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Delta loosens ticket restrictions after customers can’t reach agents

Delta loosens ticket restrictions after customers can’t reach agents

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Delta Air Lines is loosening restrictions on basic economy tickets to reduce the deluge of frustrated travelers facing hours-long waits on customer service phone lines. Basic economy tickets normally do not allow any changes to the itinerary, even for a change fee. The airline temporarily allowed more flexibility during the pandemic, but that policy ended earlier this year. Starting Wednesday, however, Delta will temporarily allow changes to basic economy tickets for travel through Dec. 31, 2021, “to help address call wait times as we increase staffing,” CEO Ed Bastian wrote in an update to customers.…
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Fear of Delta Variant Impacting Travel Plans

Fear of Delta Variant Impacting Travel Plans

JANEEN CHRISTOFF | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The effects of the Delta variant are beginning to put a strain on travel plans. According to new research from Longwoods International and Miles Partnership, a quarter of respondents indicated that they are postponing travel because of the recent increased spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. Support for opening communities to incoming travelers also dropped in light of the highly contagious variant, which is now the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S. The support for the reopening of communities peaked at 67 percent in early June but has now dropped…
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Now Airlines Are Concerned About Fuel Shortage

Now Airlines Are Concerned About Fuel Shortage

RICH THOMASELLI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT   After a pandemic, loss of income, and pilot and staffing shortages, you’d think the airlines have seen it all in the last year. Now there’s a new worry. U.S. carriers say there is a fuel shortage afoot, mostly at small to mid-size airports in the west, forcing them to add refueling stops or fly fuel into locations where the supply is tight. Delta Air Lines said Reno, Nevada, is the most affected location as pipelines have been devoting more space to gasoline and diesel and less to jet fuel during the pandemic. Nevada…
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Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program Won’t Likely Be Lifted Anytime in 2021

Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program Won’t Likely Be Lifted Anytime in 2021

LAURIE BARATTI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT Hawaii’s Governor David Ige has been criticized for insisting that the state’s Safe Travels program remain in effect until at least 70 percent of Hawaii’s population has been inoculated against COVID-19. Since COVID-19 vaccines aren’t approved for use in kids under age 12, that benchmark actually translates to something more like 82 percent of the residents who are eligible for vaccination. While that bar might’ve already seemed difficult to reach, two Hawaii epidemiologists believe that even achieving those vaccination numbers won’t be enough to stop the spread of the highly communicable Delta variant. They…
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Florida Appeals to Supreme Court Over Cruise Regulations

Florida Appeals to Supreme Court Over Cruise Regulations

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The State of Florida is taking its fight with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Supreme Court. Florida's attorney general asked the Supreme Court on Friday to step in on an emergency basis to block COVID-19 protocols put in place by the CDC requiring the cruise lines to meet certain conditions before they can sail again. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody initially won a court ruling when it was determined the CDC protocols for returning cruise ships to the sea were beyond its authority. But when a federal appeals court…
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Disney Cruise Line Returning to US Sailings in August

Disney Cruise Line Returning to US Sailings in August

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Disney Cruise Line announced it would return to sailings from the United States on August 9. Disney Dream is scheduled to usher in the cruise line’s long-awaited return to cruising from the U.S. with tropical voyages to the Bahamas departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, on three- or four-night cruises featuring a stop at DCL’s private island, Castaway Cay. Disney Cruise Line officials said the company is working hard to get ready for the return of passengers by incorporating enhanced health and safety measures to promote wellness for guests and crew members. Disney…
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Caribbean Tourism Organization Expresses Optimism Regarding Travel This Summer and Beyond

Caribbean Tourism Organization Expresses Optimism Regarding Travel This Summer and Beyond

CLAUDETTE COVEY | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said it is “guardedly optimistic” about an upswing in visitor numbers this summer and beyond. “With the 2021 summer season underway, there is increasing evidence in the marketplace that pent-up demand is roaring back much earlier and at a much quicker pace than forecasters had predicted,” the CTO said. “Although on the surface, a 60 percent decline in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period last year, may not seem encouraging, a closer examination would suggest that the Caribbean is beginning to reverse the slide…
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US Government Extends Land Border Closures With Canada, Mexico

US Government Extends Land Border Closures With Canada, Mexico

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The United States government extended the closure of land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel through August 21. According to Reuters.com, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the latest 30-day extension just days after Canada revealed it would welcome fully vaccinated U.S. visitors on August 9 for non-essential travel. DHS said the agency is “in constant contact with Canadian and Mexican counterparts to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably.” The U.S. has continued to extend the restrictions on Canada and Mexico on a monthly basis since March…
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Europe Regaining Its Spot as Most Desired Travel Destination for Tourists

Europe Regaining Its Spot as Most Desired Travel Destination for Tourists

CLAUDETTE COVEY | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Europe has reprised its position as the leading destination for U.S. travelers for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, according to Squaremouth.com, a travel insurance comparison site. “May marked the first month Europe regained its spot as the top destination for U.S tourists, with 22 percent of bookings,” Squarmouth.com said. “By June, this rose to nearly 30 percent the highest percentage of sales in 13 months.” In still more good news, “as many as 54 percent of travelers are heading to Europe next summer, the highest percentage” Squaremouth said…
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This Luxurious 132-night World Cruise Costs $73,000 a Ticket — and It Sold Out Within 3 Hours

This Luxurious 132-night World Cruise Costs $73,000 a Ticket — and It Sold Out Within 3 Hours

By Cailey Rizzo | FoodAndWine.Com Troy Warren for CNT "This outstanding response has surpassed all expectations and is without a doubt our strongest world cruise launch day ever," Regent Seven Seas Cruises' CEO said. A cruise with fares starting at just over $73,000 per person completely sold out in less than three hours last week, proving that passengers are desperate to get back to the high seas after the COVID-19 pandemic halted cruising.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 2024 World Cruise voyage sold out at around 11 a.m. ET on July 14, after having been made available only at 8:30 a.m. that day, according to a…
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