American Airlines expands flight offerings
American Airlines will be expanding its services with new flights in several markets while lengthening some seasonal service by reintroducing flights early. Commencing a month earlier than usual, American will bring back seasonal service from New York JFK to Jamaica on Nov. 21. New flights will be launched to various destinations in the Caribbean effective Dec. 21, including new service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago O’Hare to St. Thomas, and from O’Hare to St. Lucia. Also, on Dec. 21, Charlotte will get new service to Grenada and New York LaGuardia will have new flights to Bermuda.
Starting March 29, 2020 American will introduce service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Tokyo Haneda. It will also add a second daily flight on its Los Angeles-Tokyo Haneda route. March 29 will also be the start date for new nonstop service between Boston and London Heathrow. American also has said it will re-launch its seasonal service between New York’s JFK and Rome on March 29 instead of waiting until May.
Effective April 6, American will reinstate Chicago-Barcelona flights. Starting on April 7, American will increase its service between Miami and Lima, Peru by adding an extra daily nonstop flight. The carrier also said it will bolster its offerings with additional flights to Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil next winter.
Finally, American also plans to restart its summer service between DFW and Dublin a month early when it renews service on May 7, 2020.
Amtrak to phase out old dining car concept
Officials at Amtrak said that it will reinvent its passenger experience on mid- and long-distance trains. The traditional dining car will be replaced with exclusive onboard lounge spaces for sleeping car customers to dine. Amtrak will also offer more contemporary dining services with flexible dining times without need for reservations. The new options will be rolled out on the Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Crescent, and Silver Meteor starting in October. The Silver Star will be retrofitted in 2020.
Flexible dining will also be introduced on the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains, but traditional dining will continue to be offered on remaining overnight routes for now.
CBP reestablishes Mobile Passport at Washington Dulles
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it has reinstated the Mobile Passport option at Washington Dulles International Airport. This time-saving option had been unexpectedly eliminated back in March. The CBP said it is responding to traveler feedback in bringing the service back to Dulles. Mobile Passport, which is available at 28 U.S. airports and four cruise ports, allows U.S. travelers to complete entry documents online via an app before arriving back into the United States. The user is then sent a QR code which will allow for expedited processing at U.S. border control. For more information on Mobile Passport, please visit https://mobilepassport.us/.
Delta partners with LATAM; offers double SkyBonus points
Delta announced it will acquire a 20 percent stake in LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America’s largest airline. As part of the deal, Delta will take ownership of four of LATAM’s Airbus 350s and will also assume LATAM’s commitment for additional aircraft from Airbus. Delta officials note this agreement will also further leverage its partnership with AeroMexico.
Ramifications from this new partnership include Delta parting ways with Brazilian airline GOL, along with LATAM exiting the oneworld global alliance. American Airlines said it will gradually dissolve its codeshare arrangements with LATAM over the next few months.
In other news, Delta announced it is offering double points for travel between select cities through Dec. 31 for companies that are part of its SkyBonus program. Aimed at small and medium companies, the Delta SkyBonus program is a no-cost way to reward corporate customers through a central account.
To be eligible for the double points promotion, travel administrators should enroll by logging into their SkyBonus account and click on “My SkyBonus,” then select “Promotions.” For more information on SkyBonus or to enroll in the program please visit
Mariott Bonvoy adds points for dining
Members of the Mariott Bonvoy loyalty program can now earn points when dining at over 11,000 restaurants across the country. To be eligible, members need to visit https://eataroundtown.marriott.com/ and create a dining profile. Once users link a credit or debit card, points will be tracked when dining at participating restaurants. The program is in collaboration with Rewards Network, which allows members to search for restaurants.