February 2017
New Service Between Nashville and Raleigh-Durham Caters to Business Travelers

Delta is linking Nashville, Tenn. and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. with new nonstop service in June, becoming the first airline to offer both First Class seating and a business traveler's schedule on the route.

Two daily round-trip flights between Tennessee's Capital City and North Carolina's Research Triangle will run on a Delta Connection 76-seat jet with room for 12 customers in First Class, 12 in Delta Comfort+ and 52 in the Main Cabin.

The strong healthcare and technology sectors in both cities will stand to benefit from the new nonstop option on Delta, with an attractive schedule for business travelers as well as customers looking for a weekend getaway.

Nashville to Raleigh-Durham
  • Depart 6:00 a.m. - Arrive 8:40 a.m. 
  • Depart 6:30 p.m. - Arrive 9:04 p.m. 
Raleigh-Durham to Nashville
  • Depart 7:00 a.m. - Arrive 7:37 a.m. 
  • Depart 7:20 p.m. - Arrive 7:58 p.m.
Changes Coming to Delta's Operations at LAX

Delta will begin to relocate to Terminals 2 and 3 (T2 and T3), as part of its $1.9 billion investment at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The massive project will fully relocate Delta's operations from Terminals 5 and 6 (T5 and T6) to T2 and T3 and, by 2023, will provide a secure connector to the north side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), enabling seamless connectivity alongside airline partners. The relocation will also allow Delta to build a premier space with best-in-class check-in, faster connectivity, and an industry-leading customer experience.
In preparation for the move to Delta's new home in T2 and T3 in May 2017, you will begin to notice changes in T5 and T6.   Effective now, Delta will temporarily relocate some of its operations from T5 to T6. During this time, San Francisco (Shuttle), Seattle (Shuttle), Portland, and Denver operations will exclusively depart out of T6 while Delta maintains an active presence in T5.
Delta Updates its Baggage Policy for Travel between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Central America

Now Delta Air Lines has updated two baggage policies for travel between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Central America. 

Delta has begun charging a first bag fee for travel between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA), Managua, Nicaragua (MGA), San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) and Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU).

Now, for travel between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and GUA, MGA, SAP and TCU, passengers will be charged a fee of $25 USD/CAD for the first checked bag. Previously, Delta did not charge for a first checked bag between these markets.   Please note: Customers traveling between Los Angeles (LAX) and Guatemala City (GUA) may continue to check their first bag free of charge.

Also, Delta will modify the third checked bag fee for travel between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and all cities in Central America.  For travel between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Central America, passengers will be charged a fee of $150 USD/CAD for the third checked bag. This is an increase of $25. Medallion baggage allowances are not impacted by this change.
CLEAR Identification technology will expedite security lanes at MSP

With a membership, travelers will be able to bypass the general identification security check line by verifying their identities via finger or eye scanning. After using the lanes, they can go directly to the metal detectors and bag-scanning area.

The standard annual membership price is $179.00, according to the Clear's website. In-person verification will be required at the Clear's enrollment center inside MSP, where a person's driver's license or passport is digitally uploaded, as are fingerprint and eye scans necessary to create the account.

Clear is also rolling out lanes at New York's LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, bringing its total number of U.S. airports served to 22.

The lanes are just one way travelers will soon be able to move faster throughout security lanes at MSP.
The  Metropolitan Airports Commission will spend $6 million over the next two years on TSA-approved automated security lanes at the airport's north and south security checkpoints.

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They turn lengthy, tedious paper-based approval processes into one-click, online approvals. Managers can easily review and approve expense reports from anywhere, at any time - no paperwork involved. 

In fact, most expenses are pre-approved based on policy rules set in the system, and scanned receipts are included online making review and approvals faster and easier. Expense policy violations are clearly highlighted so managers can request corrections or simply remove questionable line-items and submit the expense report for reimbursement.  

The expense systems convert transactions for international travelers into the appropriate currency based on the date of travel.

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Hilton Reveals Significant Changes to Loyalty Program

Hilton Worldwide announced major changes to its loyalty program and introduces the ability for members to combine both points and money when booking a stay.

Launching in late February, the program's new slider tool will help guests decide on the ideal combination of points and money to spend on a room at a qualifying Hilton hotel with no blackout dates.

"It's an industry first to use a slider tool on the site," Hilton's senior vice president and global head of loyalty and partnerships Mark Weinstein told Business Insider.

"It offers frequent travelers a way to use their points more quickly."   The new Hilton Honors program will also allow members to pool points with up to 10 other people for free in hopes of providing members with more value and flexibility.

Icelandic authorities have warned the country's tour operators to prepare contingency plans to deal with the likely imminent eruption of one of the largest volcanoes in the country, Katla. 

Iceland's volcanoes cause periodic havoc to air traffic, with ash clouds drifting into the upper atmosphere. In 2010 an eruption caused the cancellation of over 100,000 flights and stranded over 10 million passengers around the world.

Due to extensive renovation efforts at LaGuardia Airport, rental car shuttles are no longer able to pick up customers at the terminals.

  Rental Car  Shuttles now pick-up and drop-off customers in front of Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) in the Rental Car Shuttle Transfer Point. Travelers can take the free airport shuttle Blue or Red Route  to Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) to connect with shuttle buses.

The LaGuardia renovation project began in November 2016, and is expected to take at least two years for completion.