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A new normal for travel



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The Covid-19 pandemic may impact where we can travel but there is still wonder to be found in the world.

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Volaris launches San Jose-Mexico City flights

SAN JOSE — Volaris has begun flights between San Jose and Mexico City, a new connection that marks a milestone for Bay Area travel in the coronavirus era.

Mexico-based Volaris is offering the San Jose-Mexico City flights three times a week.

The new flights are significant because they come at a time when economic uncertainties and government restrictions have drastically chopped the level of airline travel worldwide, including to and from the Bay Area’s three airports.

The departure of Aeromexico from San Jose in early 2019 marked the end, at that time, of flights between San Jose and Mexico City, according to Keonnis Taylor, a spokesperson for San Jose International Airport.

“It’s a pleasure to join our friends at Volaris as they welcome the return of Mexico City flights to Mineta San Jose,” said John Aitken, San Jose’s director of aviation.

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    A Volaris jet approaches a gate at San Jose International Airport. Volaris has begun flights between San Jose and Mexico City, a new connection that marks a milestone for Bay Area travel in the coronavirus era.

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    Alejandra Bologna Zubikarai, Consul General of Mexico in San Jose (behind scissors) and San Jose Director of Aviation John Aitken (right) join other dignitaries to cut a ribbon marking the start of Volaris service between San Jose and Mexico City. Volaris has begun flights between San Jose and Mexico City, a new connection that marks a milestone for Bay Area travel in the coronavirus era.

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    Volaris jetliner approaches a San Jose airport gate. Volaris has begun flights between San Jose and Mexico City, a new connection that marks a milestone for Bay Area travel in the coronavirus era.

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Embraer prepares for ‘very challenging’ 2021 as new COVID waves hamper travel

By Marcelo Rochabrun

(Reuters) – Brazil’s Embraer SA <EMBR3.SA> is preparing for a “very challenging” 2021 as new coronavirus waves in the United States and Europe are appearing to delay a potential recovery in travel, Chief Executive Francisco Gomes Neto said on Tuesday.

The world’s No. 3 planemaker lost $121 million between June and September, the company said, as the pandemic’s first wave curbed travel, hitting demand for commercial jets and private planes.

Gomes Neto told analysts he did not expect sales in 2021 to be better than in 2020, with the company particularly weighed down by lagging commercial jet sales. So far this year, Embraer has already lost $728 million, and the company only expects growth to resume perhaps in 2022.

Shares fell 6% in Brazil on the news and the negative outlook, even as markets overall were up.

But Embraer said on Tuesday it had already delivered more planes in October than in all of the third quarter, a promising sign that could darken down the line if the resurging pandemic is not tamed.

Commercial jet revenue was the hardest hit, falling to $177 million in the quarter from $408 million a year ago as the pandemic ravaged commercial travel.

But the executive jets division, which some analysts believed would be a bright spot as the ultra rich would spend heavily to travel in isolation, also fell significantly. Executive jets revenue fell to $212 million from $363 million a year ago.

Its defense division, however, managed to grow its revenue on higher deliveries of military planes. Still, Embraer’s defense division remains a smaller business segment than the one making civilian planes.

The company said it burned through $567 million in cash during the quarter, which was offset by $750 million in new debt raised in the same period.

(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Louise Heavens and David Evans)

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Travel firm launches free flights on long-haul holidays in 2021 and 2022

Got a case of the travel bug and starting to think of your future holiday plans? Then you may want to check out Wendy Wu Tours’ latest offer.

The travel firm is currently offering holidaymakers free flights to heaps of destinations around the world, when you book onto one of its tours in either 2021 or 2022.

That includes heaps of hotspots across South America, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and China.

That makes for savings of up to £800 per person and the best part is, the deal is valid no matter which UK airport you choose, and covers all airlines. (Flying in economy of course!).

There are 26 tours on offer as part of the deal – you can check out the full list of tours included here – and you’ll need to book by Monday 30th November 2020 when the sale ends.



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You could bag a trip around the world instead

There’s more good news for holidaymakers too, as you can secure the packages with a £99 deposit. The company has also said that if your travel plans do change (for example if new travel restrictions mean you can’t go), you’ll have the option to either reschedule to an alternative date or get a full refund.

