NOVEMBER 10, 2021

American Airlines has announced that next year it will introduce a new "Main Select" fare targeting business travelers on its high-frequency business routes, reports Business Travel News. The fare type will be refundable and will include priority boarding and check-in, access to all Main Cabin seats including Main Cabin Extra, and free same-day flight changes. American will introduce Main Select on flights in the Northeast, and then throughout its network. Routes that will feature the fare include New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) to Reagan National Airport (DCA), and in additional markets such as Dallas/Fort Worth to Los Angeles. Main Select fares replace American's Shuttle product, which offered such benefits as dedicated check-in kiosks and boarding gates close to security checkpoints. The Shuttle product is currently available only on select routes in the Northeast, and American will retire the product with the introduction of Main Select fares. American doesn't yet have a planned rollout date for Main Select, according to a carrier spokesperson.

Delta Air Lines has announced that it plans to offer more routes, premium seats, and destinations in 2022, including a significant restoration of service enabling Delta to offer the most trans-Atlantic flights to Europe from New York-JFK and Boston. Delta’s summer 2022 schedule will jump 90% in additional capacity across to Europe, compared with summer 2021. Delta's schedule includes two new routes from Boston, to Athens and Tel Aviv, starting Memorial Day weekend in 2022, as well as restored service to cities such as Brussels, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Munich, Prague, and Zurich. In total, Delta plans to operate up to 73 daily flights to 25 destinations from 10 US gateway cities. “We’re focused on bringing back the routes and destinations our customers love, so they enjoy easy, convenient access to a comprehensive, far-reaching network throughout Europe and its neighboring regions,” said Joe Esposito, Delta’s SVP – Network Planning. “With the lifting of restrictions to the US and abroad, plus growing vaccination rates and tremendous pent-up demand, travel to Europe is expected to surge next summer – and Delta customers are assured to enjoy every moment from curb to claim.”

The Biden administration has unveiled a roadmap for sustainable air travel, setting a goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation space by 2050, reports Airport Technology. Some of the key initiatives covered in the plan include developing new aircraft technologies, amplifying sustainable aviation fuels’ (SAF) production, improving operations efficiency, reducing airport emissions, and enhancing airport resilience. Sustainable fuels, which are generated from renewable and waste feedstocks, are expected to minimize aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions and support the net-zero objective. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has termed the Aviation Climate Action Plan as ‘ambitious yet achievable’ and is discussing the strategy at Glasgow’s COP26 climate conference.

The United States’ reopening to international travelers is a huge step in the travel industry’s recovery, likely to boost tourist attractions and possibly encouraging other countries to follow suit and reciprocate procedures, reports Travel Pulse. Andrew Crawley, Chief Commercial Officer of American Express Global Business Travel, which wholly owns Ovation Travel Group, says the reopening is a step towards economic recovery and indicates renewed enthusiasm for travel. “The reopening of the US for UK and EU citizens is a major milestone on our path to economic recovery. Transatlantic bookings have already increased by more than 70% since the Biden administration announced the restart date,” Crawley shared. “This is testament to the value of these routes and the vital role business travel plays as a connector of commerce and culture. The increase in activity, coupled with the growth of international business travel in other regions, underscores what the data has shown us throughout the pandemic. Where it’s permitted, people will travel.” The reopening is also a sign that the world is making true progress against the COVID-19 pandemic, and the United States’ reopening is a crucial step in keeping the momentum moving for the travel industry.

Ovation Travel Group is proud to once again be a sponsor at the annual Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention next week (November 17-19). This event is hosted by GBTA, the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization, with a global membership of over 9,000 business travel professionals from every continent.

The 2021 GBTA Convention arrives after particularly high anticipation as this will be the first time we’re coming together in person again since 2019. If you’re attending, please stop by and visit us at Ovation’s barista bar at the American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) booth #1413 and grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee, specialty espresso, or latte.

This year, we’re excited for the Convention to cover topics ranging from:
  • The State of the Industry
  • Sustainability and Why We Must Act Now
  • The Future of Work
  • Technology and Travel Experience
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Wellness and Balance (and what it means for taking care of the Future Traveler)

We hope to see you there! Click “Read More” below to learn more about the GBTA Convention.
Stay in the heart of the city and enjoy a gym, well-appointed guest rooms, and other inviting amenities at BEI San Francisco, Trademark Collection by Wyndham. Just 14 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 20 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK), this contemporary, non-smoking hotel is surrounded by world-class restaurants and minutes from Civic Center Plaza, Moscone Center, and Union Square. Travelers will have easy access to the Financial District as well as tech giants like Twitter, Uber, and Salesforce.
A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Fontainebleau’s iconic design is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury.

Guestrooms offer luxurious comfort, elegant amenities, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. An expansive poolscape features 11 pools and luxurious cabanas. Indulge in 12 restaurants, bars and lounges including signature restaurants StripSteak by Michael Mina, and AAA Four Diamond award winning Hakkasan and Scarpetta by Scott Conant, as well as the high-energy nightclub, LIV. Relax and explore the 40,000 square foot Lapis Spa, The Shops at Fontainebleau, and miles of pristine beach.
Travelers can discover modern comfort in the heart of downtown Boston at Hilton Boston Downtown-Faneuil Hall. Located in a 1920's Art Deco skyscraper, this AAA Four Diamond hotel is just minutes from the area’s most popular attractions. Travelers will be staying in the heart of the Boston Financial District, one block from the waterfront and 10 minutes from Logan International Airport (BOS) when they choose Hilton Boston Downtown-Faneuil Hall. After a busy day in the city, guests can retire to one of the hotel’s unique guest rooms or spacious suites.

