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Cruise lines are using promotions to market their trips and compete with other segments of the travel industry that advertise special offers during the holidays. The typical post-New Year deals on cruise vacations have arrived more than a month ahead of schedule. Over the past few weeks, many cruise lines have rolled out discounts and free add-ons meant to entice bookings. These kinds of deals more often surface during wave season, an industry term for the first three months of the year that is traditionally the most popular time to book a cruise vacation, industry experts and travel advisers say.
Black Friday shoppers at Macy’s in New York in 2021; a spending spree might be riskier this year as the chance of a recession looms, financial advisers said. Americans say they will rein in spending this Black Friday, but to avoid busting their budgets, shoppers should do even more planning than usual, experts suggest. With high inflation and economic uncertainty dampening the usual holiday cheer, shoppers say they want to take a more frugal approach to gift giving, according to The Conference Board, a nonprofit research organization.
Robert Iger’s Return to Disney Has Many Fans Overjoyed
  + stars: | 2022-11-21 | by ( Jacob Passy | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Disney said Robert Iger would stay in the chief-executive role for two years before another CEO took over. To many members of Disney ‘s ardent fan base, Robert Iger ‘s return to the company’s helm is a storybook ending to a drawn-out corporate saga. Fans of the company’s theme parks and film franchises flocked to social media to celebrate the news when the Walt Disney Co. announced Sunday that Mr. Iger would return to the chief executive role he held for roughly 15 years. Disney fans scrutinize not only changes to its entertainment offerings, but also its boardroom moves and quarterly earnings.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has grown into a major draw for visitors to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.Amie Gasabyan was riding the Indiana Jones Adventure thrill ride at Disneyland with her 9-year-old daughter Ella on a recent weekday when it lurched to a halt in a pitch-black tunnel. Ms. Gasabyan told her daughter to stay calm and that this happens all the time. The ride started up again after about seven minutes.
United Airlines Inc. knows what it’s like when airports work well—and when they don’t. It operates hubs in the best-performing and worst-performing large U.S. airports, according to a new set of rankings from The Wall Street Journal. The Chicago-based carrier has major U.S. hubs at seven airports. 1 among the 20 busiest airports. In June, United operated about 6,700 flights there, according to internal numbers provided by the airline.
Disney World Announces Another Round of Price Increases
  + stars: | 2022-11-16 | by ( Jacob Passy | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Walt Disney Co. will soon be charging more for families to experience the magic in Florida. Beginning in December, single-day, single-park tickets to Walt Disney World in Florida will vary in price based on which of the four theme parks people visit at the Orlando-area resort. Prices will also vary depending on when a person visits, as is already the case, with tickets being more expensive on more popular dates. The new prices go into effect Dec. 8.
There’s a trick to saving money and avoiding airport crowds around the holidays. You’ll just have to spend more time with the in-laws. Flights around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day are expensive this year. Some travelers are planning extended trips around the holidays to avoid peak travel days and peak prices.
Frequent fliers grew accustomed to relaxed rules for reaching elite airline status during the pandemic. Now carriers are raising the bar for earning rewards, leaving casual travelers with little recourse. As work and international travel dried up two years ago, airlines made it easier for people to maintain and earn status in a bid to retain their business. That meant the number of customers enrolled in loyalty programs ballooned, making it harder for fliers to attain perks like upgraded seats and lounge access.
Disney World, Disneyland Push Their Prices Higher
  + stars: | 2022-10-11 | by ( Jacob Passy | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Budgeting for a Disney theme-park vacation just became a bit more complicated. Disney raised the pricing for its Genie+ service, which allows visitors to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California to skip the lengthy standby waits for popular rides. Now, the service’s cost will vary day to day, based on how crowded the parks are.
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