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I visited airport lounges of the 3 major US airlines and saw how the pandemic has changed the once-extravagant experience – here's what it's like to lounge during the pandemic

We visited three airport lounges to answer definitively: what is it like to lounge during the pandemic? Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Airlines are adapting their premium lounges to the new realities of pandemic flying as their top travelers remain largely grounded.  Each airline has its own approach but all are centered around health and safety first followed by a gradual ramp-up of the amenities that flyers expect. We visited the airport lounges of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, an...
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I flew on Spirit Airlines' first 'shuttle' flight from Newark to Boston for $25 and still overpaid – here's why it's a great budget option

I flew on the first Spirit Airlines flight from Newark to Boston for $25. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Spirit Airlines inaugurated service between Newark and Boston on November 18, becoming the fifth carrier on the busy route.  The two daily flights join a competitive sector dominated by American, Delta, United, and JetBlue, primarily serving business travelers and offering bonus perks for flyers.  We flew on the first flight from Newark to Boston to see if Spirit's dirt-cheap fares hel...
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I flew on the Spirit Airlines' first 'shuttle' flight from Newark to Boston for $25 and still overpaid – here's why it's a great budget option

I flew on the first Spirit Airlines flight from Newark to Boston for $25. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Spirit Airlines inaugurated service between Newark and Boston on November 18, becoming the fifth carrier on the busy route.  The two daily flights join a competitive sector dominated by American, Delta, United, and JetBlue, primarily serving business travelers and offering bonus perks for flyers.  We flew on the first flight from Newark to Boston to see if Spirit's dirt-cheap fares hel...
Tags: New York, Boston, US, Trends, Connecticut, Delta, Spirit, Newark, Jetblue, Laguardia, Laguardia Airport, Amtrak, Delta Air Lines, Jetblue Airways, Spirit Airlines, George Washington


All 11 US airlines are running Black Friday sales, but the meager discounts are just another sign of an industry in crisis — here's the list

Flying on a Spirit Airlines Airbus A320neo. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider All 11 major US airlines are participating in Black Friday in which flyers can get the jump on deals for 2021 travel. Those not offering discounted flights are offering sale prices or bonuses when purchasing points or miles.  International flight deals are largely missing as travel restrictions continue to hinder where Americans can travel.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Black Friday is here, ...
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Alaska Airlines will acquire 13 more Boeing 737 Max planes despite misgivings from skeptical consumers about safety

An Alaska Airlines Airbus A320 acquired in a merger with Virgin America. Angel DiBilio.Shutterstock.com Alaska Airlines is acquiring 13 additional Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft in a deal that will also see the sale of 10 Airbus A320 jets.  The FAA ungrounded the Boeing 737 Max on November 18 following a 20-month evaluation that still has flyers saying they won't fly on it.  Alaska will grow its 737 Max 9 fleet to 45 aircraft with the new order from Air Lease Corporation. Visit Business Insider...
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Alaska Airlines will acquire 13 more Boeing 737 Max planes despite misgivings from skeptical consumers about the safety of the plane

An Alaska Airlines Airbus A320 acquired in a merger with Virgin America. Angel DiBilio.Shutterstock.com Alaska Airlines is acquiring 13 additional Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft in a deal that will also see the sale of 10 Airbus A320 jets.  The FAA ungrounded the Boeing 737 Max on November 18 following a 20-month evaluation that still has flyers saying they won't fly on it.  Alaska will grow its 737 Max 9 fleet to 45 aircraft with the new order from Air Lease Corporation. Visit Business Insider...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Washington, Air Canada, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Alaska, Hawaii, Ubs, Aviation


Here's everything you need to know and check before returning to the skies this holiday season

Travelers taking to the skies this holiday season will be greeted by an entirely new travel experience, one unlike anything seen before the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Flyers returning to the skies for the upcoming holiday season will be met with an entirely new travel experience. Health and safety is the new priority with revamped procedures at nearly every airport and on every airline. Airline schedules are constantly changing but travelers ca...
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Architects are designing the airports of the future as the coronavirus pandemic forces new thinking on how we travel - take a look

Airports are due for an overhaul in the post-pandemic world as travelers demand a better focus on health and safety. Gensler; Samantha Lee/Business Insider The coronavirus pandemic is encouraging architects to imagine the airports of the future as the downturn is opening new opportunities for the industry.  Fentress Architects held a contest among university students to design next-generation airports while Gensler designed an open-concept alternative to the iconic Washington Dulles Intern...
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Delta just gave all of its employees 2 free flights to go anywhere in the world, including those on leave from the company during the pandemic

Delta Air Lines is awarding employees with free travel. Shutterstock / Markus Mainka Delta CEO Ed Bastian is awarding employees with two free travel passes as a thank you for their work this year.  Called "Delta Difference" passes, employees can use them to fly anywhere Delta flies with a confirmed seat. Delta employees already have free flight benefits but these passes will be useful during a busy travel period or when using their benefits is less likely to secure a seat. Visit Business I...
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Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 167 nautical miles — here's the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is planning massive growth in 2021 with 19 new routes and entry into three new cities. The bi-coastal expansion will focus primarily on California and Florida but cities across the US will see increased service.  In the Caribbean, Frontier is taking the fight to Spirit Airlines with increased service to the Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fronti...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Miami, Airbus


Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 171 nautical miles — here's the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is planning massive growth in 2021 with 19 new routes and entry into three new cities. The bi-coastal expansion will focus primarily on California and Florida but cities across the US will see increased service.  In the Caribbean, Frontier is taking the fight to Spirit Airlines with increased service to the Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fronti...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Miami, Airbus


How to change or cancel flights during the pandemic

Thomas Pallini/Business Insider A surge in COVID-19 cases across the US is encouraging would-be travelers to cancel their holiday flights. Four major US airlines have eliminated change and cancel fees permanently, while others have travel waivers to make it easier to cancel when plans change. Most airlines won't offer a refund, however, unless a flight is canceled or there is a schedule change, so flyers should be strategic when they cancel.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
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VistaJet is about to take delivery of its first charter-ready Bombardier Global 7500, a $70 million ultra-long-range private jet that can fly 7,700 nautical miles — see inside

A VistaJet Bombardier Global 7500. VistaJet Private aviation firm VistaJet will welcome another Bombardier Global 7500 to its fleet in January that will be available for charter after its first model was scooped up by a single client. The Global 7500 has the longest range of any aircraft in its class, and is able to fly up to 7,700 nautical miles in a single flight.  The 14-passenger configuration allows for four living spaces, including a private bedroom and office.  Visit Business Inside...
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I visited a United Club during the pandemic and saw how the airline is re-imagining the airport lounge as it slowly welcomes back travelers

The United Club at Newark Liberty International Airport. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider United Airlines is re-examining its airport lounges, called United Clubs, during the pandemic as the priorities of its top passengers have shifted towards health and safety.  Only 10 lounges are open across a network of 33 airports as daily departures are slashed and international travel remains scarce but more are likely to be opened in the coming months. We visited the United Club at Newark Liberty I...
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Southwest just announced 12 new routes to leisure destinations like Hawaii and Mexico as it prepares to fly the Boeing 737 Max again — here's the full list

Southwest Airlines will launch 12 new routes in 2021. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Southwest Airlines is expanding with 12 new leisure routes across the United States and Mexico.  Savannah, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida are the focus of the expansion, with nine new routes to those cities. Hawaii and Mexico will see three new routes as Americans seek vacations in tropical locales. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airlines is continuing a nationwide expansion...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, Trends, Chicago, Flying, United States, Hawaii, George Bush, Long Beach, Nashville, John Wayne


Singapore Airlines is betting on the US with new routes despite a COVID surge — here's why the airline is expanding now

Singapore Airlines is growing its US presence following eight months of only serving Los Angeles. Phuong D. Nguyen/Shutterstock.com Singapore Airlines is growing its US route network with increased flights to the West Coast starting next month.  New three-times-weekly flights to San Francisco will start in mid-December while Los Angeles will soon see five weekly flights. The airline's head of Americas Joey Seow told Business Insider that vaccine news from Pfizer and Moderna is a good sign ...
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Inside the COVID-19 vaccine airlift: How cargo carriers plan to distribute the world's soon-to-be most valuable drugs to market

Cargo planes will be crucial is getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the furthest reaches of the world in the shortest time. Oed/ullstein bild/Getty Air cargo carriers are gearing up to transport a vaccine for the novel coronavirus if one is approved, in the second COVID-19 airlift of 2020. Each vaccine comes with its own requirements for shipping, with Pfizer's being among the most challenging as it requires storage temperatures of -94 degrees Fahrenheit, presenting a problem for aircraft. Vacci...
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How to change or cancel flights as the pandemic and travel restrictions cripple the airline industry's nascent recovery

Airline passengers reconsidering their holiday plans can take advantage of new policies offered by most major airlines. MARTIN SYLVEST/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty A surge in COVID-19 cases across the US is encouraging would-be travelers to cancel their holiday flights. Four major US airlines have eliminated change and cancel fees permanently, while others have travel waivers to make it easier to cancel when plans change. Most airlines won't offer a refund, however, unless a flight is canceled...
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Delta just became the only airline to block middle seats into the spring — but it could be the last extension

Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Delta Air Lines just extended its policy of blocking middle seats until the end of March. The airline did not say if it would continue the policy beyond that date. Delta will likely soon be the last US airline still blocking seats as competitors move to capture lost revenue after an extremely tough year for the industry. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Delta Air Lines just extended its policy of blocking middle seats until the end of Mar...
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Allegiant Air just added 15 leisure routes for 2021 with a new shortest route that's under 200 nautical miles— here's the full list

Allegiant Air is growing its US presence in 2021 by expanding into new and existing markets. Markus Mainka / Shutterstock.com Ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is adding 15 new routes to its network to new and existing destinations. Orange County, California and Las Vegas are the focus of the expansion with secondary markets including Grand Rapids, Michigan also seeing a boost. The new flights will launch in 2021, starting on February 11 and continuing until March 5.  Visit Business Ins...
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More wealthy travelers are turning to private jets this winter for travel as COVID spikes continue. Here are their top 9 destinations.

