This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. CLEAR launches expedited lanes at San Diego International Airport, brand new Boeing 747 jet scrapped, Marriott celebrates 1,000th hotel in EMEA, Hard Rock Hotel New York opens up, and a $50 RebatesMe bonus.
As airports across the country experience a surge in passengers, CLEAR today announced the launch of its expedited lanes in Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport (SAN). SAN is CLEAR’s eighth airport in California and 43rd nationally. CLEAR already serves all 10 of the airport’s top 10 domestic destinations, and the company’s entry into SAN will create approximately 27 new jobs and an overall economic impact of upwards of $2.4 million for the region.
CLEAR Plus, an opt-in membership that provides access to CLEAR’s expedited security lanes, costs just $179 per year, with discounts available for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Express members. There’s also a promotion right now that gets you $75 in Uber credit.
A rare private Boeing 747 that used to belong to the Saudi royal family is destined for a scrap heap in the US, despite flying for a total of just 42 hours. The distinctive all-white 747-8 was ordered by Saudi crown prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for a staggering £235million, but he died one year before the plane was set to be delivered to him in 2012. The incredible craft was intended to serve as bin Abdulaziz’ private jet until he passed away while the plane was being kitted out in Basel, Switzerland, with a plush VIP interior.
Its 42 hours of flying time mean the plane is essentially brand new – a typical Boeing 747 is expected to complete around 100,000 hours of flight before being scrapped.
Marriott International celebrated the launch of The Westin London City, its 1,000th hotel in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). A flagship Westin Hotel that seamlessly balances London’s always-on energy with the wellness promise for which the brand is known, the property also marks the debut of the Westin Hotels & Resorts brand in the UK market.
As the company celebrated this milestone, it also announced that across 2022 and 2023, it expects to add more than 200 properties, which equates to 38,000 rooms, in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Hard Rock International has announced the opening of the much-anticipated Hard Rock Hotel New York. Uniquely situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, steps from iconic landmarks including Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and the Theater District, Hard Rock Hotel New York offers a backstage pass to the city’s historic Music Row, honoring its legacy through intricate design, curated amenities, and award-winning guest experiences.
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