MARCH 17, 2021

At Ovation, we remain committed to providing excellent service to our valued clients throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click the link below to view our travel resources guide which includes traveler health & safety information, interactive risk maps, client communications, travel management best practices, webinar recordings and more regarding COVID-19.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 1 million travelers for four straight days from March 11-14, marking the highest levels of passenger traffic in nearly a year, reports USA Today. Starting Thursday, March 11, TSA screened 1.28 million travelers, followed by 1.35 million Friday, 1.22 million Saturday and 1.34 million on Sunday. With a little less than half the month to go, March is shaping up to be a strong one for airlines, with traveler counts topping 1 million on nine days so far. Friday's numbers are the highest of the year, surpassing the Sunday after New Year's when 1,327,289 travelers were screened.

The European Union's (EU) executive body has proposed issuing travel certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the disease, reports BBC. A digital certificate to kick-start foreign travel should be given to citizens across the EU "without discrimination," officials say. The 27 member states will decide how to use the new digital certificate. Ahead of the EU's announcement, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it was working to "create an international trusted framework" for safe travel, but that vaccinations should not be a condition.

American Airlines has announced that it is adding service out of Austin, Texas, in anticipation of increased business travel this summer. The carrier is adding 10 new, returning and seasonal routes to Texas' capital city, while also introducing four new codeshare routes with West Coast International Alliance partner Alaska Airlines for flights beginning May 6. The new Austin service and new codeshare routes are currently available for purchase. With the anticipated increase in business travel this summer, American is adding twice-daily service from Austin to Las Vegas (LAS); Nashville, Tennessee (BNA); Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU) and Washington Dulles (IAD). The airline is also adding daily service from Austin to popular destinations including New Orleans (MSY); Orlando, Florida (MCO) and Tampa, Florida (TPA). Additionally, new seasonal routes will connect Austin with Aspen, Colorado (ASE); Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) and Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida (VPS) this summer.

Delta SkyMiles loyalty program members could soon be able to redeem points for private flights on Wheels Up, reports Travel Weekly. The integration would be the latest between Delta and the private airline, of which Delta has been a minority owner since early last year. Wheels Up members already accrue SkyMiles status and mileage points to spend on the private carrier. Wheels Up acquired Delta Private Jets in January 2020 in the same deal that made Delta a shareholder of the charter carrier.

Amtrak has announced full restoration of daily service for 12 long distance routes as part of its COVID-19 recovery efforts following pandemic-related schedule reductions in 2020. The returning routes include the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco, the Capitol Limited from Washington, DC to Chicago, the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles, and the City of New Orleans from Chicago to New Orleans. Due to COVID-19 relief funding, Amtrak will sustain and restore operations and recall more than 1,200 furloughed employees through the remainder of the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years. “Offering daily long distance service represents a vital step in our road to recovery,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn. “Recognizing the immense value of our employees, we’d like to thank Congress for enabling service restoration and helping us recall furloughed employees.”
Redefining Dallas luxury, Crescent Court Hotel, located in the heart of Uptown, melds city sophistication and undeniable Texas charm. Travelers can choose from 186 guestrooms and 40 suites, styled thoughtfully to fit any lifestyle. It is no surprise that Crescent Court Hotel has been recognized by travel magazines for over 30 years as one of the finest luxury properties in the country. With breathtaking renovated guestrooms, a luxury Texas-sized spa and the reopening of the iconic Beau Nash cocktail lounge, there is no better time to experience all Crescent Court Hotel has to offer.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel brings a level of unmatched sophistication as Nashville’s truly iconic hotel, where unmatched service meets true Southern hospitality. With 339 inviting rooms and nine spacious suites – three of which are luxury, designer-inspired spaces debuted in 2021 – all rooms are thoughtfully designed with a combination of warm, welcoming comfort and inventive touches of music memorabilia. Mason Bar is a buzzing hub for inventive fare curated from high-quality, hyper-local sources, along with excellent libations loved by visitors and locals alike. Location is a primary perk at Loews, as guests can easily get to local business offices, yet explore the surrounding culture and enjoying nearby music venues. The hotel is located across from Vanderbilt University in the West End just off the immediate tourist path, yet minutes from the city’s most renowned attractions. It’s only natural for guests to feel the Nashville charm here, where each guest is welcomed like family.
The Royal Sonesta Washington, DC captures a sensational DC boutique hotel vibe. Centrally located in Dupont Circle which pulses with creative, current and urban energy. The hotel has contemporary art inspired guestroom designs, while chic function and public spaces give a stylish edge. Guests will enjoy a complimentary beverage hour, complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center access and complimentary bikes to ride around the many attractions in the local area. This is truly the place to be in Washington, DC.
Inspired by their namesake change maker, The Duniway was built to showcase Portland at its best and most authentic. Custom interiors are complemented by modern and bold design touches that create an atmosphere that is nothing less than extraordinary. The modern and glamorous fitness area do not disappoint. Guests are invited to experience the Duniway Hotel and can take advantage of complimentary self-parking for the entire year.
The Marquette Hotel offers over-sized guestrooms and suites with modern design and sweeping views of the city skyline and is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Decorated in a contemporary palette of deep grey, gold, and neutral, the rooms cater to the business traveler seeking modern conveniences and looking for a creative ambiance alike. Whether visiting for a quick meeting or plan to stay awhile, the hotel offers the following services and amenities to keep guests comfortable while on the road:
  • Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
  • AAA 4-Diamond rating for more than 20 years
  • Over-sized guestrooms and suites
  • On-site Jolliet House Social Club 
  • Skyway Connected
  • Hilton Honor Rewards
  • Complimentary 24/7 Fitness Center
  • Digital Key
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Evoking the spectacular 1920s movie theater and the legendary ‘90s dance club, The Roxy is an electric destination for music, film and art. On a prime cobblestone corner bordering SoHo and TriBeCa, The Roxy Hotel’s location is home to premier restaurants, wine bars, galleries and shops. The Roxy Hotel’s 201 guest rooms and suites are meticulously designed to reflect the residential luxury of downtown New York.
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