Latest Air Updates: LAX Rolls Out the Red Carpet; Delta Values Fido; Virgin America Loves Denver

LAX rolls out the red carpet for celebrities; Delta values Fido; and Virgin American wants to see more of Denver. Here are the latest air travel updates!

Travel Pulse reports that celebrities will soon their own terminal at Los Angeles International Airport as the Board of Airport Commissioners voted unanimously last week to build a multi-million, 43,000-sqaure-foot facility with private suites, customs, security checkpoint, and catered food. Celebrities will then wait at the private facility in their own private suite for a private transport to take them to the main terminal just in time to catch their plane. The airport hopes to stop potential security risks and delays A-listers and paparazzi make at the airport and make up to $1,800 per celebrity traveler who uses this concierge service.

Delta infographic Denver and LAX

Delta Air Lines will start five daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Denver International Airport (DEN) on June 1, 2016. The service will be offered by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using two-class, 76-seat CRJ-900 aircraft.

Effective March 1, 2016, Delta will no longer accept pets as checked baggage but will continue to transport allowable pets in all cabins of service except Delta One. However, Delta will make exception for members of the military with active transfer orders who need to check pets as baggage.

Delta Comfort+ seats

Delta Comfort+ seats

Delta Comfort+ is available for direct purchase alongside Main Cabin and First Class, effective for flights departing on or after May 16, 2016.

Delta will open a second Delta Sky Club at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in late 2016. The new lounge will be located between Concourses A and B with views of the runaway and Mount Rainer, and be one of the five largest Delta Sky Clubs at 21,000 square feet. By June 2016, Delta will operate 140 peak-day departures to 44 destinations from Sea-Tac.

JetBlue Airways launched its newest Caribbean service this week with year-round, daily flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in Turks and Caicos.

 

Virgin America announced it will launch three daily, roundtrip flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Denver International Airport (DEN), starting March 15, 2016.


United Airlines
announced illy’s signature scuro dark roast and espresso will be available in United Club locations at the airline’s mainland U.S. hubs. illy’s dark roast will also make an appearance on United flights next year.

Travel Weekly reports that the American Airlines’ AAdvantage loyalty program is changing to award on dollars spent, not miles flown. The change will go into effect on the second quarter of 2016. Fliers will earn five miles per every dollar spent on tickets and airline-imposed fees. Gold members will earn up seven miles per dollar spent. Platinum members will earn eight miles per dollar, and Executive Platinum members will earn 11.

Alaska Airlines launched new service from Seattle (SEA) hub to Charleston, South Carolina (CHS). The new flights are four days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday).