Monday, April 24, 2017

OPINION: Foreign carriers should be allowed to serve US cities

With two incidents of scuffles and kerfuffles aboard two different U.S. airlines in less than two weeks, there are increasing calls for significant changes in the country's airline industry. Some are calling for re-regulation while others are promoting a more radical, or more progressive, idea: opening U.S. skies to foreign carriers.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hotel companies quietly seek government protection from Airbnb and others – analysis

By Kevin Mitchell
Chairman and founder, Business Travel Coalition

This week The New York Times published an article proving that the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is the organization funding a “grassroots movement,” AirbnbWATCH, to frustrate the competitive success of short-term residential rental companies.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Emirates to reduce US service; blames Trump administration actions

Dubai-headquartered Emirates airline will be reducing the number of flights to five of the 12 U.S. gateway cities it serves because of reduced demand caused by more stringent U.S. security measures and travel bans on citizens of a number of countries.

Ride-hailing gains even more popularity with business travelers – report

Ride-hailing services, which gained the majority of ground transportation dollars among business travelers in 3Q16, continue to gain in popularity, though the balance of power is shifting slightly.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Norwegian to add certified lifeguards to its ships

Norwegian Cruise Line will begin employing certified lifeguards at all of the family pools across its fleet starting this summer.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Delta most on-time US airline during February

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines grabbed the top spot for the highest percentage of on-time arrivals in February according to a report released April 18 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Fly European airlines for greater protection in the event of flight delays

If you’re planning to fly to or within Europe this summer, you will want to know about a European law that provides specific protections for travelers whose flights are delayed or cancelled.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tips for surviving an ultra-long-haul flight

Some tips from a veteran

About a year ago, in preparation for two back-to-back ultra-long-haul flights about U.A.E.-based carrier Emirates, I gathered a fair bit of information and advice on how best to survive more than 16 hours in a pressurized aluminum tube hurtling along at Mach 0.85, 40,000 feet above the earth.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Airline fares continue to rise in March CPI

Airline fares continued to rise in March, increasing 0.4 percent following a 2.4 percent rise in February, a 2.0 percent rise in January and a 1.9 percent increase in December, according to the latest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

FRIDAY FRUMP: Some people will never make it as a writer

It seems that lots of people want to be travel writers. Why not? See some of the world, enjoy some discounts and freebies, and all they have to do is write about it.

And there it is. For many, like today's object lesson, that last point is the most difficult nut to crack.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Things to do and places Baby Boomers should see in Miami

By Samuel Redding

Throughout the years, Miami, Florida has been predominantly known as a prime destination for tourists, spring breakers, and even Baby Boomers. This major U.S. city presents a fantastic combination of sun, sea, and sand along with a wonderful climate, which has left many people considering whether or not to relocate to the city.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Qatar Airways weighs in on United debacle

Qatar Airways, an airline consistently highly rated for its customer service, showed a bit of its snarky side when it weighed in on United Airlines' forcibly removing a passenger from one of its flights.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

EDITORIAL: UAL denied boarding incident 'Worst PR disaster since Exxon Valdez'

By Kevin Mitchell
Chairman and founder, Business Travel Coalition

On Sunday, 69-year old David Dao, a pulmonologist, was selected for denied boarding on a United Airlines flight departing Chicago, Illinois for Louisville, Kentucky because the carrier needed seats for its crew. He was bleeding as horrified passengers watched as he was dragged down the aisle like an animal.

Tips for safer summer travels

With many people well into planning their summer vacations, it is a good time to think about ways to make your travels as safe and secure as possible.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Guide to selecting new luggage

With the summer travel season quickly approaching, there's no time like the present to take a close look at the luggage you will be using and replace or upgrade as needed. But which luggage brand is best, and which are best avoided?

Friday, April 7, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Do flight crews really have absolute authority?

As often as I fly, I was surprised to hear a subtle difference in the pre-flight announcement during a recent trip. As it turns out, the small difference I heard could be pretty important in cases where a member of a flight crew asserts their authority over certain passengers.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Alaska, Virgin America add non-stops from Portland and L.A. to eastern US

Two of the airlines operated by Seattle-headquartered Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) will begin new daily non-stop service connecting Portland, Oregon (PDX) and Los Angeles International (LAX) to three major hubs in the eastern United States.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Do you travel with electronics? Then you NEED this!

Who doesn’t travel with a ton of electronic devices? Even if you only travel with a phone and tablet or laptop, multiply that by the number of people in your family and you’ll quickly see why the average hotel room or cruise ship cabin simply doesn’t have enough outlets to recharge all our electronics. However, there is a new device that offers an economical solution.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Avianca Brasil to launch service between Miami and Sao Paulo

Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S.A., which does business as Avianca Brasil, will launch daily passenger service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) on June 23, 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line extends Cuba cruises through 2018

Miami-headquartered Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will further extend its offering of weekly round-trip cruises from Miami to Cuba through 2018.

ANA’s 5-Star SKYTRAX rating reconfirmed

Airline rating agency SKYTRAX has reconfirmed the 5-star rating of Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA) for the fifth consecutive year.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Global Entry, Pre-Check or CLEAR?

Several programs are available to help speed travelers through airport security lines. Which provides the best bang for your buck?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Airlines consider returning to 'good old days'

In a stunning reversal of an ongoing trend, several major airlines are collaborating on changes intended to make air travel more comfortable and enjoyable for the traveling public.

