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In The Know - STM November 2023 News





Holiday travelers can expect cheaper flights, packed hotels and lots of boomers

 

This year’s post-pandemic travel boom is continuing into the holidays.

Nearly half (48%) of Americans plan to travel between Thanksgiving and mid-January, up from 31% last winter, a recent Deloitte survey found. AAA expects 55.4 million travelers to venture at least 50 miles from home during the Thanksgiving period alone, a 2.3% increase from last year.

 

That means if you’re hitting the roads or the slopes this season, you’ll have lots of company. Here’s what to expect as you pack your bags for a winter getaway or to visit loved ones....read more

 


American Airlines Shakes up its Small Businesses Travel Loyalty

 

American Airlines is making changes to its corporate travel loyalty program for small businesses – the airline said the newly launched AAdvantage Business would replace Business Extra.

 

The Business Extra program will no longer accept new members as of Monday, with the program’s benefits ending by January 31, 2024. In its place, small businesses with a minimum of five employees can apply to become members of the AAdvantage Business program. Employees taking the trips will also earn points to increase their AAdvantage member status....read more



 

Alaska Airlines to introduce inflight Tap to Pay to select flights

 

You'll no longer need your physical credit card if you want to buy an inflight beverage or snack on Alaska Airlines.

The Seattle-based carrier plans to roll out Apple Pay and other digital wallets as one of its inflight payment methods as part of a partnership with Apple and Stripe, a company that primarily offers payment processing software.

 

For now, Apple Pay will be available only on select flights, but Alaska said it would soon be available across the carrier's fleet.

 

Using Apple Pay or any other digital wallet on an Alaska flight is easy — passengers just need to hold up their phones or Apple Watches up to a flight attendant's iPhone, and their payment will be processed....read more

 


How to Deal With Turbulence Anxiety, According to Experts

 

If turbulence makes you nervous, you're certainly not alone. It's one of the many triggers of aviophobia, or the fear of flying. Aviophobia isn't particularly well studied, but a 2015 Economist/YouGov poll revealed that 40 percent of Americans are "bothered slightly" by flying in an airplane, while 15 percent are afraid. 

 

"I've never met anyone who likes turbulence, and surprise turbulence is even worse for those with anxiety about it," David Rimmer, CEO at AB Aviation Group, tells Travel + Leisure. Rimmer is not only a plane safety advocate but also a survivor of a midair plane collision. While turbulence tends to be a concern for nervous fliers, it poses very little threat to the safety of contemporary planes. 

 

Here's everything you need to know to help manage your turbulence anxiety. ...read more








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