The free flights on 26 tours come in celebration of the brand’s 26th anniversary, with Wendy Wu having first organised an escorted tour in China back in 1994.

It’s not the first time that the travel firm has launched a deal of this nature – it has previously offered free flights to Japan.

Looking for more offers? We’ve got a Holiday Deals page with all the latest sales and discounts we think you’ll love. While travel plans have been disrupted by the pandemic, that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about where you’ll go when restrictions do ease up.

  • During the coronavirus pandemic, countries may be subject to a change in travel restrictions. Always check the latest FCDO advice for your chosen destination before planning, booking, or going on a trip.

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Barry Jenkins Brings the Yeehaw Agenda to Wilco’s ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’

Barry Jenkins has remixed Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in the style of a chopped-and-screwed Houston mixtape, dubbing it Yankee Purple Foxtrot.

The Moonlight director remixed the band’s 2001 breakthrough with the help of the Chopstars’ DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C. “NOBODY asked for this BUT… in a world where Jeff Tweedy and the boyz was from Houston, TX…” he tweeted. “Some Americana for the timeline given recent events. The #YeehawAgenda is alive and well.”

Jenkins’ Wilco remix follows his 2017 reworking of Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest and Painted Ruins. He directed If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018, and is set to direct a sequel to Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King.

Tweedy recently released his new book, How to Write One Song, and a new solo album Love Is the King, which he recorded at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic with his two sons, Spencer and Sammy. Last week, Wilco released a deluxe edition of their 1999 album Summerteeth. 

“I feel overwhelmingly grateful that there are any records still being listened to by anybody,” Tweedy told Rolling Stone last month. “I could never have imagined that. Or maybe if I had imagined, it would have been at the highest end of my aspirations my whole life, to have something that stays relevant to some people over time. And it’s not just that record [Yankee Hotel Foxtrot]. There are a lot of records, even Uncle Tupelo records, that have maintained some presence in the minds of music listeners for much longer than I would have anticipated. It’s really beautiful.”

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One wounded in shooting at West Palm Beach hotel; police say no signs of foul play





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One wounded in shooting at West Palm Beach hotel; police say no signs of foul play

WEST PALM BEACH — One person was wounded Monday night in what appeared to be an accidental shooting at a West Palm Beach hotel, city police report. 



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The shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue, near Palm Beach International Airport. The preliminary investigation revealed two people in the same room were handling a firearm when one accidentally shot the other, police said.

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The wounded person was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition Tuesday, city police said.

Police said the shooting didn’t appear to be foul play, although it remains under investigation. 

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Bowser defends trip to Delaware to celebrate Biden win, despite travel advisories

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Tuesday defended her decision to travel Saturday to Delaware, a state with significantly higher coronavirus risk than the District, to celebrate president-elect Joe Biden’s victory and meet with his staff.

The trip, which comes as the mayor attempts to discourage interstate travel because of the pandemic, prompted questions from reporters, and derision on social media from some residents and Bowser critics.

The mayor said she was “very proud” to attend the celebration in Wilmington, and that the trip “absolutely” qualified as “essential travel” — which is exempted from Bowser’s quarantine order — because she was conducting government business on the road.

“I do a lot of things to advance the interests of the District of Columbia. Some of them are formal and some of them are informal, but all of them are necessary,” she said.

It remained unclear Tuesday whether the mayor was tested for coronavirus after returning from her trip and before appearing in public, which her office advises for people who have come into the city from a high risk state.

[In Maryland, local officials ask governor to reimpose restrictions as cases spike]

Bowser and members of her staff, including deputy mayor John Falcicchio, conversed in Wilmington with Biden strategist Symone Sanders, along with watching the outdoor speeches by Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. Bowser posted a photo of herself celebrating while wearing a mask — like everyone around her — and a “We are D.C.” scarf.

“We congratulated [Biden] team members that we saw,” Bowser said on Tuesday when reporters asked about the purpose and nature of the government business she conducted on the trip. “I congratulated the people that I saw. I had, recently, conversations with the transition team itself.”

She said that the District government will need to coordinate upcoming events with Biden’s staff. “Building a relationship with the new team is going to be important for all of us.”

The trip triggered immediate criticism from conservative media: Fox News’s headline, for example, was “DC mayor disregarded own COVID restrictions to attend Biden victory speech, defends ‘essential travel.’”

