Travel News: November 8, 2018

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Boeing Issues Warning to 737 MAX Pilots After Lion Air Crash
Travel Pulse

In response to the crash of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia last week, Boeing is warning pilots about possible erroneous data from a key sensor on its 737 MAX planes.

According to Reuters, investigators handling the deadly crash of Flight JT610 found one of the angle of attack sensors on the new Boeing aircraft provided incorrect readings. The sensor issues can cause the plane to go into an aerodynamic stall.

 

American tweaks status requirement for top-tier frequent-flyers
USA Today

American Airlines is tweaking what’s needed for some flyers to earn elite status with the airline, though the changes will only affect top-tier customers.

Beginning next year, American will raise the spending threshold for frequent-flyers hoping to qualify for its Executive Platinum level. Customers will now need to accrue $15,000 in “elite qualifying dollars” (EQDs) in addition to flying 100,000 elite-qualifying miles (EQMs) to attain that status, which is American’s highest published tier. Currently, customers must fly 100,000 EQMs while earning $12,000 in EQDs.

EQDs are essentially determined by a customer’s fare, minus taxes and certain fees.

 

AMResorts to make Europe debut with four properties in Spain
Travel Weekly

AMResorts is expanding into Europe via a strategic partnership between parent company Apple Leisure Group (ALG) and Spain’s Grupo Inversor Hesperia.

Under the deal, ALG will oversee worldwide sales and marketing for four properties in Spain. Currently operating under the Hesperia brand, two of the resorts will be reflagged under AMResorts’ adults-only Secrets Resorts & Spas brand, one as a Dreams Resorts & Spas property and a fourth under the recently launched Amigo Resorts flag.

 

China is on track to overtake France as the top travel destination in the world by 2030
Business Insider

A leading travel research firm is predicting there will be 1.4 billion trips made in 2018, up 5 percent from last year.

Euromonitor International said Tuesday that stronger than anticipated growth in many major economies will mean that receipts in the tourism industry will rise by an even stronger 11 percent.

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