Air Travel News
Briefs: ATL adds loyalty plan; German airports begin bag self-check-in
In airport news, travelers at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson can now earn airline miles for airport purchases; Lufthansa is adding baggage self-check-in at its two German hubs; and arriving passengers at Las Vegas can get the party started before they leave the airport.
• Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has started a new partnership with a company called Thanks Again that lets travelers earn airline miles for purchases they make at the facility’s retail stores and food-and-beverage outlets. Users can sign up at www.ThanksAgain.com. More than 95 percent of the concessionaires at ATL are said to be participating, and users can earn miles in the programs of Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines.
• After successful testing, Lufthansa is expanding self-check-in baggage service at its Munich and Frankfurt hubs. The airline said it already has six of the new baggage machines in place at the southern end of Terminal 2 at Munich, with 13 more to be added by the end of this month. Two devices are now available at Frankfurt Airport, the company said, and by mid-2013 it will have 13 in place there. “The bag drop-off machines have :easy-to-follow instructions (that) guide passengers through the few steps needed to check in their bags,” Lufthansa said.
• At Las Vegas McCarran, arriving travelers who are planning some party time in the city can make a pit stop for booze before they leave the airport. The newest concession at McCarran, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review, is the Liquor Library. The new store, located in the baggage claim area of Terminal 1, sells hundreds of varieties of beer, wine and liquor. It’s only for inbound travelers, since it is outside the secure area and the ban on carry-on liquids still applies.