Travel prices rising in U.S., says author Christopher Eillott


“We’re still seeing some of the rates 30 to 40% off where they were pre-pandemic”

PORTLAND, Maine — With COVID numbers generally trending downward in the United States, people are once again feeling the urge to travel. Christopher Elliott, who writes about travel for USA Today and The Washington Post, says bookings are climbing, which raises the question: For people looking to go somewhere over the holidays, are there any deals still out there?

“Yes and no,” Elliott told NEWS CENTER Maine. “What we know is that travel prices are going up very consistently because of the declining number of COVID cases and also just because a lot of people haven’t traveled in a long time. A lot of folks were sitting out the summer and now they think, OK, it’s safe to go out there.”

Part of the challenge in finding good deals in travel is figuring out the timing, specifically whether it’s better to buy now or hold off and hope prices go down. 

For holiday travel, Elliott said, “This is not the year to [wait]. Because prices are rising so consistently and demand is increasing, it’s better if you see a deal you think you can afford to book it now and don’t wait.”

As long as demand is growing, prices are unlikely to dip. One of the few sectors where bargains might be found, though, is in city hotels that cater to business travelers, most of whom are staying home or at the office. 

At those hotels, Elliott said, “We’re still seeing some of the rates thirty to forty percent off where they were pre-pandemic, and so you may still find a really good deal there.”



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NC congressman Cawthorn bill to ban travel vaccine mandates


U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn addresses a group of demonstrators opposing a mask mandate outside in Johnston County on Tuesday. The day prior, he was accused of bringing a knife to a school in Henderson county.

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn addresses a group of demonstrators opposing a mask mandate outside in Johnston County on Tuesday. The day prior, he was accused of bringing a knife to a school in Henderson county.

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North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn introduced legislation that would ban vaccine mandates for travel, he announced in a press release Wednesday.

The bill, called the ‘‘Let Me Travel America Act,’’ would ban the government from mandating vaccines for travel within the United States.

The legislation is unlikely to advance in either the U.S. House or the Senate, where Utah Sen. Mike Lee filed identical legislation, with Democrats in the majority in both chambers.

Still, the move is Cawthorn’s latest to publicly oppose COVID-19 related safety measures, like vaccine and mask mandates.

“Vaccine requirements for interstate travel are in direct opposition to the United States Constitution,” Cawthorn said in the release. “The Biden Administration continues to flaunt their blatant disregard for the law in pursuit of their left-wing radical agenda.”

No vaccine mandates for travel are currently in effect. President Joe Biden has proposed mandating vaccines in other settings but not for air travel, the Washington Post reported, although Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said he would support such a mandate.

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Delta Names New VP for EMEA, India


Delta Air Lines has named Aeromexico executive Nicolas Ferri as VP of the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India region, where he will oversee the carrier’s commercial and customer experience strategy, Delta announced.

Ferri since 2019 has been Aeromexico’s chief commercial officer and previously worked with Delta for a decade in the carrier’s alliances, international and commercial divisions. In his new role, he will work closely with Delta’s joint venture partners in Europe, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic, and will lead “our regional efforts as the U.S. reopens to international travel,” Ferri said in a statement.

Ferri starts in his new role on Nov. 1.



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U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Increase 175% Year Over Year in September


ARLINGTON, Va.–()–Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency air ticket sales increased 175% year over year in September 2021. The consolidated dollar value of tickets sold by agencies in September totaled $3.2 billion, up from $1.2 billion in September 2020 and edging slightly higher compared to the August 2021 total.*

Month over month, September 2021 international trips and total trips increased by 3% and 1%, respectively. U.S. domestic trips increased less than 1%.

“Historically, we expect sales and total trips to decline month over month in September,” said Steve Solomon, vice president of global sales, marketing operations and customer experience at ARC. “This year, month-over-month sales started to decline between July and August due to travel restrictions triggered by the delta variant. We’re encouraged to see that decline leveling off, and ticket sales and trip numbers improving with the news of international travel to the U.S. becoming easier for vaccinated travelers beginning in November.”

Total passenger trips settled by ARC in September 2021 increased 103% year over year from 7.6 million to 15.4 million. U.S. domestic passenger trips increased 98% to 11 million YOY. International passenger trips increased 115% to 4.4 million over the same period. The average U.S. round-trip ticket price increased to $390 in September 2021, up from $343 in September 2020.

Year over year, September 2021 EMD sales increased 186% to $6,577,935. EMD transactions increased 142% to 133,179.**

More detailed information is available on ARC’s sales statistics page. Additional breakdown of corporate, leisure and online ticket sales can be found on the ARC COVID-19 data page.