Friday, March 31, 2017

American Cruise Lines names newest coastal ship

Small-ship cruise company American Cruise Lines has announced the name of its latest vessel, which is currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sail to the ‘Top of the World’

While I am not a fan of either adventure travel or expedition travel, this story caught my attention because, let’s admit it, there is something undeniably cool (no pun intended) about the prospect of standing at the top of the world.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Delta, Korean expand trans-Pacific partnership

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have reached an agreement to expand their shared trans-Pacific network to increase travel choices and boost competition between the U.S. and Asia.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Voting for 'Freddies' closes Friday

Only a few days remain for travelers to cast their ballots for the 2017 Freddie Awards and decide which airlines and hotels have the best loyalty programs in the world. Voting closes Friday, Mar. 31.

Norwegian Joy begins journey to home port in China

Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, began her journey to her home port of Shanghai, China on Sunday, March 26, as she departed the MEYER WERFT shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for her conveyance along the Ems River.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Report details most powerful, most valuable hotel brands

As it was in 2016, the Hilton hotel brand has been determined to be the world’s most valuable hotel brand by leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance.

Friday, March 24, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Alaska decision deeply disappointing

Alaska Air Group’s decision to kill the Virgin America brand, announced March 22, is deeply disappointing, and the stated rationale for the decision seems at least somewhat disingenuous.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Delta plans new daily nonstops between JFK, Rio

Pending government approval, Delta Air Lines will begin offering a new daily nonstop flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

‘Alaska’ to stay, ‘Virgin America’ to fade away

Many planned changes on target while others miss the mark

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Air Group, which completed its acquisition of Virgin America in December 2016, announced March 22 that it will retire the name Virgin America but create a combined airline that will adopt many of the brand elements identified as important by Virgin devotees.

American Cruise Lines announces Grand New England itinerary

American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, has unveiled its new Grand New England itinerary, an 11-day round-trip from Boston that combines the highlights of two existing itineraries and introduces some new ports of call as well.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In-flight electronics banned on flights from Middle East, N. Africa

Passengers flying to the U.S. on non-stop flights from 10 major airports in the Middle East and North Africa will be required to place their laptops, tablets and other traveling electronics into their checked luggage and will no longer be allowed to have them in the aircraft cabins.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Royal Jordanian apparently backs away from ban on in-flight electronics

Royal Jordanian Airlines, the flag carrier airline of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, announced that it would prohibit virtually all in-flight electronics for flights to and from North America starting March 21 then, without explanation, deleted all references to the ban.

Delta announces new Seattle to Chicago non-stops

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines continues its aggressive expansion from its Pacific Northwest hub with the addition of three daily non-stop flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Customer experience survey ranks Courtyard by Marriott best lodging provider

A survey of 10,000 consumers conducted by customer experience research, consulting, and training firm The Temkin Group showed that Courtyard by Marriott delivered the best customer experience in the hotel and rooms industry.

Accessing airport clubs economically

With many travelers making plans for their summer trips, it would also be a good time to look into those havens from the cacophony of the concourse known as airport lounges. Most commonly associated with a specific airline, these oases come at a cost but there are several ways to make the price of admission downright affordable. As well, there are more and more options to the so-called "legacy" lounges operated by the airlines.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Upmarket Vail hotel offers last-minute ski deal

The European-themed Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colo., is offering guests the opportunity to experience its hospitality and luxury this spring at a bargain rate.

AAA Four Diamond status reconfirmed for upmarket Puerto Vallarta hotel

The Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has been recognized as an AAA Four Diamond property for 2017, reconfirming the rating that has been granted to the hotel for the past 11 years.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Alaska Airlines adds six new destinations from San Diego

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines announced March 15 that it is adding non-stop service to six new destinations from San Diego International Airport (SAN).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Airline fares continue to rise in February CPI

Airline fares continued to rise in February, increasing 2.4 percent following a 2.0 percent rise in January and a 1.9 percent increase in December, according to the latest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

Five-star Portuguese resort offers family Easter specials

Couples or families planning an Easter getaway that truly gets you away will want to consider the Easter special packages being offered by the five-star Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort in Portugal.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Winter Storm Stella snarling the skies

Winter Storm Stella is hammering the Northeast with heavy snow, high winds and accumulating ice, which will lead to major travel disruption.

Star Clippers waives solo supplement for select sailings

Tall-ship line Star Clippers has launched a promotion aimed at solo travelers and is waiving the single supplement charge for cruises on the Eastern and Western Mediterranean or Indonesia from April through October 2017.

Monday, March 13, 2017

New ratings company aims to shake up luxury hotel review space

A new ratings service, now just a year old, intends to usher in “a new generation of luxury hotel ratings” with reviews that are more objective than subjective and not subject to being influenced by advertising or other types of compensation.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Qatar Airways unveils upgraded Business Class

Doha-headquartered Qatar Airways unveiled upgrades to its Business Class that include private business class suites and seats that convert into a double bed in the sky.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Alaska Airlines announces 13 new nonstop routes from S.F. Bay Area

Three months after its acquisition of Virgin America, Alaska Airlines is growing its footprint in the San Francisco Bay area by adding daily nonstop flights to 13 new markets from two of the area’s major airports.

ANALYSIS: Two years on, US airlines' opposition to Gulf carriers rings hollow

The following article is an analysis of the opposition to three Persian Gulf airlines launched by the Big Three legacy U.S. airlines in 2015.

What has happened in the past 24 months?

By Kevin Mitchell
Chairman and founder, Business Travel Coalition

This week marks an unfortunate chapter in U.S. aviation history. It is the two-year anniversary of a dangerous and disappointing challenge to United States leadership in international aviation policy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises names two new expedition ships

Five-star cruise line Hapag-Lloyd has decided upon names for two new, state-of-the-art expedition cruise ships that are under construction by a subsidiary of the Italian Fincantieri Marine Group.