FEBRUARY 2, 2022

US Airlines have canceled more than 4,600 flights Wednesday and Thursday in anticipation of a winter storm that is set to deliver a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain to a large swath of the country, reports USA Today. So far, more than 2,100 flights within, into, and out of the US have been canceled for Wednesday, February 2, with an additional 2,500 cancellations for Thursday, according to flight tracker FlightAware. A number of airlines, including American, Delta, and United, are issuing waivers allowing travelers who may be affected by the storm to rebook their trips at no extra cost. The latest round of flight cancellations comes less than a week after a powerful nor'easter canceled more than 5,600 US flights between Friday, January 28, and Sunday, January 30.

Puerto Rico has announced new entry requirements for vaccinated US travelers, reports Travel Weekly. Effective February 2, Puerto Rico is eliminating the COVID-19 testing requirement for entry for vaccinated US travelers ages 5 and older. Unvaccinated travelers still have to present a negative COVID-19 test result (molecular or antigen are accepted) taken within 48 hours of travel, but they are no longer required to quarantine for seven days. If an unvaccinated traveler tests positive, they must quarantine for 10 days. Unvaccinated travelers who do not test before or after arrival are subject to fines. All travelers must fill out an official Travel Declaration Form prior to arrival and upload vaccination records or test results through the online form.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added 12 countries to its Level Four: Very High COVID-19 advisory list, reports Travel Market Report. The locations added to Level 4 are Anguilla, Belarus, Brazil, Ecuador, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, and Singapore. The additions join a list that now numbers almost 130 different destinations that have exceeded 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents within the last 28 days. Other destinations that currently fall into that Level 4 category include Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to allow AT&T and Verizon to activate additional 5G service towers around the country, reports CBS News. The collaboration follows delays launching the new technology as airline officials warned that it could cause disruption to travel without limiting services around US airports. The FAA said wireless companies have "provided more precise data about the exact location of wireless transmitters and supported more thorough analysis of how 5G C-band signals interact with sensitive aircraft instruments." The latest data has also led regulators to allow more aircraft to use essential airports safely, the agency said. As of January 28, an estimated 90% of US commercial aircraft have approved radio altimeters, which allows fleet to land in low-visibility areas where 5G services have been deployed, according to the administration. The FAA said it will continue to work with the aviation community to ensure aircraft can safely operate in 5G-activated areas.

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will offer a new sustainability-focused amenity kit to travelers in its Delta One premium cabin. Delta has partnered with Mexican apparel brand Someone Somewhere to create the amenity kits, which eliminate five single-use plastic items such as zippers and packaging, and reduce plastic use by up to 90,000 pounds on an annual basis. Someone Somewhere’s artisanal production processes also eliminate waste and utilize regenerated cotton. The new kits will launch onboard this month and will contain sustainable, wellness-focused products including a Someone Somewhere eye mask, Grown Alchemist natural lip balm and hand lotion, and a Humble Co. bamboo toothbrush. Both Grown Alchemist products onboard will transition to aluminum packaging in April 2022. In addition, the airline Delta One bedding is now made with recycled materials, and bamboo cutlery is offered in domestic First Class and on select international flights.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and LaGuardia Gateway Partners have announced the completion of new facilities at LaGuardia Airport’s (LGA) Terminal B, marking a major milestone in the terminal's $4 billion transformation, reports Airport Technology. The opening will enable every arriving and departing traveler at Terminal B to experience new facilities from gate to curb. It also makes LaGuardia the first airport in the world with dual pedestrian skybridges. Spanning 1.35 million square feet, the new terminal features 35 gates, a 3,000-car parking space, as well as new covered, convenient pickup facilities for both taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. The terminal also offers retail, dining spaces, and other amenities for travelers. “The completion of this $4 billion project will help provide a brand new passenger experience for everyone travelling through Terminal B, easing connections and creating lasting impressions,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. The remaining portion of the old Central Terminal Building has also been removed from service and will be demolished this spring.
The Churchill Hotel is a luxury, boutique-style property nestled between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. Guests enjoy being within walking distance of the metro and many trendy restaurants and art galleries that the community offers. As a member of Historic Hotels of America, guests delight in the old-world charm of the Churchill while appreciating modern and luxurious amenities. As a smaller hotel, guests also enjoy exclusivity and an enhanced level of personalized service.
Conrad New York Downtown is an urban oasis situated alongside the Hudson River in Downtown Manhattan. The all-suite hotel is steps from iconic attractions ranging from historic Wall Street to World Trade Center. While surrounded by greenspace and water views, the property is just minutes away from Tribeca, Greenwich Village, and SoHo. ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant serves seasonal fair while Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar (open Spring and Summer) is known for its signature Poptail drink.

