Airbnb Taking a Beating During Coronavirus Pandemic

The travel industry is getting hammered by the coronavirus crisis.  Business and leisure travel have both declined considerably.  And, due to the lack of clarity when things will improve, future bookings are being impacted at an alarming rate.  United is flying nearly empty planes, even after grounding a large part of their fleet.  They’re not alone, with literally dozens of airlines grounding their entire fleet.  The damage isn’t limited to airlines.  Marriott has already furloughed 2/3 of their corporate staff.  And, Airbnb is nowhere near immune, taking a healthy beating […]

Big Move: Hilton Extending Elite Status And Adds Flexibility To All Reservations

Hilton is the first of the big hotel chains to make a move, and in a big way. They’ve announced changes to their elite status program and reservation flexibility that are very positive for customers. Is it enough for them to steal business from their competitors? We’re months away from having that answer.

United Airlines Is Flying 84% Of Their Seats Empty Today

United Airlines has a load factor of only 16% today with 40,000 passengers booked worldwide.  This is according to a source at United with knowledge of the daily operations. There are tons of airlines who have grounded significant portions of their fleet due to the current crisis surrounding coronavirus.  Some friends of mine are tracking cancelations around the world and you can view their work here.  United currently appears to have 68% of their fleet of 786 airplanes grounded right now, spurred by lack of demand due to COVID-19. United […]

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We Shouldn’t Need This: Marriott Adds Ability To See All Fees When You Search

Resort fees, facility fees, destination fees, urban fees and many more.  Hotels across the globe charge these fees on top of room rates as a way to earn extra money per room while hoping to avoid customers noticing until after they book a room.  As opposed to airline tickets, where they’ve been required for a number of years to show the full cost of a ticket, hotels are not currently bound by such legislation in the US.  Marriott seems to be the first major hotel chain to offer a way […]

Will Disney Have Special Discounts When Their Parks Reopen?

Seems like we’re talking a lot about coronavirus lately, no shock.  If you’re interested in seeing more of what I’ve written lately, check these stories out: Should You Travel During the Coronavirus Crisis? Marriott Furloughs Two-Thirds of Their Corporate Employees How Many Airlines Have Stopped Flying Completely in the Coronavirus Crisis? A friend of mine, Liz, asked me recently if I thought there would be a bunch of great discounts at Disney World when the parks started to reopen after the current crisis.  The cop-out answer is “yes and no”. […]

How Many Airlines Have Stopped Flying Completely in the Coronavirus Crisis?

It’s amazing how quickly things have escalated in the coronavirus crisis.  Things that were seemingly impossible are happening left and right.  I’ve been largely absent from blogging for the past few months dealing with professional and personal challenges.  The current crisis has consumed a great deal of my time for work-related items. But, I really want to write.  It’s somewhat cathartic for me.  So far, I’ve written about: Should You Travel During the Coronavirus Crisis? Marriott Furloughs Two-Thirds of Their Corporate Employees I’ve continued to watch the announcements about reductions […]