MARCH 2, 2022

Travelers may encounter longer flights and higher ticket prices as the airline industry faces travel restrictions and high oil prices due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, reports Yahoo. Airlines are bracing for potentially lengthy blockages of key East-West flight corridors after the US, European Union, Canada, and Moscow issued reciprocal airspace bans this week in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The sanctions have caused flight cancellations and detours, impacting the airline industry's pandemic recovery. The move by the US to ban Russian planes is expected to provoke a response from Moscow; this could impact carriers like United Airlines, which uses Russian airspace for flights from Delhi. American Airlines has already said it will not use any Russian airspace for international flights and will suspend interline deals with Russian carriers Aeroflot and S7 Airlines indefinitely. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines has suspended its codesharing partnership with Russian national airline Aeroflot.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced its first expansion of the PreCheck program to an international location at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas. TSA PreCheck is available for eligible travelers when departing from Nassau, or a US airport with the program, including when connecting on domestic flights after returning to the US. TSA PreCheck is now available at more than 200 airports in the US and Nassau. “This has been an excellent partnership throughout the trial period at Lynden Pindling International Airport, and it serves as a model for further extending TSA PreCheck,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said. Ten airlines with flights within the US maintain regular routes between Nassau and the following US cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Providence, San Juan, Sanford, Tampa, Topeka, and Washington, DC.

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will unveil several major airport infrastructure milestones as part of its $12 billion project to modernize the traveler experience at hubs in Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Delta will begin the first phase of the new Delta Sky Way at LAX, a multi-year terminal transformation project scheduled to open in mid-April at Terminal 3, with consolidated locations for check-in, security, and baggage claim. New facial recognition technology will allow qualifying travelers to check bags, pass through security, and board flights through the use of their digital identity. In addition, the carrier will open a new Delta Sky Club at LAX at the same time. At New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), travelers will experience a centralized terminal equipped with hands-free bag drop and security check-in. The upgrades are part of the carrier’s $4 billion investment that begins to open in the spring. Other changes to LGA include a world-class art program, larger gate areas, dining options, and service animal relief areas. At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Delta is working with the Port of Seattle on the construction of a new 450,000-square-foot International Arrivals Facility, which is being designed to enhance the traveler experience. The new area is scheduled to open this spring and will increase the airport’s number of international capable gates from 12 to 20 and more than double passenger capacity to 2,600 passengers per hour, up from 1,200 currently.

American Airlines has announced the launch of its reimagined AAdvantage loyalty program, designed to reward members with enhanced benefits and more ways to earn status. As of March 1, the AAdvantage program will track elite-tier qualifications using one metric, loyalty points. One qualifying mile earned equals one loyalty point, according to the airline. Members can earn points by flying American and its partners or from purchases made with an AAdvantage credit card. For 2022, AAdvantage members must accumulate 30,000 points for Gold status, 75,000 for Platinum status, 125,000 for Platinum Pro status, and 200,000 for Executive Platinum status. Once a member has attained a status level, it will be valid through March 31 of the following year. Additionally, American is expanding complimentary upgrade access for AAdvantage Gold and AAdvantage Platinum members to include all flights on American within North America regardless of the flight distance. For travel starting March 2, an upgrade will automatically be requested if everyone in the reservation is eligible for a complimentary upgrade. Members will only need to use 500-mile upgrades if they want to upgrade travel companions who do not hold AAdvantage status. Later this year, the carrier will extend complimentary upgrades to one companion traveling on the same flight as the status member. At that time, all existing 500-mile upgrades in members’ accounts will each convert to 250 Loyalty Points toward the 2022 status qualification period.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is set to begin work on key components of its $1.62 billion overhaul project at Terminals 4 and 5 this month, reports Airport Technology. As part of this initiative, LAX closed the eastern half of the Terminal 4 headhouse last week in order to execute demolition works. The western part of the building will continue to be operational. Later this year, LAX plans to build a new south concourse within Terminal 4. It will comprise extra space for concessions, restrooms, hold rooms, and a bus gate that will cater to both domestic and international travelers. Additionally, the north concourse will be enhanced to enable better traveler movements. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) CEO Justin Erbacci said, “Every aspect of the LAX experience is being modernized and reimagined, and the work progressing now inside Terminals 4 and 5 will breathe additional new life into the airport’s facilities."

