Travel News: May 18, 2017

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WOW air Announces $149 Flights to Israel from NYC
Condé Nast Traveler

The airline known for $99 flights from the U.S. to Europe (sometimes even $69), WOW air, just announced and exciting new route that’s a lot further away, but not much further in price. Starting in September, you’ll be able to fly to Tel Aviv, Israel from New York City—for just $149.

Starting September 12, WOW air will begin service to Tel Aviv, flying to Israel four times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on the new Airbus A321 aircraft, according to Morgunblaðið , Iceland’s second-largest newspaper. WOW air CEO Skuli Mogensen made the announcement while on a visit to Israel, speaking alongside the country’s Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz.


European Airports Council warns against expansion of laptop ban
Travel Weekly

The Airports Council International (ACI) Europe warned that extending the current laptop ban to U.S.-bound flights from European airports would result in “significant disruptions.”

“[The ban] would hit the Continent’s busiest airports hardest, where a significant portion of U.S.-bound flights would need to be canceled at short notice,” said Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe. “For the flights that could still operate there would be delays, which would compromise onward connections in the U.S.”


Southwest Adding Flights to Turks and Caicos
Travel Pulse

Southwest Airlines customers have been speculating about the company’s new destinations for years.

For a while, it was believed Southwest would add Hawaii to their roster of warm weather locales. However, that route never materialized.

Instead, Southwest Airlines has added a few more Caribbean destinations to the mix. First, the airline announced they would fly to Grand Cayman starting this summer. And now, they’ve made clear their intention to fly into Turks and Caicos beginning this winter.


American Airlines tweaks upgrade process for elite fliers
USA Today

American Airlines’ elite frequent-flier member will have some new calculus to crunch in figuring out how they’ll be upgraded.

The carrier said that starting Saturday, it is tweaking the formula used for determining the priority for space-available upgrades given to elite members of the AAdvantage program.

Among the biggest changes: American will give more priority than before to frequent-fliers who’ve spent a lot of money with the carrier during the previous year.

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