The hotel’s suites were refreshed in 2020 with a focus on residential appeal and sustainability. The entry level suite category is 430 square feet and features separate living spaces with Rocean water filtration systems and a wet bar as well as a distinct sleeping accommodation. The hotel is also home to the largest hotel event space in Downtown Manhattan, with 30,000 square feet of venue space catered exclusively by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality.
Welcome to the award-winning HALL Arts Hotel, the only hotel in the spectacular Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous arts district in the country. This hotel is filled with world-class art pieces at every corner and curated to have a museum feel, while being steps away from Pritzker Prize-winning architecture, exceptional art museums, and performing arts centers. The highly designed guest rooms and suites seamlessly blend beauty and practicality with thoughtful touches throughout the high-tech spaces. Ellie’s, the on-location restaurant, harmoniously balances an art-filled, modern aesthetic with great food and genuine hospitality at every table, and is complete with a lounge, formal dining area, and outdoor terrace. The Experience Curator elevates the guest experience by performing exclusive in-house art tours, securing exclusive Dallas Arts District moments, and going above and beyond any request desired.
A modern vision of luxury hospitality. Set within the iconic 1929 Art Deco Carbide & Carbon Building on Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, Pendry Chicago is a modern-day luxury hotel that pays homage to both the past and the present with contemporary, comfortable interiors and inspired gathering spaces throughout that embody the spirit of Chicago. Signature culinary and cocktail concepts include buzzy lobby bar Bar Pendry, Venteux, one of Chicago’s top French restaurants and seasonal rooftop Château Carbide, providing a 24th floor indoor/outdoor view of the city skyline. With 364 newly imagined guest rooms and suites, each room is carefully appointed with ample work space, desk chair, and armoires for extended stays.
Renovated in 2020, the Rosewood Sand Hill is a popular destination in Menlo Park for Bay Area entrepreneurs and executives as well as residents and visitors. A stylish meeting place and hotel within Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill offers a resort-like experience close to the high-tech hub, Stanford University campus and some of the nation's foremost venture capital and private equity firms.

Throughout the hotel, the Rosewood Sand Hill Art Collection features exceptional work by accomplished artists, connecting the hotel with the local artistic community. All the works in the collection were chosen to represent the finest examples of contemporary creative art. Many of the artists have personal connections to Northern California and to the Stanford University campus.
Located at the corner of Newbury and Arlington Streets at the city’s most coveted address, The Newbury Boston is a new luxury hotel in the heart of the destination. From sophisticated fireside cocktails at The Street Bar to rooftop dining overlooking a snow dusted Public Garden at Contessa, each stay is an experience to be savored. Heritage architecture and residential comfort envelop each exquisite guestroom and suite incorporating a calming color palette and tactile materials that are contemporary, yet reflective of the tailored Bostonian aesthetic. The lobby and public spaces feature an unmatched selection of contemporary artwork, bringing to life the building’s traditional place as a salon for the arts. In addition, guests can enjoy exclusive access to a cozy Library Lounge featuring titles thoughtfully curated by The Boston Public Library. Located just steps from myriad sites and attractions, The Newbury Boston is the perfect location for an unforgettable stay.