Alaska Airlines

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…

Ditching Change Fees Has Big Implications For Corporate Travel Management

The elimination of change fees by Alaska, American, Delta and United is good news for business travelers and corporate travel programs. It also generates new considerations for travel policies and program management that differ based on the details. Starting Sunday with United, the four airlines removed change fees for all domestic and some shorter international…

Delta Considers Barring Flyers Who Violate Face Mask Rule

[UPDATE, June 15, 2020: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines announced that violations of their face covering policies could result in suspension of flying privileges.] A Delta executive during a Wednesday webinar suggested that if a passenger tries to show their face at the wrong…

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