United looks at moving corporate HQ

by Jon Surmacz on June 26, 2006

United looks at moving corporate HQ — In what may be a bid for tax breaks, United Airlines is exploring relocation of its corporate headquarters from suburban Chicago to Denver or San Francisco. (USA Today)

Check out the Web check-ins — Using the Internet to check in for flights has become common for many travelers, who find bypassing check-in lines at understaffed airport counters or crowded kiosks a blessing. Now hotels are jumping on the e-check-in bandwagon. But the benefits of using the Web to check in to a hotel may not be as obvious. (The Los Angeles Times)

Ooh-la-la cruises that don’t cost oodles — Occasionally, even the ultra-luxury cruise lines discount their cabins. But you have to dig to find the deals. (The Los Angeles Times)

How to get the best exchange rate — It is one thing to pay a higher than normal price for a drink on the Champs Élysées, but paying more than you need to exchange currency is a real waste of money. (The New York Times)

What’s the thread count on my dog’s bed — For owners who can’t bear to leave their pets behind, hotels are not only rolling out the red carpet but also offering animal massages, plush beds, dog biscuits baked by pastry chefs and even portable pet cabanas for poolside. (The New York Times)

Business travel boosts Virgin Atlantic — Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. said fiscal-year profit more than doubled after the airline controlled by U.K. billionaire Richard Branson attracted more business travelers. (Bloomberg)

The Kubla Khan of hotels — With the opening of the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta in 1967, John Portman, the building’s architect, had introduced the world’s first modern atrium hotel. (The New York Times)

Airline meals better than ‘pub food’ — Airline food now beats the quality and service found in most British pubs, according to a top chef. Standards on planes are “simply higher” than the “pathetic” offerings often found on the ground, Marcus Wareing said. (The Telegraph)

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