Travel News: June 7-13

Here is a round-up of this week’s travel news – from the most popular plane seat, urban revitalization and baseball, to another frequent flier change, carry-on luggage and Celine Dion. Enjoy!

UK Budget Airline Says Passengers Prefer Seats on Right Side of Plane

Ever wondered which seats are more popular (or unpopular) than others? Well, according to a recent EasyJet survey, seat 7F is the most popular. And, as one would expect, most passengers prefer window seats above all else. EasyJet sales also revealed a predilection for seats located on the right side of the plane.

Southwest Launches Grant Program to Revitalize Urban Areas

Southwest has kicked off a three year grant program to help revitalize public spaces throughout the country. The program began with pilot projects in San Antonio, Detroit and Rhode Island. Next up is a project to rehab Baltimore’s Pratt and Light Plaza.

United Airlines Seeks Baseball Fans for New Social Media Promotion

United is offering baseball fans who no longer reside in their team’s hometown an opportunity to return to catch a game. To enter fans must submit a photo showing their loyalty to their team (Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals) on United’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels. The prize is two roundtrip flights, hotel accommodations and two tickets to watch their favorite team play at the club’s home stadium.

United Airlines Copies Delta’s New Model to Give Flyer Status for $ Spent 

Back in February we reported how Delta was changing its frequent flyer program to reflect how much a ticket  costs, versus the number of miles flown. Now it seems United Airlines is following suit, with changes to its MileagePlus program scheduled to take effect in 2015.

Have You Checked the Size of Your Carry-On Lately?

It seems that American, Delta and United have all recently changed the size rules for carry-on bags. This means it is more important than ever to check your airline’s luggage policy before heading to the airport. For instance, while many wheely bags are 15″ wide, American’s new policy won’t allow hand luggage over 14″ wide.

Man Gets Creative While Stranded Alone in Airport

What would you do if you were alone in an airport all night? Well, if you are Richard Dunn in Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, you make a music video on your iPhone. Check out his funny tribute to Celine Dion. Celine Dion’s reaction to the video? She invited Richard to her show the next time he’s stuck in Las Vegas’s airport and even offered to let him use her bathroom. Updates

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