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Consolidator Discounts: Are They Worth the Risk?

The deals seem too good to be true: round-trip first or business class airfare for far less than you’d expect to pay. They’re hard to ignore: hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars off for a cushy, lie-flat seat in the pointy-end of the airplane. But these tickets are not being sold by airlines. Instead, they are sold by third parties that …

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Delta Cuts Medallion Members Some Slack

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members can now take advantage of “Reclaim My Status” after a change, event or important life moment has temporarily affected their travel patterns. Built from the ground up based on Member feedback, this is the latest thoughtful addition to Delta’s Medallion program. “Getting back into travel after a big change can be stressful, and this is one …

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JetSuiteX Adds Seattle Flights

JetSuiteX, the company offering almost-private flights on the U.S. West Coast, will fly  between Oakland and Seattle’s Boeing Field/ King County Airport staring on July 1, the company has announced. Flights will operate three times a day, with the exception of Saturday, when there will only be two flights a day on the new route. Boeing Field (BFI) is JetSuiteX’s …

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Delta Reducing Seat Recline on Airbus A320s

Delta has begun testing whether reducing seat recline will increase customer comfort. The carrier started the trial last weekend on some of its Airbus A320s and will expand the trial to all 62 A320s over the next two months, spokeswoman Savannah Huddleston wrote in an email. “Delta has no plans to add seats or reduce space between rows with this …

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United Is First to Offer Non-Binary Gender Options

United has become the first US airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels in addition to providing the option to select the title “Mx.” during booking and in a MileagePlus customer profile. Customers now have the ability to identify themselves as M (male), F (female), U (undisclosed) or X (unspecified), corresponding with what is indicated on their …

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New Zealand’s New Entry Requirements

Traveling to New Zealand will soon come with additional steps travelers need to be aware of. In early March, the New Zealand government announced a new tourism entry approval process known as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Starting on Oct. 1, 2019, all travelers from 60 visa waiver countries, including all incoming cruise travelers, will need to hold an ETA …

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Airlines Tighten Lounge Access

If you’re a frequent airport lounge guest, have you noticed that they are getting uncomfortably crowded at times? The providers of those lounges certainly have, and they’re changing their policies this year to limit lounge access, even for members who pay the big bucks. American Express has been actively expanding its network of Centurion airport lounges for premium cardholders, but …

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Delta First Class Passengers Can Now Pre-Select Meals

Starting this week, Delta Air Lines will give First Class guests on more than 1,000 weekly flights the option of pre-selecting their meals. Delta had been offering the option only to guests on service with a Delta One cabin, but will now offer it on domestic flights and flights between the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. In a …

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Airlines Cancel More Than 1,000 Flights for Tuesday

Flying Tuesday? You might be grounded. The travel troubles from Monday’s snowstorm in the Midwest, combined with forecasts calling for more snow and icy conditions in the South and Northeast, have already forced airlines to cancel more than 1,000 Tuesday flights. Atlanta is Tuesday’s biggest trouble spot, with nearly 300 flights to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport canceled as …

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Staying Fit While Traveling

It’s a new year and if you made any new year’s resolutions that likely means getting back to the gym. But finding time can be tough, between work, travel and making time for friends and family. Don’t sweat it!  Teplis Travel has some helpful tips and resources that can keep you on the right track regardless of your hectic schedule. …