What we’re reading: Travel — no match for Costco, United starts selling 787 seats, how to avoid jet lag


Despite discounts, travel not an easy sell for warehouse clubs

Warehouse clubs like Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Sam’s Club are selling almost everything, including travel. However, travel is not grabbing a large market share.

It turns out that travel is not a natural for warehouse clubs. In fact, Sam’s Club stopped selling travel last year, explaining that it did not enhance “the core club shopping experience.”

Seats now on sale for the restart of United’s 787 Dreamliner flights

United is betting that the FAA will approve Boeing’s changes to the Dreamliner batteries by the end of the month.

United’s confident enough to put some 787s back on schedule, starting May 31. And those flights, between Houston and Denver, are already on sale, according to AirlineRoute.net.

No Lag to London: Uber-flyers share their secrets to lag-free travel

Last week we told you about Air New Zealand’s new focus group that will take to the air on April 9. Now they have released the names of the frequent flyers that are a member of that group. They will share their insights on how to avoid jet lag.

Collated insights and learnings from the focus group will be announced mid-April. Curious to learn more? Follow Air New Zealand on Twitter at @AirNZUSA or the hashtag #NoLagToLondon for updates and details of a competition where participants can enter for a chance to win a trip to London with Air New Zealand.

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  • bodega3

    Glad to hear Sam’s club stopped selling travel. What many don’t realize is that these ‘club’s’ don’t offer their customer’s all travel products, just ones they have contracts with for specials. I have found better deals elsewhere than with Costco with their limited companies that I wanted to use but Costco couldn’t sell. But then, I find better pricing on grocery items elsewhere, too, so there are only a few items I buy at Costco but the savings is enough to pay for the membership.