Travel News: December 11, 2017

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St. Maarten welcomes first cruise ship since Hurricane Irma
Travel Weekly

St. Maarten has reopened as a port of call for cruise ships, three months after Hurricane Irma left the Dutch-French island in shambles.

The Viking Sea sailed into St. Maarten on Dec. 4, followed by the Marella Discovery on Dec. 5. Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas will call on Dec. 17.


No checked bag? SAS has a cheaper transatlantic fare
Travel Weekly

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will begin offering its lower-cost Go Light product on all U.S. routes beginning Dec. 14.

Go Light, introduced on intra-Europe routes in 2015, enables passengers who don’t plan to check bags to fly at a discount. Go Light passengers otherwise receive the same service as those who hold an SAS economy cabin ticket, which the airline calls SAS Go.


DHS Considers Merging PreCheck and Global Entry
Travel Pulse

PreCheck or Global Entry?

After years of asking which is the better deal for them, travelers may no longer have to decide.

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske told reporters the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is mulling the possibility of merging its two trusted traveler programs, which help ease air travel headaches for frequent travelers.

According to a report at Politico, Pekoske said he and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan were taking a “good, hard look” at the possibility of combining the two programs.


Airlines prepare for record 51 million holiday travelers
USA Today

Airlines are preparing for a record 51 million passengers for the holiday season, a 3.5% increase from the previous peak of 49.3 million last year.

Airlines are offering 91,000 more seats per day on larger planes or additional flights to meet the demand for 80,000 additional daily passengers for the holiday period from Dec. 15 through Jan. 4, according to the trade group Airlines for America. Airline staffs have grown for nearly four straight years, the group said.

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