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9/17/2021

United Airlines is partnering with the Chicago restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You as the airline brings back food purchase options on longer domestic flights over four hours. "The introduction of these new, fresh retail offerings is part of the customer experience transformation underway at United," a spokeswoman said.

9/17/2021

Alaska Airlines is extending a frequent flyer promotion and making it easier for travelers with elite status to requalify for 2022. Alaska also confirmed that it will add a new, top frequent flyer tier for passengers who earn more than 100,000 qualifying miles in 2021.

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The Points Guy
9/17/2021

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has installed six prefabricated gate modules that were rolled into place between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9. DFW officials said it is the first time any airport has used this construction method.

9/17/2021

An airside shuttle bus now connects between American Airlines and JetBlue's separate terminals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, allowing travelers to reach the other terminal without leaving the airport's security zone.

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9/16/2021

Travel advisors are finding subscription services to be a better fee model, and one that is agreeable with steady clients. Jolene Detillion, owner of Your Travel Designer, has subscription fee ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 and offers a $700 to $1,000 "first date" fee for new clients.

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9/16/2021

The plunge in business travel is projected to cost US hotels $59 billion this year, with New York City the biggest loser at an estimated $4 billion, according to research from Kalibri Labs and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The trend contrasts with a strong rebound in leisure travel and is not expected to abate as corporate managers embrace alternatives to in-person meetings.

9/16/2021

Appearing in an interview with CNN's New Day, United CEO Scott Kirby said the airline has only had a handful of resignations after announcing all employees must receive a COVID vaccine. Kirby said employer mandates are the most efficient way to get the country vaccinated.

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9/16/2021

Southwest Airlines is awarding 16 hours of bonus pay to most employees and pay for 13 trip segments for pilots and flight attendants who get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 15. The airline is also limiting pay guarantees for workers affected by the virus to those who are vaccinated.

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9/16/2021

Four civilian space tourists blasted off Wednesday on the trip of a lifetime aboard a SpaceX rocket, the first of the tourism launches that SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes will become routine. They will orbit Earth for three days before splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.

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9/16/2021

There are many destinations domestically that include African-American history and culture and this piece delves into those destinations, including New Orleans, Hampton Roads, Va., Chicago and Denver. "While visiting these spaces, be aware of your impact -- not just the location, but the people you are sharing the spaces with," said Crystal Egli, co-founder of Inclusive Journeys.

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