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Business_travel By Joe Brancatelli

Fliers CanEat for a Fin in Two Big Airports
: Philadelphia and New York/LaGuardia now have $5 menu-item programs
at some of their food-service outlets. About 50 restaurants are
offering specials under the banner of Wow! $5 Chow! The grub ranges
from a chicken sandwich and a large beverage at Chick-Fil-A in
Philadelphia to dessert and coffee at Todd English's Figs in LaGuardia.

  • Fighting a steep decline of passengers on its Air Shuttle routes between New York/LaGuardia, Boston and Washington/National, Delta Air Lines has cut some one-way fares as low as $129.
  • The Northwest Airlines name and brand has disappeared at two more airports — Albany, New York, and Knoxville, Tennessee — and Northwest flights have been moved to Delta Air Lines gates.
  • Marriott has opened a 187-room Courtyard hotel in Toulouse, France. It is located about three miles from the airport and the home of Airbus.
  • British Airways says it will launch flights to Las Vegas
    from London/Heathrow beginning on October 25. BA will use Boeing 777s
    configured with business-class, premium-economy and coach cabins.

Absolutely, Positively the End of Adam's Mark Hotels
: The slow disintegration of the once-formidable Adam's Mark chain is almost complete. The two remaining properties — in Buffalo and Indianapolis — are now on track for brand changes. In Buffalo, the 464-room Adam's Mark was sold in February for the second time in as many years. Now it is getting an incentive package from Buffalo-area authorities and the new owners say some of the cash will be used to upgrade the hotel to the physical standards of the Crowne Plaza chain. In Indianapolis, the 407-room Adam's Mark was sold in April, also for the second time in as many years. The previous owners never completed an upgrade program for the 35-year-old hotel, but the new owners say the property will be improved and rebranded in the next few months.

  • Speaking of reflaggings, the former Holiday Inn in Trevose, Pennsylvania, has undergone a $4 million renovation and has emerged as the 214-room Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Bucks County.
  • A 150-room Hilton Garden Inn has opened in Yuma, Arizona.
  • The six-year-old Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma in the Bahamas has closed. The resort is part of the 500-acre Emerald Bay development, which has been in receivership since 2007.

On-the-Road Intelligence to Help You Travel Smarter
American AAdvantage has introduced one-way awards priced at half the number of miles required to claim a round-trip ticket. The one-way awards can be mixed and matched based on class of service and availability of seats in award-level categories. At the same time, however, AAdvantage has ended the practice of free stopovers on most of its round-trip awards.

  • A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that the former majority owner of defunct Aloha Airlines cannot bid on the carrier's name. The company, Yucaipa, had agreed to buy the name and lease it to go!, a commuter airline owned by Mesa Airlines.
  • The airlines with the worst rates of bumping are commuter lines tied to the nation's two largest major carriers. Atlantic Southeast, with 3.94 involuntary denied boardings for every 10,000 passengers, and Comair (3.17) fly for Delta. American Eagle (3.14) is owned by and flies for American Airlines.

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