Holiday Travel: What to Know Before Booking Flights This Year

“We expect significant movement in November and December capacity to be adjusted lower in the coming weeks,” Helane Becker, an aviation analyst at Cowen investment bank, wrote in a memo on Tuesday. Carriers like United, JetBlue, Alaska, and Delta are taking “a more aggressive approach by reducing capacity early to limit cash burn,” Becker said.

But some airlines, including Southwest, American, and Spirit, are making such adjustments closer to the day of travel, Becker says. Southwest, for instance, has been combining flights and adding layovers to numerous routes during the holiday season.

“We recently adjusted our flight schedule for November and December to reflect the demand we’re seeing for travel, a process we’ve been continually undertaking throughout this year,” a Southwest spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We’ve worked hard to keep service in all of our cities and to provide flights that are in highest demand. We realize that

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International Flights: Air India Announces Additional Flights to Canada From Oct 25, Booking Begins

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International Flights: Amid the rising demands for international flights, National carrier Air India has announced that it will operate additional flights between India and Canada from October 25 to 27 March 2021. Bookings for the flights have started. Flyers can book their tickets on the airline’s official website, booking offices, call centres or travel agents. Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international flights have been allowed since July under the bilateral air bubble pacts formed by India with around 16 countries, including Canada.

Who can

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American Cruise Lines Execs Talk New Ships, Booking Trends and More

“This has been quite a year for the cruise industry, and we are all ready for the promise of next year,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, told reporters attending the line’s press conference at Seatrade Cruise Virtual this week.

While the U.S.-flagged line is still hopeful that it could possibly cruise the lower portion of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis in 2020, that’s not yet known. If the sailing schedule would need to be pushed into 2021, the line would begin American river sailings in February with voyages continuing through December 2021.

2021 Booking Trends

Also participating in the briefing was Susan Shultz-Gelino, vice president of trade relations, American Cruise Lines, who said she’s learned from her chats with travel advisors that “2021 is going to be absolutely huge. People are ready to travel. They want to get

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Why Booking Holdings Stock Declined 10.5% in September

What happened

Shares of Booking Holdings (NASDAQ:BKNG) fell 10.5% in September, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

The stock is now down around 17.5% from the level seen since the start of this year but is still up around 50% from the lows experienced in March.

Man and woman wearing face masks booking a hotel room at front desk

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So what

The pandemic has been extremely harsh on Booking Holding’s business, as the company reported a sharp plunge in gross travel bookings of 91% in its previous financial quarter. Last month, Booking Holdings announced that it was closing at least five of its offices around the world, in countries such as the U.S., England, Canada, and Croatia. This announcement came as part of its intention to reduce its global workforce by up to 25% (or around 4,000 employees).

In mid-September, the World Health Organization announced the highest one-day increase of 308,000 cases of COVID-19 infections since

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Travel Portals Witness 32 Percent Surge in Booking

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Over the years, the long weekend has turned out to become one of the hottest trends in the travel industry witnessing a growth in demand every year. While 2020, had a greater number of long weekends as compared to last year, but with COVID-19, travel came to a standstill under the lockdown. With the unlock phase and government initiatives, there has been a gradual growth in the travel sector where booking inquiries are increasing. Consumers are now slowly moving from essential to leisure travel as their confidence to travel builds further. With the long weekend, there has been a pick-up in demand for the below-mentioned trends: Homestays or cottages: Accommodation which is secluded and less commercial is also gaining traction among consumers who are looking at destinations that provide quiet and calm, are at a driveable distance, and are away from the hustle
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Booking JetBlue Flights With Cash + Points: Is It Worth It?

Whether you don’t have enough TrueBlue points to cover the cost of your full itinerary, or you’d rather pay some in cash to save your points for a future trip, JetBlue’s Cash + Points redemption option is tantalizing for travelers looking for flexibility in booking.

As of summer 2020, JetBlue Airways allows customers to book with a combination of cash and TrueBlue points, a payment option that’s fairly common in the hotel industry but not so much among airlines. Here’s what you need to know about how and when to use it.

How to book with Cash + Points

The Cash + Points redemption option applies to fare classes that are also eligible for traditional points redemptions (all JetBlue flights in the Blue or higher fare, including flights in Mint business class). That means Blue Basic, which is essentially JetBlue’s version of basic economy, is not available for

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Post 9/11 proved even the most wary of Americans would travel again. Here’s why Booking Holdings’ CEO believes the same will happen after COVID-19

A general view of the departure hall of Terminal 1 at JFK airport on May 15, 2020. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

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A general view of the departure hall of Terminal 1 at JFK airport on May 15, 2020. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • The travel industry has been decimated by safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, as consumers stay put at home.
  • Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said comparing the COVID-19 with the industry’s struggles post-9/11 is a “good analogy.” 
  • He believes that new safety protocols being put in place today will eventually lead to a rebirth of travel over time, like it did after 9/11. 
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The travel industry has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Even as stay-at-home orders are lifted, travel activity remains at depressed levels with people continuing to worry about safety and opting to stay put.

In August, Booking Holdings — which owns Kayak,, Priceline,, OpenTable, and Agoda — reported that

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