JetBlue will continue capping seats into 2021 | US airlines continue enforcing face mask compliance | United extends expanded Fla. schedule to April
October 29, 2020
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JetBlue will continue capping seats into 2021
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JetBlue Airways will continue limiting seats sold on each flight into early 2021. "Our view is that over the course of time the seat caps will go, but right now it's a very important issue for customer perception," CEO Robin Hayes said.
Full Story: Reuters (10/28) 
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Delta, United and Alaska Airlines have temporarily banned a total of 906 travelers from future flights for refusing to wear face coverings. Studies have shown that face masks are a key component in the multi-layered approach to protecting the health and well-being of passengers and employees.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/26) 
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United Airlines will operate expanded service to Florida from seven Northeast and Midwest cities until April 2021. "Extending our Florida point-to-point schedule reflects our proactive and demand-driven approach to offer more opportunities for customers to get to popular warm-weather destinations," said United's Ankit Gupta, noting that the schedule is "designed with customers in mind" and "aligned with holiday and spring break periods."
Full Story: WITI-TV (Milwaukee) (10/27) 
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Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop service between Los Angeles and Reno-Tahoe Airport Nov. 20, the first time the airline has flown that route since 2008. Delta will also resume seasonal service between Reno and Atlanta in November.
Full Story: KOLO-TV (Reno, Nev.) (10/26) 
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The Smarter Traveler
The latest update to United Airlines' mobile app has improved access for people with visual disabilities by changing the way information is displayed so that it is easier to read and works better with programs that convert text to audio. United has also made day-of-travel information that had previously been accessible only to frequent flyer members available to all passengers.
Full Story: The Points Guy (10/28) 
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Travelers who have Hilton Honors points can now hold on to them until the end of 2021, and Silver, Gold and Diamond loyalty program members who were scheduled for downgrade this year or next will see their status extended until March 31, 2022. Additionally, Hilton Hotels has reduced the status qualification requirements by half for base points, stays and nights throughout 2021.
Full Story: Business Travel News (10/27) 
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Refuel and Refresh
The Daxton Hotel in Birmingham, Mich., will feature more than 400 pieces of art, a gourmet restaurant and an in-house personal trainer when it makes its debut in February as one of the state's premier luxury properties. The newest high-end member of Aparium Hotel Group is the first for Detroiter Mark Mitchell.
Full Story: MLive (Michigan) (tiered subscription model) (10/27) 
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