Guests can also enjoy Fin Point Oyster Bar and Grille which features a full raw bar, New England classics, an elegant dining room and a bar area to create an inviting atmosphere in historic downtown Boston for power lunches, after work drinks, celebrations, and private events.
Located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, Hotel Crescent Court features undeniable charm that is quintessentially Texan. The 186 recently renovated guest rooms and 40 suites feature Nespresso coffee makers, 55” oscillating TV’s, complimentary high-speed Internet, custom Molton Brown bath amenities, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Onsite amenities include the luxurious 22,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center. Hotel guests have access to the Spa’s sauna, hot & cold plunge, steam room and spa lounge, as well as the outdoor pool. Onsite dining options include world renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu, located right in the lobby, an onsite Starbucks, and Beau Nash cocktail lounge featuring more than 30 world-class champagnes and sparkling wines by-the-glass, as well as carefully curated craft cocktails and local beers. Hotel Crescent Court is minutes from Dallas Love Field and dozens of dining and entertainment options. Guests have access to complimentary house car transportation within a 5-mile radius.
Ideally adjacent to Times Square and the Broadway Theatre District, the InterContinental New York Times Square is an urban oasis in Midtown Manhattan. Rising 36 stories, this high-rise hotel in boast luxurious accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views of the New York City skyline, the Hudson River, and Times Square neighborhood.

Business and leisure travelers enjoy lifestyle inspired amenities in each of the midtown hotel rooms, which feature a spacious workstation, 42-inch HDTV, wireless Internet, and plush beds – named in the top ten of most comfortable hotel beds by Travel + Leisure. For those travelers looking for unrivaled luxury experience in the heart of New York City, the InterContinental New York Times Square offers the ultimate Manhattan destination.

Featuring a dedicated concierge lounge, a 24-hour workout facility and 24-hour room service, this midtown hotel has everything one may need.
Colorado is a place of exceptional warmth, and guests will feel this spirit through all elements of their Kimpton Hotel Born stay. Easy sophistication is the name of the game when it comes to the hotel’s modern alpine interiors, with spaces designed for conversation and relaxation. Clean lines, rich textiles and natural palettes are blended with state-of-the-art conveniences to form a meticulously handcrafted experience.
Where the coast meets the city, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is at the center of it all. This beachfront oasis serves up the sun, sand, surf, and a taste of Southern California living at its finest. Located steps away from Santa Monica Pier, local Farmer’s Market, alfresco shopping, and dining neighborhoods, this stunning destination is the picture-perfect place to relax or explore. This luxury, family-friendly hotel offers 347 guest rooms and suites that were inspired by its coastal location and the laidback Southern California lifestyle. Guests can soak up the sun or relax and unwind at the hotel’s award-winning pool deck, which features poolside bites and beverages by Blue Streak Restaurant, and 13 campfire-inspired fire pits with premier oceanfront views. The hotel also features a For Five Coffee Roasters shop for on-the-go meals and snacks as well as any sundry needs, an expansive fitness center, indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, and a popup gift shop.
From New Year's Eve 1920 to today, The Drake Hotel, a Hilton hotel, has been a purveyor of hospitality excellence. This AAA Four Diamond hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood at the start of the Magnificent Mile is just footsteps from Oak Street Beach and Lake Michigan. Iconic dining venues, elegant guest rooms and modern recreation, relaxation and business facilities offer everything travelers need for a remarkable stay in Chicago. Guests can also enjoy a memorable traditional afternoon tea at the famed Palm Court which is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
A New York Classic Remastered (Thompson Central Park New York reopened November 1). Stay within a New York minute from Central Park along Billionaires’ Row, with legendary destinations like MoMA, Rock Center, and Broadway at guests’ feet. Inside the hotel, redesigned public spaces and guest rooms add sophistication and refined flair to the iconic structure. Reimagined as a living room for locals and visitors alike, the hotel’s atrium that connects 56th and 57th Streets is crowned by a 36-foot vaulted skylight — creating an enlightened urban oasis with the relaxed, organic ambiance of fine wood finishes and a massive canopy of green foliage suspended above the new lobby bar, SRO.

Check into sleek new guest rooms inspired by the exhilarating views overlooking iconic Central Park and New York’s bustling sidewalks below. Revel in refined details and luxe finishes, take in sweeping views of the city then fall asleep on 400-thread-count Italian linens atop a navy-blue leather bed. Enjoy one of more than 200 Studio Suites or opt for a one-bedroom layout with up to 900 square feet to stretch out. At Thompson Central Park New York, guests are set to explore nearby NYC’s celebrated sites, shops, museums, and everything in between.
A legendary hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Willard InterContinental Washington, DC is a world-class destination known for its rich history, luxurious accommodations, premier meeting spaces, and inventive cuisine.

Often referred to as the "Residence of Presidents," this iconic property located in the heart of the nation's capital has welcomed US presidents, foreign dignitaries, and celebrities, as well as has been the site of many historic moments in US history for over 200 years. Willard InterContinental offers a selection of sophisticated rooms and specialty suites that blend contemporary luxury and historic charm.

This holiday season experience the ultimate luxury and book a stay at historic Willard InterContinental now. Enjoy the festive traditions, be a part of special events, and celebrate a favorite time of the year.
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