Insider Report 11/4/2021

Trending Travel News

109 million American adults to travel for Thanksgiving

     According to a recent survey from The Vacationer,  109 million American adults (42.36%) plan to travel this Thanksgiving, 10.52% of which plan to travel by air.  This is a 45% increase from last year and overall holiday travel is up 37% from last year.

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Hertz to acquire 100,000 Tesla vehicles

   In their first big move since emerging from bankruptcy in June, Hertz has ordered 100,000 Teslas to add to their fleet.  The vehicles are due to be delivered in the next 14 months, and the Tesla Model 3 sedans will be available for customers to rent at Hertz locations in major U.S. markets and parts of Europe.  The transaction will be the single-largest purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) ever made. 


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Passport processing back to pre-pandemic levels

 The State Department has announced that routine passport processing is back to pre-pandemic levels of 8-11 weeks and 5-7 weeks for expedited processing.  After working through an enormous backlog from the pandemic, processing times now begin on the day the application is received at a passport agency or center.  
The State Department also advised that mail delays are still a challenge, so travelers should still plan to submit applications as early as possible for upcoming trips.

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Air Travel Updates

Check out our weekly air travel updates below!

American blames 1,400 cancellations on labor and weather

 

The carrier cancelled more than 1,000 flights on Sunday and another 400 on Monday, accounting for more than half of all cancelled flights in the U.S..  

 

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New TSA PreCheck express lobby at ATL

 

Starting this month, Delta customers with TSA PreCheck will be able to travel through the airport completely hands- and device-free.

 

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TSA owes $100 million for patent infringement 

 

A patent suit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)’s system of stackable trays could cost taxpayers over $100 million.
 

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Italy’s new national airline

 

After the end of service for Alitalia, the country’s new flagship carrier, Italia Trasporto Aero (ITA Airways), has launched with inaugural flights from hubs in Rome and Milan Linate.  
 

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JetBlue expands at LaGuardia

 

The airline has expanded across two terminals, operating more daily departures than ever before with up to 35 daily flights.

 

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Editor: Kelsey Morgan, Lead International Gold Star Agent and Public Relations Liaison

 

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