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10/19/2017

Amadeus believes blockchain technology has the potential to become a huge game-changer for travel. Blockchain could enhance baggage tracking, make loyalty points more accessible and simplify the passenger identification process, as well as streamline payments between airlines and travel agencies.

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10/19/2017

United Airlines has signed a deal with AIG to offer travel insurance to the airline's customers. The multiyear deal will offer insurance that covers trip cancellation, baggage loss and emergency medical services to its passengers in the US and 15 other countries.

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10/19/2017

The Spanish Balearic Islands consist of four main islands: festive, well-known Ibiza and three hidden gems. Island hoppers can unplug and do yoga on Formentera, cycle and hike across Majorca and tour ancient megalithic rock sites on Menorca.

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TravelPulse
10/19/2017

One goal travel advisers should be pursuing is continued self-improvement, which can be difficult, Mike Marchev writes. You can work on enhancing several skills if you want to become extraordinary, such as being reliable, responding quickly, listening and asking relevant questions.

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Mike Marchev
10/19/2017

Advising affluent people can be challenging, unless travel advisers are confident enough to tell them their best travel option instead of going along with their ambivalent desires, according to Bobby Zur of Travel Artistry. The key to properly guiding wealthy clients is to build strong relationships with them and gain in-depth knowledge about them, Marilee Crocker writes.

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Marilee Crocker
10/19/2017

Cargo customers who use Alaska Airlines to ship freight throughout Alaska will save up to 90% in shipping costs. The Freight for Less perk is a new benefit in the airline's Club 49 loyalty program.

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10/19/2017

Passengers aboard American Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner select flights from Australia to the US will enjoy its Premium Economy service, which offers more leg room, upgraded premium seats and improved food and beverage options. The new service will begin Oct. 31.

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10/19/2017

A renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement would be better for the economies of the US, Mexico and Canada than having no treaty at all, says David Abney, CEO of UPS. The three countries are in talks to update the treaty, and President Donald Trump has promised to terminate NAFTA if changes are not made.

10/19/2017

Airlines are warning that passengers could be charged $2.2 billion more each year to pay for airport construction, under a proposed fee increase Congress is considering. Congress, which has been divided over a possible hike, is expected to make a decision soon.

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10/19/2017

America is long overdue for an overhaul of our air traffic control system, writes Marc Scribner, a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The US is the last major industrialized country yet to reform air traffic control in this manner, and the House is expected to vote soon on these reforms as part of the 21st Century AIRR Act, he notes in this commentary.