Ovation's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of July's Top 5 (most clicked by Ovation clients) e-newsletter stories.
Effective today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will require enhanced security measures for all international flights to the United States. These security measures include enhanced screening of travelers, heightened screening of electronic devices larger than a smartphone, increased canine screening and establishing additional preclearance locations. Travelers may also be required to remove electronic devices from their protective cases or outer packaging for inspection. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends international travelers arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight to the U.S. to allow time for these additional security measures. For more information, click here.
Beginning July 31st, Hilton Hotels & Resorts will begin charging a penalty for reservations canceled within 48 hours of hotel stays at properties in the U.S. and Canada, reports Business Travel News. The announcement comes one month after Marriott International implemented the same policy. The new policy will require 48-hour notice on all cancellations or guests will be charged a fee equivalent to one night's stay. To read more, click here.
Delta Air Lines has rolled out a new initiative that allows for upgrades one leg at a time, reports Condé Nast Traveler. In the past, travelers would have to pay the fare difference and change their ticket; the new initiative allows customers to upgrade individual legs of their flights after booking regardless of how the ticket was purchased, as long as the whole itinerary is operated by Delta. Delta is now the only U.S. airline with a leg-by-leg upgrade program. To read more, click here.
Amtrak has begun its Infrastructure Renewal Project at New York Penn Station in order to strengthen and improve operations, as announced on their website. Working in partnership with NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak has developed a maintenance schedule intended to accelerate the ongoing infrastructure renewal efforts and reduce impact on customers throughout the region. A majority of this work will take place during weekends with little or no disruptions to weekday service; however, the more extensive work will take place during the weekdays of July and August, which will cause modifications to train schedules. Amtrak and its partners plan to operate a modified schedule through September 1st in order to accommodate this work. For more information about the modified weekday schedule, click here.
The U.S. has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on U.S.-bound flights from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Istanbul according to statements made this week by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines, reports CNBC. The ban was lifted after new security measures announced by the U.S. last week were implemented, an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement. To read more, click here.