TOP News

Travel: These famous attractions are still under construction

The ultimate guide to Norwegian Cruise Line ships and itineraries

  The ultimate guide to Norwegian Cruise Line ships and itineraries Looking for a cruise where you can do what you want, whenever you want, without a lot of structure and rules? Norwegian Cruise Line could be your brand. The Miami-based cruise line pioneered the idea of “freestyle cruising” — cruising without rigid dining schedules, dress codes and formal nights — and it’s still the go-to …The Miami-based cruise line pioneered the idea of “freestyle cruising” — cruising without rigid dining schedules, dress codes and formal nights — and it’s still the go-to line for vacationers who want a floating resort experience with a casual, laissez faire vibe.

  ‘Worst may be behind us’: Delta sees demand hit from omicron, but thinks it won’t last long © Provided by The Points Guy
MSN has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. MSN and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that 8,000 of the airline’s employees had tested positive for COVID-19 over the past four weeks, which caused the operational disruptions that saw Delta cancel nearly 2,000 flights over the busy holiday travel period.

Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for TPG’s free new biweekly Aviation newsletter!

“The good news is that they were all fine, there have been no significant health issues that we’ve seen from it, but it’s knocked them out of the operation for a period of time at the same time that we’ve had the busiest travel that we’ve seen in two years,” Bastian told CNBC’s Squawk Box ahead of a quarterly earnings call with investors.

The 16 Top Amusement Parks in the U.S. 2022

  The 16 Top Amusement Parks in the U.S. 2022 From exhilarating roller coasters to costumed characters, these parks offer fun for everyone.That said, some of the best amusement parks focus more on dizzying coasters than family fun, and others offer more ride options for the little ones in your crew. With that in mind, it's smart to plan your family trip based on park features and amenities in addition to geographic location.

About 20,000 U.S. flights across all airlines were canceled during the holiday period. United Airlines had 3,000 employees out sick with COVID-19 on Tuesday, CEO Scott Kirby said.

The airline posted a net loss of $408 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 and forecasted another loss for the first three months of this year, both driven by disruptions caused by the spread of the omicron variant, but said that things have already begun to improve.

“The good news is that over the past seven days, our operation has stabilized with omicron-related cancellations impacting only about 1% of our flights,” Bastian said during the call. In an even narrower time frame, he added, things have gotten even better.

Related: Snapshot: 1 in 13 flights were canceled during the holidays. How US airlines fared

Construction work underway on Bill Gates $43M Del Mar bachelor palace

  Construction work underway on Bill Gates $43M Del Mar bachelor palace The six-bedroom, three-bathroom 5,800 square-foot home was purchased by the Gates in March 2020. Two years later, construction work is well underway on the Del Mar, California home.The six-bedroom, three-bathroom 5,800 square-foot home situated in tony Del Mar, north of San Diego, was purchased by the Gates in March 2020 for $43million, but work to remodel the home has only recently got underway.

“Since Sunday, the number of omicron-affected cancellations are around 20 a day out of nearly 4,000 daily flights,” he said. “And in fact, yesterday we only had two omicron-related mainline cancellations.”

“So while the new variant is not done, it appears that the worst may be behind us,” Bastian added.

Delta was the first airline to ask the CDC to consider shortening its isolation period for vaccinated people who tested positive for omicron, citing potential operational disruptions.

Although travel demand was trending up towards the holidays, demand has fallen sharply — even for what is typically a slow travel season — and close-in cancellations remain high due to the prevalence of the virus, Bastian and other airline executives said.

Still, despite the impact to holiday travel, the timing of the omicron surge is actually fortuitous going forward, Delta president Glen Hauenstein argued.

Solved! Do I Really Need a Home Warranty for a New Construction?

  Solved! Do I Really Need a Home Warranty for a New Construction? Q: Our real estate agent has recommended that we ask for or purchase a home warranty for our home. We thought warrant ies were for older homes where appliances might break down, but our home is brand-new construction. We have a builder warranty and homeowners insurance.

“These five weeks that it’s impacting are five of the lightest weeks in terms of business travel,” Hauenstein said, adding that “it’s really impacted more the close-in demand than the further out demand.”

Although people typically book flights in January for later in the year, Hauenstein said that a temporary shortening of the booking curve is not expected to impact demand later in the year.

