This sunny city of nearly a quarter-million, just east of Phoenix, has a decidedly ‘hometown’ feel, palpable even to travelers from far away.

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The airline will introduce its Premium Economy Class on August 9, when passengers traveling on select flights from Singapore to Sydney will be able to sit in Singapore Airlines’ new cabin class.

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Fraport AG, the company which operates Frankfurt Airport, is expanding its free Wi-Fi access for passengers and visitors at Germany’s largest airport from 60 minutes each day to free access round the clock, seven days a week.

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Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. has became the world’s first certified ‘allergy-friendly’ airline, by meeting the criteria of the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation. In May, SWISS will introduce ground and in-flight products designed to make air travel more comfortable for allergy sufferers.

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From April 1, Finnair will dedicate aircraft with flat-bed seats in Business Class to flights to Tokyo and New York, and from May 1 to Beijing and Seoul. From June 1, Finnair will also offer flat-bed seats on its routes from Helsinki to Hanoi, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Osaka and Shanghai.

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Delta Air Lines has announced long-expected changes to its SkyMiles loyalty program which will shift the earning of redeemable mileage points from the current model based on distance traveled to a new model based on ticket price. The change will become effective for travel on flights from January 1, 2015.

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines claims to be the first airline in the world to create a payment method which allows customers to pay via social media channels.

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Delta Air Lines is selling for $199 a new travel option for SkyMiles loyalty-program members which provides access throughout a four-month promotional period to fee-based extras such as checked bags, priority boarding and seat selection for purchasers and others in their travel parties.

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Christian Kjelgaard, the founder and editor of www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com and its associated Facebook page and Twitter account, is the featured guest on the Internet radio program Travel Itch Radio on June 27. Visitors to AirlinesAndDestinations.com may catch the episode live on June 27, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EDT or listen afterwards to the recorded show.

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LOT Polish Airlines, the first European carrier to operate the Boeing 787, is introducing a new premium economy class on its Dreamliner flights. The carrier is offering introductory round-trip fares in the ‘Premium Club’ cabins of its Boeing 787-8 jets.

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Passengers traveling with one personal carry-on item that fits under the seats in front of them will be invited to board before Group 2 of general boarding. American Airlines is implementing the new boarding process throughout its entire network.

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According to a new Harris Poll, most Americans who fly at least once a year would be willing to pay for extra legroom on a flight of three hours or more and over half would be willing to pay more to avoid sitting in a middle seat on a flight of the same length ‒ as long as the additional fee is $50 or less.

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African elephants, zebras, giraffes, impalas, ostriches and guinea fowl all live side-by-side in the Dallas Zoo’s Giants of the Savanna habitat, just as they would in the wild.

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Cision, a major provider of publicity services, PR software and owner of the United States’ best-known database of media outlets, has ranked www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com among the top 50 travel blogs based in North America.

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Frontier Airlines will begin charging a fee for carry-on bags to passengers who buy discount tickets on the airline through all external booking channels, including third-party booking sites. This change will take effect this summer, according to Frontier Airlines, which says it will announce later this spring the start date for its new policy.

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A study by airline consulting firm Boyd Group International shows that U.S. airports in the fourth quarter of 2012 with the highest cost of air travel ‒ based on fares paid per mile ‒ included Dallas Love Field, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Tulsa International Airport.

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When a passenger does this, other passengers on the flight will be able to see that passenger’s Facebook profile. In turn, the Facebook-linking passenger will be able to see others who have linked their Facebook profiles when checking in for the same flight and where those other passengers are seated.

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Conventional wisdom that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best times to shop for U.S. airline tickets may be misguided, according to researchers at Texas A&M University. Weekends offer 5 per cent lower prices on average for similar tickets, they found.

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When the option is available, Southwest Airlines will offer customers the opportunity to purchase one of the earliest boarding positions at the gate for $40 per flight.

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