Resorts are getting into the schoolcation market, offering family specials complete with onsite tutors, study hall and field trips. Most schoolcation packages are seven to 21 days and can include such amenities as sports training, after-school activities and tutoring.
The Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention's no-sail order has been extended until Oct. 31, even though the director wanted it enforced until February, McClatchy reports. Cruise lines, which have had major losses and layoffs during the pandemic, have pressured the CDC to lift the ban and said they can be ready to sail Nov. 1.
Wyndham and Barclays have added several new credit cards that include higher travel perks and rewards bonuses. Several of the cards include points for gas purchases while air travel is down.
Alaska Airlines will offer COVID-19 testing to passengers bound for Hawaii, partnering with Carbon Health to provide the service at pop-up clinics, starting in Seattle and eventually rolling out in other West Coast cities. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the Hawaiian government is working with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, CVS, American Airlines and Kaiser Permanente to iron out the details of testing arrangements for travelers seeking to meet the state's quarantine rules.
As Hawaii prepares to reopen its borders to tourists Oct. 15, Hawaiian Airlines is resuming service from Honolulu to Las Vegas, with Oakland and San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix following Nov. 1. The airline, which is providing COVID-19 testing for passengers in San Francisco and Los Angeles, will also increase service from those cities as well as Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; Seattle and San Diego.
Domestic business travel may begin to pick up once employees start returning to in-person offices in early 2021, although an international travel rebound is expected to take longer due to worldwide restrictions in place, says Andrew Nocella, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of United Airlines. Nocella says smaller businesses currently are more eager to travel, while companies of all sizes will require a vaccine and rapid COVID-19 testing before they are comfortable resuming normal business travel plans.
In 2014, Amazon jumped in and then jumped out of the hotel booking business, but even veterans of the industry like Booking.com find booking individual vacation rentals challenging. Now the industry is watching Airbnb's proposed initial public offering even as it reports $1 billion in losses.
Tens of thousands of airline employees face furloughs today as lawmakers failed to agree on additional relief for airlines. American Airlines and United Airlines said they have been forced to move forward with furloughing 19,000 and 13,000 employees, respectively. Airline executives said the companies could reverse the layoffs, but only if an agreement on continued payroll aid is imminent.
A4A President and CEO Nick Calio spoke with CNN's Julia Chatterley to outline the devastating impact to the airline industry and its employees following the expiration of the Payroll Support Program. Calio highlighted that thousands of involuntary furloughs will take place due to the number of jobs connected to airlines. "It is our fervent hope that [Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin] think about these employees who are losing their jobs, what it means to them on a human level, on a day-to-day and frankly, what's it's going to mean to our economy," Calio said of ongoing negotiations between lawmakers and the Administration. "We don’t need good intentions. We need a law to pass."
Airlines will be forced to make adjustments or reductions to service in smaller markets as a result of thousands of employees being furloughed as federal aid expired at midnight on Sept. 30. While US airlines implemented significant self-help measures since the start of the pandemic, passenger traffic remains down around 70% from 2019, leading airlines to further reduce workforces, including pilots, flight attendants mechanics, ramp workers and others.
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