JANUARY 19, 2022

Wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon have agreed to temporarily delay the launch of 5G towers near key US airports to avert a significant disruption to US flights, reports Reuters. The agreement comes after concerns that high tech radio signals could interfere with navigational systems on some aircraft. The FAA has warned that 5G wireless interference could affect sensitive airplane instruments such as radio altimeters and significantly hamper low-visibility operations. The FAA said it anticipated "there will be some impacts due to the limitations of some radio altimeters." Verizon will temporarily pause the launch of 5G on about 500 towers near airports while the carriers and the Biden administration work on a permanent solution; additional details, including the length of the pause, were not disclosed. Delta Air Lines has stated that while the wireless moves are a positive development, "some flight restrictions may remain." Additionally, despite the agreement, several international carriers including Air India, Emirates, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon Airways have canceled some US-bound flights because of possible 5G interference. Other airlines may also cancel some additional flights in the coming hours as they wait for formal guidance from the FAA on the announcements from Verizon and AT&T.

Delta Air Lines has announced that travelers with existing flight credits from the airline will now have until December 31, 2023, to rebook their ticket for travel through 2024. The extension is effective immediately; travelers with e-credit documents should see the new expiration date soon if it hasn't already been updated. Furthermore, all travelers with upcoming 2022 travel, or those who purchase a ticket in 2022, also have the flexibility to rebook their ticket through December 31, 2023, and travel throughout 2024. "We want to ensure our customers enjoy peace of mind when booking or rebooking their Delta trips this year," said Allison Ausband, Chief Customer Experience Officer. "This leading extension provides more time for customers to use their travel credits, so they can book with complete confidence that Delta has their back even when moments arise out of their control."

Spain is tightening its entry requirements to include proof of COVID-19 booster shots, reports Travel Weekly. The country will require US travelers to have a booster shot if their last date of COVID-19 vaccination is more than 270 days prior to arrival. Travelers must receive the booster shot (or their last required dose) at least 14 days before arriving in Spain, its tourism department announced last week. The rule goes into effect February 1, which means that on that day, any travelers who received their last COVID-19 shot earlier than May 7, 2021, would need a booster. Spain joins a growing list of countries now requiring travelers obtain COVID-19 boosters in order to meet entry requirements. Austria updated its entry rules to include booster shots in late December, while the Netherlands will enforce booster requirements starting in February. Accepted vaccines include Astra-Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer. Travelers are also still required to fill out health control forms prior to departure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced updated travel advisories for over 40 countries and territories, reports Travel Pulse. Among the updates, 22 destinations have been added to the CDC's “Level Four: Very High” travel advisory due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases. These countries and territories include Albania, Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Bolivia, Egypt, Israel, Panama, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Uruguay. In total, the CDC now lists just over 100 countries and territories at “Level 4,” the agency’s highest warning level. Additionally, the CDC revealed that it has added another 20 countries to the “Level 3: High” warning level, including Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Kuwait, and Uganda. The CDC recommends that unvaccinated Americans avoid nonessential travel to those destinations.

