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Amtrak to Offer ‘Track Friday’ Sale on Black Friday

Amtrak to Offer ‘Track Friday’ Sale on Black Friday

Starting on Black Friday, Amtrak is offering a Track Friday Sale, with fares as low as $19.
The Track Friday sale will run from November 29 through December 2.  The Track Friday discount will be available on many routes including the Acela and Northeast Regional trains for trips from January 6, 2020 through April 30.  Other discounted fares are available for travel between December 9, 2019 and April 30, 2020.
“Venture aboard …

Thanksgiving Travel ‘Very Difficult’ as Winter Weather Strikes Much of the U.S

Thanksgiving Travel ‘Very Difficult’ as Winter Weather Strikes Much of the U.S

Two major storms have made it impossible for some to travel over the river and through the woods on Thursday, which is a holiday in the United States.
More than 55 million people are expected to – or at least had hoped to –  travel in the course of the holiday weekend.
“Widespread winter weather, flash flood and wind watches, warnings and advisories are currently in effect from the National Weather Service …

Norwegian Air to Drop Key Routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to the U.S.

Norwegian Air to Drop Key Routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to the U.S.

Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian Air said plans to discontinue multiple long-haul routes to the United States and Thailand next spring.
Seasonal flights linking both New York and Los Angeles to Copenhagen and Stockholm won’t return as originally scheduled.  It will also discontinue service from those two Scandinavian cities to Bangkok and Krabi, Thailand.  It has no plans to discontinue current routes from Oslo to the United States, however, nor is it …

American Airlines to Add 20 New Routes Next Summer

American Airlines to Add 20 New Routes Next Summer

American Airlines announced 20 new seasonal routes for next summer including eight new domestic routes.
The list include flights to Martha’s Vineyard from Philadelphia and Charlotte to and Nantucket from Philadelphia, two islands off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, that are popular weekend destinations.  It is also adding service from Jackson, Mississippi, and Des Moines, Iowa, to its Miami hub.
The airline is adding two flights to Traverse City, Michigan, namely from Philadelphia and …

Arctic Blast ‘Like the Middle of Winter’ Hits Over 240 Million People in the U.S., Over 17,000 Flights Delayed

Arctic Blast ‘Like the Middle of Winter’ Hits Over 240 Million People in the U.S., Over 17,000 Flights Delayed

Record cold temperatures spread from the Midwest into the East Cast as far south as parts of Texas, resulting in travel chaos.
“An early blast of cold arctic air will consume much of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. over the next few days, making it feel like the middle of winter,” the National Weather Service said.
The storm has been compared to the “Blue Nother” of 1911, which brought record cold …

Norwegian Air to Add Flights to Europe from Chicago, Denver, Will Drop Madrid-N.Y.

Norwegian Air to Add Flights to Europe from Chicago, Denver, Will Drop Madrid-N.Y.

Norwegian Air said it plans to add new seasonal transatlantic routes to Chicago and Denver next summer, after quietly announcing plans to discontinue its New York-Rome service in March of 2020.
The Fornebu, Norway-based carrier will add non-stop flights linking Chicago O’Hare International Airport with both Paris Charles de Gaulle and Rome’s Leonardo Di Vinci airports. The Paris service will operate five times per week and will end on October 24, while …

Storm Slams Midwest, Leaving 4 Dead and Tens of Thousands of Travelers Stranded

Storm Slams Midwest, Leaving 4 Dead and Tens of Thousands of Travelers Stranded

Snow and ice have turned deadly in parts of the country as a major winter storm hit several major cities particularly hard.
Record snowfalls were reported in multiple cities and towns including Detroit, and authorities are blaming the deaths of four people on the snowy conditions in the Midwest and the Plains.  Temperatures in Chicago fell to record lows as the city got socked with 6” (15 cm) of snow
Meanwhile, over …