Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Delta adds extra flights, caps fares & waives fees as Hurricane Maria approaches

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines is finalizing operational plans as yet another hurricane, expected to bring devastating to catastrophic impacts, bears down on the Caribbean.

REPORT: Ancillary revenue for 66 airlines reaches $44.6bn

The world’s airlines continue to reap an ever-larger windfall from the constantly increasing range of ancillary services they sell their customers. In fact, a new report shows the 66 airlines that provide financial data related to those à la carte charges raked in $44.6bn last year.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Most fun cities in the US

When planning your next trip, especially if you’re on a budget, you might want to consider this study, which looked at 150 cities across the U.S. to determine where you’re likely to have the most fun.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Figuring Out Foreign Finances

Among the challenges of traveling to other countries is figuring out your finances. There's more to consider than just converting currencies and calculating exchange rates. Here are some helpful tips.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Airline fares decline in August CPI

Airline fares resumed their string of monthly declines in August, 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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Leipzig prepares for year of major musical milestones

Leipzig, the city of music where Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Schumann, and many other musical greats lived and worked, is tuning up for a momentous year celebrating its celebrated composers.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MIA resumes limited operations

Passenger and cargo flights at Miami International Airport (MIA) resumed Tuesday morning, Sept. 12, although on a limited basis.

Delta Air Lines makes major contributions for Irma relief

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines has announced contributions totaling $1.1 million to help aid the hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record.

Monday, September 11, 2017

UPDATE: Delta cancels 800 flights; braces for ATL impact of Irma

Officials at Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines have decided to cancel about 800 flights Monday as Hurricane Irma is expected to bring to the hub at Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport (ATL) strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft.

Friday, September 8, 2017

UPDATE: Delta adds 5,000 seats to flights leaving Florida

Updated at 10 a.m. PDT, Sept. 8

Although downgraded to a Category 4, Hurricane Irma continues to roar through the Caribbean toward Florida. In response, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has added more than 5,000 extra seats and 24 extra flights in Florida, the Caribbean and the Bahamas to help customers leave those areas.

UPDATE: Hurricane Irma continues to affect flights at MIA

Updated at 6:30 a.m. PDT, Friday, Sept. 8

Hurricane Irma, which is bearing down on south Florida, continues to affect operations at Miami International Airport (MIA).

Delta to begin first nonstop flights from Indy to Europe

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) will begin nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to its European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) beginning in May of 2018, making it the first carrier ever to offer a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight from Indiana’s capital city.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Multi-platinum group Il Divo to set sail on four-night Caribbean cruise

Fans of the classical crossover group Il Divo will have a chance to hear and see the group – and even meet the members personally – on a four-day Caribbean cruise this fall aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Two Hapag-Lloyd cruise ships retain unmatched ratings

Luxury cruise ships MS Europa and the MS Europa 2 have retained the distinction of being the only ships to receive the rating of “five-stars-plus” by Berlitz Cruise Guide.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Holiday hiatus

Barring any urgent, breaking travel news, TheTravelPro will be on hiatus for the U.S. Labor Day holiday and will resume publication on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Safe and pleasant travels!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Possibly the most dangerous travel accessory EVER

Call me a curmudgeon if you will, but am I the only one who thinks an espresso machine for your car is a bad idea?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

California winemakers offer Alaskan wine cruise

Whether you’re a cruise fanatic who enjoys fine wine or an oenophile who also enjoys the open ocean, here’s a cruise you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Resort fees? Key West hotelier just says ‘no’

Resort fees, which once covered high-end amenities offered by upmarket properties, have morphed into a way for hotels of all strata to lure guests with artificially low nightly rates without losing revenue. But not all hoteliers are willing to engage in this sleight of hand.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Castles by car in southwest Germany

While it may seem intimidating to rent a car and drive the roads of another country, especially if you don’t speak the native language, one of the most efficient ways for visitors to take in the breadth and depth of southwest Germany's breathtaking castles is by driving.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Alaska Airlines launches new service from San Jose to Tucson, Austin

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines on Aug. 28 launched service from Silicon Valley to Tucson, Arizona and Austin, Texas.

Friday, August 25, 2017

ANA introduces upgraded amenities for economy passengers

As many U.S. airlines continue to take creature comforts away from their main cabin passengers, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will soon begin offering standard economy passengers more upgraded amenities.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Bargain carrier WOW air adds four US cities

Iceland’s low-cost transatlantic airline, WOW air, continues to expand its presence in North America and will add four new U.S. cities in 2018.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Alaska Airlines to upgrade in-flight Wi-Fi

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines has announced plans to upgrade its in-flight Wi-Fi across its entire Boeing and Airbus fleet to provide passengers with more bandwidth and gate-to-gate connectivity.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

PGA National Resort & Spa holds ‘flash’ sale

PGA National Resort & Spa, South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination, is holding a five-day “flash” sale that features 25 percent off rooms or 10 percent off rates for stay-and-play golf packages.

