This Week in Travel

This Week in Travel

American & US Airways: Frequent-Flier Programs to Combine This Spring
American Airlines will combine its AAdvantage frequent flier program with US Airways’ Dividend Miles program in the second quarter of 2015.
Read more at USA Today

United Now Flying The World’s Longest Dreamliner Route
United Airlines launched the world’s longest Dreamliner route, using its new Boeing 787-9 for service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.
Read more at USA Today

Royal Caribbean Opens New Terminal In Bayonne
Royal Caribbean Cruises held a dedication ceremony for a new 125,000-square-foot terminal at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, N.J.
Read more at Travel Weekly

Israel Looks to Expand Beyond Faith-Based Travel (Featuring FROSCH’s Rachel Epstein!)
The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) aims to broaden its appeal beyond faith-based visitors by targeting a host of niche markets including the LGBT community, sport and adventure enthusiasts, families and more. FROSCH’s very own Rachel Epstein, President of Group Travel, gives an insider scope of her Israel-bound clientele latest travel trends.
Read more at Travel Market

Costa Rica Volcano Erupts, Causing Evacuations
The Turrialba volcano’s largest eruption in over a century rained ash over parts of central Costa Rica and prompting the evacuation of some nearby communities.
Read more at Yahoo Travel

The New Airline Seat That Turns Economy Into Business Class
A new airline seat concept gives airlines the ability to adjust their seating configurations at will. On one flight, an airline could opt for more premium economy seats, while on the next flight, the airline could rework its cabin to have more business-class seats.
Read more at Yahoo Travel

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10 Amazing Airport Restaurants You Must Try
Be it a snack or a fine-dining experience you crave, here’s a handful of savory stopovers, full of local flavor, en route to your next destination.
Read more at Huff Post

Virgin Atlantic details wifi charge and new innovations onboard 787
Virgin Atlantic introduces ‘selfie hotspots’, onboard check-in on Facebook, Vera Touch 2 in-flight entertainment system throughout all cabins and on board TV chef Lorraine Pascale.
Read more at Business Traveller

BA unveils three-week premium seat sale
British Airways claims savings of up to 50 per cent on First, Club World and Club Europe tickets bought before November 12.
Read more at Business Traveller

Marriott settles with FCC on WiFi case
Marriott International agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) probe into the hotel company’s alleged effort to prevent convention attendees from accessing their private WiFi services.
Read more at Travel Weekly

Cruise insider: The elegance of dining on a Regent ship
What’s it like to dine on one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships? Now you can see for yourself.
Read more at USA Today

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Airberlin Puts Service Up Front and in Economy
Now in its 35th year, with an extensive network of routes and destinations well established, Airberlin is turning to improving its service.
Read more at Travel Pulse

ANA expands wifi across international network
ANA is doubling the availability of inflight wifi across its international network and introducing it on select domestic routes.
Read more at Business Traveller

Germany blocks Etihad/Air Berlin codeshares
German regulators have blocked Air Berlin and Etihad Airways from operating 34 codeshare routes this winter.
Read more at Business Traveller

Ebola Screening Starts At JFK Airport
Medical teams at New York’s JFK airport, armed with Ebola questionnaires and temperature guns, began screening passengers from three West African countries on Saturday as US health authorities stepped up efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
Read more at Airwise

United: Wi-Fi, streaming video coming to regional jets
United Airlines says it will add Wi-Fi and streaming in-flight entertainment to more than 200 of the bigger regional jets flown that fly for the company’s United Express affiliates.
Read more at USA Today

 

 

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Eiffel Tower Gets New Glass Floor
As the tower celebrates its 125th anniversary, it unveiled its newest feature: a glass floor almost 200 feet above ground.
Read more at ABC News

Virgin Atlantic To Scrap Little Red Domestic Service
Virgin Atlantic said its domestic short-haul unit, Little Red, would cease operations in 2015, just over two years after it was launched.
Read more at Airwise

Contiki Kicks Off Inaugural Challenge For Change Charity Event
Fueled by a passion for adventure and desire to leave little impact on the places we visit, Contiki launched its inaugural “Challenge for Change” charity cycle ride to raise funds for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and The Thirst Project.
Read more at Travel Pulse

Design a Classic Travel Poster With the Ritz-Carlton App
Ritz-Carlton knows the value of a photo is not only its aesthetic quality, but in the memory that it prompts. Enhancements to the luxury hotel company’s app now allows the creation of personalized travel posters on smart phones and tablets to all Ritz-Carlton App users.
Read more at CNBC

