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December 4, 2018

In this edition of the Travel News Brief: Marriott/Starwood data hack, EU expand their flight networks in the U.S., Delta raises onboard drink prices, Delta unveils biometric terminal, US airport security is improving, rideshare reward programs, new hotels on the horizon, a new concourse at LGA, traveler tips, Savings Opportunities in Traditional Travel Categories and more!

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Savings Opportunities in Traditional Travel Categories

As fuel prices rise, trade wars disrupt the status quo, and the value of labor increases, the cost of business travel could continue to rise significantly. Travel managers who want to keep budgets under control will need to take a more thorough look at the main travel categories in their programs to determine where more savings can be found. Read More

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U.S., UK Reach New Post-Brexit Deal on Air Services

Reuters —The United States and Britain have reached a deal on a new open skies aviation agreement to govern air travel after the UK exits the European Union…Read More

European Airlines Adding Transatlantic Flights for 2019 as Brexit Fears Ease

Travel Market Report —Low-cost carrier Norwegian and TAP Air Portugal are among the airlines planning to expand their flight networks in the U.S., starting in the spring. Read More

Delta Air Lines Raises Drink Prices, Following Increases by American and Southwest

USA Today —It's going to cost more to toast your trip on Delta Air Lines…Read More

United Airlines Will Fly to Germany from Hub in Denver

USA Today —United Airlines in May will launch nonstop daily flights between Denver, Colo., and Frankfurt, Germany. Read More

Delta Air Lines Unveils First Biometric Terminal in Atlanta

Travel Market Report —Passengers at the Delta terminal in Atlanta can use facial recognition technology ‘from curb to gate.’ Read More

Delta Chooses Detroit for Second Biometric Terminal

Travel Mole —Facial recognition software coming to airport's McNamara terminal next year…Read More

Air Canada Acquires Aeroplan Frequent-flyer Program

Frequent Business Traveler —A consortium led by Air Canada will acquire the Aeroplan frequent-flyer program, which will safeguard Aeroplan Miles and enable the airline to launch a new loyalty program in 2020. Read More

Virgin and Brightline Form Virgin Trains USA

Frequent Business Travel —Virgin Group and Brightline, a passenger rail company, announced the formation of Virgin Trains USA. Read More

American to Launch Seasonal Monterey-Dallas/Fort Worth Service

The Mercury News —American Airlines on April 2 will launch seasonal service between California's Monterey Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Read More

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Marriott: 500 Million Starwood Guests Could Be Affected in Data Hack

Travel Market Report —The Starwood guest reservation database was breached at brands including W Hotels, Sheraton and Westin. Read More

Here's How to Check if You Were One of the 500 Million Customers Affected by the Marriott Hack

Business Insider —Here's how you can find out more about whether your information was hacked and what you can do to protect yourself. Read More

Why You Should Double Check Your TSA PreCheck and Global Entry Status Right Now

Time —You might be in for a rude surprise the next time you try to pass through airport security with your PreCheck or Global Entry membership…Read More

US Airport Security is Slowly Getting Just a Bit Better

C Net —A different security checkpoint design that's finally landing at US airports could speed up your holiday travel... if you know how to use it. Read More

Government Travel Warnings & Alerts

U.S. Department of State — Information on current government issued travel warnings and alerts. Read More

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Airports Switch Gears to Handle Uber, Lyft Surge

SF Gate —New dedicated pick-up, drop-off zones are helping…Read More

Are Uber and Lyft's New Rewards Programs Worth It?

Smarter Travel —Uber and Lyft simultaneously announced new rewards programs, but beware of the snags. Read More

Uber Rolls Out Rewards Program for Frequent Riders

SF Gate —Just days after the ride-hailing company Lyft said it would be rolling out a rewards program for customers in select cities next month, its mega-competitor Uber announced plans for its own tiered loyalty program – and provided a lot more detail. Read More

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Hyatt - Small Luxury Hotels Partnership Gets Rolling

Travel Weekly —Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World are launching a joint loyalty program next month. Read More

Marriott Plans 30 New Courtyard Openings in Europe

Travel Mole —Plans include five more properties in UK…Read More

Nashville Yards Hotel Will Be a Grand Hyatt

Travel Weekly —The hotel in the $1 billion Nashville Yards development will be a luxury property, branded as a Grand Hyatt…Read More

Two New China Hotels Aim to Draw Millennial Fashionistas

Travel Market Report —Leveraging the iconic and well-respected Bvlgari name, the properties offer guests luxurious amenities and experiences at every turn. Read More

Hotel Trends 2019: What You Need to Know

Travel Market Report —From fees and bookings to technology and immersive experiences, here are the predicted hotel trends for the coming year. Read More

9 Free Hotel Amenities That Go Way Beyond the Basics

Smarter Travel —Gone are the days when the most you got was a soap and toothpaste. Read More

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New 18-gate Concourse to Open at LaGuardia Airport

The Associated Press —A new concourse will open this weekend at New York's LaGuardia Airport Terminal B. The concourse features 18 gates, plus eateries and retail stores. Read More

Pressure Is On Airport Lounges to Relieve Crowding

San Antonia Express News —Will other airlines follow Delta's lead in limiting access? Read More

Here Are the ‘Nut Policies’ of Five Major U.S. Airlines

Travel Market Report —Earlier this month, American Airlines became the latest carrier to announce it will soon allow passengers with nut allergies the option to board early to wipe down their seats from any previous contamination. Read More

5 Controversial Travel Rules You Might Be Violating

Smarter Travel —Are you violating these rules of travel etiquette? Read More

What to Do When Your Checked Bag Is Lost

Smarter Travel —Although airline performance has improved, what you have to do when an airline loses a bag hasn't. Read More

10 Free Things You Can Get at Airports

Smarter Travel —The secret to bagging many of these freebies is being in the know…Read More

18 Essential Tips for Winter Travel

Smarter Travel —Avoid getting stuck in airports or on roadsides with these tips. Read More

15 Things Travelers Should Be Thankful For in 2018

Travel Pulse —Give it up for a great year in travel. Read More

Startup Firm Sleepbox Opening Pod Hotel at Washington Dulles

Travel Weekly —The Sleepbox Nap Lounge is opening its first US location soon in the Washington Dulles International Airport. Read More