Full-time travel advisors and side-gig aficionados Korrine Johnson and Theresa Chu-Bermudez took advantage of the lull caused by the coronavirus to launch "The Tin Lounge" podcast in late May. They use their camaraderie to make the latest industry news enjoyable and also discuss such topics as communication and self-care.
As Saturday's deadline to apply for forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program approaches, financial planner Darla Mercado urges applicants to consult with tax professionals. Mercado offers last-minute tips on paperwork, budgeting and forgiveness.
United Airlines' new in-flight entertainment system offers extensive accessibility features, such as closed captioning, a text-to-speech option, screen customization and alternative navigation options. "It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.
In an interview on Washington Post Live, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian predicted that the reign of Zoom meetings will not be permanent and business travel will eventually resume, saying that "the human spirit needs to be in person." Bastian also said the coronavirus pandemic has allowed the airline to accelerate retirement of older aircraft and confirmed that about 130 passengers have been banned from future travel for refusal to wear face coverings.
The Mobile Airport Authority plans to invest $403 million over 20 years to build a new terminal and move commercial air traffic from Mobile Regional Airport to Mobile Downtown Airport. Local officials, who unveiled a new master plan Aug. 4, said moving operations to a more convenient airport should boost passenger volume and spur increased service to the city.
Miami International Airport will proceed with projects, including a new immigration area, upgrades to cargo and fuel areas and improvements to landing bridges used by American Airlines, and some repairs to taxiways and runways are being accelerated. The airport has put on hold renovations at the airport's Central Terminal, a project that is to include new security and baggage areas and demolition of Concourse G to improve aircraft maneuverability as well as structural upgrades.
The Scottsdale City Council has approved nearly $737,000 in contracts to rehabilitate runways, taxiways and aprons at Scottsdale Airport. Funding for the project includes a $506,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Well-thought-out, lengthy trips six months to two years out are jumping in popularity as travelers realize that quick, no-fuss getaways for the immediate future may be dashed by the pandemic. People have had plenty of time in lockdown to research and dream about unexpected, bucket-list destinations, and relaxed cancellation policies allow for worry-free booking.
The pandemic may have shifted snow lovers from being "caught up in the conquests" to "fully appreciating the moments," Aspen Skiing Co. CEO Mike Kaplan says. The coming ski season may be more of an "old school experience, but that could also translate to less noise, fewer distractions and, hopefully, more meaning," he says, adding that skiers also can expect social distancing, reduced chairlift capacity and required face masks in all indoor areas.
The family-owned Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo in Portugal's Douro Valley, circa 1764, is steeped in wine culture and overseen by a relative of a cork magnate. Its 11 hideaway-style rooms have had a luxurious makeover, and its Conceitus restaurant "has long had a deservedly good reputation," reviewer Ann Abel writes.