Month: March 2021

US Travel Association calls for CDC to lift restrictions on cruise industry, allow sailing to resume

U.S. Travel Association, the national trade group that represents all facets of American travel, is joining the cruise industry in calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift its conditional sailing order, and for the agency to provide a path forward that allows cruise lines to resume sailing.

“We join the calls to identify the way toward lifting the Conditional Sail Order and allowing the phased resumption of cruise operations as quickly as possible,” Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement.

The CDC order, issued Oct. 30, laid out a phased plan

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Rep. Matt Gaetz is under federal investigation for having sex with a minor

WASHINGTON — Rep. Matt Gaetz, a firebrand Florida Republican and close ally of former President Donald Trump, is under investigation for having sex with an underage girl, according to media reports on Tuesday.

The revelation — that the Justice Department is investigating Gaetz for potential violations of sex trafficking laws — swiftly roiled national politics. The alleged incident involves Gaetz having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paying for her travel, the New York Times first reported.

The third-term congressman has not denied the reporting, instead insinuating that he and his family have been allegedly under the threat

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Travel agent in Hawaii charged with 47 felonies after allegedly scamming clients, never actually booking trips

This travel agent may have just booked herself a ticket to jail.

Wendy Wong, who formerly ran the now-defunct House of Aloha Hawaii travel agency, has been charged with 47 felonies after allegedly taking her clients’ money and then canceling their trips at the last minute — without ever providing a refund, Hawaii News Now reported.

Wong’s travel agency reportedly targeted clients in and around Calfirnia’s Bay Area. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office launched an investigation into House of Aloha in 2019, following complaints from travelers whose itineraries had been canceled by the agency after payment.

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Airlines Extending Travel Credits As Many Travelers Unwilling to Fly

  • United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines have extended travel credits into 2022.
  • Travelers that have canceled flights during the pandemic now have an extra year to rebook. 
  • Airlines chose to give customers travel credits instead of refunds to maintain cash reserves.
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Waves of flight cancellations last year resulted in airlines issuing credits or vouchers instead of cash, with the promise that they could be used for future travel once customers were ready. For many, those credits close to expiring, even though a lot of Americans are still not comfortable traveling. 

Some

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Is it safe to travel this summer? Optimistic travelers booking now

Fueled by Covid vaccines, flexible cancellation policies and people yearning to break free from home, the summer travel season is already booming for some parts of the travel industry.

A survey from research company Toluna indicates Americans are gaining confidence to travel with each passing month, with 27% comfortable to travel in April and 42% by July.

But a sudden surge in bookings shows many people are locking in reservations and rates before it’s too late.

A sharp rise in summer flights

U.S. domestic flight bookings for summer travel sharply rose earlier this month, according to research from the data

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