The parent company of OneTravel and CheapOair, Fareportal, is suing JetBlue after it quit posting on the websites, a move that could signal a broader shift away from travel sites. The airline also dropped Vayama in 2017, in an apparent pivot away from budget fares.
Travel advisors who book one of 139 voyages with Silverseas Cruise can earn $200 bonus commissions as a show of appreciation. The company also is offering new training modules, Virtual Visits and marketing resources on its platform.
The economic stress caused by the pandemic has prompted Norwegian Air to cut its long-haul routes, while other European airlines may require financial assistance as the coronavirus continues. Citi analyst Mark Manduca says European airlines are "primed for disappointment," as vaccination distribution is taking longer than expected and governments resist making pre-flight testing mandatory.
Adventures by Disney is putting Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands on the itinerary for late 2021. Five 12-day voyages with three routes are planned for the expedition cruises with four-day side trips available to the Galapagos and Buenos Aires.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has released new mental health and wellness guidelines to help the industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Polls show that employees say the pandemic is affecting their work performance.
Airlines for America announced support for President-elect Joe Biden's plan to require masks for air passengers, encouraging him to apply the mandate to airports and other public transportation while building on the airline's current efforts. Among other layers of protection, US airlines have been requiring face coverings since April 2020. In a letter, the organization asked Biden to "allow air carriers to maintain their existing policies and practices which are aimed at de-escalating conflict in-flight and allowing the aircraft to continue while providing a consequential enforcement backstop on the ground."
This week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced more stringent enforcement against passengers who "assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crew member in the performance of a crew member's duties." Many US airlines have implemented temporary measures to bar passengers from carrying weapons in checked baggage on flights bound for Washington, D.C., in addition to other enhanced security measures. American suspended alcohol service on D.C. flights, Southwest and American retooled preflight announcements, and Alaska Airlines is requiring D.C. passengers to stay seated for the hour before landing and after takeoff. "We are all on high alert based on the events over the last couple weeks up in Washington," Delta CEO Ed Bastian said.
Cargo carriers FedEx and UPS continue to deliver vaccines as requested by federal, state and local officials. Observers note that the execution of vaccine shipments has been done well. "It isn't up to us to decide who gets the vaccines," FedEx said. "Our job is to get them to the right place safely and reliably."
With the US adding a requirement that international air passengers show a negative COVID-19 test, American Airlines will expand availability of its VeriFLY mobile app. As of Jan. 23, all passengers on incoming international flights will be able to store their testing credentials in the app.
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