Ebola and air travel: What to expect
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials will step up monitoring for Ebola symptoms at five U.S. airports. The change will affect certain passengers arriving to the U.S. on international flights as they clear Customs upon arrival.
Read more at USA Today

How Lufthansa Cares for Passengers’ Medical Needs
Take a look inside of Lufthansa’s Patient Transport Compartment, the “flying ICU”. Not only is the airline well prepared for any emergency that may arise in flight, they are also ready to treat those who need care before they board the aircraft.
Read more at Airline Reporter

Blue Ribbon Bags: Alleviating Clients’ Worries About Lost Luggage
Blue Ribbon Bags, a company founded in 2011 that guarantees payouts to clients for lost luggage, launched the Blue Ribbon Bags Red App through the Sabre Red Workplace to offer travel agents an extra worry free service for their clients.
Read more at Travel Pulse

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5 Must-Haves For Healthy Travel
Just in time for the winter travel season – and flu season – are five travel aids that really do something unique to keep you healthy on the road and en route.
Read more at Forbes

Europe OKs cell calls on planes if airlines allow them
European aviation authorities have agreed to allow cellphone calls during flights, but U.S. opposition remains.
Read more at USA Today

World’s longest flight on biggest plane: A380 takes over Qantas’ Sydney – Dallas route
Qantas is making aviation history this week as the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the superjumbo A380, starts flying the world’s longest route — a non-stop trip lasting nearly 16 hours.
Read more at Fox News

KLM unveils Schiphol route planner app
Dutch carrier KLM has released a route planner app to help passengers transfer at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The technology marks the first time an airline has used beacon technology to provide an indoor navigation service for travellers.
Read more at Business Traveller

Norwegian Jade Photobombs Clooney Wedding
Norwegian Cruise Line got some unexpected publicity over the weekend, thanks to George Clooney’s wedding in Venice, Italy.
Read more at Travel Pulse

How To Use Your Cell Phone Internationally
Using your cell phone internationally can lead to exorbitant bills if you’re not careful. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you stay connected to friends and family while traveling–without paying more than you have to.
Read more at Huffington post

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Spirit Airline raises bag fees during holiday travel season
Low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines has announced that it will raise checked baggage fees by $2 for tickets booked over the holiday travel season.
Read more at Fox News

Houston airports to give fliers free Wi-Fi
Houston’s Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports have become the latest in the USA to offer free WiFi.
Read more at USA Today

BA adds ‘push notification’ to iPhone app
British Airways is adding a ‘push notification’ feature to its iPhone app that will inform passengers at Heathrow T3 and T5 when their gate is open and when their aircraft is boarding.
Read more at Business Traveller

KLM’s Lost and Found Dog is So Entirely Too Adorable
KLM’s dedicated Lost & Found team at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is on a mission to reunite lost items as soon as possible with their legitimate owner. Locating the owners can sometimes be a challenge, so special forces have been hired.
Read more at Travel Pulse

How To Tip When Traveling Around The World
There is nothing more vexing than trying to figure out who to tip, how much, and when–especially when you’re in a foreign country. Here’s a handy cheat sheet that will prevent you from ever tipping too much or too little again.
Read more at Huff Post

Best perks from the best seats: Ultimate first-class airline offerings
Come December, the Abu Dhabi-based airline is taking luxury a step further with the launch of Residence Class on its Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Read more at CNN

 

 

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WestJet is adding a $25 first-checked-bag fee
Effective September 15, 2014 all passengers traveling on Econo fares for domestic flights and flights between Canada and the United States, will be charged for the first checked bag.
Read more at Business Travel News

Five airport services you should be using
Secret security lines? Dry cleaning services? Free airport lounges? Yes its true, wonderful perks like this exist and are at an airport near you.
Read more at USA Today

Transatlantic bonus miles for Mileage Plus and Aeroplan members
United Airlines Mileage Plus and Air Canada Aeroplan members who fly between London and North America can earn up to 35,000 bonus miles.
Read more at Business Traveller

‘Frozen’ getting its own Disney World attraction
‘Frozen’ fever strikes yet again as Disney announced plans to open a themed guest experience based on the hit-movie.
Read more at Fox News

