Insider Report 11/25/2020

Welcome to the weekly National Travel newsletter! We hope you all are enjoying your Thanksgiving Holiday. While 2020 has been a difficult year for many, there are still a lot of reasons to give thanks. We are especially thankful for YOU, our loyal customers! So, before you take your Thanksgiving nap, gobble up the travel news on our menu this week! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with, feel free to give us a call or respond to this email! Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Served with low infection rates and a delicious comeback for business travel
 

     American Airlines executives are optimistic about a rebound for business travel and the future of travel as a whole.  In a recent Skift Aviation Forum,  Robert Isom, the president of the American Airlines Group and American Airlines, shared that there is a pent-up demand for business travel according to what they are hearing from their corporate clients.  The airline is committed to transporting travelers safely and cites infection rates within the company lower than the national average, despite working in densely populated areas.  For their customer-facing employees, such as flight attendants and gate agents, they report an even lower infection rate than the company as a whole.  The increasing confidence in the safety of air travel may indicate an increase in business travel in the near future!

National Travel is here for you when you feel ready to take to the skies again!

Click here to read more from Skift

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Delta Will Continue to Block Seats Through March

Seat blocking policies come off of the menu soon for many other airlines

     Delta Airlines will be the only US Airline to continue blocking their center seats through the New Year.  While many other airlines are ending the practice, Delta will continue to block center seats through March 30, 2021.  The airline believes that this practice provides travelers with added confidence and feedback from their customers shows that the extra space gives them more peace of mind. 
     After several research studies have come to light to prove a very low risk of COVID transmission on airplanes, many other airline carriers feel it is time to start opening their center seats back up, but when?  See the chart below of current seat blocking and capacity policies for each major US Airline.  
 
Center Seat and Capacity Policies for Major US Airlines

Alaska Airlines:          Blocking center seats and capping the number of guests on flights through January 6, 2021.

American Airlines:     Currently selling center seats and selling flights to capacity.

Delta Airlines:             Blocking center seats through March 30, 2021.

Hawaiian Airlines:      Blocking center seats and capping cabin capacity to 70 percent through December 15, 2020.

JetBlue Airways:        Capping capacity on flights at 70 percent through December 1, 2020.  Capping capacity on flights to 85 percent between December 2, 2020 and January 7, 2021.  Selling to capacity beginning January 8. 2021.

United Airlines:           Currently selling center seats and selling flights to capacity.     

Southwest Airlines:     Selling flights at a limited capacity through November 30, 2020.            

Side Dishes

Enterprise Announces Partnership with Clorox 

Complimentary wipe with every order!

     Enterprise Holdings’ new partnership with Clorox will now allow the rental car company to provide a Clorox disinfecting wipe in all rented vehicles.  The program will start to roll out to US locations this month and the wipes will be available in all Enterprise brand vehicles, including National Car Rental and Alamo Rent-A-Car.
 
JetBlue Opens Testing Center at JFK
Also offering a “take out” option for Self-Testing Kits
 
     A COVID-19 testing site for travelers and airline employees will now be available at JFK International Airport.  JetBlue Airlines has partnered with the Port Authority of New York, as well as New Jersey, on this initiative and will be able to process up to 600 free walk-in tests per day!  Travelers arriving in New York on select domestic flights can also obtain a self-test kit to use after quarantining for 3 days upon arrival. 
 

Dessert

New Openings for US Travelers
 
  • South Africa:     Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure from country of origin required.  
  • Botswana:     Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure from country of origin required.  
What Top Hotels Are Doing for the Holidays
     
     Three top US hotels have some creative holiday celebrations coming up this season.  You can spend “An 1895 Christmas” at the Biltmore House in North Carolina,  have a pop-up winter dinning experience while staying at Unscripted Durham, or have a classic holiday celebration at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.
 

Have you made your holiday plans yet?
Give us a call today to book your stay at one of these beautiful properties! 

‘Tis the Season!

The Banquet Hall Christmas tree is the holiday centerpiece for Christmas at Biltmore and Candlelight Christmas Evenings, taking place Nov. 6, 2020, through Jan. 10, 2021.

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