ANA launches 17th phase of 'Tastes of JAPAN'

Four years after introducing the program to its passengers, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch the seventeenth phase of its “Tastes of Japan” campaign, which will highlight the cuisine of three more of the country’s 47 prefectures.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Turkish Airlines ships aid to nation beset by famine, drought

Turkish Airlines, a leader in terms of international destinations served and Africa’s top international carrier, is also becoming a leader in giving back to countries facing some staggering challenges.

Friday, August 18, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Booking multi-city airline tickets could be a costly mistake

When planning a trip last year that would include booking a multi-city flight itinerary, I learned of a nefarious twist being employed by major U.S. airlines to wring more dollars out of the traveling public. Recently, I decided to revisit the topic to see if things have changed.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

OPINION: Are Duty-Free Shops Past Their Time?

Experiences during my recent trips have caused me to wonder: Have duty-free shops outlived their usefulness?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eating economically in Dubai

Whether on a business expense account or using personal funds, prudent travelers want to keep expenses under control. The upmarket AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel has just introduced a special lunch offering that will help when it comes time to dine.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Norwegian to bring more bargain choices to Seattle

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, which operates as Norwegian, will begin service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and London-Gatwick (LGW) on Sept. 17, providing another low-cost alternative for frugal travelers in the Pacific Northwest.

Monday, August 14, 2017

New international arrivals hall coming to SEA

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which serves the Puget Sound area, is about to get a new international arrivals hall to replace the current, outdated facility which entered service in 1973.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Airline fares rise in July CPI

Airline fares rose 0.7 percent in July, ending a three-month run of price declines 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.

ANA debuts Star Wars kids’ lounge at HND

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) opened the doors to its “STAR WARS ANA Kids LOUNGE” located in Terminal 2 of Tokoy’s Haneda Airport (HND).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Don't tease me; answer your email

I'll never understand why businesses -- particularly those in the hospitality industry -- provide an email address as an option for contacting them, but then apparently never check that mailbox. That lack of responsiveness certainly costs them business.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

U.S. News names best airline, hotel loyalty programs

U.S. News and World Report has named what it judges to be the best loyalty programs among U.S. airlines and hotel chains.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Alaska Airlines launches nonstop service from SFO, LAX to Mexico City

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines on Aug. 8 launched service to Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) from the major California hubs of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Delta to commence Orlando to Amsterdam nonstop Mar. 30

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will begin offering a direct link from central Florida to The Netherlands when it commences nonstop service linking Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) on March 30.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Omni Hotels offer end-of-summer bargains

One of my favorite hotel chains, Omni Hotels & Resorts, is offering some tremendous deals as we approach the end of the summer travel season.

Friday, August 4, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: When in Rome…

Among the reasons we travel to countries not our own is to experience their culture. And yet, a startling number of people have apparently never heard the proverb, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

Thursday, August 3, 2017

OPINION: Myths and facts about US airlines' opposition to Gulf carriers

By Kevin Mitchell, Founder
Business Travel Coalition

In their ranting campaign to eliminate competitive choice offered by Persian Gulf carriers Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, the Big Three U.S. carriers have deployed a famous strategy espoused by Carl Sandburg.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rock me on the water: Rock Legends Cruise finalizes artist line-up

Attention, Baby Boomers! The artists’ line-up has been finalized for the sixth annual Rock Legends Cruise, which departs from Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 15, 2018.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Lines offers discounts on distinctive voyages

Norwegian Cruise Lines has launched a promotion it calls Distinctive Voyages, a portfolio of incentives for passengers who book new cruises over the weeks and months ahead.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Appeals court orders FAA to consider setting minimum seat size standards

There may be a glimmer of hope for those of us who are tired of squeezing into ever-smaller airline seats. On Friday, July 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to review seat size and pitch with an eye toward placing limits on the 'Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat.'

Read more in this article from Bloomberg.

OPINION: Hotels should offer 'adults-only' accommodations

Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, can be exhausting enough. And when you share the floor with fellow guests who are less than considerate, it’s all the worse. It’s time hotels became more selective when placing their guests.

Friday, July 28, 2017

K-9 officers mean safer skies

With the summer travel season in full swing, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and many local police departments are using explosive-sniffing dogs to help patrol U.S. airports.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ride-hailing services gain ever-larger share of business travel - report

After slowing to a near standstill in the first quarter, ride-hailing leader Uber picked up two percent to claim a commanding 55 percent of ground transportation overall in the second quarter of 2017, according to travel and entertainment expense management software provider Certify.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TSA announces tighter security measures for carry-on electronics

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing new, stronger screening procedures that will result in closer scrutiny of all carry-on electronic items larger than a cellphone.

Norwegian dramatically expanding service from US

Low-fare carrier Norwegian is adding numerous non-stop flights to Europe and the Caribbean from a dozen major U.S. cities starting July 31.

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts named DR’s Hotel Chain of the Year

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, an operator of upscale, all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, has been named 2017’s Hotel Chain of the Year by the Dominican Association of Tour Operators and Dominican Republic’s Popular Bank.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Accessing airport clubs economically

At the height of the summer travel season when airports are at their busiest, it is a good time to look into those havens from the cacophony of the concourse known as airport lounges and how to access those oases without breaking the bank.