What we’re reading: UA wins lawsuit, Could AA help Alaska Airlines? Guide to resort fees

by Stephanus Surjaputra on January 27, 2014

United Continental Airlines  737-900ER Flyaway Take Off

United prevails in million-miler lawsuit

A frequent flyer who accumulated more than a million miles on United Airlines lost his bid to file a class action lawsuit against United for “improperly and ‘immorally’ rescinding program benefits for ‘Million Milers.’”

An Illinois federal judge held on Thursday that flyers who had reached “Million Miler” status were subject to the same contract as other members of the program.

In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber granted United Continental, the airline’s parent company, summary judgment.

Could American help Alaska face the Delta threat?

Andrew Harrison, vice president of planning and revenue management [at Alaska Airlines] said that Alaska Airlines and American Airlines are talking.

“We’re getting to know the new American management team,” Harrison said during the [earnings] call. “I have met with their alliances folks, and we have started discussions about how we might work with the new American. It’s very exciting and we look forward to future things.”

Las Vegas resort fees: The 2014 guide

More and more hotels in Las Vegas are charging mandatory resort fees to cover the amenities that you may or may not use. A majority of them give you access to the Internet, a daily newspaper and access to the fitness center. There are some resort fees, however, that cover things that you may never even want to take advantage of.

GOLDEN NUGGET: $5. While saying it is not a resort fee, Golden Nugget enacted a $5 Downtown Destination Fee on July 1, 2013. Includes: an “added value card” offering select discounts to several downtown destinations (hee), from $2 off admission to the Mob Museum to a free autographed photo of Rick Dale when you visit Rick’s Restoration.

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