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Alaska Airlines Announces Priority Boarding for Passengers With Starbucks Cups

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Alaska Airlines announced that customers who are boarding their flights with a Starbucks holiday cup would receive priority boarding for a limited time.

Running between November 7-10, any Alaska Airlines passenger who boards a flight with a hot or iced Starbucks drink served in a holiday cup can board their plane with the special “espresso” line.

Travelers who aren’t patient enough to drink their coffee after they board will still receive priority boarding if the cup is empty. Before passengers get too excited, they will still be forced to board after first-class passengers and those with special boarding designations.

In addition, Alaska Airlines customers at airports in San Francisco, Atlanta and Minneapolis-St. Paul can still enjoy the early boarding with a holiday cup sleeve in place of a festive cup itself.

Starbucks debuted its holiday cups at stores across the United States and Canada on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines also announced the airlines/alaska-airlines-offering-hawaii-flight-discounts-based-on-wave-height.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>launch of a new partnership with global surf forecasting site Surfline that offers Swell Deals, a system of discounts to and from Hawaii based on wave heights.

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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023

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Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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