EU Wants to End Carry-On Fees, New Hawaiian Amenity Kits, Star Alliance Gold Status For $400 and More

News Roundup

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. I thought they are worth sharing so I hope you enjoy reading them.

Airlines’ hand luggage fees could be banned thanks to an upcoming EU vote

Carry-on baggage fees could soon be a thing of the past as the EU looks to simplify ticket pricing for air travel. The European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions has unanimously adopted a resolution that calls on airlines to guarantee that passengers can carry cabin baggage free of charge. It urges countries to enforce a ruling on hand luggage made by the European Court of Justice back in 2014. ➡️ Read more

Hawaiian Airlines to Debut New Amenity Kits and Soft Goods

Hawaiian Airlines has tapped Hawai’i lifestyle brand Noho Home by Jalene Kanani Bell to design its new in-flight amenity kits and soft goods with a focus on sustainability and rooted in aloha. ➡️ Read more

Get Star Alliance Gold Status For $400

As of this writing, SAS shares are pricing at 0.0441 SEK apiece. You need to own 100,000 shares to qualify for Star Gold. That’s 4,410 SEK, which is US$400. The SAS EuroBonus Shareholder Program rules require you to be a permanent resident in either Denmark, Norway or Sweden to be eligible. ➡️ Read more

USAA Launches New Eagle Navigator Card

USAA has launched a new credit card called ‘Eagle Navigator’. The card isn’t listed on the credit card page but is being offered to existing users. The card has a $95 annual fee and earns 3x points on travel, and 2x points on all other purchases. You also get $100 TSA PreCheck/Global Entry Credit. ➡️ Read more

Hopper Cuts 30% of Staff in Bid to Get Profitable

Hopper, the fast-growing online travel and fintech company, cut 30% of its full-time staff — around 250 employees — in a bid to get profitable, according to a published report. A spokesperson for the company told Skift the job cuts came in tandem with the twin goals to boost the company’s travel app and B2B businesses, along with being “laser-focused on continuing to build our direct global hotel supply.” That latter objective became more of a priority when in July Expedia Group removed the hotel inventory it had been supplying to Hopper, and this may have be. ➡️ Read more

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