AUGUST 10, 2022

Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg has said the approach to regulating airlines and ensuring passengers are treated properly needs improving, reports Skift. Last week, the DOT introduced a proposal that would require airlines to provide vouchers that do not expire when passengers are unable to fly for some pandemic reasons; Buttigieg said the rule could be the largest expansion of passenger protections in years. He also plans to finalize a July 2021 proposal that requires airlines to refund fees for bags that are significantly delayed and for onboard services that don’t function, such as Wi-Fi. Buttigieg has additionally urged airlines to implement realistic scheduling and boost staffing to improve performance. “We’ve been due for a refresh on a lot of our rules toward airlines and when you get it right, the entire system is better off — certainly passengers are better off,” he stated. “(Airlines) have a responsibility to take good care of passengers and we have a responsibility to hold them accountable.”

American Airlines is the latest carrier to announce cuts to its schedule in the coming months, primarily from its hub in Philadelphia, reports USA Today. American is cutting roughly 3% of its schedule there in September, equivalent to about 7 flights per day, and 5% of its schedule there in October, equivalent to about 13 flights per day. In a statement, the airline said, “American has taken steps to size our airline for the resources we have available and to build additional buffer into the remainder of our summer schedule. Last month, American took proactive steps to add resiliency into our schedule by reducing overall September system capacity by approximately 2% […] These adjustments were made in markets with multiple frequencies—with the goal of moving customers to different flights." American said it would contact customers whose flights are affected about making alternative arrangements; those who choose not to travel under a new itinerary may be entitled to a refund.

France has eliminated all remaining COVID-19 protocols for incoming travelers, bringing the country’s entry requirements back to pre-COVID times, reports Travel Market Report. Inbound travelers to the country are no longer required to complete a health declaration form prior to travel, and they no longer have to present proof of vaccination or show a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. France’s Ministry of Interior stated, “Faced with the new phase of the pandemic, the border health control system is lifted, in accordance with the law putting an end to the exceptional regimes created to fight against the epidemic linked to COVID-19.” A caveat to the changes is that France could re-institute the requirements; the government stated it has until January 31, 2023, to activate “emergency brake” measures for two months if COVID-19 numbers increase or a new variant stresses its health system.

Delta Air Lines has opened its only international Sky Club lounge, reports Travel + Leisure. Located in Tokyo's Haneda Airport in Terminal 3, the lounge was initially scheduled to open in the summer of 2020 before building was interrupted by the pandemic; it is the only one at the airport operated by an American airline and is Delta's first lounge expansion outside the US. The Sky Club lounge is more than 9,000-square-feet with views of the Tokyo city skyline and Mount Fuji. It features a buffet bar with both international and Asian-inspired meals, high-speed Wi-Fi, power outlets at nearly every seat, and booths for quiet work. Travelers will also have access to five shower rooms. Claude Roussel, managing director of Delta Sky Clubs, stated, "We've been looking forward to this day for years […] Bringing the signature Delta Sky Club experience to Haneda as we continue to grow our network of premium, one-of-a-kind lounges is a huge moment for our Asia-Pacific partners, and all future Haneda Club customers."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of State have updated their respective travel advisory lists, reports Travel Pulse. The CDC has placed Jordan and the Caribbean Island nation of Sint Eustatius on its “Level 3 Risk List,” which is the highest level on their risk chart, designating more than 100 positive cases of COVID-19 for every 100,000 residents dating back the previous 28 days. The Department of State has also added ten countries to its travel advisory lists. Azerbaijan, China, and Hong Kong are designated as “Level 3: Reconsider Travel”; Jordan, Malawi, and Zimbabwe are designated as “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution”; and Senegal, Sint Eustatius, Suriname, and The Kyrgyz Republic are designated as “Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.” While the Department of State designates advisories in conjunction with COVID-19 levels, it also outlines other reasons. Of particular note are the political tensions in China and Hong Kong, with notations on “arbitrary enforcement of local laws” and to “exercise increased caution […] due to wrongful detentions.”
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, 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. To elevate the guest experience is the Experience Curator, who performs exclusive in-house art tours, secures exclusive Dallas Arts District moments, and goes above any request desired.
Experience the allure of Park Avenue at the iconic Loews Regency New York. The hotel’s 58 suites and six signature suites exemplify the elegance and refinement guests expect in a first-class New York City hotel, offering more space, more seating, and more amenities. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s on-site restaurant, The Regency Bar & Grill, and Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, along with all the amenities of the Upper East Side and Manhattan right outside the doors.

