News from around the industry…

Mileage deals are slow right about now, but there’s a few tidbits around the travel industry that are worth noting

  • Get ready to take off for Cuba. With the US having reopened tourism to the island, airlines are already scheduling flights, with Bloomberg estimating that the number of travelers heading from the US to Cuba could rise 10-fold, which would match the current million travelers per year that head for Canada. Very little of this traffic will be business, with the vast majority being tourism and VFR (visiting friends and relatives). One item worth noting, though, is that Cuban infrastructure is not ready for the deluge of Fanny Pak toting tourists that is about to hit it, so the best way to see the island for the next few years will likely be on a cruise.
  • A few months ago, I mentioned van service Bridj that is making the commute for suburb dwellers that much simpler in Boston and Washington DC. Similar services operate in other cities. Now, Boston is discussing using Bridj to replace some of the traffic normally handled by the MBTA buses. I don’t have any skin in the game with the public/private battle, but I’m willing to try anything at this point. Bridj has its growing pains, but the T is beyond frustrating.
  • And if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a touch of humor, so check out the drama performed by this WestJet flight attendant:

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