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Thomas Plaskett, Founder of American Airlines’ Frequent-Flyer Program and Former Pan Am CEO, Dies at 77

Thomas Plaskett, an airline industry visionary who led both Pan American World Airways and Continental Airlines and created the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent-flyer program, died on June 24 at the age of 77.  He had been undergoing treatment for cancer at the time of his death.
Mr. Plaskett, a Harvard MBA, joined American Airlines four years before the deregulation of airfares changed the playing field forever. He moved up the ranks …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed for This Year’s 4th of July Observance

Today is the Third of July, not the Fourth, but because Independence Day in the United States falls on a Sunday, the holiday is being observed on a Monday in terms of what is open for business. This year, many observances of the holiday will differ from past years due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, although there will be a marked return to some degree of normalcy when compared to …

EU Rolls Out Covid-19 Vaccine Passport System

The European Union began to roll out the first-ever digital coronavirus passport system that allows citizens of the bloc who are fully vaccinated to travel freely within its borders without a requirement to quarantine upon arrival or produce negative Covid-19 tests at their destination.
Member states are, however, allowed to close their borders to citizens from another EU state that they consider to be higher risk.
Already, close to half of the …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2021

July is the seventh month of the calendar and was named after the Roman general Julius Caesar as it was the month of his birth.  Prior to that time it was known as Quintillis, or the fifth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
Falling between June and August, July is typically the start of the “dog days” of summer, a period of hot, humid, and uncomfortable weather.  The ancient Romans blamed …

Sunday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

Sunday’s Summer Solstice to Mark Longest Day of the Year

This Sunday, June 20,marks the summer solstice, the day of the year with longest period of daylight and fewest hours of darkness.
The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted closest to the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2021, the solstice will occur at 11:32 p.m. EDT, hence 10:32 p.m. CDT, 9:32 p.m. MST, and 8:32 p.m. PDT. At that …

American Tourists to Be Welcomed Back to Europe After Bloc Lifts Restrictions

American tourists, pack your bags!  Your European holiday awaits, now that the European Union gave the green light for member nations to return for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move will allow visitors from the U.S. in time for the crucial summer travel season on the Continent.
The European Union on Wednesday added the United States to the bloc’s official white list of countries, a list …

Today Is National Doughnut Day: Here’s Where to Get A Free Donut to Celebrate

Let’s face it: Last year’s National Doughnut Day was a bust since many of us were locked away in our homes while the coronavirus wrought havoc in our lives.
The good news is that today, June 4, is National Doughnut Day and it’s a brand new year as virus rates plummet and vaccinated people in the United States are free to go about much of their day without donning a mask. Except …