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United Airlines No Longer Charging Bicycle Fees

October 15, 2021

United Airlines has recently made a lot of friends among cycling enthusiasts, as the airline has eliminated fees for passengers traveling with their bicycles. The airline is joining the movement already started by American and Delta, encouraging the cycling trend that has exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is welcome news for the cycling community…

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Six Flags Announces Partnership with Clear for Vaccination Verification

October 15, 2021

Six Flags recently announced a partnership with secure identity company Clear that will help guests share their proof of Covid-19 vaccination in order to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain. Starting this month, on days designated as “mega events,” all guests are able to use the Clear app and digital vaccine card feature for proof of…

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Gas, Heat Prices Expect to Jump This Winter

October 15, 2021

As Americans continue to cook, do laundry and use more electricity at home amid the pandemic, utility bill prices are predicted to rise this winter – by at least 30%. Even as residents work to lower electricity consumption, the cost to heat homes is going up. The Natural Gas Association told Good Morning America in…

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Senate Looks to Pass Vaccination Mandate for Domestic Flyers

October 13, 2021

Domestic flyers within the U.S. may soon need to prove that they are COVID-free if a proposed bill becomes law. The U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act, introduced by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, would require all U.S. passengers to be fully vaccinated, fully recovered or test negative for the coronavirus before boarding a domestic flight. The bill…

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Consumer Confidence Declines Again

October 12, 2021

According to the Conference Board, the Consumer Confidence Index® declined again in September, making this the third straight month of declines. The Index now stands at 109.3, down from 115.2 in August and in 125.1 in July. “Consumer confidence dropped in September as the spread of the Delta variant continued to dampen optimism,” said Lynn Franco,…

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Carnival Corp Reveals Operation Plans

October 4, 2021

Cruise giant Carnival Corp. revealed that it expects more than half of its total fleet will resume passenger operations by the end of the month, and nearly 65% by the end of the year. Collectively, the corporation’s brands are resuming operations in a gradual, phased-in approach, with enhanced protocols developed in conjunction with government and health…

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Car Rental Shortage Predicted for Holidays

October 4, 2021

When the pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns brought almost all travel to a halt, car rental companies sold off a lot of their stock to make up for the lack in demand. Now, they do not have enough cars to satisfy Americans’ desire for hitting the road in a car that is not their own.…

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Latest Insights on Air Travel

September 24, 2021

OAG surveyed more than 1,800 U.S. travelers in July and August to analyze how travel behaviors are changing. Their main takeaway was that travelers are flying again – but the skies look very different and the air air travel market recovery remains turbulent. Here are some research highlights: Those who haven’t resumed flying yet attribute…

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Public Opinion on Vaccine Mandates

September 24, 2021

Gallup’s ongoing survey recently showed a major shift in opinions about vaccine mandates. While the majority of Americans have been in favor of vaccination requirements for airplanes (61%) and attending events with large crowds (58%) since April, opinions have just recently shifted to be in favor of vaccine requirements for hotels (53%) and dining in…

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Hotels Hurting Without Business Travel

September 24, 2021

According to a recent report released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the hotel industry is projected to end the year down by more than $59 billion in business travel revenue in comparison to 2019. This comes after losing nearly $49 billion in business travel revenue in 2020. Business travel (corporate, group, government and…

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