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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Marriott, Hyatt or Holiday Inn Express: Comparing hotels’ covid protocols

Until last week, the last time I stayed at a hotel was back in March. Since the pandemic began, I spent months locked down alone in my D.C. apartment, then with family in Upstate New York. I took bike trips and road trips to go camping, but I avoided hotels completely.

In the meantime, hotels, like the rest of the travel industry, were suffering. According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, hotels are facing a debt crisis and a historic wave of foreclosures as the pandemic’s economic impact on the industry is estimated to be nine times greater than that of 9/11. As a result, they’ve been doing everything they can to attract business.

For some, that means promoting packages for remote workers or encouraging families to take remote-school vacations. For most, it means amplifying their new coronavirus precautions so that customers feel safe booking (and staying at) hotels

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Holidays: How to book a holiday as quarantine list chops & changes – expert travel advice | Travel News | Travel

Holidays are pretty difficult to organise at the moment with travel restrictions rife and constantly changing. The latest changes to the quarantine list were announced on Thursday – but it was a mixed bag. The good news is that the Greek islands Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos and Zakynthos have now been moved to the travel corridor list.

Anyone travelling back from these four islands and mainland Greece will not have to quarantine any more. Only Mykonos and Crete still come with quarantine requirements.

However the bad news is that entry restrictions for Italy have been ramped up.

A negative COVID test is now required when you arrive in Italy from the UK. You’ll be asked to show evidence that you tested negative in a test administered in the 72 hours before your travel.

In short, going abroad is a complex business. spoke exclusively to Craig Ashford, Director at TravelUp for

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Cruise: Scenic Cruises expert reveals how to get ‘first pick’ of cheap holiday deals for f | Cruise | Travel

Though cruise holidays might have faced yet more delays to restart dates in recent weeks, industry insiders remain positive for the future. Onboard safety remains in focus, as cruise lines hammer out new ways of improving COVID-19 measures, and big-name brands are gearing up to set sail once again.

However, if you’re looking for lashings of luxury at a reduced price, waiting until cruises take to the ocean again may be too late.

In fact, according to one cruise expert, customers can make one simple in order to get the best deals first.

And to make things even better, it comes at no cost.

Nichola Absalom is the director of global brand for Scenic who specialise in both luxury yacht ocean cruises, river cruises and excursions.

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What’s more, it usually means email subscribers will benefit before the news

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10 deals on top-selling apps on sale for the 10.10 shopping holiday

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If you thought Amazon was the only retailer slashing their prices this week, then think again. Many other brands are creating their own versions of Prime Day, meaning you can enjoy steep discounts even if you aren’t a Prime member. Inspired by China’s 11/11 ‘Single’s Day’, they’ve dubbed this new U.S. retail holiday ’10/10′.

In the app space, for instance, shoppers can download subscriptions to a number of top-rated programs — from personalized fitness trainers to foreign language software — at a fraction of the original cost. We’ve even spotted markdowns upwards of 95% off retail price tags. And unlike Prime Day deals, you don’t have to wait for these items to

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Holiday hotel bookings push out locals seeking shelter from storm power outages

ALBANY – The confluence of a days-long power outage in some communities and Columbus Day weekend means that many in the Capital Region who are seeking shelter in local hotels will likely be left shivering, in the dark, at home.

Hotels in and around the Capital Region are largely booked with leaf peepers and National Grid crews. Thus, the 46,000 National Grid and 130 NYSEG customers still without power as of late Friday afternoon who were hoping to book a room for a night or two until their electricity is restored after Wednesday’s thunderstorm are having to make a lot of calls to book a room.

“I’ve been told that 600 rooms were needed for work crews,” said Jill Delaney, president and CEO of Discover Albany. “That’s not typical, but they couldn’t double up because of COVID. Each crew person needs an individual space. But there are still some (hotels)

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Airlines slashing holiday schedules following mass furloughs, experts advise when to book

Experts say if you’re flying for the holidays booking sooner rather than later would be wise, especially with airlines offering more flexibility than ever.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Congress is facing off tonight over the fate of airlines. President Trump has urged legislators to pass 25 billion dollars for airline payroll support, but house speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing back. 

All of it could affect your travel plans and your wallet. 

With Congress unable to agree on a new relief bill, the deadline for a deal passed October 1, pushing more than 32,000 airline employees onto the unemployment line.

“These are people who have been on the front lines since the beginning of this virus-fighting, it’s cruel and it’s got to be reversed,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants.

Airlines have already started slashing flight schedules. American removed 86,000 flights, 46 percent from its November schedule alone.

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Travelocity 2020 Holiday Travel Outlook: Most Families Aren’t Going Home this Holiday, but they Aren’t Staying Home Either

DALLAS, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The holiday season is typically one of the biggest travel moments of the year, but with COVID-19 still active in the U.S., a recent survey by Travelocity®  finds that almost 60% of Americans report they won’t be traveling to see friends and family this year and of those, nearly one-in-three said they won’t celebrate the holidays at all. However, that doesn’t mean they’re staying home this winter, either. 

Nearly half of family travelers (45%) with kids under the age of 18 are planning a leisure trip before the year’s end.

The Travelocity 2020 Holiday Outlook survey1, conducted in mid-September, found that some travelers are feeling optimistic when it comes to leisure travel for the remainder of the year. One-in-four respondents said they have a personal vacation planned later this year, and nearly half of family travelers (45%) with kids under the

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If you are planning to travel this holiday season, book your travel soon | 3 On Your Side

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — As airlines continue to struggle with a sharp decline in passengers, they’re scrambling to fill planes, and travelers are cashing in on good deals, even on typically pricey flights from Christmas through the New Year.

Scott Keyes from Scott’s Cheap Flights says there’s no magic day of the week or time of day when consumers can count on snagging the best deals, but he says there is a window of time when cheap flights are more likely to pop up.

In a typical year, according to Keyes, travelers would have to book domestic holiday flights three to six months in advance to get the best deals. This year, because of the pandemic, there’s still time.

“Maybe end of October, possibly the first week of November,” Keyes told 3 On Your Side. “If I’m looking to travel over the holidays, the way I would think about it

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Holiday travel tips: How to stay safe during covid-19

The holiday season is historically the busiest travel period in the United States. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, millions of Americans routinely board planes, hop on trains or hit the road to see family.

But what will the season look like in a pandemic year?

While travel numbers are slowly recovering from coronavirus lows — Transportation Security Administration records show that the number of people flying is climbing daily, although the rate is still below half of what it was in 2019 — many Americans remain unsure about their holiday travel plans.

Mark Crossey, the director of sales at travel search engine Skyscanner, says that with many states lifting restrictions and people longing to be reunited with family, searches and bookings for the holiday season are climbing. According to a survey conducted by travel booking app Hopper, 39 percent of Americans surveyed plan to travel during the holidays this year, while

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