Amtrak has announced the opening of its full service bar at Amtrak’s premium Metropolitan Lounge in the Moynihan Train Hall in New York City. The bar menu offers beer, wine, cocktails, and hot food offerings available for purchase between 11am and 7pm. Complimentary snacks and La Colombe specialty coffee are also offered throughout the day. The Metropolitan Lounge is open Monday to Friday from 5:00 am to 9:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. The lounge is available for Amtrak Guest Rewards® Select Executive and Select Plus members, Acela First Class and private room customers, and Single-Day Pass holders with same-day reservations. Amtrak Business Class passengers can also buy day passes for $50.
In accordance with New York City’s Emergency Executive Order No. 225, everyone 12 and older is required to show proof they have received 2 vaccine doses, except for those who received the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, to enter the Metropolitan Lounge at Moynihan Train Hall. Starting on January 28, children 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination.
Just as Brookline is a pleasant departure from the Boston scene, the newly renovated hotel is a delightful break from standard hotel experiences. Cohesive rooms with well-made finishes look out over historic Beacon and St. Paul streets, inviting guests to unwind at night and get some work done in the morning. Bar 1200 is a neighborhood spot to grab a drink and a bite with friends before exploring the city.
The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park offers sophisticated, modern luxury in the heart of downtown Chicago. Overlooking Lake Michigan, Grant, and Millennium Parks and the legendary skyline, the Fairmont Chicago is the perfect backdrop for an urban escape. The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park boasts some of the city’s most spacious and impeccably appointed guest rooms. This hotel features 687 guest rooms and suites, including hypoallergenic, allergy-friendly Fairmont PURE rooms.
A classic libation and delicious bite at Apothecary Bar & Lounge is just what the doctor ordered. Located at Loews Minneapolis Hotel in the heart of downtown and across from the Target Center, Apothecary is the perfect spot for drinks and nosh after work or pre/post a game or show. This destination features a restaurant, 20-seat Library, and chef's table and specializes in small shareable plates, handcrafted cocktails, local microbrews, and a “Build Your Own Old Fashioned." After an evening spent celebrating, make it a night at one of the luxurious guestrooms or suites at Loews Minneapolis Hotel.
COMO Metropolitan London combines intuitive service, sophisticated design, and a vibrant Park Lane location. The city’s most refined neighborhoods — Mayfair, Knightsbridge, and Piccadilly — are each just a short walk away. Many rooms and suites overlook leafy Hyde Park, flooded with natural light. COMO’s iconic, contemporary style uses dark walnuts, fresh whites, and warm yellows, with oversized window seats in many of the rooms rendering a serene urban aesthetic. The world-renowned Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nobu offers award-winning cuisine. Guests can retreat to COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, offering a full range of holistic Asian therapies, or work out in the fully equipped gym. Each room includes a yoga mat and in-room yoga and meditation channels are available.
Stay in the heart of the city that never sleeps at the New York Hilton Midtown, located opposite the Museum of Modern Art, five blocks from Central Park and two blocks from Radio City Music Hall. Guests can catch a glimpse of New York City and discover the heartbeat of Manhattan when they stay at New York Hilton Midtown.

Travelers will enjoy these top features:
  • Located on the high floors of the hotel, spacious and newly renovated executive suites have redefined the definition of luxury
  • Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s urban concept restaurant, Herb N’ Kitchen. The fresh, local, and bold signature favorites are perfect for any on the go traveler
  • Guests can experience one of New York City’s largest fitness centers. Overlooking midtown’s cityscape, the space is fully equipped with the latest equipment including brand new Peloton bikes
Crafted and cultivated by world-famous Japanese chef, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Academy Award-winning actor, Robert De Niro, the Nobu Hotel concept brings both an illuminating and one-of- a-kind experience to the shores of Miami Beach. Nobu Hotel Miami Beach delivers the unique chemistry and perfect balance of luxury, fun, craft, and theater, in a setting that merges Eden Roc’s iconic Miami Modern architecture with an intuitive interpretation of Chef Nobu’s signature style. The hotel proudly offers the famed Nobu Restaurant & Bar and the highly acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant Malibu Farm.
The ART, A Hotel offers the perfect blend of refined comfort and intimate service. Contemporary design, high-touch amenities and original works of art that grace two galleries, spill into the hallways and adorn every guest room, combine seamlessly to provide guests a highly experiential stay.

Modern presentation. Classic technique. Refined flavors conjured from fresh, local ingredients. This is the artistic vision behind FIRE Restaurant, Lounge and Terrace. Guests can mingle with colleagues or meet special someone for a meal, cocktails, or after-dinner drinks on the terrace, gathered around a mesmerizing fire pit feature.

The ART, A Hotel offers the perfect setting to make memories.