Travel News: November 29, 2018

Washington DC

Marriott’s Moxy Brand Comes to Washington DC
Travel Pulse

Today, the experiential and spirited Moxy Hotels, part of Marriott International, officially opens its doors to guests and the local Washington D.C. community.

The new Moxy D.C. will boldly reinvent the lifestyle hotel experience in the nation’s capital, positioning itself as the ultimate destination for engaging, smart and free-spirited travelers.

 

Norwegian Air coming to Miami and San Francisco
Travel Weekly

Aiming to boost revenue, Norwegian Air will shift London flights from Fort Lauderdale to Miami and from Oakland to San Francisco on March 31.

With the shift, Norwegian will have a presence at 17 U.S. airports.

In an interview, airline spokesman Anders Lindstrom said Norwegian is shifting to San Francisco and Miami because they are higher-yielding markets for business travel and cargo. In addition, flights from London to Miami and San Francisco show up more broadly on OTAs and metasearch engines, Lindstrom said.

 

Sleepbox micro-hotel set open at Washington Dulles International Airport
USA Today

If Santa needs a nap after flying around the world on Christmas Eve, he might consider setting his sleigh down at Dulles International Airport and checking into a room at the Sleepbox Nap Lounge on Concourse A.

Scheduled to open in time for the busy Christmas travel week, the staffed post-security micro-hotel will be located between gates A6 and A14 and offer 16 small, stand-alone sound-proofed rooms (with no bathrooms or showers) that can be rented, via the Sleepbox website or app, for an hour or more, or overnight.

 

Some airlines may be using algorithms to split up families during flights
Vox

For most people, the holiday season includes travel, especially with their families. But airlines are reserving an increasing number of seat assignments for those who pay extra, meaning that you may not get to sit next to your traveling companions on a flight unless you’re willing to pay more for the privilege.

A recent investigation by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority found that some airlines go even further, using algorithms to deliberately split up people traveling together to charge them an additional fee to change their seats. According to the Independent, the algorithm recognizes those with the same surnames and splits them up. The study was meant to observe couples, business colleagues, or groups of friends more so than parents and children, as there are specific safety rules when flying with small children.

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