US Airways - December 2014 - (Page 256)
Window or Aisle?
Chatting with a
and mother, Madeline
It is fitting for this final issue of
US Airways Magazine that we have
our last Window or Aisle conversation with Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.
The roots of this magazine go back 42 years, when she founded
what became the publication you are reading today. There are
very few publishers or editors who have touched a single magazine or newspaper for this length of time. To date, Ms. McElveenHunter's career includes the founding of Pace Communications,
one of the world's largest custom content agencies, a U.S. ambassadorship to Finland, and chairman of the American Red
Cross, a seat she has held since 2004. She is the first woman to
hold the chair position in the 136-year history of the organization.
When did you start the first inflight magazine for
what would later become US Airways?
I started the magazine for Piedmont Airlines in
1972 with the wonderful invitation from
Eugene Johnston and Tom Davis. They had
trust and confidence in a 20-something young
woman with little publishing experience.
Other than clothing, what three items would you
never travel without?
Something for mind, body, and soul. For my
mind, a pencil, to tackle the Black Belt
sudokus. For my body, a Ziploc bag of walnuts,
almonds, and cranberries. And for my soul, a
copy of Chuck Colson's speech given at the
Harvard Business School, "The Problem of
I've had the privilege of traveling the world in
times of crisis and need, whether to Red Cross
shelters after Katrina or in Haiti, or in geopolitical conflict zones in the Darfur refugee camps,
DIVIDEND MILES Insider
Any guess as to how many miles you've flown?
I'm a million miler almost every year. In all, I
think I'm at a gazillion. I spend one third of my
year on an airplane.
Do you work, sleep, or relax during flights?
I do all three! I consider flying wonderful
therapy - an escape and, in some ways,
therapeutic. The longer the flight, the better.
And I keep my fingers crossed for a first-class
If you could sit next to anyone, past or present, on
your next flight, who would it be?
My mother. She has filled my life with her
pearls of wisdom.
Window or Aisle?
Aisle on domestic trips, and window on
COMBINING OUR LOYALTY PROGRAMS
In the second quarter of 2015, we'll bring the
Dividend Miles program into the AAdvantage
If you have an AAdvantage and a Dividend
Miles account, you'll hear from us early
next year with information on how to quickly
and easily match your accounts online.
We'll merge your Dividend Miles award
mileage balance, elite-qualifying activity,
and million-mile balance into your AAdvantage
account on a one-to-one ratio.
If you don't have an AAdvantage account,
we'll create one for you and assign you a new
number when we combine the programs. Your
existing Dividend Miles balances will automatically be transferred.
Learn more about the combined program by
PHOTO BY DAVID WILSON
As chairman of the board of the American Red Cross
you've traveled the world. Is there any place on the
planet you've not been where you'd like to go?
or to immunize children for measles in
Madagascar. I want to go to places where I'm
not simply a traveler, but where I can leave that
place a little better than I found it. And by
doing so, I am transformed as well.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - December 2014
Table of Contents
Perspective: CEO Letter
From the Editor
Making It Happen
Style Spotlight: Gifts
Connections: Everybody's Business
Great Escapes: La Quinta Resort & Club
Great Escapes: Lone Star Court
Great Escapes: 21C Museum Hotel
Great Escapes: Nada's Italy Tours
Adventure: Volcanoes and Lattes
Gear Up: Stocking Stuffers
Gear Up: Weather Glass
Diversions: Cabarrus County, NC
Diversions: Christmas in Myrtle Beach, SC
Getaway: Harbor View Inn
Getaway: Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Getaway: Sonoma County Wine Country
Great Tastes: Sol Mexican Cocina
Charlotte USA: Workplaces of Tomorrow
The Arts: ArtistWorks
The Arts: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
The Arts: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wine & Dine: San Antonio, TX
Wine & Dine: U.S. Olive Oils
Travel Feature: An Insider's Guide to Tokyo
Special Section: Hilton Head, SC
University Spotlight: Christopher Newport University
To Your Health: ALS
Special Section: San Francisco + Sonoma Wine Country
Down To Business: Sport Clips
Gatherings: Grandover Resort and Conference Center
Best of Health: Miami Beach Foot Surgery
Special Section: Visit Florida
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Giving: Miles for Good
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - December 2014