Travel Week in Review – September 30th, 2022

Travel Week in Review – September 30th, 2022

American travelers are another step closer to being able to renew their passports online: In October, the State Department will reopen its online U.S. passport renewal service. It’s a pilot of a new online renewal system that is slated to fully open to the public early next year. The test program was originally launched in February for federal government employees and contractors, and in August, the first “limited” version of the online renewal initiative was opened to the public. Read More…

If you are a frequent flyer with American Airlines, your personal information may have been compromised in a hack earlier this year. NPR reports the Fort Worth-based airline confirmed a “very small number” of accounts were affected by the data breach. Information Leaked Includes Date of Birth and Drivers License Numbers. Although the carrier confirmed the attack happened, they did not divulge how many employees and customers were affected by the attack. Read More…

President Joe Biden plans to announce a new proposed rule that would require airlines to disclose, upfront, certain fees. The proposal “seeks to provide customers the information they need to choose the best deal. Under the proposal, U.S. carriers, foreign carriers, and ticket agents would be required to clearly disclose passenger-specific or itinerary-specific baggage fees, change fees, cancellation fees, and family seating fees to consumers whenever fare and schedule information is provided to consumers for flights to, within and from the United States.  Read More…

The Department of Transportation on Monday announced its approval for both American Airlines and JetBlue Airways to add flights from the U.S. to Havana, Cuba. It is part of the Biden administration’s plan to expand travel to the island nation in what has been a political hot potato for years. For American Airlines, Monday’s announcement means 13 more weekly flights to Havana from its hub in Miami, while JetBlue will add a flight to Havana from Fort Lauderdale. Read More…

Despite the percentage of domestic air flights being canceled decreasing in July from June, the number of consumer complaints increased, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday. About 1.8 percent of domestic flights operated in July by the 10 network carriers were canceled, an improvement over June’s cancellation rate of 3.1 percent, according to DOT. There were nearly 607,700 domestic flights operated in July 2022.  Read More…


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