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As 2022 Approaches, Airlines and Hotels Extend Elite Status Once Again

While the number of people flying and driving great distances hit a pandemic high over the Thanksgiving holiday, the travel industry isn’t seeing sustainable increases as the world heads into the final six weeks of the year.
Airlines and hotel chains are making note and taking steps to keep their best customers happy with yet another year of bestowed elite status, mirroring at least in part what happened at the end …

Delta Unveils ‘Today Mode,’ A Major Update to iPhone ‘Fly ‘Delta’ App

Delta Unveils ‘Today Mode,’ A Major Update to iPhone ‘Fly ‘Delta’ App

Delta Air Lines announced the release of version 5.14 of its Fly Delta smartphone app for both the Apple iOS and Android platforms.
The iOS version, available to all iPhone users, features several new capabilities including a new Today Mode “experience” and both Android and iOS gain the ability to add an infant as a passenger from the Trip Details screen.
Today Mode is an update to the day-of-travel information the app …

Delta to Partner with Peloton for In-Flight Classes

Delta to Partner with Peloton for In-Flight Classes

Delta Air Lines announced a partnership with exercise-equipment company Peloton to bring some of the company’s classes to the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system.
The offerings include five stretching and meditation classes produced for the airline and they are currently available on all aircraft with IFE.
The partnership marks the first time that the exercise company’s classes will be made available outside of their own equipment.   Typically they are streamed via a Peloton …

Delta CEO Predicts Airline Industry Recovery by Next Summer

Delta CEO Predicts Airline Industry Recovery by Next Summer

Delta Air Lines’ CEO is optimistic about the future.  In a televised interview, he said that he believes his airline will return to pre-pandemic levels by the summer of 2022.
Currently, the Atlanta-based carrier sits at 66% of its normal operational levels.
The coronavirus pandemic began to decimate global travel starting in early 2020 as international border after border was closed.
“I see this industry recovering in a very, very nice manner,” Ed …

Delta Returns to Pre-Pandemic Boarding Process

Delta Returns to Pre-Pandemic Boarding Process

Delta Air Lines said it had returned to boarding its planes by zones, eliminating one of its last remaining pandemic-era practices, namely front-to-back boarding.
The new – and old – process – allows travelers to board based on elite status with the airline or a partner as well as seat location.
“This update drives efficiency in the boarding process, making it faster and easier for both customers and employees as we continue …

Delta to Double Number of Flight Attendants It Hires for Summer ’22 Travel Season

Delta to Double Number of Flight Attendants It Hires for Summer ’22 Travel Season

Delta Air Lines said it plans to double the number flight attendants it will hire to have in place prior to the summer 2022 travel season.
The Atlanta-based carrier had planned to hire 1,500 but now plans to double that number.
Many workers at Delta and other major airlines took early retirement packages earlier in the pandemic, often taking advantage of favorable buyouts.
Delta is not the only airline on a hiring frenzy, …

Delta to Levy Non-Vaccinated Employees $200 Monthly Surcharge, Require Weekly Testing and Masks

Delta to Levy Non-Vaccinated Employees $200 Monthly Surcharge, Require Weekly Testing and Masks

Delta Air Lines said it would charge unvaccinated employees a $200 per month health insurance surcharge and mandate weekly coronavirus testing.
The Atlanta-based carrier announced the changes in a memorandum to its workforce on Wednesday that was viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.
Starting on September 12, U.S.-based employees who have not yet been vaccinated will be required to take weekly coronavirus tests for as long as community case rates remain high, Delta …