NOVEMBER 17, 2021

The number of travelers flying for Thanksgiving this year is expected to rebound to pre-COVID levels, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it is ready to handle the surge, reports AP News. In 2019, a record 26 million travelers passed through US airport screening in the 11-day period around Thanksgiving. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said he expects agency staffing to be sufficient for what’s traditionally TSA’s busiest travel period. “We are prepared,” Pekoske said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said travelers should expect long lines at airports and plan to spend a little more time getting through security. Pekoske also said he doesn't think the vaccine mandate for TSA agents will have any effect on staffing for Thanksgiving next week. “In fact, implementation of the mandate will make travel safer and healthier for everyone,” he said. “So, we see quite a significant increase in the number of our officers that are vaccinated, and I’m very confident that there will be no impact for Thanksgiving.”

A new study from the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA) found that Americans are planning more travel in 2022, due to being less concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, reports Travel Pulse. According to the survey of over 1,000 participants, 48 percent said they have already made plans for travel in the first half of 2022 or plan to do so once they decide on a destination. In comparison, 27 percent of travelers said they are waiting to see what happens with COVID-19 before working out a plan for winter travel, an increase from the 19 percent during the same period last year. Commercial air travel numbers are also on the rise during the first half of 2022, with early bookings more than doubling since the 2020 holiday season, up from 24 percent to 51 percent. Additionally, a recent study from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that 29 percent of Americans are likely to travel for Thanksgiving and 33 percent expect to travel for Christmas, an increase from 21 percent and 24 percent, respectively, compared to last year.

Delta Air Lines has announced that it has partnered with the LATAM Airlines Group to add more than 20 international routes between the US and South America, while also expanding connections to a broad number of domestic and regional destinations. The agreement enables connections to more than 40 codeshare destinations in South America, covering the domestic markets of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, the regional network, and South America-United States international routes operated by Delta and LATAM. Additionally, more than 70 US domestic routes operated by Delta will be added. Both airlines will expand their current codeshare network in the next few months, with routes to be added to destinations on Delta's domestic network in the US and between the US and Canada. "Delta is as committed as ever to providing our customers with expanded travel options and service that is award-winning. The extension of our codeshare agreement with the LATAM Group enables Delta to expand our route network and customer benefits just as borders have reopened and customers travel freely again,” said Alain Bellemare, President International of Delta Air Lines. “We look forward to introducing more of our customers to the LATAM Group’s exceptional service and complementary route network, and to welcoming more LATAM customers on board our flights between South America and the United States.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck expedited screening program with the addition of two new airlines. The new airlines are Global Crossing, a charter airline serving the US, Caribbean, and Latin America markets, and El Al Israel. Based in Tel Aviv, El Al Israel Airlines currently operates from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Miami International Airport (MIA), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), with daily direct flights between the US and Israel. With the addition of these two airlines, TSA is up to 80 participating domestic and international carriers for its PreCheck program.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added three popular European nations and a small island destination in the English Channel to its list of "very high" risk travel destinations, reports CNN. The four destinations moved to Level 4, the highest risk category, are Czech Republic, Guernsey, Hungary, and Iceland. Destinations that fall into the CDC's "COVID-19 Very High" Level 4 category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days. People should avoid traveling to locations designated with a "Level 4" notice, the CDC recommends. The agency also advises that anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first. Previously, all four destinations had been listed in the Level 3 category of "COVID-19 High" risk. By moving to Level 4, they join the ranks of other travel favorites in Europe and elsewhere, including Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey, and the US Virgin Islands. In all, more than 70 destinations are currently at Level 4.
Bold, locally connected, and soulful, C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton delivers a special hotel experience in the heart of Houston's financial district. The accommodations offer a boldly stylish décor, floor-to-ceiling windows, glamorous textures, and 55-inch multimedia TVs. Premium rooms and suites provide enhanced views of the city. A special collection of 14 corner guest rooms have been curated to feature Peloton bikes for those looking to enjoy a workout in the privacy of their room. Sip handcrafted cocktails in the spacious, step-down bar amid the lobby social scene. Work out in the well-equipped fitness center or stroll through the social green space.
Located in the heart of Manhattan, the all-suite, luxury Conrad New York Midtown offers discerning travelers a uniquely spacious and innately residential retreat. Conrad New York Midtown’s 54 floors encompass 562 luxury suites, striking views, a curated art program, a 1,500 square foot fitness center, and 6,000 square feet of flexible function space. Set on a quiet side street just steps away from Central Park, the hotel is surrounded by the best of New York City including Rockefeller Center, MoMA, and the Theater District.
As the only AAA Four Diamond hotel directly connected to Logan Airport, yet just two miles from downtown, Hilton Boston Logan Airport keeps guests connected to it all. Now, experience the ultimate in travel convenience with their new line of guest rooms – Premier Business Class and Business Class. Dressed in tranquil blue tones, each guest room and suite are well-appointed with the modern business traveler in-mind.