Hawaii governor David Ige has announced that the state's Safe Travels program, established to slow the spread of COVID-19 through safety precautions for travelers, will come to an end on March 25, reports CNN. Domestic travelers arriving in Hawaii after the program ends won't need to follow earlier regulations, including showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to bypass quarantine. "It is important to remember that we're talking about domestic travel only, this does not apply to international travelers which have different requirements set by the federal government," Ige said. "It's also equally important to note that all Safe Travels requirements must be met by incoming domestic passengers prior to March 25." Throughout the pandemic, Hawaii has maintained some of the strictest travel measures of any state and had relatively low COVID-19 numbers compared to other states. Officials are continuing to review the state's indoor masking requirements, Ige said. "Masks will continue to be required for indoor workplaces and airports even with Safe Travels and employee vaccination and testing requirements going away," Ige said.
While the DC culinary scene takes a winter break to prepare for spring, things are heating up at Estuary, the Conrad Washington, DC's signature restaurant. The space has expanded its plush, comfortable seating into the main dining room, which, along with the traditional dining tables and sprawling chef's table overlooking the gorgeous open kitchen, offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a dining experience to accompany their mood. Combined with the recent hire of the new Chef de Cuisine, Ria Montes, an incredibly talented chef who has worked in some of the city's most interesting kitchens, Estuary is poised to be a top culinary destination.
This winter guests can satisfy their traveling spirit and discover iconic luxury in the heart of Boston’s famed Back Bay neighborhood. Fairmont Copley Plaza, a historic landmark hotel, will connect guests to the quintessential Boston experience. Nearby, guests will find many of the city's finest sights and activities, from the historic Freedom Trail to the fashionable boutiques of Newbury Street. A luxury four-diamond property, the hotels offers 383 lavish guest rooms, including 17 elegant suites, daily in-room dining service, a complimentary on-site 3,000 square-foot rooftop health club overlooking Back Bay, and is home to one of the hottest drinking and dining destinations in the city, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen. Savor creative winter-themed cocktails and bites while cozying up next to one of the two working fireplaces in the restaurant.
Hilton Checkers Los Angeles is a full-service hotel located in the heart of the financial district in downtown Los Angeles. Recently renovated, this boutique-style, historic hotel, is walking distance to all that downtown has to offer including dining, entertainment, and shopping destinations. Travelers can indulge in the beautiful Southern California weather, while taking in sweeping views of downtown’s skyline, from the iconic hotel’s rooftop terrace. Enjoy a restful sleep in the well-appointed guest rooms and meet in style in the flexible meeting rooms, ideal for corporate events and social gatherings. All while traveling with confidence knowing that Hilton’s CleanStay program delivers an even cleaner stay. Experience downtown Los Angeles at Hilton Checkers.
Spring is here and there’s no better time to visit Loews Atlanta Hotel. Located in the heart of Midtown, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel is steps from Piedmont Park and its expansive greenery, which celebrates the spirit of the season. Located just 15 minutes from the ballpark, sports lovers can watch the reigning champs go for another World Series win. Back at the hotel, enjoy signature cocktails and seasonally inspired cuisine at Saltwood Bar. For those looking to relax, Exhale Spa has a full menu of therapies and award-winning fitness classes. With 414 guestrooms and 44 luxury suites, all boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, the hotel offers premier service and amenities in one of the country’s most dynamic destinations.

Lawyers Travel clients can enhance their Midtown getaway with exclusive perks including a complimentary upgrade and late check-out (based on availability) when staying at Loews Atlanta Hotel.
Located in the heart of Manhattan lies the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies and the best shopping, theater, and historical attractions in the city. With luxury accommodations, Omni Berkshire Place also offers a fully equipped fitness center, Berk’s Bar (a cocktail bar overlooking 52nd Street), unparalleled concierge service, parking services and daily housekeeping that will make a visit unforgettable.

Lawyers Travel clients will receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category* and a $20 Food & Beverage Credit.

*Exclusively for bookings made with the Lawyers Travel Rate and based on availability. Offer valid now through - March 31, 2022.