After NBC4 reporter Mark Segraves tweeted Bowser’s photograph at the celebration, a flood of residents and others responded, most of them accusing the mayor of following different coronavirus safety protocols than what she preaches for residents.

“I cancelled Passover seders and haven’t seen my friends and family in months,” reporter Jon Steingart responded.

WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle posted that Bowser’s description of her trip “might be stretching the definition of ‘essential’ just a touch/whole lot.”

[D.C. eases travel restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving holiday]

Until last week, Bowser’s mayoral order on interstate travel would have required anyone who visited Delaware (and other states with more than 10 new daily coronavirus cases on average per 100,000 residents) to quarantine at home for two weeks upon returning to the District, except those whose travel was for essential purposes.

Last week, however, Bowser replaced that order with a new one, getting rid

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Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel is reopening in December, but there’s a catch

The lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.

The lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.

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Disneyland’s theme parks aren’t reopening anytime soon, but little by little, things at the resort are opening back up. This time, it’s Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, which is opening to guests Dec. 6.

But just like in everything else in 2020, there’s a catch: The hotel is only taking reservations from guests who are members of Disney Vacation Club, the timeshare-style membership where people buy a certain amount of points that they use annually to book rooms at Disney properties anywhere from Hawaii to Orlando. The Orange County Register reports that none of the Disneyland hotels are open to non-Vacation Club guests through December 31.

Opening hotels early to Disney Vacation Club members has been part of Walt Disney World’s phased reopening since June. Some of the hotels are still not fully open, like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort on the Seven Seas Lagoon across from Magic Kingdom. Only the Disney Vacation Club rooms are open at the resort, but the pools and some of the restaurants are open for guests as though the hotel were operating normally.

The pool area at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa leads directly out into Disney's California Adventure park.

The pool area at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa leads directly out into Disney’s California Adventure park.

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This new opening will come just after Disneyland reopens Buena Vista Street, in Disney’s California Adventure, on Nov. 19. The Hollywood area of the park will only offer shopping and dining, but it’s the first little piece of theme park to open at Disney. Given the excitement at Downtown Disney about the expansion, it’s likely to be an immediate hit.

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Should You Book Holiday Travel Now or Later? | Travel

Hotels have generally been more flexible than airlines about cancellations, and policies are more generous since the pandemic started. Hyatt reservations for arrival dates through July 31, 2021, can typically be canceled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival. Marriott is allowing guests to cancel most reservations for arrival dates through Dec. 30, 2020, at no charge up to 24 hours before the scheduled arrival date.

For hotels and airlines booked on points, most hotel chains will redeposit award points on canceled stays. Meanwhile, most airlines will allow you to change your flight for no fee, even if you booked on points.

Given that flexibility, it might make more sense to book travel now and potentially cancel last-minute versus procrastinating and scrambling to book.

Availability isn’t necessarily as broad as you might think

Sure, the number of overall travelers is way down, but travel availability is also way down. In the last week of October, there were 46% fewer scheduled airline flights than for the same week last year, according to airline analytics provider OAG.  Flights aren’t necessarily totally empty; there are just fewer of them.

Similarly, it might seem like a great idea to head to Disney World — where attendance is way down — but less than two-thirds of the hotels on property are open. What’s more, park hours have been reduced.

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Yeti recalls Rambler travel mugs with Stronghold lids

A travel mug that might spill its liquids has no raison d’être. That’s why Yeti recalled 241,000 of its 20-ounce Rambler Travel Mugs with Stronghold lids.

The exact problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The magnet slider on the lid can eject and hot contents can spill out, posing injury and burn hazards.”

Yeti knows of this happening twice, but says no injuries were involved. Only about 15,000 of the mugs were sold, according to a Yeti spokesman.

This covers travel mugs with the date code 34204010. Find the date code on the bottom of the mug base. The mugs come in black, graphite, copper, seafoam, navy, ice pink and northwoods green.

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Recalled mugs will have date code 34204010 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Yeti’s eating the cost on this one, offering full refunds. Either return the mug to a Yeti store or contact the company at [email protected] or 833-444-3151, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.

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A view of the Yeti Rambler travel mug that shows the problematic Stronghold lid U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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