Video: Delta Air Lines CEO on Covid's travel impact: The next few weeks will be difficult (CNBC)

“We believe we have plenty of time to recover those deferred vacation bookings for summer. If they don’t come in the third or fourth week of January, it’s easy for them to come in sometime in February and March,” he said. “So we’re really not concerned yet about spring or summer, we feel that we’ll have a very, very robust demand.”

The airline also remains optimistic on business travel demand later this year, although new delays in office reopenings have impacted that for the first quarter.

“There’s a correlation. A lot of business. travel is triggered by going to visit companies and the companies are closed,” Bastian said during the call. “There’s a real cause-and-effect there.”

Airbnbs from the movies you can stay at

  Airbnbs from the movies you can stay at Rental website Airbnb has plenty of amazing properties in incredible locations, and there are even some available that have made appearances in your favorite TV shows or movies. From Tony Stark’s lakeside cabin in Avengers: End Game to Godric’s Hollow in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, these homes set the stage for an escape from reality. Check COVID-19 restrictions before booking and traveling.

Still, recent customer surveys have executives confident that business travel demand will surge later in the quarter and the year.

“The percentage of customers who thought in the first quarter that they would travel the same or more went down slightly, but still, 80% of the corporate travel survey respondents thought they would travel the same or more in the first quarter [compared to] the fourth quarter,” Hauenstein said.

Bastian said that recent indications that the current surge is peaking and even beginning to decline in some parts of the country has boosted consumer confidence.

“We’re expecting,” Hauenstein added, “when we get to spring and summer that we’ll see a robust demand for business travel as people get back into the regular routine and feel safe traveling.”

The airline is set on looking beyond the variant, and plans to hire between 3,000 and 5,000 employees this year “depending on how demand shapes and comes back,” Bastian said. That includes between 100 and 200 pilots per month into early-2023.

Read more: Delta doubles down on pre-pandemic international airline investment strategy

Although the airline has not had trouble hiring pilots for its mainline operation, a shortage of pilots at the regional carrier level has put a strain on Delta and forced it to pull out of some smaller markets for the first part of the year. Part of the issue has been the training and hiring pipeline, Hauenstein said. He expects it to normalize later this year.

28 Top Things to Do in Utah

  28 Top Things to Do in Utah Natural attractions and otherworldly landscapes make Utah one of the most unique states to explore.Soaring sandstone arches and towering hoodoos make Arches National Park in eastern Utah one of the most striking places in the state. Plus, the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the distance only add to this area's beauty. If you only have a few hours to explore, drive the 18-mile scenic road (Arches Scenic Drive) to enjoy a brief, but thorough tour of the park. You'll pass Balanced Rock as well as the Windows area, which is home to a large concentration of arches. Luckily, there are plenty of spots to pull over and admire the views.

“We’re pretty confident that by the second half of this year, that the pipelines will be more full and we’ll be able to restore a lot of the small and medium-sized communities that we’ve had to pull down during the shortage,” he said.

As the airline sees demand return, it also plans to bring on-board service back more fully than it has so far.

“Over the course of the next 2 to 3 months you’re going to see our service patterns largely restored to where we were in 2019,” Bastian said. “It’s going to be improved.”

“We’ve taken the opportunity during the pandemic to make substantial changes to the whole catering spec,” he added. “A really big change that customers are going to be delighted by when they start traveling again in the springtime, particularly internationally. It’s going to be good.”

Delta reported a $208 million profit for 2021, its first in two years, largely thanks to the Payroll Support Program, which covered some labor costs. The airline posted a $12.4 billion loss for 2020, its biggest ever.

United and American are scheduled to report their earnings and brief investors next week, with Southwest the week after.

Featured photo by David Slotnick/The Points Guy

SPONSORED: With states reopening, enjoying a meal from a restaurant no longer just means curbside pickup.

And when you do spend on dining, you should use a credit card that will maximize your rewards and potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free.

These are the best credit cards for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.


Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Tips for keeping your family safe at a theme park .
As summer travel approaches, many families will be heading to theme parks around the country to the tune of millions of visits each and every year. Parents will be juggling kids, iPhones, snacks, strollers, crowds — and sometimes a few uncertainties about just how safe it all is — or isn’t. Admittedly, theme park safety …Admittedly, theme park safety concerns aren’t always in the forefront of most travelers’ minds … until very unfortunate incidents make headlines. While extremely rare, injuries and even deaths do sadly occur at amusement parks each year.

See also