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November 1, 2022

In This Edition… Air Canada service upgrades, new airline codeshare or interline ticketing agreements, flight service updates, new airplane orders, book a TSA Precheck enrollment appointment, Real ID is approaching, Hertz demand and revenue increase, United partners with Jaguar, Delta rail transport, insight on 2023 hotel negotiations, traveler tips, and much more!

Dans cette édition... Les mises à niveau de service d’Air Canada, les nouveaux accords de partage de code ou de billetterie interligne, les mises à jour des services de vol, les nouvelles commandes d’avions, la prise de rendez-vous pour l’inscription au programme TSA Precheck, la Real ID est imminente, la hausse de la demande et des revenus de Hertz, United s’associe à Jaguar, le transport ferroviaire de la Delta, un aperçu des négociations hôtelières de 2023, des conseils aux voyageurs, et bien plus encore!

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Evolving Your Travel Program for the New Hotel Sourcing Environment

Are you prepared for the new hotel sourcing environment? Corporate travel within North America has already exceeded 2019 revenues and continues to rebound with vigor. Read More

Why Travel is the New Driver of Business Growth and Culture

A post-pandemic shift is occurring within corporate America: The office setting has been redefined as employees and companies adapt to new priorities and demands. Read More

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Air Canada to Upgrade Lounge, Cabin Experiences

Business Travel News — Air Canada is set to upgrade its lounge and cabin experiences as well as expand its chauffeur service. Read More

Alaska Airlines Makes Large Commitment to the Boeing 737 Max

Travel Weekly — The carrier exercised an option for the purchase of 52 Boeing 737 Max aircraft between 2024 and 2027, plus it secured the rights for 105 more. Read More

Air Canada Adds 15 Additional Canadian-built Airbus A220-300 Aircraft

Travel Pulse — Air Canada has confirmed orders for 15 additional A220-300 aircraft, bringing the total number it will acquire to 60. Read More

Porter Airlines and Transat Announce Codeshare

Travel Pulse — Air Transat and Porter Airlines, two of Canada's most prominent airlines, have launched a new bilateral codeshare. Read More

WestJet & Pacific Coastal Airlines Launch Interline Cooperation

Travel Pulse — WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines have launched a reciprocal interline relationship-- the first interline collaboration for Pacific Coastal Airlines. Read More

American Airlines to Phase Out First-Class Seats on International Flights

Afar Magazine — Due to a lack of sales, the airline will replace first-class seats. Read More

Air Canada Expands Summer 2023 Schedule

Travel Market Report — Air Canada is adding more international flights in light of increased demand for next summer. Read More

United, Delta Delay Relaunch Of Cuba Service

Live and Let’s Fly — Delta Air Lines and United Airlines were granted a reprieve by the U.S. Transportation Department, allowing both to delay the resumption of service to Cuba. Read More

Delta Increases Some Status Thresholds, Expands Benefits

Business Travel News — Some Medallion Qualification Dollars thresholds for Delta Air Lines elite tiers will increase for 2024 status, the carrier announced, adding that there are no changes to the Medallion Qualification Miles or Segments required. Read More

United Airlines Has a Big Q3 and Anticipates No Slowdown

Travel Weekly — The airline is primed for a robust fall and 2023 despite high inflation and the potential for a recession, United CEO Scott Kirby said. Read More

United Will Stop Flying to Hilo, Hawaii

Travel Weekly — After the airline departs the Big Island destination on Jan. 7, there will be no remaining nonstop flights from Hilo to the U.S. mainland. Read More

Airfare Prices Continue to Rise

Travel Pulse — Prices rose over 40 percent in September compared to last year. Read More

Air Canada Expands Summer 2023 Schedule

Travel Market Report — Air Canada is adding more international flights in light of increased demand for next summer. Read More

Latam to Exit Chapter 11

Business Travel News — Latam Airlines Group plans to exit Chapter 11 proceedings in the United States on Nov. 3. Read More

First Look: Lufthansa’s New Allegris First and Business Class Suites

Travel Market Report — Lufthansa will offer Allegris on more than 100 new aircraft. Read More

