Travel Advisors Work to Make Once Elusive Round-the-World Trips a Reality

Tim Leperes  / Courtesy Angela Pierson

The Pierson family at Elewana Camp in Kenya, a stop in their around-the-world trip. Tim Leperes / Courtesy Angela Pierson

Skift Take: Sabbatical travel is in the spotlight, but is a year-long trip around the globe feasible for a family? A couple? Two travel advisors set out for a string of faraway places, showing clients and friends that it can be done.

— Linda Humphrey

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American Airlines and Qatar Airways Agree to Make Up and Work Together Again

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American Airlines will work closely with Qatar Airways. Both airlines are members of the Oneworld global alliance. Fadi Al-Assaad / REUTERS

Skift Take: Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways probably take some government help. But many airlines take indirect subsidies. The Gulf trio is nowhere near as evil as depicted in recent rhetoric by U.S. carriers. American made the right decision in renewing this codeshare agreement.

— Brian Sumers

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United May Still Lag Delta, American on Loyalty Revenue Even After New Credit Card Deal

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United Airlines has struck a new deal with JP Morgan Chase. Through at least 2029, many Chase customers can earn United MileagePlus miles they can use toward perks like upgrades to the business class cabin pictured here. United Airlines

Skift Take: United President Scott Kirby has a reputation for being a skilled negotiator. But because of a mistake by previous management, he had little leverage with JP Morgan Chase. That makes for tough contract renewal talks.

— Brian Sumers

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Can Algeria Avert Financial Ruin Through Revived Tourism and New Visa Rules?

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The Roman ruins at Hippo Regius in Algeria, a tourism destination. Algeria is reckoning with increased financial pressure caused by a drop in energy earnings. It’s mulling serious efforts for the first time in decades to ease its visa regulations and attract tourists. Dan Sloan / Flickr

Skift Take: Algeria faces dwindling cash reserves and an unsustainable economic model. Like much of the Middle East, it must diversify away from oil and attract visitors. The strategically located North African country boasts many ideal destinations. It remains unclear, however, if the government can turn to its historically overlooked tourism sector for much-needed economic relief.

— Reem Abdellatif

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Skift Forum Europe Preview: Black Tomato Leads the Charge on the Mindful Travel Movement

Black Tomato

Black Tomato’s Bring it Back trip to Ibiza aims to help travelers rebuild their understanding of wellness. Black Tomato owner and co-founder Tom Marchant will speak on stage at Skift Forum Europe March 24–25 in Madrid. Black Tomato

Skift Take: As long as luxury travelers continue to want one-of-a-kind experiences, companies like Black Tomato will likely find success delivering these rare, transformational itineraries.

— Leslie Barrie

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