This is the year that changed travel forever.
It’s difficult to understate the devastation of COVID-19. A recent study by the U.S. Travel Association projected a 45% decline in industry revenues. That translates into a $519 billion loss for the year – roughly nine times the impact of 9/11 on travel revenue.
“2020 has been a year like no other,” says Roger Block, president of Travel Leaders Network. “The pandemic has put a halt on all types of international travel, changing the face and the mindset of travelers. Travelers are now more cautious, aware of cleanliness standards and practices which have forced airlines and hotels to impose new sanitation protocols.”
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Scent-sensitive travelers like Sara Voorhees have always been careful when they’re on the road. A whiff of cologne or detergent can trigger an asthmatic attack for her.
But lately, as travel companies have obsessively cleaned their cars, rooms, and seats, she’s had to be extra cautious.
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Your car knows more than you think. Like when you’re about to rear-end the vehicle in front of you. Or when you’re close to colliding with another car in the parking lot. Or when you’re too tired to drive.
Yes, too tired.
On a recent road trip, my Volvo XC-90 calmly informed me I was too fatigued to continue driving. It even suggested a hotel where I could stop for the night. How thoughtful.
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No one likes to wait to check into a hotel. But now, with COVID-19 ravaging the world, your life may depend on it.
Travelers are resorting to some unusual strategies to speed through the check-in line. Aristide Tofani uses a trick favored by frequent business travelers: He dresses the part.
“When I’m wearing a suit and tie, the receptionists think I’m there for business and that I must be busy,” he says. So he gets waved to the elite check-in line. “Often, they give me free room upgrades.”
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Even though airlines are dropping some of their most hated fees, the era of airline fees is far from over.
Airline fees aren’t going away. If anything, they are just getting started. Experts predict airlines and other travel companies will now try even harder to bait customers with low prices and then prod them into paying extra for something they want.
In August, United Airlines announced that it would “permanently” eliminate change fees for all standard economy and premium tickets for travel within the United States. The rest of the major airlines — including American Airlines and Delta Air Lines — fell in line within days. (Southwest Airlines has never charged ticket change fees.)
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