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STM Travel News - September 2020

September 16, 2020

Moving Passports Automatically To accommodate airlines who started requiring passport information at time of booking, effective 9/1/20 your passport information will be automatically generated to any airline reservation booked. Please note this process is limited to ONE passport. Please ensure your passport in your profile is accurate. Steps to update and save your Passport information:

  • Log In to TravelMate

  • Click on My Profile

  • Select Passport Information

  • Review & Update with required fields

  • SAVE


Several of the largest US Airlines have eliminated change fees permanently

Four of the largest US Airlines (United, Delta, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines) announced that they would eliminate change fees for almost all types of fares, but there are some exceptions. More

Marriott CFO: Corp. Clients Booking Twice the U.S. Room Nights from Spring

Marriott International now is selling to corporate customers in the United States twice as many nights and booking twice as many nights than it was in April and May, Marriott SVP and CFO Leeny Oberg said Monday during the J.P. Morgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant & Leisure Management Access Forum 2020. More

United Launches Interactive Map Showing U.S. Travel Restrictions

Aiming to make deciding where to travel a bit easier, as COVID-19 continues to spark restrictions and rules for traveling around the United States, United Airlines created an interactive, color-coded map detailing everything travelers need to know ahead of planning a trip. More

United Adds October Capacity

United Airlines in October will resume or begin new service on 50 domestic and 23 international routes, the carrier announced Friday, and will operate about 40 percent of its schedule compared with October 2019. The carrier this month expects to fly 34 percent of its full schedule. More

Deem Adds Geosure Risk, Safety Assessments

Risk assessment specialist GeoSure's data will power Deem's new SafetyCheck feature as part of a new partnership between the companies, announced this week. Travelers searching for hotels on Deem can see for the hotel's neighborhood assessment ratings for health and medical risk, overall safety—including women's safety and LGBTQ+ safety—as well as current and historic Covid-19 cases. In addition, "Deem customers will soon be provided with GeoSure's Daytime/Nighttime Safety Adjustor algorithms and the first-ever crowdsourced Safety Experience Sharing (SES) feature, which provide in-destination insights from fellow business travelers,". More

Global Entry proposes raising fees, making kids free

It may take years for global air travel to recover to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels. However, that isn’t stopping the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from at least considering raising membership fees for its trusted traveler programs Global Entry, SENTRI and Nexus. More

Uber App’s New Mask-Wearing Selfie Function Holds Riders Accountable

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to complicate all activities involving human interaction, leading ride-hailing service Uber is implementing a timely new function within its rider app; one that employs selfie technology to verify that riders are wearing their masks. More

Are Airbnbs safe? We spoke to experts, a company representative, and an Airbnb host to share everything you should know before booking someone's home

To find a bottom line and answer the question, is Airbnb safe during the coronavirus pandemic, and are they more or less safe than hotels for travelers faced with the choice, we reached out to experts for guidance. We spoke to an infectious disease doctor, a cleaning company owner with a new coronavirus division, a representative for Airbnb, as well as an Airbnb host's take on the new policies.

Here's what they say you should know to determine if your rented Airbnb is clean and safe, how to take extra precautions when you arrive, and under what conditions you might risk exposure. Hint: The feedback is encouraging. More

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