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Norwegian Air: New Routes to Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan

Low-fare transatlantic carrier Norwegian Air will start flying to Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan from the U.S. next spring and summer. Norwegian will compete with Oneworld alliance partners American and Iberia when it launches Madrid service from New York JFK, operating three flights per week starting July 18. Los Angeles/Madrid flights will operate four times per week starting July 16. Norwegian …

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Will PreCheck and Global Entry Programs Merge?

Delivering better security at a lower cost might be achieved by merging two of the “trusted traveler” programs that have become so popular with airline passengers, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said this week. In a speech before the airport industry, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said merging the TSA’s PreCheck program with the Customs and Border Protection’s …

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The Ritz Carlton Buckhead is now The Whitley

Effective this week, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, a mainstay in Atlanta for more than 30 years and the city’s eighth-largest hotel, has been rebranded as The Whitley, a Luxury Collection hotel. Marriott International and Host Hotels & Resorts announced the change, adding the 510-room property to the five-star brand that’s new to Atlanta. HEI Hotels & Resorts will manage the property. A spokeswoman for Ritz-Carlton …

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Airline Restrictions on Smart Bags

US carriers Delta and American Airlines have announced that they will prohibit passengers from checking in ‘smart bags’ that have non-removable lithium-ion batteries starting on January 15, 2018. Smart bags, made popular by companies such as Bluesmart (pictured) and Modobag, feature integrated technology that allows users to track their luggage, weigh it and lock it using a mobile app. They …

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Spring Hill Suites Buckhead Adds Outdoor Sanctuary

SpringHill Suites Atlanta Buckhead has created an outdoor oasis where guests will be able to unwind after a busy day of meetings or utilize in conjunction with a business or social function taking place on-site. The hotel’s new patio area provides a refreshing space that corporate travelers will appreciate no matter what the season. Plenty of seating areas, a glowing fire pit …

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A Guide to Airline Legroom

Wondering what’s the airline with the most legroom? Seat pitch, the distance from any point on an airline seat to the corresponding point of the seat in the next row, is the most reliable measure of total front-to-rear seat space, and therefore legroom. These days, the average economy seat pitch is 30 to 31 inches on the “Big Three” U.S. …

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US Tightens Travel Rules to Cuba

The US Government announced new rules yesterday designed to steer U.S. economic activity away from Cuba’s military, intelligence and security services, which dominate much of the islands economy through state-controlled corporations. The goal is to encourage financial support for Cuba’s growing private sector, said senior Trump administration officials. Dozens of Cuban hotels, shops, tour companies and other businesses are now …

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Singapore Airlines Unveils A380 Makeover

Four years ago, Singapore Airlines’ design team started working on new interiors for its fleet of Airbus A380s, and their updated products have just been revealed, bringing additional elements of comfort to bolster the carrier’s reputation as one of the world’s best for passengers. While many global airlines are eliminating first class from their long-haul aircraft, Singapore is sticking with …

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Best Western Launches Its Third Soft Brand Collection

Best Western Hotels & Resorts is joining its hotel peers and launching its third hotel soft brand collection. The BW Signature Collection by Best Western marks the company’s 11th brand, and is geared toward the upper midscale market. The company’s other two soft brands focus on upper economy and midscale (SureStay Collections by Best Western) and upscale/upper upscale (BW Premier …

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New TSA Screening Rules for US Inbound Passengers

Passengers on inbound flights to the U.S. will be subject to new security screening procedures, beginning today, that will see both citizens and non-citizens questioned about their trip and their luggage. The new rules, which will impact all of the 2,000-plus international flights to the U.S. each day, come as the 120-day window for enforced regulations after the Trump administration’s …