Direct Travel News Brief - June 6, 2017


Delta Introduces Biometric Boarding Pass at Reagan Washington National Airport     PR Newswire

Customer fingerprints replace ID and boarding pass at Delta Sky Club during Phase 1.

Lie-flat Seat Wars? United Adds Option to Third Domestic Route     USA Today

Addition of Boston option comes as United rebrands what it has called 'p.s. Premium Service.'

Delta Adds Post-Purchase Upgrade Capabilities    Business Travel News

Travelers on Delta now can buy upgrades as separate purchases after making reservations. Regardless of where they bought their ticket, travelers can upgrade to Delta Comfort+, First Class or Delta One as an ancillary purchase through the Delta website or the carrier's reservations phone line. They also can use different cards: like a corporate card for the flight and personal card for an upgrade. 

The Secret Airline-program Benefits Small Businesses Can Receive     AFAR

Even though they might not buy enough to score a bulk discount, airlines still vie for the meaningful business of small companies through small-business programs.

Japan Airlines to Add Flights to Australia, Hawaii     Nikkei Asian Review

Nikkei Asian Review reveals Japan Airlines will launch additional flights serving Australia and Hawaii as early as September, revamping its international routes for the first time since undergoing bankruptcy reorganization in 2010.                                                              

Delta Air Lines Adopts Flier-Friendly Upgrade Policy     Travel Market Report

Delta is making it easier than ever for fliers to upgrade to premium cabins.

American Unveils Renovated Flagship Lounge at JFK     Travel Weekly

American Airlines has expanded its Flagship Lounge for international business class travelers to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Lounges are also located in Miami, Dallas/Forth Worth and Philadelphia, and are under construction at London Heathrow, Los Angeles and Chicago O'Hare.

Delta Launches New St. Kitts & Nevis Flights from NYC     Travel Pulse

New service continues North American carriers’ Caribbean expansion.

Delta & Aeromexico Will Expand Transborder Service in the Fall    Business Travel News

Delta and Aeromexico will launch flights in five new markets and increase frequencies in four of their current markets this fall.

United's New Policies Will Improve the Entire Industry    USA Today

These are new and important changes that should be copied by all airlines.



Seven More Airlines Join TSA PreCheck     Travel Pulse

The TSA announced that passengers flying Copa Airlines, Dominican Wings, InterCaribbean Airways, Silver Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swift Air and Turkish Airlines may now utilize PreCheck.

TSA Tests New Carry-On Screening     Travel Market Report

Another reason to sign up for PreCheck looms.

TSA Pre✓® Expands to Include 7 More Domestic and International Airlines

The Transportation Security Administration today announced the expansion of its TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program to seven additional domestic and international carriers.

Laptop Ban Will Not Affect Flights From U.S. Airports    Travel Market Report

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the electronics ban will not be expanded to include flights leaving the US. In addition, the Transportation Security Administration is working on new screening procedures specifically for tablets and laptops at checkpoints.

TSA Testing New Screening Procedures, Targeting Electronics and Food     Travel Pulse

You may have to remove that apple from your carry-on bag.

FAA: Airlines Must Remove Unsafe Seats from Some Regional Planes    USA Today

FAA targets specific kind of seat on smaller airliners; cites injury risk in survivable crashes.

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

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



Delta Adds More Healthy Snacks To Its Menu     Travel Pulse

New options will remain complimentary.

American Airlines Leads Massive Investment in Philadelphia

American Airlines is leading a group of carriers that has committed a combined $900 million to pay for new restaurants, retail shops and infrastructure improvements at Philadelphia International Airport.

Gadgets and Apps Help You Travel Worry-free    USA Today

Gadgets from portable safes to secure hotspots target security-conscious travelers.

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Amtrak Expands Train Status Alert System     Travel Pulse

The automatic train status alert system is now available to everyone.

Enterprise Expands to Vietnam     Business Travel News

Enterprise Rent-a-Car will begin operations in Vietnam next year, providing long-term rentals largely to employees of multinational companies with operations in the country. 

Lyft Goes Black in Bid for Business Travelers     Travel Skills

In its latest step to capture a bigger share of the business and luxury travel market, ride-sharing company Lyft said it is rolling out a black car service in major cities. The new service, called Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV, starts this week in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.



Starwood Preferred Guest Introducing Mobile Check-In     The Points Guy

Starwood Preferred Guest is making the check-in process at some of its properties more seamless, launching mobile check-in at 23 properties in the U.S. The chain plans to continue to roll out the service to more properties throughout the year, including international hotels in July.

Six Hotel Trends For 2017     Travel Market Report

When the American Hotel & Lodging Association asked its members what they see on the horizon for 2017, 8,000 hotels responded. The results of the 2016 Lodging Survey, conducted by industry data provider STR, were released in November

New Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel Opens in Chicago     Frequent Business Traveler

Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of a new Autograph Collection property in downtown Chicago. The Hotel EMC2 is located at 228 East Ontario Street.

Kimpton Launches First Hotel in Europe     Meetings Today

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam, the first Kimpton-branded property in Europe. The hotel is located in the heart of Amsterdam’s vibrant city center and near its Centraal Station.

Best Western Buys Sweden Hotels     Business Travel News

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired Sweden Hotels, making Best Western the largest hotel chain in Sweden with 135 properties. Best Western did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction. 

Spin Room   Meetings & Conventions Magazine

Westin Hotels & Resorts new partnership offers guests trendy cycling workouts.

Hotels Add Plugs, Ports for Device-laden Guests     USA Today

Hotels add power outlets and USB ports to guestrooms and public spaces.