Loews Regency New York Hotel is celebrating summer in New York with a summer-long immersive program dedicated to inclusion in all forms: Summerfest by Loews Hotels. As part of Loews Regency New York Hotel’s commitment to “welcoming guests like family,” the hotel has curated warm weather offerings designed to appeal to guests of all ages, abilities, and lifestyles.
Adventure begins at Sonesta Emeryville - San Francisco Bay Bridge. With a spectacular Bay Bridge location – nestled between Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco – guests will be moments away from countless things to do in Emeryville and the culturally rich neighborhoods of the Bay Area. Head into San Francisco for a ride on its historic cable cars, stroll the streets of Downtown Oakland, and tour the famous University of California Berkeley nearby. This Emeryville hotel places guests near major area companies including Pixar Animated Studios, Adobe Systems, Clif Bar & Co, and Bayer.

When it’s time to unwind, retreat to ultimate comfort in the contemporary guest rooms and suites overlooking the stunning San Francisco Bay. Stay active in the on-site fitness center and sparkling indoor pool.
The Hotel Zags Portland isn’t an average hotel, it’s a gateway to the city. The Hotel Zags is situated in downtown Portland’s fountain district, one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Surrounded by dynamic dining, awe-inspiring cultural attractions, and vibrant nightlife, this Portland hotel helps guests experience the city their way. Most are within walking distance, but the hotel is also just steps from the MAX light rail. To explore on their own, guests can stop into the Gear Shed and grab one of the bicycles, scooters, or boards for cruising the city.

As the only Portland hotel to receive the AAA Best of Housekeeping award, the hotel is proud to offer some of the best rooms and suites around. Here guests will enjoy home-like comfort, bespoke furnishings, and exceptional amenities. Each room is unique, sporting a bright color palette, impeccable design, and panoramic views of either the garden courtyard or the city. Pillow-top beds beckon at bedtime, HDTVs and mini-fridges keep guests entertained and refreshed, and all-natural bath products revitalize each morning.
Guests are welcomed to their own neighborhood pied-à-terre. Viceroy Washington DC's spacious rooms and suites give guests room to breathe and a sense of true belonging - a rare commodity in DC, whether here for work or play.

Unwind each night at Dovetail, the hotel's contemporary bar and restaurant. Situated on the District's 14th Street corridor, the indoor-outdoor restaurant is set to enhance the area's booming culinary scene. The hotel’s exclusive rooftop pool and Hush rooftop bar is open during the summer season.

Lawyers Travel clients can get more on their next DC trip with a complimentary upgrade when staying a minimum of two-nights.
After a significant renovation, Waldorf Astoria Chicago unveils refurbishment of guestrooms, lobby, and corridors this summer. The guestroom and suites are refreshed with white-and-black color schemes, incorporating influences from Coco Chanel's style, and providing a Parisian apartment feel. The rooms will have new art and furnishings, including floral-inspired upholstered headboards. Hallways and public areas will blend traditional Parisian flair with modern fashion.

Kick off an evening or relax in the new lobby-level Peacock Lounge. Bernard's, a beloved cocktail lounge, has a redesigned interior and menu with a craft beverage program rooted in classic cocktails and modern iterations alongside artisanal wines and rare spirits. Building upon the commitment to culinary excellence, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago will introduce Brass Tack this August, a signature brasserie concept drawing inspirations and ingredients from the Midwest.

Lawyers Travel clients can enjoy a city retreat and earn 2,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay.