Upward Mobility

Road Notes

American, United and Delta airlines are working on plans to install seat-back electric outlets for laptops, possibly as soon as this fall.

In addition to its pre-flight grooming salon and music listening room, spunky Virgin Atlantic has just installed a putting green in the Virgin Clubhouse at London's Heathrow Airport.

Feel ill during a trip? If you're headed to or through Chicago, visit the full-service medical clinic on the upper level of Terminal Two at O'Hare International Airport. Open from 6 a.m. until midnight, it's staffed by doctors and nurses from the University of Illinois.

Earn 500 extra Mileage Plus miles through December 31 when you make your United reservations online using the United Connection page on CompuServe (or directly using software from United). The software costs $24.95 and includes $25 worth of coupons for use on United flights. To order the software, call (800) 482-2696.

Latest frequent-flier tie-in: Major airlines have launched dining programs that give you miles for each dollar spent at thousands of restaurants worldwide. United and Continental programs offer 10 miles per dollar; American and Alaska Airlines, three; Northwest, two.

When travelers eat in, what do they choose? At the Novotel in New York City, Evian water is the most popular minibar item; beer is the alcoholic beverage of choice. And when calling room service, men prefer hamburgers; women, club sandwiches.

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This article was originally published in the July 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Upward Mobility.

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