Is it Safe to Fly?

Posted by Holly Hou on 9/10/20 1:44 AM

Air travel today looks vastly different from what it was before. The fear of  COVID-19 transmission has significantly reduced the demand for air travel, causing airlines to cut back their flights. We’ve all been adapting to the new normal over the past several months and travel is now slowly coming back. 


While traveling by plane during this time may seem scarier than ever before, according to a recent study, the risk of getting infected on the plane is actually quite low. On a full flight, the odds of infection are just 1 in 4,300, and the odds lower to 1 in 7,700 if the airline has adopted the middle seat open policy. Note that current flights are also generally not full due to low demand in travel.


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Topics: Air Travel, COVID-19

What Travelers Want When Travel Returns

Posted by Holly Hou on 9/8/20 2:42 PM

We will be back to traveling… soon. When that time comes, will travel look the same as before? Most likely not! We have witnessed how travel trends have changed during the pandemic and examined how it might look like post-pandemic

When travel does return, what travelers value won’t be the same as before. Surveys were conducted to better understand the preferences and attitudes of travelers - let’s explore the results!


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Topics: Air Travel, COVID-19, Hotel

Travel Industry in Light of this Pandemic

Posted by Holly Hou on 9/8/20 2:13 PM

This pandemic has upended the travel and hospitality industry. Some airlines filed bankruptcies while those airlines and hotels that are still running are continuing to update their safety measures to ensure your well-being. The travel industry has been ever-changing during this time - here are some updates from different areas in the industry.


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Topics: Air Travel, COVID-19, Hotel

COVID-19’s Impact on the Airline Industry

Posted by Holly Hou on 9/8/20 2:09 PM

So much has happened over the past several months: stay-at-home orders, social distancing requirements, and restrictions on non-essential travel. Airlines, hotels, and other travel service providers have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, airlines have updated their cancellation policies, cleaning regimes, and loyalty program qualifications. Once bustling, crowded airports are now empty; once full flights are now operating at reduced capacity. Read on as we explore some major events in the airline industry during this time.


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Topics: Air Travel, COVID-19

The Best Out of Basic Economy Fares

Posted by Holly Hou on 8/21/20 12:24 PM

Traveling doesn’t always have to be luxurious, especially if you’re making a short trip and just need to get from Point A to Point B. If this is the case, basic economy may be the fare you’re looking for! Basic economy is the most affordable option airlines offer travelers, in exchange for giving up some of the benefits of a standard economy ticket, which varies depending on your airline.

Basic economy fares are generally the most restrictive. However, due to the pandemic, airlines have been more flexible with flight changes across all ticket types. Changes are now allowed by most airlines offering basic economy fares. During this time, you don’t have to worry about being locked in if you have a basic economy fare. If you’re ready to travel, you can take advantage of this flexibility and fly with peace of mind at the most affordable price!


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Topics: Air Travel, COVID-19

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