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United Airlines introduce new apps for Google Assistant and Fitbit

06 Dec 2017

United Airlines has become the first airline to offer their own dedicated apps for the smart devices Google Assistant and Fitbit. The new United app on Google Assistant lets customers use smart speakers like Google Home to stay up-to-date on their flight.

“Adding a United app to the Google Assistant and Fitbit Ionic allows us to meet our customers on devices they already know and love, while making it easier than ever to check flight status, check in, learn about MileagePlus account details and receive their boarding pass," Explained Praveen Sharma, vice president of digital products and analytics at United.

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“All You Can Fly” Airline Now Accepting Payments in Bitcoin and Ethereum

05 Dec 2017

The world’s first “all you can fly” airline, Surf Air, announced on Tuesday that it would accept payments for monthly membership and global flights in bitcoin and ethereum.

"Surf Air was built on the idea of disrupting and changing the way the world sources, purchases and accesses air travel so it only makes sense that we would be on the cutting edge of accepting new forms of payment such as bitcoin and ethereum," said CEO of Surf Air Europe Simon Talling-Smith.

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Missing Toy Given "Teddy Loving Care" and First Class Flight Home

Nov 23 2017

Scottish airline Loganair helped reunite a girl with her missing teddy bear in style by sending the stuffed animal back home on a first-class flight complete with a cockpit visit and chocolate bar.

Loganair shared photos of the missing teddy bears trip after 4-year-old Summer left it behind at Edinburgh airport before a flight to Orkney, Scotland.

"Whenever our team was made aware of the 'grizzly' situation, we knew there could be pandemonium if we didn't help," Loganair's Commercial Director Kay Ryan said.

Summer was “delighted” to be reunited with Teddy.

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United Airlines Named Best Overall Frequent Flyer Program in the World for 14th Consecutive Year

01 Dec 2017

For the 14th year in a row, readers of the Global Traveller voted United's MileagePlus loyalty program the Best Overall Frequent Flyer Program in the world. The Global Traveller is a monthly publication for frequent business and luxury travelers across the world.

United has been recognized with the award every year since 2004.

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More US Airlines Banning Smart Luggage After AA’s Lead

02 Dec 2017

Following American Airlines ban on ‘smart luggage’, many airlines have followed suit.

‘Smart luggage’ has features like bluetooth and GPS connection, plugs to charge your phone, and some can even follow you around!

But as useful as these ‘smart bags’ can be to travellers, airlines have started the ban after growing concerns of the lithium batteries inside them “due to the potential for the powerful batteries to overheat and pose a fire hazard risk during flight.”

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