American Airlines scheduling glitch allows pilots to drop thousands of July trips

An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaches for a landing at the Miami International Airport on December 10, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images A glitch in a scheduling program allowed American Airlines pilots to drop thousands of trips in July, their union said Saturday, a headache for the airline as it tries to minimize flight disruptions during a booming travel season. Pilots dropped more than 2,000 July trips and each trip usually contains at least two flights, the union said, so it could impact at least…

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Forget the Eiffel Tower. Here’s where the French travel in France

International travelers may prioritize visits to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre when they visit France.     But French residents have other ideas. Border restrictions during the pandemic largely gave locals the chance to explore their country without foreign tourists, which in 2019 numbered some 90 million. The French did not squander the opportunity. More than two-thirds of French residents traveled in 2021, with 84% of France’s metropolitan residents choosing to stay within the country, according to the French tourism marketing research firm Raffour Interactif. Top destinations As the desire…

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American Airlines offers pilots nearly 17% raises in new contract proposal

Pilots talk as they look at the tail of an American Airlines aircraft. Mike Stone | Reuters American Airlines CEO Robert Isom on Thursday said the carrier has offered its pilots pay raises totaling nearly 17% under a new contract, according to an internal video seen by CNBC. The latest proposal to the pilots’ union, the Allied Pilots Association, comes less than a week after rival United Airlines and its pilots’ union reached a tentative agreement that includes more than 14% in total raises over the next 18 months. That…

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Captain Minnie Mouse, ‘Frozen’ and a $5,000 Star Wars cocktail: Disney pins big hopes on new Wish cruise ship

Captain Minnie poses on board Disney’s newest cruise ship The Wish. Disney It’s been a decade since Disney has expanded its cruise fleet. Its newest addition, set to launch in a couple weeks, is a 1,119-foot floating theme park. The Disney Wish is one of more than 30 ships from a variety of leaders in the cruise space expected to debut before the end of 2022, and dozens more are slated to join the seas through 2027. The fifth addition to the company’s fleet of cruise liners, The Wish is…

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Spirit delays shareholder vote on merger hours before meeting to continue deal talks with Frontier, JetBlue

A Spirit Airlines plane on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 07, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Spirit Airlines on Wednesday delayed shareholder vote on its proposed merger with Frontier Airlines until July 8, hours before a meeting scheduled for Thursday so it can further discuss options with Frontier and rival suitor JetBlue Airways. It is the second time Spirit has delayed a vote on its planned combination with Frontier and extends the most contentious bidding war of a U.S. airline…

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Delta offers free flight changes over July Fourth weekend ahead of possible ‘operational challenges’

An Airbus A330-323 aircraft, operated by Delta Air Lines. Benoit Tessier | Reuters Delta Air Lines is allowing travelers to change their tickets for free during the busy Fourth of July weekend, allowing fliers to avoid paying a fare difference and skip the airport during a “potentially challenging” few days. The unusual offer, normally extended for bad weather and limited to certain airports, comes as Delta and other airlines gear up for what could be the busiest travel period since before the Covid pandemic and scramble to keep a lid…

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Retirees planning to travel should check their Medicare coverage to avoid costly surprises

Tom Merton | Getty Images If you’re a retiree on Medicare and feel the itch to travel, be sure you know whether your insurance plan can go with you. Whether you want to hit the road for a U.S.-based trip or head overseas, coverage at your destination hinges on the specifics of your Medicare plan. The nature of your care — routine or emergency — also may play a role. Just over a quarter of Americans (28%) say they’ve fallen ill or been hurt while vacationing, according to a recent…

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Fight for Spirit Airlines goes down to the wire with competing bids from Frontier and JetBlue

A Frontier Airlines plane near a Spirit Airlines plane at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 16, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images The most heated airline battle in recent years comes to a head on Thursday when Spirit Airlines‘ shareholders vote on a proposed tie-up with fellow discount carrier Frontier Airlines while rival suitor JetBlue Airways circles with increasingly sweetened takeover bids. Spirit has repeatedly rebuffed sweetened, all-cash bids from JetBlue, arguing that such a takeover wouldn’t pass muster with regulators, and has stuck…

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China cuts quarantine time for international travelers in big step toward easing Covid-19 controls

For more than two years, overseas travelers have had to quarantine upon arrival in China because of Covid restrictions. Pictured here at Beijing International Airport on June 18, 2022, are passengers waiting to be taken to quarantine-designated destinations. Leo Ramirez | Afp | Getty Images BEIJING — China cut the quarantine period for international travelers on Tuesday, a big step toward loosening Covid controls that have persisted for more than two years. Overseas travelers will only need to quarantine at a centralized facility, such as a hotel, for seven days…

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JetBlue ups offer for Spirit Airlines as shareholder vote on Frontier bid approaches

LaGuardia International Airport Terminal A for JetBlue and Spirit Airlines in New York. Leslie Josephs | CNBC JetBlue Airways again increased its offer for Spirit Airlines as a shareholder vote for the discounter’s deal to merge with Frontier Airlines is just days away. Frontier sweetened its offer on Friday and Spirit’s CEO told CNBC then that Spirit’s board still found that to be a superior bid. JetBlue’s new offer raises the reverse break-up fee to $400 million from $350 million and includes a dividend to Spirit shareholders of $2.50 a…

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