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Flying On The Cheap at Frontier

File this story under the “You’ve Been Warned” category. Frontier Airlines has carved out a place for itself by offering a unique “no frills” product that can come with surprises for the uninitiated. The following review, by Kimberly Grimes, a staffer at the San Francisco Chronicle, first appeared on Chris McGinnis’ TravelSkills blog at the papers SFGate website, and it …

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Delay: New Orleans $1 Billion Terminal

Instead of opening before Mardi Gras, the new $1 billion terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport won’t open until after the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A consultant told the city’s Aviation Board on Thursday that the three-month delay is needed so workers can replace nearly a half-mile of sewer pipe, news agencies reported. Chris Spann …

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Congress Mandates Airline Seat Regulation in Revised FAA Bill

The Department of Transportation would be required to set minimum standards for seat widths and the space between rows on commercial aircraft as part of the latest version of a five-year FAA funding reauthorization bill agreed upon by bipartisan leadership in House and Senate. The good news? The 1,204-page bill, which still must be win formal passage in the House …

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United Overhauls Boarding Process

United has become the latest airline to tweak the way it calls passengers to board its planes. In a change that’s rolling out to United gates nationwide on Tuesday, the carrier says it’s streamlining its boarding process. With that, United joins American and Delta in making changes to the boarding call since early 2017. Gone are the five boarding lines …

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GBTA: Corporate Travel Costs Expected to Rise in 2019

In a report issued last week, the GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) warned corporate travel managers that business travel costs are expected to rise in 2019. Hotel room rates are expected to rise by more than 5% in Asia and Europe and by 2.1% in North America. Hotels in Latin America may experience a dip of 1.3%. Hotel groups have reported …

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The Importance Of Company Travel Policies

Does your company have a written, cohesive travel policy? Is the policy up to date? Does it address the needs of contemporary corporate travelers? These are key questions to answer if you’re a business owner or manager. Good travel policy makes travel cheaper for your company and easier for you. The Purpose of a Company Travel Policy Travel policies are multifaceted, …

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United Debuts Corporate Preferred at GBTA

United Airlines debuted the industry’s newest corporate travel program yesterday at the Global Business Traveler Association (GBTA) Convention in San Diego. United Corporate Preferred is a new benefits program that provides added perks for the airline’s top corporate customers. A multi-level program, United Corporate Preferred offers escalating benefits at three levels, including United Corporate Preferred, United Corporate Preferred Plus and …

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Airbus About to Shock the Long-Haul Marketplace

A pair of new long-haul jets are coming which will further extend the sweep of budget flights and look likely to cause a ripple effect throughout the transatlantic and transpacific markets. The first, the A321neo (or New Engine Option), is fitted with a premium economy cabin and can carry around 200 passengers at a cost 25 per cent cheaper than …

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Sixt Focuses on Luxury Market in US

Rather than attempt to take on the major players in the US corporate travel arena, German car rental company Sixt has targeted luxury vehicles as the niche it will focus on in the States. The company is in more than 100 countries, and seven years ago it planted a stake in Miami. Since then, Sixt has grown its U.S. footprint to …

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Homesharing Hiccups for Hyatt, Accor

The big hotel corporations seem to be having some difficulty making homesharing work. Nearly a year after Hyatt Hotels announced it was investing in Oasis, a private accommodations provider, the company revealed Wednesday it had to take a $22 million impairment charge related to its investment. “That impairment relates to Oasis, which is the alternative accommodations investment that we made …