Travel News: December 4, 2017

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Opponents say Trump’s plan to shrink national monuments is illegal
Travel Weekly

President Trump is expected to travel to Utah on Monday to announce that he is shrinking significant portions of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, but opponents say he isn’t allowed to do so.

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante were designated as national monuments by presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, respectively, which presidents are allowed to do under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Opponents of Trump’s plan argue that the Antiquities Act does not give him the power to reduce the size of protected lands.


AA Works Out Deal with Pilots on Holiday Schedules
Travel Pulse

If the American Airlines flight schedule debacle had you googling Amtrak as an alternate holiday travel plan, fear not. The airline has worked out an agreement with its aviators.

American has reportedly agreed to pay double time to some pilots who pick up the holiday slots, according to NPR.

The resolution comes just days after the Allied Pilots Association—the union representing American’s pilots—announced that a scheduling glitch gave too many employees time off during the holiday season, spurring concerns that the airline would have to cancel flights during its busiest time of year.


Cruise Lines Return to San Juan as a Port of Call
Cruise Critic

Cruise ships have been sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico for weeks, but today marks the first time that cruise passengers have disembarked and spent time in the city as a port of call since Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory in September.

Two eight-night Eastern Caribbean cruises departed Fort Lauderdale on November 25 — Carnival Conquest and Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas — and both called on San Juan today.


Last Minute Cathay Pacific Sale

If you haven’t made plans for your December adventures yet, this may be the deal you’ve been waiting for. Premium carrier Cathay Pacific is currently running a fantastic sale for Economy class travel throughout the holiday peak travel period. Book now through December 15, 2017 for dates through the end of the month and enjoy up to 35% off average airfare to destinations like Hong Kong, Bali, Singapore and others.

More information can be found on their web site.

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