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Holidays gift wrap a boon for the airlines

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Airfarewatchdog.com, a resource for consumer travelers seeking airfare deals and expert money-saving tips, just released the results of a poll of more than 1,300 travelers, asking them if they will be flying for this holiday season. Almost half (46%) plan to take to the skies—up 53% from 2016 and almost double from 2015.

US airline trade organization, Airlines for America, concurs. According to their data, during the 21-day holiday travel period starting Dec. 16, 45.2 million travelers will fly on U.S.-based airlines, prompting airlines to add extra flights or bigger planes to serve the travel surge.

In a report from the Chicago Tribune, Airlines for America predicts that the busiest airports during the holiday period should be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

To accommodate the increased demand, airlines are expected to add 99,000 extra seats a day during the holiday season, a 3.9 percent increase. Read the full story here.

Did you know…Over 10 years, Airlines are using less fuel, yet carrying more passengers?

According to a report released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the amount of jet fuel consumed by U.S. airlines increased in both 2015 and 2016, although jet fuel use in 2016 remained 11% lower than its level a decade ago. Jet fuel use was lower despite the fact that the number of passengers traveling on U.S. carriers in 2016 was 7% higher than in 2007.

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Read the full report here: https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=31512#

Tax crackdown on home rentals in the sharing economy

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway  

The poster child of the travel sharing economy, Airbnb, has more than 20 million users; 640,000 hosts and facilitates more than half a million stays a night. But municipalities, like Paris, and Airbnb itself, are cracking down on tax collections from property owners who have been enjoying financial rewards. Watch our interview with Rob Stephens of Avalara MyLodge Tax, a financial and tax expert in the home rental space, and learn what you need to do to comply and minimize your risk with the IRS.

Survey: Business Travelers and Frequent Flyers List their Top 10 Pre-Flight Pet Peeves

With more than 100,000 flights taking off daily and nearly 3 billion passengers taking to the air annually, flying has become as commonplace as a train ride. But with more flights and flyers come more issues and annoyances – and oftentimes it’s fellow travelers who are stirring up a ruckus.  Frequent Business Traveler (FBT), along with FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, and ExpertFlyer, a leading air travel information tool, asked readers and forum members to rank their most egregious pre-flight air travel pet peeves. FBT defined “pre-flight” as activities between booking a flight and entering the jet bridge for actual boarding.  Here are the results:

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Read more about the survey and results here.

The survey was conducted with a random sample of 2,530 adults (average age of 45.2) between April 13 and May 15, 2015. The survey was designed by Basex Research, a market research firm and division of Accura Media Group, the parent company of Frequent Business Traveler.

 

How The Hotel Industry is Adapting to Meet Today’s Modern Business Traveler

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

businesswoman running with luggageThe face of the modern business traveler has changed. For one, it is increasingly female – women are the fastest-growing segment among business travelers in the U.S., accounting for nearly half of the market. It is also getting younger – Millennials currently make up an upwards of 35% of the workforce and are expected to soon surpass Boomers in overall travel spending. It is also more often seen working in the lobby and public spaces rather than tucked away in a guest room. Hotels, among other travel industry companies like booking sites and DMOs, are being forced to look at their branding, business models and communications methods to meet the needs of this modern business traveler.

The business travelers of today – especially the ever expanding Millennial market – are looking for flexible work spaces with high-speed and complimentary Wi-Fi, where they have the option to work and network, enjoy a good meal, cocktail or cup of coffee and be as social as they choose. They aren’t looking for cookie cutter experiences, but to discover something new, different or unique with each hotel stay – from the design to culinary offerings or craft beer and cocktail selections at the bar.

Hospitality brands like Sonesta, a global collection of 55 properties in eight countries, have taken notice, and aim to deliver a guest experience that is different, and flexible to meet each guest’s needs – from business to leisure travelers.

According to Mark Sherwin, Executive Vice President Operations for Sonesta, the brand is “passionate about offering guests a sense of place, not just a place to stay.” Sherwin says there is “no typical Sonesta, but a portfolio full of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests.”

A bold and independent-minded aesthetic is woven throughout the hotel’s guest experience, from lobbies and dining experiences to rooms – all also conveniently fitted with complimentary Wi-Fi for guests. Bright, vibrant tones are being carefully selected in design updates to brighten the mood, provide light and airy spaces and inspire creativity during each stay.

Read this CNN post for another perspective on the Makings of a Modern Business Traveler.