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October 10, 2019

Industry News – Click on the title to read the full article. Many of the sources below require a free registration to gain access to the article. If a paid registration is required, the individual source will be noted.


Air Canada announces fall sale (Source: Narcity)
Air Canada has announced a sale on flights to over 200 destinations worldwide.

Delta, Amex changing SkyMiles business cards, adding features (Source: Business Travel News)
The Delta SkyMiles options for all personal and business American Express cards will be changing on Jan. 30, offering more ways to earn miles and providing new benefits.

United invests in TSA checkpoint improvements at Newark (Source: Chicago Business Journal)
United Airlines has completed its $40 million, multi-year project to improve the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C.

United’s new entertainment system offers accessibility (Source: Apex)
United Airlines’ new in-flight entertainment system was carefully designed to work for passengers with hearing, mobility and visual impairments, making it a groundbreaking suite of accessibility features.


$2B terminal investment will better support Fla. airport needs (Source: Orlando Business Journal)
Orlando International Airport, already Florida’s busiest, is getting close to hitting the milestone of serving 50 million passengers in a year, something no airport in the state has achieved.

High-tech ads to debut at Calif. airport (Source: The Mercury News)
The first all-digital airport advertising effort is about to launch at San Jose International, with Alaska Airlines among the companies whose digital ads will show up in place of more traditional advertising.

Minn. airport reopens second security lines at main terminal (Source: Minneapolis StarTribune)
Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport has reopened both checkpoints as it continues its $1.6 billion, multi-year renovation efforts.

New N.D. airport to open Oct. 10 (Source: Minot Daily News)
The new, $273 million Williston Basin International Airport is slated to open Oct. 10, replacing a much smaller, outdated airport.

Uber Copter to JFK now open to all users (Source: Reuters)
Helicopter taxis to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will be available to all Uber users, a service previously offered only to premium users.

Business Travel

New IRS per diem rates for business travelers began Oct. 1 (Source: Forbes)
The IRS has released new per diem rates for employers who reimburse employees for travel expenses, and they should be used for travel on or after Oct. 1, 2019.


7Pines Kempinski brand to make debut in NYC (Source: Hotels)
A joint venture of Kempinski Hotels and 12.18. Group has chosen New York City for the first location of the luxury lifestyle brand 7Pines Kempinski. 

What The Palms’ $100,000-per-night Empathy Suite looks like (Source: Reno Gazette Journal)
Thirty-four floors above Las Vegas sits the 9,000-square-foot Empathy Suite at The Palms hotel, complete with California king-size beds, imported automatic toilet seats from Japan, a salt relaxation room, private pool and 24-hour-per-day butler. 

New SureStay Studio raises Best Western economy presence (Source: Hotel Business)
Best Western Hotels & Resorts is targeting the robust premium-economy extended-stay market with the launch of SureStay Studio.

New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online (Source: Skift)
New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress would change the way hotels and online travel agencies display what one supporter called “the most-hated fee in travel,” hotel resort fees.


Preparing for Real ID (Source: GMA)
Ahead of the 2020 deadline, Good Morning America has shared a list of frequently asked questions about obtaining a Real ID-compliant driver’s license. 

TSA may expand on-the-spot enrollment in Precheck program (Source: Forbes)
The Transportation Security Administration may expand on-the-spot enrollment in the TSA Precheck program nationwide.

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