All Aboard! Miami to Orlando in 3 Hours on Planned Florida Train
A private high-speed Florida railway service linking Miami with Orlando is set to begin operation by the end of 2016, using German rolling stock made in the U.S. All Aboard Florida plans an hourly schedule on 195 miles of existing tracks that have not been used for passenger trains in almost 50 years.
Read more at NBC News

 

 

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Survey Says: More Affluent Travelers Plan to Use Travel Agents
MMGY Global’s annual poll also cites top domestic and foreign destinations.
Read More Travel Pulse

Seeing 2020: Hyatt Unveils New Environmental Sustainability Plan
Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s new vision for the year 2020 continues the company’s longstanding commitment to use resources thoughtfully and build smart.
Read More Travel Pulse

Here it is: Southwest confirms a new look for its planes
Southwest Airlines unveiled a new logo amid a brand overhaul that includes a new look for its aircraft. The new “Heart” paint scheme will be the carrier’s first new livery since it introduced its current “Canyon Blue” look in 2001.
Read more at USA Today

Etihad Airways opens new arrival lounge
Etihad Airways (EY) has opened the Arrivals Lounge at its base in Abu Dhabi International Airport. The facility is the first of its kind to be operated by airline, and is available for the exclusive use of its first and business class passengers.
Read more at Business Traveler

Top Hotel Chains for Customer Service for Business Travelers
Find out which hotel chains earned the highest marks for customer service in T+L’s annual business travel survey.
Read more at Travel + Leisure

Luxury travel is going to the dogs
According to the Travel Industry Association, 30 million Americans travel with their pets every year, and that number consistently rises. Traveling with your pets has become seamless thanks to pet-friendly programs at high-end hotel chains, airlines and public transportation.
Read more at New York Post

Oceania’s Free Internet: Inside The Cruise Ship Wi-Fi Race
Oceania Cruises is adding free Internet access to guests booking upper-category accommodations starting with the winter 2015-16 season.
Read more Travel Pulse

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Free upgrade to First for BA Club World passengers
British Airways Club World passengers can upgrade to first class for free on selected flights until December 31. The offer will enable travelers to make use of all BA’s first class facilities, including a concierge service and access to the First lounge.
Read more at Business Traveller

Norwegian Buys Its Way Out of Cheap Caribbean Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), the third-largest cruise company, is moving into the tony segment of the market with its $3 billion deal for Prestige Cruises International, parent of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Read more at Business Week

Travel Procedures for Unaccompanied Minors
Thousands of children travel alone every day. This feature describes the unaccompanied minor; airport procedures; travel tips; and what happens when flights are delayed or canceled.
Read more at About Travel

Want to avoid a knee-fight in the air? First, pick the right seat
Whether you’re looking to exercise your right to recline or hoping to avoid squashed knees, it pays to pick the right seat.
Read more at Today Travel

Alitalia Restarts Venezuela Flights
Alitalia has restarted flights to Venezuela after a near two-month halt when carriers trimmed operations following government delays.
Read more at Airwise

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Make It a Double, Robot: Technology Rules on Quantum of The Seas
Quantum, described by the line as the SMART Ship, will have “boatloads of bandwidth” and RFID technology — which stands for radio-frequency identification and allows the wireless transfer of data — that will transform other aspects of the cruise vacation.
Read more at Travel Pulse

Air rage: Cops called after fliers fight over legroom
A fight over legroom space between two United Airlines fliers led to an emergency landing.
Read more at ABC13

Ken Burns: Glacier National Park in trouble
If you’re interested in seeing the namesake glaciers of Glacier National Park, Ken Burns has a piece of advice: hurry.
Read more at USA Today

Qantas and Virgin Australia allow unrestricted use of devices
Both carriers now permit the use of handheld devices during taxiing, take-off and landing, as long as ‘flight mode’ is switched on.
Read more at Business Traveller

Qantas A380: What you need to know
Fourteen first class seats, self-service bar area and, right at the front, a lounge area with sofa seating for five people.
Read more at Business Traveller

Beach In France Sets Up No-Selfie Zones Patrolled By ‘Spam Police’
In an effort to cut down on selfie-mania — the phenomenon already fueled by selfie stands and selfie-sponsored vacations — one beach in France has created official no-selfie zones.
Read more at Huffington

Venice to reroute biggest ships but will maintain terminal
To reduce the impact of big cruise ships in Venice, Italian ministers have decided to route the largest ships away from the center city, while still allowing them to dock there.
Read more at Travel Weekly