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Week in Review

According to BBC, Emirates will reduce flights to five U.S. cities starting next month due to weaker demand for U.S. travel. An Emirates spokesperson said, “The recent actions taken by the US government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the US.”

USA TODAY reports airlines are running late more often than last year, but with fewer flight cancellations and complaints. The latest government figures show Delta leads the pack in on-time arrivals.

According to Condé Nast Traveler, Qatar Airways’ new luggage tracking system enables travelers to track their checked bags from start to finish of their journey. The airline reports they are the first to comply with IATA’s Resolution 753, which was issued to minimize mishandled bags, lost luggage and theft.

Mashable notes Malaysia Airlines has become the first airline to track their fleet with satellites.

USA TODAY reports Delta will now offer up to $9,950 to travelers who voluntarily give up their seats on overbooked flights.

According to Skift, IHG revealed a second credit card data breach occurred at multiple franchise locations in the US and Puerto Rico from September 29 to December 29, 2016.

CNNMoney states Trump’s travel policies are hurting the US brand and discouraging tourists.

In just a few short weeks, former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet Gus Balbontin will deliver a keynote address at btTB 2017 on 2 – 3 May, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The event is held in partnership with GBTA, with record numbers of travel buyers set to attend.

According to The Hill, TSA released new guidance for screening transgender passengers.

Skift notes corporate travel still doesn’t get home-sharing, despite business traveler use. The article shares findings from a study that reveals only 17 percent of travel policies allow business travelers to stay at home-sharing properties. Industry leaders shared their perspectives on this hot topic in a recent webinar.

Reuters reports Lufthansa and Air France were hit by a computer outage preventing them from boarding passengers on Thursday evening.

According to Skift, the latest data from Certify shows Uber’s growth is stalling among business travelers. Although Lyft is growing at a faster rate than Uber, it was only expensed by six percent of travelers.

TravelDailyNews International reports Booking.com’s first customer call center officially opens in Toronto.

USA TODAY notes Spirit has become the third US airline to end flight service to Cuba.

According to Business Traveller, Virgin Australia has begun domestic in-flight Wi-Fi trials. The same source reports United’s new Polaris business class seat is headed to Tokyo.


This week’s list comes from Entrepreneur:

3 Ways to Bootstrap Your Startup’s Business Travel Budget