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TSA PreCheck Appointments Readily Available

Transportation Security Administration — Now is a great time for domestic travelers to enroll! Most TSA PreCheck applicants can schedule an appointment in less than two weeks, and if approved, receive their Known Traveler Number (KTN) in about 3-5 days after their appointment. Read More

The Real ID Deadline Is Approaching: Here's How to Get Yours

CNET — You'll soon need a Real ID-approved license to board a domestic flight. Here's what to bring to the DMV. 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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Hertz Q3 Revenue Up, Corp. Demand ‘Particularly Strong

Business Travel News — Hertz Global Holdings reported third-quarter total revenue of $2.5 billion, an increase of 12 percent year over year, with strong demand across leisure, corporate and rideshare, Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr said. Read More

Jaguar to Provide Tarmac Transfers for United Customers

Travel Weekly — United has launched a partnership with Jaguar to drive late-arriving MileagePlus Premier members to connecting flights. Read More

Concur Car Rental Booking Tool to Include Sustainability Features

Business Travel News — SAP Concur's new car rental booking tool, slated for release by year-end, will feature tools to help travelers make more sustainable transportation choices. Read More

Delta Adds 20 European Destinations to Rail Program

Business Travel News — Delta Air Lines has expanded its “Air+Rail” offerings to 20 additional European cities. Read More

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Hilton CEO: Tailwinds Are Stronger Than the Headwinds

Travel Weekly — Despite high inflation and a slowing global economy, Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta remains optimistic about the company's continued progress, telling analysts that the hospitality sector's fundamentals remain "pretty strong." Read More

Hoteliers Aim for the Right Rates in Negotiating 2023 Corporate Accounts

CoStar — More clients are asking about last room availability and pushing for breakfast to be included in the negotiated rate... Read More

Marriott Agrees to Acquire the City Express Brand

Travel Weekly — In acquiring the Mexico-focused hotel chain, Marriott said it is making a foray into the "affordable midscale segment." Read More

Hilton Hotel Will Be Part of a New Complex Near D.C.

Travel Weekly — The 331-room Hilton at the Key, Arlington-Rosslyn will be part of a development that will also include street-level retail, a restaurant and 517 luxury apartments. Read More

Accor & Ennismore Expand Their Footprint Across Vietnam With Three New Hotels — Accor will introduce Swissôtel Hai Phong Riverfront and Grand Mercure Phu Yen Boulevard Centre to the Vietnam network, while Ennismore will welcome its first property to Vietnam, Hyde Danang Centre. Read More

The Hotel Business Is (Finally) Booming Again

TripSavvy — Baby boomers are driving much of the rebound, but other age groups aren’t far behind. Read More

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How to Avoid Getting Fined When You Go Through U.S. Customs

Afar Magazine — The wrong thing in your bag could not only cost you, it could disrupt your international travels for months to come. Read More

6 Things That Should Always Be in Your Carry-On

L.A. Family Travel — This is good advice even for experienced travelers. Read More

Capital One Is Opening a New Kind of Airport Lounge in NYC and DC

Bloomberg — The new lounges are custom-made for shorter stays… Read More

FAA Clears Apple AirTags For Takeoff Following Lufthansa’s Tracker Flip-Flop

Forbes — One of the best travel tech hacks had been “up in the air” about whether or not it would be allowed up in the air. Read More

Strong Dollar Has Helped Fuel U.S. Travelers' Interest in Europe

Travel Weekly — Travel advisors have been using the strong dollar as a selling tool, telling clients that Europe is a bargain right now. Read More

Sustainable Suzie — The Tour Guide (and Superhero) to Responsible Travel

Recommend Magazine — Introducing USTOA's Sustainable Suzie, comic book superhero to those who know that responsible travel is the way of today and the future. Read More

Airline Seats Could Soon Get Even Smaller

Travel Market Report — Legroom has dropped from 35 inches prior to airline deregulation in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. Read More

Plus-size Travel Can Be Complicated. Here Are Some Tips to 'Enjoy Yourself and Feel Comfortable

Yahoo! — These tips will help make life easier... Read More