Direct Travel News Brief - May 9, 2017

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT NEWS

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Massive LAX Terminal Swap to Begin May 12     Travel Pulse

The nation's fifth busiest airport is about to relocate 70 airlines, including Delta Air Lines who will relocate from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3.

AIRLINE/FLIGHT UPDATES

United Airlines Adds New Route to Buenos Aires, Boosts Bogota Flights  USA Today

United will add a second route to Buenos Aires this fall, restoring one it ended in 2013.

American Airlines Is Cutting Legroom in Economy Class     CNN Money

American Airlines will decrease the space between some of its economy class seats by another two inches…

United Airlines is Making These 10 Customer-service Policy Changes     USA Today

The changes are being implemented in the wake of the April 9 passenger-dragging incident.

Delta Adds Helicopter Connections Between JFK And Manhattan    Travel Market Report

The partnership with BLADE arranges on-demand service between its Manhattan heliport lounges and JFK.

Small Airports Get International Service    USA Today

New service has spurred improvements, including added amenities and spruced-up facilities.

Alaska Air, Virgin America Relocating to T7 at JFK     Travel Mole

Alaska Group carriers will join partners BA, Qantas and Icelandair.

Delta Air Lines Launching New Routes from Boston     Travel Mole

Austin, KC, Jacksonville, Buffalo and Norfolk routes announced from September.

It's Time for Airlines to Stop Overselling     USA Today

Bumping passengers can lead to very unintended consequences.

American Airlines, Delta Seeking More Miami-Havana Flights     Travel Mole

DOT applications for seven more flights each

Airlines Expand Options for All Passengers     Wall Street Journal

American Airlines and United Airlines are now offering basic economy fares that are competitive with budget airlines, while also expanding amenities for passengers who opt for more perks while flying.

SAFETY & SECURITY

European Commission Says it Won’t Require American Travelers to Get Visas    NPR

The European Commission will not reinstate visa requirements for Americans who want to visit Europe, despite the European Parliament’s recent vote to end the preferential treatment over a lack of full visa reciprocity between the U.S. and all members of the European Union.

Automated TSA Screening Lanes Coming to JFK     Business Traveller

Nineteen automated Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening lanes will be installed at New York’s John F Kennedy International airport by the end of this month…

US Facing Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine for Travelers     US News

Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder time getting it.

Which Expedited Security Program Is Right for You?    USA Today

The Department of Homeland Security unveiled a web page that describes the advantages each program provides and how much it costs.

TSA Releases New Guidance For Transgender Airline Passengers     Travel Market Report

Responding to criticism, TSA releases video describing screening process.

Global Entry Passengers Swept Up in Travel Ban    Bloomberg

U.S. citizen “Trusted Traveler” members had their privileges revoked.

Government Travel Warnings & Alerts    U.S. Department of State

Click here for information on current government issued travel warnings and alerts.

TRAVELER TIPS, TRIPS & CONVENIENCE

The Truth About Jet Lag     The Points Guys

No matter how experienced a traveler you are, jet lag is hard to outwit — nearly 93% of all travelers will experience it at some point, according to the American Sleep Association, and yet a cure seems as elusive as those 40 winks you were robbed of after flying from Los Angeles to London.

Concur Will Rebrand     Business Travel News

Concur will change its name to SAP Concur in January.

What Should I Do If I Lose My Passport?    The Points Guy

If you’re destitute and outside the country, your local embassy or consulate can help.

Delta Continues to Improve WiFi Across Its Fleet with Gogo 2Ku Technology    Business Traveler

Delta now offers 100 planes with the latest Wifi option for customers. 

Could Electronics Ban Spread To U.S. Domestic Flights?   Travel Market Report

Currently, the U.S. rule applies to outbound flights from 10 international airports in the Middle East. What if that happens to U.S. domestic flights?

US Considers Laptop Ban on Flights from UK    Buying Business Travel

UK passengers flying to the US face a ban on carrying laptops in their hand luggage. According to a report in The Times, US President Donald Trump is considering banning large electronic devices in the cabin on US-bound flights from Europe.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Enterprise Makes a Big Deal in Ireland    Travel Pulse

Car rental giant acquits Dooley Car Rentals.

Amtrak Plans Major Repairs at NYC's Penn Station     USA Today

Initiative will address infrastructure problems, security concerns and management of the passenger experience.

Finances, Politics Threaten California's High Speed Rail Project      Travel Pulse

The state has sold more than $1 billion in bonds but money remains an issue.

HOTEL NEWS

InterContinental Hotels Plans to Open at MSP in Summer 2018      Minneapolis Star Tribune        

Officials held a concrete hand-print ceremony on the site of the planned InterContinental hotel at Minnesota's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The 12-story hotel is slated for completion by next summer and will feature a security checkpoint and skyway that will allow guests to cross straight to the terminal.

Westin Guests Can Now Take Spin Classes in Their Rooms     Shape

The hotel chain has introduced WestinWorkout rooms, which come fully equipped with a Peloton spin bike…

Is It Illegal for a Hotel to 'Walk' a Confirmed Guest?     4Hoteliers

Whether it is the airline or our hospitality industry, do suppliers have the right to overbook? And what consequences might we be running into?

Starwood Capital Establishes New Extended-Stay Brand     Business Travel News

Starwood Capital Group has launched an extended-stay brand, Uptown Suites. The company describes Uptown as an economy-priced brand with upscale amenities, including furnished lobbies with televisions and fireplaces and, in the rooms, full kitchens, electric vehicle charging stations, high-speed W-Fi and smart televisions. 

Introducing the 2017 Hot List     Conde Nast Traveler

In this year's Condé Nast Traveler list of the top 75 new hotel openings around the world, the U.S. and Canada lay claim to 22 hot properties, including some surprises in smaller cities.

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