In The Know - STM January News



Reminder - Team Rosters - Adding TSA and Frequent Flyer Numbers

Please make sure coaches, director of ops and travel coordinators are entering TSA and frequent flyer numbers into the roster on the portal to ensure those benefits are attached to each travel reservation. You can find a how to guide by visiting the Group Travel Hub on the portal and selecting "Managing Your Team Roster". Any questions, please contact your account manager.






From lounging on Caribbean beaches to sightseeing in Europe, Americans now have options when it comes to international travel.

This year may not have brought an immediate end to the coronavirus pandemic, but it brought a renewed sense of hope when it comes to traveling. And many Americans are taking advantage of that feeling, looking ahead, and planning their next vacations. The options for those who want to add another stamp to their passport have steadily grown since the world was first put on hold last year — albeit often with more paperwork, testing, and pre-planning required. Now, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status and a negative test prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. The United States' new international air travel policy, replaces the existing country-by-country restrictions, putting in place a consistent approach worldwide...read more



The 5G-airlines crisis was mostly averted. Here's what happened - and what we still don't know

New York (CNN Business)Potentially abysmal air travel interruptions were narrowly avoided this week when wireless carriers made a last-minute change to their planned 5G rollout in response to fears that new cell service towers could interfere with a key component on passenger jets that allows them to safely land in low visibility conditions.

Warnings of mass flight cancellations came as AT&T, Verizon and the airline industry hashed out a deal to delay 5G deployment around major airports. And on Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared a greater number of commercial airliners to fly in the situations where pilots consider possible 5G interference to be the most dangerous. Now, nearly 80% of the United States' entire commercial airliner fleet has that clearance.

In the end, crisis seemed to be mostly averted. No planes fell out of the sky. And — with a few exceptions — air travel stayed mostly on schedule...read more





Unmatched travel flexibility: Delta extends ticket validity through year-end 2023

Delta is redoubling its efforts to give customers more flexibility in their travel plans with another industry-leading eCredit extension through year-end 2023.

Effective Jan. 12, all existing eCredit holders will have an additional year of flexibility for rebooking and traveling. Customers will be able to rebook their ticket by December 31, 2023, for travel throughout 2024.

Furthermore, all Delta customers with upcoming 2022 travel or who purchase a ticket in 2022 also have the flexibility to rebook their ticket through Dec. 31, 2023, and travel throughout 2024, if their plans change.

"We want to ensure our customers enjoy peace of mind when booking or rebooking their Delta trips this year," said Allison Ausband, Chief Customer Experience Officer. "This leading extension provides more time for customers to use their travel credits, so they can book with complete confidence that Delta has their back even when moments arise out of their control."..read more






A positive COVID-19 test during a trip can throw all your travel plans into limbo.

But even a positive test in the weeks before you travel can be cause for concern.

If you’re wondering when you’ll be cleared to travel again after testing positive for COVID-19, it’s an important question: Here’s everything you need to know...read more



The United States is sending 223 athletes to the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month, including 108 women – its second-largest female contingent ever at a Winter Games.

This will be the third consecutive Winter Olympics in which Team USA has had 100 female athletes or more, and the closest it has come to gender equity. There were 109 women named to the U.S. Olympic team at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018, 101 of whom competed. (The U.S. regularly sends more women than men to compete in the Summer Games.)...read more



Carry-On Luggage Sizes: Size Restrictions by Airline

These days, it's rare for airlines to allow passengers to check bags for free – at least in economy class. So, the best way to avoid those fees is to stick to carry-on luggage. That said, you'll usually need to follow strict rules to avoid getting hit with extra charges at the airport, especially if your bag exceeds the size and weight limits for carry-ons. In short, if your carry-on is too large, you'll have to pay to check it at the gate.

You'll find the exact rules for a large selection of airlines below, including specific size and weight limits. Take note: any handles and wheels on your bags count toward airlines' size limits. In addition to a carry-on, most airlines also allow economy passengers to bring one "personal item," such as a briefcase, purse, laptop bag or small backpack. A personal item must fit under the seat in front of you...read more










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