About ARC:

As a leader in air travel intelligence and omnichannel retailing, ARC provides platforms, tools and insights that help the global travel community connect, grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retailing strategies of its customers by providing innovative technology, flexible settlement solutions and access to the world’s most comprehensive air transaction dataset. In 2019, ARC managed more than $97.4 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 302 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending September 30, 2021, from 10,921 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
  • The average ticket price (USD) is for a round-trip ticket settled through ARC for an itinerary that included only U.S. domestic travel.
  • Passenger trips include the total number of passengers taking a trip from one airport to another using direct or connecting flights. Newly issued trips are added, and refunded trips are deducted to provide a net view of traveling passengers.
  • U.S. domestic passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where the itinerary is wholly within the U.S. International passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where some or all the travel occurs to airports outside the U.S. or originates outside the U.S.
  • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

  • Includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked bags, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.

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Canada Government, Provinces Agree COVID-19 Vaccine Travel Passport – Officials | World News


OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s federal government and the 10 provinces have agreed on a standard COVID-19 electronic vaccination passport allowing domestic and foreign travel, government officials told reporters on Thursday.

The deal prevents possible confusion that could be caused if each of the provinces – which have primary responsibility for health care – issued their own unique certificates. The officials spoke on the condition they not be identified.

The document will have a federal Canadian identifying mark and meets major international smart health card standards.

“Many (countries) have said they want to see a digital … verifiable proof of vaccination, which is what we’re delivering,” said one official.

In addition, federal officials are talking to nations that are popular with Canadian travelers to brief them about the document.

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The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier this month that from Oct 30, people wishing to travel domestically by plane, train or ship would have to show proof of full vaccination.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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Rising Spotlight: 2022 Travel Trends And COVID-19 Updates With Mann Travels


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Travel trends are heading in a new direction in 2022 and in a good way!

In this week’s Rising Spotlight, Mann Travels Marketing Director, Roni Fishkin gives an update on travel and talks about some of the reasons why travel is expected to be busy going into the new year.

For more information visit manntravels.com.





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Thursday expected to be busiest travel day at MSP since before pandemic


Airport officials estimate more than 35,000 people will travel through Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Thursday, many of them traveling over the MEA school break. 

Jeff Lea, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, says on Thursday they’re expecting twice as many travelers as MEA weekend last year, when COVID-19 was still prevalent and travel traffic was low with about 17,000 people traveling. 

Lea says Thursday’s expected traffic is still about 25 to 30 percent less than a normal MEA weekend. In 2019, he says their busiest day of MEA break saw 47,000 travelers. He says overall traffic is still down 25 to 30 percent compared to 2019 levels. 

Even if number still aren’t reaching “normal” levels, he says staff are prepared for the influx of travelers. 

“The TSA, the airlines, the airport itself, all of our partners have been well prepared for this travel week in the sense that we have the projections, the booking forecasts and trying to move staffing around to handle those busy loads,” Lea said. 

He says TSA staffing is “certainly able to handle the loads” they’re expected to see over MEA. 

What’s not fully staffed are the restaurants and retail spaces beyond the gate. He says those are still operating at about 78 percent. 

Lea recommends getting to the airport at least two hours before your scheduled flight to ensure you can get through security and to your gate on time. 



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Delta appoints VP for EMEA and India


Nicolas Ferri
Nicolas Ferri

Delta Air Lines has appointed Nicolas Ferri as vice
president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, effective 1 November.

Based in Paris, Ferri will oversee strategic commercial and
customer experience initiatives in the region, working closely with Delta’s
European joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic, as the
airline focuses on rebuilding its transatlantic network.

Prior to this appointment, Ferri has served as chief
commercial officer at Delta’s partner carrier Aeromexico since August 2019. He
has been with Delta for 10 years and in addition to his secondment to
Aeromexico, he previously held roles such as vice president of Latin America
and vice president of alliances in the Americas.

Ferri is fluents in English, French, Spanish, German and
Portuguese.

Alain Bellemare, president – international at Delta, said: “…Nicolas’
vast international and alliances experience will be vital to our continued
success as demand picks up and we reopen travel corridors across the region. With
customers returning to the skies, we look ahead to 2022 and the rebuilding of
our international portfolio with optimism.”

Ferri commented: “It’s a pivotal moment joining the EMEAI
team and leading our regional efforts as the US reopens to international travel.
I’m looking forward to meeting our customers and working closely with our
partners to grow our business and build on Delta/Air France/KLM/Virgin Atlantic’s
leading transatlantic joint venture.”



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