American Airlines partners with Hyatt on shared rewards | Survey: Hotels top Airbnb with business travelers | Google seeks more traffic for hotels, airlines
May 16, 2019
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American Airlines partners with Hyatt on shared rewards
American Airlines and Hyatt have launched a partnership that allows travelers with elite status to earn airline miles and hotel points on both stays and flights.
Forbes (5/14) 
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Survey: Hotels top Airbnb with business travelers
A new survey shows a strong preference for Airbnb over hotels by leisure travelers using both, but roughly the reverse when it comes to business guests. The analytics firm Clever Real Estate polled 1,000 Americans and found 68% of business travelers prefer hotels, citing negative experiences with Airbnb.
TravelPulse (5/14) 
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The Smarter Traveler
Google seeks more traffic for hotels, airlines
Google plans to streamline its travel and hotel search component in an effort to catch up with more heavily used services such as Expedia, Priceline and TripAdvisor. Among its strategies is the coordination of Google Maps with hotel and restaurant reservation access.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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Privacy experts question airlines' data collection for personalization
Airlines say they are hoping to provide "smart" airplane cabins that keep track of passengers' preferences, but privacy experts are raising concerns that such data might be collected without explicit consent. Experts also note that data breaches are a risk and that passengers who consent to such data gathering don't always know who their personal information is shared with.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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US DOT suspends flights between US and Venezuela, citing unrest
The US Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered a halt to all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the US and Venezuela, due to reports of violence around the country's airports.
Reuters (5/15) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Texas hotel caters to "bleisure" travelers
The Delta Hotels Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center property in Allen, Texas, seeks to appeal to "bleisure" travelers, those who add vacation days to business trips. Marriott acquired the Delta brand four years ago.
Lodging magazine online (5/8) 
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Wireless chargers latest in-room amenity hitting luxury market
Lotte New York Palace and Twin Farms Hotel feature in-room wireless smartphone chargers by Courant, and more hotels are looking to add this amenity. "This is a game changer for hotels, because until recently, offering phone charging meant buying chargers for every single brand of smartphone on the market," Monish Sabnani of Courant says.
Fast Company online (5/13) 
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