In these times, consumers and customers are on the lookout for companies going the extra mile for our safety. I have personally taken a few trips home to visit family during the pandemic, and my travels on Southwest Airlines exceeded my expectations. On my most recent trip to Kansas for a good friend’s wedding, I flew Southwest Airlines from Philadelphia to Kansas City for a long weekend.
As a I have written about previously, all still seems to be similar at airports and with airlines. However, this time, I noticed more stores and restaurants open while walking through the terminals.
On my flight, the flight attendants assured us the aircraft was thoroughly cleaned prior to boarding and continued with only water service and a snack. While departing, I saw a Southwest Airlines employee walking through and cleaning each seatbelt and tray table as the last passengers collected their things and walked off the plane. Efficient and effective, allowing customers to see this process was astonishing. Maybe some individuals out there do not care, but I know I was able to enjoy my flight and travels appropriately with this knowledge.
— Lexi Holstin, account executive
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Charleston, South Carolina, with us.
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IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
Atlantis, The Palm offers global guests staying five or more nights the opportunity to claim back the cost of their respective countries’ departure PCR test now through April 30, 2021. Many travelers are required to present a negative PCR test before arriving in the UAE, and the luxury resort will give back the full cost of the tests for two guests per room to spend as in-resort credit. For a PCR test that costs up to $190, two guests will receive the full amount back to spend at the resort, including food and beverage, spa or waterpark experiences.
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