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January 23, 2024

In This Edition… airline flight service updates, the latest on the Boeing 737, American to tweak AAdvantage Benefits, TSA Pre-Check Program has expanded to 94 U.S. and foreign airlines, hotel news and updates, and many traveler tips!

Dans cette édition… les mises à jour sur les services de vol des compagnies aériennes, les actualités relatives au Boeing 737, American modifie son programme AAdvantage, le programme TSA Pre-Check désormais adopté par 94 compagnies aériennes américaines et étrangères, les actualités et les mises à jour concernant les hôtels, et de nombreux conseils aux voyageurs!

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The Top Business Travel Articles of 2023

As we collectively prepare for the new year, here are the top takeaways from our most popular articles in 2023. Read More

Preparing Your Travel Program for the New EU Sustainability Guidelines

Regardless of where your company’s home base is located, it is important to understand why the new EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) has been enacted and how Direct ATPI Halo can help your business comply with CSRD. Read More

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Delta Delays Restarting Flights to Tel Aviv Through April 30

Insider Travel Report — Delta Air Lines is canceling additional flights between the U.S. and Tel Aviv because of ongoing conflict in the region through April 30, 2024. Read More

FAA Looks To Allow Boeing 737 Max-9 To Return

Travel Pulse — Based on its inspection of the first 40 of more than 170 jets, the Federal Aviation Administration appears ready to allow the Boeing 737 Max 9 back in the air. But airlines have to agree to perform additional inspections. Read More

SAS to Add Atlanta-Copenhagen Service

Business Travel News — SAS beginning June 17 will add service between Copenhagen and Atlanta. Read More

Delta Orders 20 of the Largest A350s That Airbus Makes

Travel Weekly — Deliveries of the twin-aisle A350-1000 are slated to begin in 2026. Read More

American to Tweak 2024 AAdvantage Benefits

Business Travel News — American Airlines is tweaking its AAdvantage program benefits for 2024. Current qualifications and levels remain intact, with a few new sweeteners. But a number of AA's open-to-all features are phasing into an AAdvantage members-only model. Read More

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Türkiye Drops Visa Requirement for Travelers From These Two Countries

Afar Magazine — As of the start of 2024, the $52 advance e-visa is no longer mandatory. Read More

TSA’s Pre-Check Program Adds Airlines and Generates Big Revenue

Forbes — The Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program, which enables low-risk passengers to get through airport security checkpoints quicker, announced that the program has expanded to 94 U.S. and foreign airlines. Read More

Jamaica Airports Installing New Passport Kiosks to Accelerate Passenger Flow

Travel Pulse — The arrival experience for travelers visiting Jamaica is about to get easier thanks to the installation of new passport kiosks at two of the island’s three international airports. Read More

Brazil Postpones Electronic Visa Launch

Travel Pulse — The Brazilian Tourist Board has postponed required entry visas for passport holders from Australia, Canada and the United States until April 10, 2024. 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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Uber Adds New Sustainability Features

Business Travel News — Uber has added new sustainability features including an "emissions savings" option for green rides, incentives for green airport travel, expanded UberX Share availability, and introduced Uber Green in Australia. Read More

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How Hilton Is Expanding Its Three Hilton Luxury Brands in 2024 and Beyond

Insider Travel Report — Hilton announced that it plans to open a number of new hotels and resorts as part of Hilton Luxury Brands, which includes Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and LXR Hotels & Resorts. Read More

Hyatt Announces Record Hotel Signings and Pipeline of 127,000 Rooms

Insider Travel Report — Hyatt Hotels Corporation reported its expected growth trajectory for 2024 and beyond, underscored by a record year of deal signings in 2023. Read More

Hyatt Invites Guests to “Be More Here” with New Global Brand Platform

Insider Travel Report — Hyatt is unveiling “Be More Here,” a new brand platform that invites guests, members and customers to lean into the transformative powers of travel and be more present. Read More

The 13 Most Infuriating Hotel Pet Peeves That Drive Travelers Mad

Fodors — Resort fees, bright alarm clocks, powdered milk, and other rude awakenings. Read More

Hilton Unveils Name of New Extended-Stay Brand – LivSmart Studios by Hilton

Travel Pulse — Hilton revealed the name of its new lower midscale extended-stay brand – LivSmart Studios by Hilton – which was originally introduced under the working title of Project H3 and designed to serve what the company believes is an underserved market. Read More

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Flying Is Hard for Tall Travelers. Use These 7 Tips to Make It More Comfortable.

Afar Magazine — Flying can be uncomfortable for the average passenger, but for taller travelers it can be downright misery. Here are some ways to (literally) ease the pain. Read More

What to Do When Your Flight Is Canceled or Delayed—and the Rights You Have if It Happens

Afar Magazine — If your air travel plans are less than smooth, use these tips and strategies to get your trip back on track. Read More

Las Vegas Bans People From Stopping on Pedestrian Bridges

Travel Pulse — Las Vegas is cracking down on all activities that disrupt the flow of traffic on the city’s elevated pedestrian walkways. Read More

Food and Drink Trends to Get Excited About in 2024

Time — Expect to see more Asian ingredients, such as ube and black sesame, along with chocolate alternatives and foods with minimal environmental impact. Read More

This Country Was Just Named the Safest Place to Travel in 2024

Travel + Leisure — Canada is the safest place to travel, according to a new report. Read More

Long Flights vs. Layovers: The Pros and Cons of Flying Nonstop

Afar Magazine — The world’s longest commercial flight — nearly 20 hours from Newark to Singapore — is taking off next month, and seasoned travelers aren’t all convinced that being on a plane for that long is best. Read More

How to Figure out What Type of Plane You’re Flying In

Afar Magazine — The type of plane you fly on can affect everything from how much luggage space you’ll have to how you can pick the best seat. Read More