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American Express Global Business Travel to Offer Companies Carbon Offsets

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has announced that GBT customers can now purchase carbon offsets on preferred terms from leading non-profit organizations Carbonfund.org Foundation and Carbon Footprint. Companies can choose which offset activity they wish to support from a variety of project types, price points and locations worldwide. Each available project is independently verified and validated.

Abu Dhabi Reopening to Travelers From December 24

Following an announcement by the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee, effective December 24, 2020, entry restrictions into Abu Dhabi will be relaxed. International tourists, residents and travelers from selected destinations, flying with Etihad Airways, will be allowed to enter the emirate without the need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

United to Launch Virtual, On-Demand Customer Service at the Airport

United passengers will soon have access to virtual, on-demand customer service at the airline's hubs, giving people an easy, contact-free option to get real-time information and support. Customers can access "Agent on Demand" on any mobile device to call, text or video chat live with an agent and get answers on everything from seat assignments to boarding times.

Delta Eliminates International Change Fees for Flights From North America

Delta is waiving change fees for all U.S. domestic and international tickets purchased through March 30, 2021. ​In addition, going beyond the waiver extension, the airline is permanently eliminating change fees for international travel originating from North America, effective immediately. The elimination of change fees includes flights operated by joint venture and codeshare partners; however, Basic Economy fares are excluded.

GBTA: How the Airline Industry Can Tackle Climate Change and Drive Sustainability

As part of its Collaboratory 2020 webinar series, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) welcomed Lauren Riley, managing director of global environmental affairs and sustainability for United Airlines, to discuss implementing strategies and practices that produce tangible sustainability results, and why this pandemic provides an important opportunity for this work.

WTTC Calls for "Air Corridors" Between Key Global Cities to Restore Business Travel

The restoration of "air corridors" between the world’s top financial centers is vital to reviving international business travel and help kickstart the global economic recovery, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). It is crucial that international business travel resumes, following its near collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic, it adds.

American, Delta Follow United, Get Rid of Change Fees

United Airlines is permanently getting rid of change fees all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately, it announced over the weekend. Now, American Airlines and Delta are following suit, the airlines announced individually on Monday.

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United Airlines Announces it Has Permanently Eliminated Change Fees

United Airlines announced over the weekend that it is permanently getting rid of change fees on all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately. And, starting on January 1, 2021, any United customer can fly standby for free on a flight departing the day of their travel regardless of the type of ticket or class of service, a first among U.S.