Agents will be able to pick up extra commission from Norwegian Cruise Line whenever their clients successfully bid and win a cabin upgrade. The Upgrade Advantage program starts next month, and its pilot program received rave reviews from agents.
American Airlines is launching its new "basic economy" service Feb. 10, offering travelers a low-cost, no-frills option when booking travel. United Airlines is rolling out a similar program.
Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean is known for its cuisine, a fusion of French cooking techniques and local ingredients. Foodies visiting the island can tour the Habitation La Griveliere coffee plantation, dine on Creole dishes at Chez Sylvie and learn about the slave-powered sugar industry at the Caribbean Centre of Expression and Memory of Slavery and the Slave Trade.
Sales professionals spend too much time preparing to sell and being concerned about what others think instead of just taking action, writes Mike Marchev. They should become action-packed salespeople by taking chances, making cold calls and talking to strangers about their services.
Airlines hired 416,046 full-time workers in November, the highest number since 2005, marking three straight years of hiring growth for the industry. Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines all reported an increase in hires.
The airline industry is a major contributor to the US economy, but progress to modernize the nation's skies has been slow and erratic, writes Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. "Only an entity outside the direct control of government (as well as congressional appropriators) will have the necessary independence to implement needed modern technologies at the pace needed to meet demand."
FedEx Express is upgrading its Memphis International Airport control tower. "The project includes equipment upgrades and improvements to the observation deck and work areas," said FedEx spokesman Jim Masilak.
JetBlue Airways is offering triple points for loyalty program members who fly to Cuba. To earn the bonus points, TrueBlue members must register for the promotion online before booking travel.
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued flight restrictions for all unauthorized air traffic within 30 nautical miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday for the presidential inauguration.
Innovative apps can make agents' duties less complicated by featuring clever itinerary planning, management and support programs. For example, TripScope CEO Katelyn O'Shaughnessy has developed an app that allows agents and their clients to stay in touch through all phases of the vacation.
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