Travel News: February 16, 2017

Washington DC

Qantas hooks up with Netflix, Spotify, Foxtel for free inflight streaming
Australian Business Traveller

Qantas will offer free live streams from Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel on its new inflight Internet service which is expected to launch later this month.

Passengers on the single Boeing 737-800 that’s been kitted out to trial sky-high WiFi will use their own tablets or smartphones to tap into content from Qantas’ three new partners.

Netflix and Spotify will tempt Qantas passengers to sign up with the promise of a free 30-day trial, while Foxtel will offer three days of free streaming.


Trump’s travel ban is causing a large drop in US tourism
The Boston Globe

President Trump’s travel ban targeting nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries may not have held up in court, but it appears quite successful at keeping plenty of other people out of the United States.

Trump’s order brought with it a swift decline in the number of worldwide tourists and travelers looking to visit the United States, say people in the tourism industry. Some say it could be as damaging to the US tourism sector as the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.


Disney increasing park tickets for certain times of year
Travel Weekly

Walt Disney World and Disneyland are increasing single-day tickets at certain times of the year and setting expiration dates on tickets in hopes of preventing overcrowding during the theme parks’ busiest times, company officials said.

The single-day ticket prices are either staying the same or increased no more than $5 under the new price structure that went into effect Sunday. Last year, Disney rolled out a pricing plan that allows visitors to view a planning calendar from eight to 11 months out to determine which days are considered “value,” ”regular” or “peak” times. Visitors pay more on “peak” days, which are the busiest times as forecast by park officials.


Surprise! Airlines are canceling fewer flights, losing fewer bags than they have in decades

While airlines continue to be blasted on social media when a traveler gets bumped or delayed, the latest numbers from the federal government show the industry just put up its best performance in decades when it comes to completing flights and handling bags.

According to the Department of Transportation, U.S. airlines canceled just 1.17 percent of scheduled flights in 2016, the lowest rate in 22 years. In addition, the number of complaints about mishandled bags dropped to 2.7 per 1,000 passengers — the lowest level recorded by the DOT since it started tracking that measure in 1987.

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