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June 14, 2022

In This Edition… negative COVID test requirement ends, Canada extends traveler vaccination requirement, airline flight/route updates, AA and Qatar codeshare expands, a refresher on TSA’s liquid limit, Enterprise expands, Hilton gives first quarter update, Choice Hotels buys Radisson, traveler tips, and much more!

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From efficient technology and communication tools to traveler experience and ensuring compliance, a Travel Management Company (TMC) plays an important role in keeping your travel program running smoothly and driving ROI for your business. Read More

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U.S. Inbound Testing Requirement Ends

Business Travel News — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effective June 12 ended negative Covid-19 test requirements for inbound passengers to the U.S. Read More

Travelers Will No Longer Need a COVID Test to Enter the United States

Afar Magazine — The move means no more scrambling for a COVID test or worrying about getting stuck in quarantine abroad—at least for now. Read More

Canada Extends Travel Vaccination Requirement Through at Least June 30

Travel Market Report — Unvaccinated inbound travelers will still not be able to enter Canada until at least July. Read More

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American to Add Eight Routes, Cut Seven Long-Haul Pairs

Business Travel News — American Airlines plans to add eight flights to its schedule and remove seven long-haul routes, according to the carrier. Read More

United Airlines Adds San Francisco to Brisbane Flight

Travel Market Report — From Brisbane, guests will be able to connect to 20 other Australian cities via United’s partnership with Virgin Australia. Read More

Lufthansa Cancels Flights Amid Staff Shortages

BTN Europe — Lufthansa has canceled hundreds of flights originally scheduled for July due to staff shortages… Read More

British Airways Adds Direct Flights to These U.S. Cities

Afar Magazine — The airline will bring its number of nonstop flight routes from the U.S. to the U.K. to 26. Read More

American Airlines and Qatar Airways Expand Codeshare Agreement

Travel Weekly — Subject to regulatory approval, the codeshare pact will add connecting flights to 16 countries for AA customers flying to Doha. Read More

Delta Debuts New First-Class Cabin on Initial A321neo Flight

Business Travel News — Delta Air Lines launched its inaugural commercial flight of the Airbus A321neo narrowbody aircraft on a flight from Boston to San Francisco, which features a newly designed first-class cabin. Read More

American to Add Eight Routes, Cut Seven Long-Haul Pairs

Business Travel News — American Airlines plans to add eight flights to its schedule and remove seven long-haul routes, according to the carrier. Read More

Delta's New LaGuardia Terminal to Open

Business Travel News — Delta Air Lines' new Terminal C at New York's LaGuardia Airport is scheduled to debut June 4. The new terminal is part of a $4 billion project that eventually will consolidate Terminals C and D at the airport, similar to Delta's approach with Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport. Read More

United Airlines Takes the Lead in Lift to Europe

Travel Weekly — A substantial expansion by United this summer in the transatlantic marketplace will transform the carrier into the largest U.S. airline in terms of U.S.-Europe service. Read More

Delta to Trim 100 Flights per Day From Its Summer Schedule

Afar Magazine — Summer travelers, just be hopeful yours isn’t among the flights that are on the chopping block. Read More

United Debuts New Premium-Class Amenity Kits

Business Travel News — Premium-cabin customers on United Airlines' long-haul international and premium transcontinental routes now will receive the carrier's new amenity kits. Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About TSA’s Liquid Limit

Afar Magazine — Liquids under 3.4 ounces are allowed in your carry-on—but what’s considered a “liquid” isn’t always obvious. 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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Enterprise Expands Rental Locations to U.S.V.I., Morocco and the Bahamas

Insider Travel Report — Enterprise Holdings plans to extend its global reach and open new franchise locations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Morocco and The Bahamas. Read More

New High-Speed Train to Connect Paris and Berlin

Afar Magazine — Currently, the shortest train route between Paris and Berlin takes around 7 hours, 30 minutes and includes a transfer in Frankfurt. Read More

Hertz Extends Tier Status to End of January 2023

Business Travel News — Extended grace period coming out of the pandemic allows travelers to retain top-tier loyalty status a little longer. Read More

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Hilton: Corp. Travel Revenue on Track for Full Recovery by Year-End

Business Travel News — Hilton Worldwide cited substantial contributions from business travel and groups to its first-quarter performance as the segment showed signs of returning to form, after an overall "choppy start" to the year. Read More

Choice Hotels Buys Radisson Americas for $675 Million

Travel Market Report — Choice Hotels International announced it had reached a deal to buy Radisson Hotel Group Americas for $675 million. Read More

Complimentary Hot Breakfast is Back, and Hotels Strive to Deliver

Travel Weekly — Once a symbol of pandemic-era hospitality, the cold grab-and-go breakfast bag has fallen out of fashion as hotels bring back hot breakfast and buffets. Read More

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8 Free Airport Apps That Make Your Flight Less Stressful

Afar Magazine — Ever hear of Mobile Passport? FlightAware? Download these apps before your next flight—you can thank us later. Read More

Airlines Cancel Thousands of Summer Flights

Travel Pulse — Airlines in the U.S. cancel thousands more summer flights citing pilot and staffing shortages. Read More

These Airports Will Let You Bypass Long TSA Security Lines for Free

Afar Magazine — No TSA PreCheck or Clear membership needed. Read More

Updated Inflight Wi-Fi Provides a New Way to Use Airline Incidental Credits

The Points Guy — With recent updates to inflight Wi-Fi, you’ll be happy to know that your airline incidental credits may provide value after all. Read More

6 Tips for a Smooth, Stress-Free Business Trip

Travel Pulse — Whether you are traveling across the country to showcase your product to a potential supplier or meeting with manufacturers in a different continent, it is paramount to do a bit of pre-planning for your trip. Read More

Which European Countries Are Open For Restriction-Free Travel?

Travel Pulse — Check out which countries in Europe are open without any pandemic-related travel requirements. Read More

Above-Average 2022 Hurricane Season Could Impact Travelers

Travel Pulse — Will tourists forsake Caribbean for Europe or elsewhere? Read More

BTN Research: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Business Travel News — BTN surveyed companies regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in their managed travel programs and practices, and found potential traction and an industry willing to engage. Read More

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How to Adapt Your Incentive Program When Increasing Sales is NOT Your First Priority

Creative Group — New business challenges are cropping up daily. Learn how to incent the right behaviors to solve today’s challenges! Read More

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