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Want To Hold Onto Elite Status With Your Airline? It’s Going To Cost You.

There was a moment at the height of the pandemic when rewards programs were lowering the velvet rope for more than the privileged few. According to this article by Victoria M. Walker, it’s time to prepare for the “great reset” in elite status. There’s nothing quite like getting special treatment while traveling. Think complimentary upgrades…

Airlines Need New Planes, But The Supply Chain Has Other Ideas

Aviation’s supply and demand balance has been out of whack since the pandemic began. That caused airfares to plummet then skyrocket. Many corporate buyers and their preferred airlines rolled agreements over, waiting for the dust to settle. Domestic demand is now strong but on the supply side, seat capacity in the U.S. market for this…

How Frequent Flier Programs Are Changing In A Changed World

Loyalty programs can work against managed travel goals when individual travelers and their employers don’t have the same preferred travel suppliers. But incentives for leisure time can also help reinforce corporate rules when there is alignment. The following article by Julie Weed highlights recent changes including the de-emphasis of mileage runs. The pandemic made an…

Corporate Collaboration On Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accelerates

Proponents of sustainable aviation fuels hope that momentum from corporates and governments on climate change action translates to big investments in cleaner flying. A raft of recent airline announcements points to growing attention in this area. A corporate group buying initiative launched on Tuesday. The Rocky Mountain Institute and Environmental Defense Fund created the Sustainable…

U.S. Capacity Is Returning, But Business Travel Isn’t A Priority In Fluid Airline Network Planning (Audio)

Airline capacity remains down dramatically on most international routes while markets with big domestic networks, like the United States, are rebounding. Leisure routes take precedence over business ones. In the short-to-medium term, travel buyers should expect gaps in preferred carrier networks, fewer frequencies and different aircraft than travelers are used to. The situation will remain…

Governments Pressed To Help Standardize Digital Health Documentation For Travel As Private Efforts Proliferate

The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Commerce Department is attempting to collaborate with other U.S. federal agencies to spur development of standards and digital interoperability for traveler documentation of Covid-19 vaccinations and test results. On Wednesday, TTAB chair and CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert outlined the effort’s goals and challenges during…

Microsoft Sustainable Aviation Fuel Purchase Is A ‘Demand Signal’ To The Industry

Carbon offsets alone won’t help airlines and their customers meet sustainability goals. Alternatives to fossil-based jet fuel hold promise, and big corporate travel spenders are getting involved. Last month, Microsoft committed to purchasing sustainable aviation fuel for employee flights on Alaska Airlines after doing the same with KLM in 2019. More need to follow to…

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