Travel Updates for Week of May 25

You’ve got important things to do, so here’s all you need to know by land, sea, and air (but not in that order) with this week’s travel updates!


Air Updates

JetBlue Airways launched service to its latest destination, Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Reno-Tahoe is JetBlue’s 89th destination, and the flight will depart from JetBlue’s Terminal Five in New York City.

The Hill reports that the Department of Transportation will increase the penalties for airlines that mishandle passenger baggage by up to $100. Airlines will be liable for reimbursing passengers for lost luggage it lost up to $3500, an increase from the current limit of $3400. The DOT is also upping the penalties for airlines that overbook flights and deny passengers boading. Passengers who are denied boarding will be eligible for between $675 and $1350 in compensation. The new rules go into effect 90 days (from May 26).

Delta Air Lines will add service at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Boston; Orlando; Pasco, Wash.; and Victoria, British Columbia. Victoria will be a new destination for Delta and is subject to government approval. Delta will also expand service to Bozeman, Mont., from Seattle. The new flights include:

– Daily flights to Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), starting April 4, 2016.

– Daily flights to Orlando International Airport (MCO), starting Dec. 19, 2015.

– Three daily flights to Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) in Pasco, starting Nov. 1, 2015.

– Three daily flights to Victoria International Airport (YYJ), starting April 4, 2016.

– One daily flight Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), starting Aug. 1, 2015 (expanded from Saturday-only seasonal service).

Travel Pulse reports that Delta navigated more than 63 flight diversions in one night. Due to rain- and thunderstorms, the Atlanta-based airline was forced to divert the fourth highest number of flights in the company’s history (as well as cancel 150 mainline and Delta Connections flights and delay 653 more flights). The diversions spread to more than 17 cities and affected more than 7,000 customers. At Knoxville, Tenn., where six flights were diverted, a station manager for Delta arranged for 125 pizzas and a police escort to deliver the pizzas quickly to the airport and the passengers.



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Property Updates

AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, geared toward millennials and business travelers, will open its doors May 29 in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The hotel is Marriott’s fourth AC Hotels property in the U.S, following New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C.

Caribbean Journal reports the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen is scheduled to open in Riviera Maya on June 15. The “urban beach hotel” features 314 rooms and is located on Playa del Carmen’s Mamitas Beach. Originally announced as “Hyatt Playa del Carmen,” Hyatt confirms that the property has undergone an “extraordinary transformation” to become a Grand Hyatt.

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande has advised that its new opening date is July 11, 2015. The opening has been delayed four times, the latest due to fire damage.

The Times-Picayune reports that Four Seasons will lease the vacant World Trade Center building in New Orleans.  A $365 million renovation plan will create a 350-room, upscale Four Seasons with 76 condos, and add two new wings to the building. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall with the hotel slated to open December2017.

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Cruise Updates

Travel Pulse reports that Norwegian Cruise Line has reversed its recently enacted policy of prohibiting passengers from taking food out of its restaurants, due to customer and travel agent compliments. Many believed that the policy change was to force passengers to pay the recently instituted $7.95 delivery charge on room service. NCL President and COO Andy Stuart said in a statement that the ban “resulted from a leadership team ship inspection and was originally an endeavor to create a higher quality guest experience by eliminating dirty trays, plates, and glasses that were observed in the ship’s hallways.”

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® unveiled the details of its new Canyon Ranch Spaclub for Seven Seas Explorer, “the most luxurious ship ever built.” Developed by Canyon Ranch in collaboration with lifestyle and beauty experts of Red Flower, the spa will feature one-of-a-kind treatments, a teak-deck terrace with plush lounge chairs and infinity-edge plunge pool, and a thermal suite, a state-of-the-art infrared sauna, aromatic steam room, a cool room, and a shower room, where guests can enjoy a preset treatment with different water flow distributions, chroma-therapeutic lighting and audio effects. New body treatments include body rituals from Japan using delicate flowers and invigorating citrus oils, deep tissue massages and body-exfoliating with artic and ocean inspirations, and Turkish massages with essences of cardamom, jasmine, bergamot, amber, and clove.

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