Travel News: July 3, 2019

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United Airlines’ Inflight Snacks Now Available Around the Clock in Economy
Travel Pulse

United Airlines today announced customers will get to choose between three complimentary inflight snack items offered in United Economy on all domestic flights, regardless of departure time.

As of July 1, customers will have a choice between Byrd’s Maple Wafers, pretzels and the customer favorite, stroopwafel.


Chief says shorthanded TSA will handle July 4 travel surge
Travel Weekly

The chief of the Transportation Security Administration says travelers should see only a slight increase in checkpoint wait times over the four-day July 4 holiday weekend despite the diversion of about 350 employees, including screeners, to the U.S.-Mexico border.

David Pekoske said Monday that TSA can manage the loss of those screeners if it is only temporary. He said the border deployment has not had a measurable impact on airport wait times so far.


Taco Bell Is Pretty Serious That Its Pop-Up Hotel Won’t Be Its Last

Here’s some interesting news: Taco Bell strongly considers itself a hospitality company.

The Irvine, Calif.-based restaurant chain, which began taking reservations for it’s new pop-up hotel, The Bell Hotel & Resort on Thursday, will offer 70 rooms to customers starting at $169 over a four-day period beginning on Aug. 8.

While largely considered a marketing stunt by industry experts, the Yum Brands subsidiary does add to a growing trend of hotel offerings made available for travelers by non-hospitality brands. These include the Equinox and West Elm hotels opening next year, as well as the recently launched TWA Hotel at John. F. Kennedy Airport.


Japan urges tourists to pick up travel insurance as hospitals complain of unpaid medical bills
The Japan Times

Municipal and prefectural governments across Japan are launching campaigns urging foreign visitors to buy travel insurance as a surge in unpaid medical bills puts pressure on hospitals’ budgets.

If uninsured travelers get injured or sick in Japan, they have to foot the bill for all medical expenses. Nearly 30 percent of all tourists arrive without any travel insurance at all, according to a government survey.

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