A Cessna Citation aircraft being marshaled in the snow. HANNAH MCKAY/Reuters Wealthy leisure travelers are returning to the skies in private jets this winter to escape for the holidays.  Business Insider polled some of the country's leading private jet firms to see where they're heading.  The mountain and beach regions of the US continue to be popular but flyers are also leaving US shores for more exotic locals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Winter is fast approachi...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Colorado, California, Montana, Mexico, US, Trends, United States, Hawaii, Arizona, Silicon Valley, Fda, Las Vegas, Nevada, West Coast


Biden promised a 'railroad revolution' that could see faster trains and a return to Amtrak's nostalgic past — here's what Americans might see

President-elect Joe Biden can be the friend that Amtrak needs right now. Alex Wong/Getty President-elect Joe Biden is expected to be a friend to Amtrak following decades of loyal ridership during his time in the US Senate.  A Biden presidency could finally see funding for new tunnels under the Hudson River, a project defunded by the Trump administration.  An expansion of high-speed rail is also on the table as Biden seeks clean energy solutions for transportation. Visit Business Insider's ...
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Costco will deliver a 12-month long private flight membership to your email — if you pay $17,500

Costco storefront in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Tim Boyle/Getty Images Costco is selling a 12-month private flight membership for $17,499.99 online, through its gift cards and tickets with "digital codes" section. The membership is with Wheels Up, and members can book flights from anywhere in the country with as short as a day's notice in advance, the product description listed on Costco's website says. A new group of wealthy flyers has increasingly sought these flights for personal travel ...
Tags: Transportation, Trends, Wealth, Flight, United States, Retail, Costco, Coronavirus, Thomas Pallini, Costco Shop Card, Inyoung Choi


The outgoing Trump administration just revealed its new citizenship test that's twice as long and uses exclusive terms like 'citizens' instead of 'all people'

The Trump administration just unveiled the new citizenship test required for naturalization. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The US Citizenship and Immigration Services just unveiled its new citizenship test for immigrants seeking to become US citizens.  The new 12-question civics exam is lengthier and has some updated terminology that could be construed as more difficult for test-takers to understand.  The term "citizens" also replaces "people" when it comes to some questions about representat...
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The FBI reportedly wanted to arrest Jeffrey Epstein a year before his plea deal while he was judging a 2007 beauty pageant in the Virgin Islands

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Associated Press The Federal Bureau of Investigation had plans to arrest Jeffrey Epstein while he was judging a beauty pageant in the US Virgin Islands in 2007, a year before his plea deal, NBC News reports. Epstein owned an island in the US Virgin Islands that he used as his primary residence. It's now referred to as "Pedophile Island" or "Orgy Island" and has become a tourist att...
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JetBlue will soon fill its planes to capacity and is offering refunds for travelers who don't want to fly on the airline as a result

JetBlue will start filling its planes to capacity after previously blocking middle seats and restricting capacity. Philip Pilosian / Shutterstock.com JetBlue Airways will not be blocking middle seats come January 8, 2021, as more airlines start to fill their planes. Flights from December 2 to January 7 will be filled to 85% capacity and to 100% capacity after that.  Only two US airlines have committed to blocking middle seats into 2021, so far. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more st...
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Inside the new world's longest flight: What it's like to fly on Singapore Airlines' new route between Singapore and New York

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 XWB operating the world's longest flight between Singapore and New York. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Singapore Airlines launched a new world's longest flight by distance on Monday, flying non-stop between Singapore and New York. The route has a great circle distance of 8,287 nautical miles with the longest segment scheduled for 18 hours and 40 minutes An Airbus A350-900 XWB is used for the flights offering 253 seats in a three-class configuratio...
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Private jet firm XO just added 15 aircraft to its fleet in a major fleet expansion that will help corner the new market of first-time private jet flyers

XO is expanding its fleet to 58 aircraft with the addition of 15 light jets. Perry Correll/Shutterstock.com Private aviation firm XO just added 15 Cessna Citation Ultra jets to its fleet, growing to 58 aircraft in total. It's the first light jet to be flown by XO, offering a greater variety to new and existing members over the traditional super-midsize and long-range aircraft operated by the firm. Thomas Flohr, the CEO of XO's parent company, Vista Global, told Business Insider that member...
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Here's which airlines are blocking middle seats for Thanksgiving travel

Flying on a JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 with a new interior. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Five US airlines are blocking middle seats or limiting capacity for the Thanksgiving holidays. Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and JetBlue Airways have all committed to blocking seats through turkey day but not all will keep the policy much longer. After Thanksgiving, only two airlines have committed to blocking seats for the Christmas and New Year holidays....
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Here's how to book holiday travel with no risk of losing money and a full refund if you have to cancel

Travelers should book with caution this holiday season as there are still so many unknowns about the pandemic. Shutterstock.com Travelers are preparing to take to the skies this holiday season should book their flights carefully to avoid losing money if the pandemic worsens.  Airlines are waiving change and cancellation fees but that doesn't mean a refund if you have to cancel. Using airline points and miles or travel credits can help ensure maximum flexibility and help get the best deal. ...
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