February 4, 2021
SmartBrief for The Business Traveler
American expands Apple partnership to offer books
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American Airlines passengers can now access a selection of books from Oprah's Book Club on Apple Books. This expands an inflight entertainment partnership that already offered access to Apple TV and streaming music.
Full Story: The Points Guy (2/1) 
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Steven Schumacher of Discover Dunwoody believes business travel will return but he thinks many business travelers will combine business with leisure. To capture the "bleisure" traveler, citizenM hotels is offering a global passport that allows remote workers to stay in any of the chain's hotels around the world.
Full Story: TechRepublic (1/29) 
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Delta Air Lines and Alitalia are codesharing on Delta's COVID-tested flights between Rome and Atlanta and the Italian carrier's flights between the Italian capital and New York's John F. Kennedy International. Officials at Rome's Fiumicino Airport are asking the government to extend the pilot program beyond Feb. 15.
Full Story: TravelPulse (2/2),  Reuters (2/2) 
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Los Angeles International Airport is the first to install automated photo ID scanners at all its Transportation Security Administration security checkpoints. Passengers still must hand identification to agents but can just hold up their boarding passes for inspection.
Full Story: Airport Technology (UK) (2/1) 
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The Smarter Traveler
American Airlines has expanded availability of its VeriFLY health passport app to passengers flying to eight countries from any US airport in the airline's network. Travelers to the UK, Canada, Jamaica, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala can use the app to upload coronavirus test results.
Full Story: TravelPulse (2/3) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Hawaii's Four Seasons Resort Lanai heads this year's edition of U.S. News & World Report's rankings of top hotels across the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Europe. Following in order, from a survey of more than 30,000 luxury properties, are Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.); The Peninsula Chicago; The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Langham (Chicago).
Full Story: TravelPulse (2/2) 
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A March opening is planned for the $300 million, 29-story Margaritaville Resort Times Square in New York City. The announcement follows the recent opening of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel Jacksonville Beach, Fla., the brand's first new hotel of 2021.
Full Story: TravelPulse (2/3) 
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