Direct Travel News Brief - August 1, 2017


Hilton Joins Marriott in Restrictive 48-hour Cancellation Rule     Travel Skills

Starting July 31, you’ll have to cancel your Hilton hotel reservation a minimum of two days ahead of time or face paying full price for that first night. That’s right. All Hilton brands will soon join Marriott/Starwood in this restrictive new 48-hour cancellation policy.

InterContinental Hotel Moves To 24-Hour Cancellation Policy    Travel Market Report

Travel professionals understand what a client wants and what a hotel has to offer, and that makes for a perfect match.

All 50 States Set for REAL ID Compliance Deadline

As you may remember, in January 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing the final phase of the so-called REAL ID Act.


We are pleased to report that all eight previously non-compliant states have been granted extensions by DHS, meaning that residents of these states will be allowed to present state-issued driver's licenses as identification for air travel. 


TSA Announces New U.S. Airport Screening Procedures for Electronics in Carry-On Bags    GBTA Blog

Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the implementation of stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes.


United Airlines Announces London Route from Denver with the 787 Dreamliner    Airways Magazine

United Airlines will launch daily flights between its Denver hub and London Heathrow. The route will be operated by the 787-8 Dreamliner and is the first European route flown by United from Denver.

American Airlines Announces Customer Baggage Notifications     Business Traveler

American Airlines has launched a new service aimed at helping passengers in the case of checked luggage not being on the same plane on which they traveled.

United Adds One-time Boeing 747 Flight on Chicago-San Francisco Route   USA Today

United customers with the flexibility to travel on short notice get an unexpected opportunity to fly on the “Queen of the Skies” this Friday.

Delta Takes on Boston Rivals with Two New Routes    USA Today

Delta's new flights to Pittsburgh and New Orleans will go up against non-stop service on rivals JetBlue and American.

With Delta Air Lines, You Can Use Your Fingerprint as Your Boarding Pass   Travel Market Report

If all goes well with the testing, a boarding pass-free future isn't far off.

United Airlines' Most Exclusive Check-in Area at LAX has a New Look     Chicago Business Journal

United Airlines has just finished giving its Global Services reception area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) a spiffy makeover.

United Airlines Announces Year-Round Service between New York/Newark and Rome

United celebrates 20th anniversary of service to Italy by expanding New York/Newark - Rome schedule from seasonal to year-round service beginning November 9.

Delta Air Lines Gets OK for New $4 Billion LaGuardia Terminal    Travel Mole

Airline will fund construction of 37 gate terminal.

United to Experiment with Overbooking Changes, Revamp Social Media   USA Today

United Airlines plans more changes in the coming months…

Delta Air Lines to Begin Mexico City Flights from LA     Travel Mole

Delta joins partner Aeromexico on the route from December 1

Delta Air Lines Upgrades Just Got Easier and More Affordable     Condé Nast Traveler

Delta has quietly rolled out an initiative that makes upgrading an individual flight leg easier, especially for those who still can’t – or won’t – splurge on a higher-class, round-trip ticket.

American Airlines Ends Codeshare with Etihad and Qatar Airways     Business Traveller

American Airlines is to end codeshare agreements with Etihad and Qatar Airways, as part of its ongoing dispute regarding state subsidies given to the major Gulf carriers.

United Airlines' New Plan for Overbooking Won't Leave You Stranded At The Airport    Travel Market Report

United Airlines is launching a pilot program that offers rewards to passengers willing to give up their seat on overbooked flights not at the airport, but days in advance.


TSA Phases in Tougher Domestic Screening Procedures     Travel Skills

Those more stringent security inspection standards that the Department of Homeland Security recently stared requiring for overseas airports are being implemented for domestic travel as well.

Are Your Travelers Ready for Real ID?     DHS

All details about Real ID compliance can be found via this DHS FAQ page…

Enhanced Security Now in Effect on International Flights to USA    USA Today

Fliers traveling to the U.S. from 280 international airports, including those in Mexico and Canada, are now subject to stepped-up security measures.

United States to End Laptop Ban    Travel Market Report

A saga that started in March will finally reach its end.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Becomes Final Carrier Removed from U.S. Laptop Ban    USA Today

Saudi Arabian Airlines became the final carrier Monday removed from the laptop ban in carry-on bags for flights to the U.S.

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

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


Here is the Best Language Learning App for You     Bloomberg

Bloomberg Pursuits tested five of the most effective language apps and offers a list that will accommodate every personal learning style and mastery goal.

Paris and LA Win Bid To Host The Olympics     Travel Market Report

Paris will host the 2024 Olympic Games and Los Angeles will host the games in 2028, the International Olympic Committee confirmed today..

Strong Global Economy Means Higher Travel Prices      Travel Pulse

The price tag on your vacation is about to go up.

The Hottest Trends in Carry-on Luggage     Travel Pulse

No zippers, charging stations and tagless tech are all among the newest features you'll find when shopping for a carry-on bag.


Lyft is Building its Own Self-driving Technology    The Verge

Lyft believes that by 2021, “a majority” of its rides will be in autonomous vehicles. The ride-hail company said it would finally go beyond partnering with other companies on autonomous driving and, in a significant shift, will start building some of the technology itself.

Enterprise Loyalty Expanding in Latin America, Caribbean    Travel Pulse

Loyalty programs for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands have expanded in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Road Trip Essentials for Your Next Long Trip     USA Today

Getting in your car and driving is the easy part, but are you sure you’re prepared?

Amtrak Exploring Reduction of Seat Pitch for Economy Riders    Travel Mole

The national rail operator is exploring ways to cram in more economy seats in rail cars.


A Look at Hotels' New 48-Hour Cancellation Policies    Business Travel News

Marriott has introduced this policy companywide and Hilton has followed suit, creating concern the hotel industry will move in lockstep with pricing policies the way airlines do now...

Wyndham to Acquire AmericInn for $170 Million    Travel Pulse

The move will expand Wyndham Hotel Group's presence in the midscale segment and the US Midwest.

Hilton Follows Marriott's Lead, Changes Cancellation Policy to 48 Hours     The Points Guy

Hilton is following in the footsteps of Marriott by changing its cancellation policy to 48 hours in advance.

Data Breach at Sabre Hits Four Seasons, Other Hotels     Meetings & Conventions

To date, Four Seasons, Hard Rock Hotels, Loews, Rosewood and Trump Hotels have all confirmed that the incident affected guest information at their properties...

Airbnb Looking to Lure More Corporate Travelers with Concur Tie Up    Travel Mole

Airbnb has inked an agreement with corporate travel platform Concur allowing users to search and book Airbnb stays directly on Concur.