Find “simply the best” views of the city from the top floors of the hotel, including the Boston Harbor or the aeronautical excitement at Logan Airport, while enjoying the best amenities:
  • Triple-paned, soundproofed windows
  • Large desk space with ergonomic chair and ample power sources
  • Additional soft seating in the cozy wing-back chair, ottoman, and laptop-sized side table offers a great place to relax and unwind
  • 55” HDTV, blue-tooth enabled clock-radio, and high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Each bathroom has natural-white LED vanity lighting, plush robes, and slippers
The Kimpton Canary Hotel provides the quintessential Santa Barbara experience with luxurious accommodations and staff focused on delighting guests at every turn. The crown jewel of this Spanish-style hotel is its rooftop pool and terrace offering stunning 360-degree views and particularly photo-worthy sunsets. The four-post beds and thoughtful bathroom amenities are said to be among the most indulgent of all time. When guests book their stay at the Kimpton Canary the staff will guide them to experience the best Santa Barbara has to offer like private wine tastings, beach time in style, and the best cuisine beyond their beloved Finch and Fork restaurant. Because it’s a Kimpton hotel, travelers can expect delightful perks such as a daily hosted wine hour, complimentary bikes, and more.
Simply put - a Nashville icon. Loews welcomes guests to the Music City with a genuinely southern welcome and soulfully inspired food and beverage. Having just received 2021 Departures Magazine Legend Award for “best over-the-top hotel suites in the US,” these luxurious spaces are not to be missed, along with the other renovations since 2018 that continue to put this hotel on the must-visit map. Loews Vanderbilt is the longest-running hotel in the state of Tennessee to maintain consecutive AAA Four-Diamond status and looks forward to welcoming guests like family.
With a modernistic façade and sweeping vistas of New York City’s famous skyline, Millennium Premier New York Times Square offers 4-star comfort in the heart of Times Square. Ideally located on West 44th Street only steps from Broadway, this boutique-style hotel features 124 oversized guestrooms with upscale amenities. Guests will enjoy exclusive access to the Premier Lounge, offering complimentary continental breakfast and evening reception on weekdays, plus access to all the amenities found at the Millennium Times Square, the hotel’s sister property which is directly next door. With upscale amenities and Broadway right outside the hotel’s door, Millennium Premier New York Times Square is the perfect hotel choice for business or leisure guests looking for a quiet oasis in the center of Midtown Manhattan.
Located in midtown Manhattan, the heart of New York City, The Kimberly Hotel radiates a refined elegance with traditional flair and provides guests easy access to Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, Grand Central Station, the theatre district, as well as the world’s most outstanding museums, popular restaurants, and attractions. Comfort is assured in the hotel’s spacious, exceptionally appointed guest rooms as well as luxury one and two-bedroom suites. Accommodations are filled with luxurious amenities, including Frette linens, L’Occitane products and a lush down feather bed offering the most relaxing and peaceful night’s sleep. The hotel’s suites offer the extra space of a living room and dining area and most offer a balcony, a rarity in New York City hotels. Attentive staff welcomes guests home from a long day, while valet parking and access to public transportation make traveling to and from the hotel convenient and accessible.
Ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, The Peninsula New York is in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment, and cultural district. The hotel is within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums, and exciting Broadway theatres. The Peninsula New York is honored to be the recipient of some of the most prestigious accolades in the hospitality industry, including the Forbes Five Star rating and the AAA Five Diamond awards. Recently announced by Forbes Travel Guide, The Peninsula Hotels are thrilled to be the only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible Five-Star status across all ten of its properties.
Perfectly located between Union Station and the Capitol building, YOTEL Washington, DC is the new hangout for both business and leisure guests and the ‘go-to’ place for great events. YOTEL introduces a new take on hospitality to the city, with its sleek contemporary design and clever use of technology. Their award-winning restaurant Art and Soul includes a great patio ideal for al fresco dining in warmer weather while enjoying delicious meals. The menu features locally sourced ingredients, prepared by their chef for a true culinary experience. The restaurant has been a firm favorite with Capitol Hill locals and hotel guests alike.
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