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Loyalty Programs Still Show Some Life for Decimated Hotels and Airlines

In this October 2014 photo, a Frontier Airlines employee directs passengers at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland. Many travelers have been continuing to buy frequent flier miles and hotel points, providing options to help cash-starved airlines and hotels. Tony Dejak / Associated Press Skift Take: In the past two months, travelers have bought roughly […]

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ANA Backs Avatar-in for Its Virtual Vacation Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Examples of the Avatar-in robot at an exhibition of the artworks of Katsuhiko Hibino at the 21_21 Design Sight museum in Tokyo. Avatar-in Skift Take: All Nippon Airways has invested in Avatar-in, a startup that lets travelers use remote-controlled robots to see experiences far from them. Meanwhile, Eddy Travels, a digital booking assistant, has raised funding, […]

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Reasons to host exchange students

As national borders slammed shut in recent weeks, stories of exchange students caught far from home seized our attention. The idea of teenagers scrambling to get to their home countries during a global pandemic is certainly gripping — but it misses the real story that needs to be told. “What I’ve seen in the press […]

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Best health and wellness in Jordan

Whenever “wellness” and the “Middle East” are mentioned together, it’s almost always related to the salutary effects of the Dead Sea’s mineral-rich water. Aside from that, the region is usually perceived as hot, dusty, and harsh. That impression is quite far from the truth. It’s easy to combine adventure and relaxation in this area of […]