April 20, 2021
SmartBrief for The Business Traveler
American plans 90% domestic capacity this summer
(American Airlines)
American Airlines plans to operate more than 90% of the domestic schedule and 80% of the international capacity it flew in 2019 this summer, and it's adding 150 new routes for the summer vacation season. "Throughout the pandemic, our trademark has been to build a schedule based on what customers tell us they want and need," said Brian Znotins, vice president of network planning.
Full Story: TravelPulse (4/14),  CNBC (4/14) 
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The state of Alaska plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to travelers at four airports. The program is to launch in June at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan.
Full Story: The New York Times (4/18),  The Associated Press (4/16) 
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United Airlines plans to retrofit some older aircraft with seatback entertainment systems, as well as adding more overhead bin space and eventually options to order in-flight food in advance.
Full Story: Live and Let's Fly (4/16),  Simple Flying (4/17) 
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With government restrictions unchanging, Air Canada will continue its suspension of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean through May. The airline will continue operating some flights to Mexico City, Barbados and Jamaica to carry cargo and bring home foreign workers and Canadians.
Full Story: TravelPulse (4/14) 
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Southwest Airlines has unveiled its plans for Eugene, Ore., which the airline is adding to its route map this summer. Southwest will fly from Eugene to Las Vegas and to Oakland, Calif., where many connecting flights will be available.
Full Story: The Points Guy (4/15),  TravelPulse (4/15) 
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The Smarter Traveler
Expedia has made modifications to its app and website, in order to streamline the reservation and insurance process as travelers begin planning trips again. Users will be able to book all elements of a trip from one location on the site, have access to a larger array of pre-bundled packages and can more easily enroll in the company's loyalty program when setting up an account.
Full Story: TravelPulse (4/19) 
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Green ideals meet hotel green light in Asheville, N.C.
The regime for hotel development adopted by Asheville, N.C., after a 17-month moratorium on new properties includes incentives for sustainability and community sensitivity. Local leaders applaud the voluntary measures, but the impact is in question inasmuch as many hotel firms already follow eco-friendly practices.
Full Story: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, N.C.) (4/14) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Island of Dominica invites digital nomads for extended stay
Dominica (Pixabay)
If spending months in a green paradise isn't enough to pique your interest, consider this: the island will soon be powered by its very own geothermal plant!
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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Reporters got a sneak peek Thursday on the construction site of the new Camp Cedar outdoor resort, which is set to debut June 14 at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. The $27 million project will include an entertainment district called Belize Street, two pools, five different types of cottages, more than 180 RV sites and restaurants.
Full Story: The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model) (4/15) 
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International Focus
The State Department plans to issue "do not travel" advisories based on COVID-19 rates that will put about 80% of the world on that list, a move that "reflects an adjustment" to rely more on epidemiological assessments from the Centers for Disease Control. Earlier this month, the CDC said that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the US at low risk.
Full Story: Travel + Leisure online (4/20),  Reuters (4/19) 
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April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.
Christopher Morley,
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