Travel News: February 20, 2017

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Many Americans Are Canceling Their Trips to Mexico

There’s a new self-imposed, fear-inspired travel ban happening among American travelers.

U.S.-based travelers are increasingly canceling trips to Mexico, reports Travel Weekly. According to a recent survey of 166 travel agents conducted by the MAST Travel Network, eight percent said they have clients who have canceled or re-booked trips to other destinations.

MAST also said 52 percent of the agents reported they have clients who specifically indicated that they did not want to travel to Mexico, while 49 percent said their clients do not want to travel internationally.


Delta: Free meals returning in coach on ‘select’ cross-country routes
USA Today

It turns out fliers like free meals, after all. Even in coach. That’s the conclusion at Delta Air Lines, which will add free meal service for all passengers on “select coast-to-coast” routes following a test of the idea last year.

Delta says the change will begin on 12 of its transcontinental routes this spring, all routes on which where the carrier faces competition. On those routes, Delta will offer fliers a breakfast option in the morning and sandwich or wrap options for flights later in the day. Passengers on red-eye flights will be included, too; they’ll receive a breakfast bar during their flights’ pre-arrival beverage service.


Hard Rock heading to Mainland China this summer
Travel Weekly

Mainland China’s first Hard Rock Hotel will open this summer in Shenzhen, and will feature a rooftop restaurant and pool and about 11,000 square feet of meetings space.


Paying passengers now flying on United’s new Boeing 777-300ER
USA Today

The new aircraft debuted on a 7 a.m. flight from Newark Liberty to San Francisco, with Flight 539 arriving to California about a half-hour ahead of schedule, according to United’s website. While United grabbed headlines with a special demonstration flight with the plane Monday, Thursday marked the aircraft’s entry into regular scheduled service for the carrier.

The new 777-300ER is United’s first to include its new “Polaris” business-class seats, a revamp of premium seating that the carrier hopes will help it win back high-yield customers that it’s lost this decade to rivals like Delta and American.

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