Delta extends flight credits by almost two years; camping increases amid pandemic
Delta Air Lines has extended the window until 2023 for customers to rebook credits earned when they purchased and then canceled flights during the pandemic. Prior to the announcement, Delta eCredits were set to expire at the end of 2022. Now, customers will be able to use eCredits throughout 2024 if travel is booked by December 31, 2023. The new date will also apply to all tickets purchased in 2022. Passengers are entitled to refunds under federal law if the airline cancels their flight – but if the passenger cancels, airlines generally only provide some form of credit or voucher, usually with an expiration date. ‘a year.
Many travelers have ditched hotels and resorts, finding joy in a tent or RV. In the five years ending in 2020, Recreation.gov data shows camping reservations grew 68% on US public lands. Hipcamp, which is similar to Airbnb, has grown even more explosively. “We saw over 450% more people exit last year than in 2019,” said CEO Alyssa Ravasio. Another platform, Glamping Hub, saw a boom in 2020 with an average annual increase of 109% in booking requests. Indiana, Nevada, South Dakota, Michigan and Wyoming saw the biggest increases between 2015 and 2020, according to a report by Outdoorsy.
January is the first month of “wave season” in the cruise industry. Almost every cruise line — including Disney, Avalon Waterways and Scenic — is offering some sort of cruise savings for this year. In addition to saving money or earning perks, travelers can also choose the best cabins. Booking now can also give travelers peace of mind with flexible cancellation policies. Celebrity Cruises’ “Cruise With Confidence” program, for example, offers the ability to cancel up to 48 hours before departure for any reason and receive future cruise credit, without penalty. This applies to all sailings booked before March 31.
Disney in 3D
Walt Disney Co. was granted a patent to project moving 3D images to interact with theme park visitors. The US Patent Office last month approved a patent for technology described as a “virtual world simulator”. Disney officials say they have no immediate plans to use the technology. The technology described in the patent would not be aimed at a large audience, but rather would track individual visitors around parks and project images specifically for them onto nearby objects, buildings and walls. Imagine you are walking along a wall and Mickey Mouse appears to be waving and dancing in front of you.
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