Insider Report 1/21/2021

This week brings you news about how resorts are accommodating guests following the new CDC requirements for US travelers, ASTA's comments on the CDC's travel requirement, as well as our top 5 air stories of the week and more! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call

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Hotels Work to Meet New CDC Requirements

Swim-Up Suites at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica Image Souce: Cision PR Newswire

     As of January 26th, all travelers, including U.S. passport holders, coming into the U.S. from international destinations will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry.  Following the news of this new requirement, many Caribbean destinations that depend on U.S. tourism, are preparing to help travelers meet the requirements while still enjoying their vacation. 
     Caribbean destinations, such as Aruba, the Bahamas, and Jamaica, are working on boosting their testing capacity, while many Hotel and Resort groups are working on their own initiatives as well.  Most resorts will offer complimentary on-site testing and may also accommodate guests who are required to remain in quarantine at the resort upon testing positive for COVID-19.

Click here for a guide on destinations and hotel groups offering these services

National Travel is keeping a close eye on the developments in testing availability.
Do you have questions about getting tested during your trip?
Ask your travel advisor today!

ASTA Comments on New CDC Requirements

 

     The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) recently commented on the CDC’s new testing requirement for U.S. travelers, stating that it “threatens to create a logistical crisis.”  ASTA called for a national testing plan back in October of 2020 to replace quarantine requirements, but fears chaos and uncertainty with the lack of a reliable rapid-response test.  ASTA president Zane Kirby, stated that obtaining a negative test result within 72-hours of travel does not necessarily ensure that the virus will not spread.  Furthermore, Kirby is concerned over the potential for travelers to become stranded when they are unable to obtain a test at their destination in time for their departure.  
    On the other hand, the U.S. Travel Association had a positive reaction to the new requirement,  USTA commented that the new order “provides yet another layer of safety for international travel.”  USTA supports a “risk-based, layered approach” to allowing travel to safely resume and Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy, Tori Emerson Barnes feels that this is possible while still protecting public health.  

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Airline Updates

    This has been a big week for news in the airline industry.  Check out our top 5 airline updates below!
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First Airline to Introduce Health Passports

 

Beginning January 23rd, American Airlines will make their VeriFLY app available to customers as a health passport and to help customers understand their travel requirements.
 

 

 

IATA Travel Pass Roll out in March

 

By March of this year, most of the world’s biggest airlines will be using IATA’s Travel Pass as a digital health credential solution

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Southwest Makes it Easier to Earn Rewards

 
 

In the new year, Southwest Airlines is making it easier for Rapid Rewards members to earn Tier Status and Companion passes!

 

 

 

 

New Rules on Bumping and Bag Mishandling

 

A new ruling from the DOT aims to put more responsibility on airlines for oversold flights and other disruptions including luggage mishandling.
 

 

 

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Alaska Airlines Blocks Center Seats for Premium Class

 
 

While the airline will sell their economy and first class cabins to capacity, travelers in Premium Class will benefit from empty center seats.

 

 

 

Now Open in Travel

New Opening for U.S. Travelers:

  • Bonaire:     Direct flights from Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Newark resume in February.  Proof of negative PCR test taken within 72 hrs of arrival required as well as completed health declaration form submitted within 48 hours prior to arrival
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New Year of Travel Resolutions

     In the New Year we are all hoping to get out there and travel more again! Many travelers had amazing trips planned that were cancelled by the Pandemic, and had to put their dreams of new adventures on hold. At National Travel, our travel experts are no different. Read about the big plans some of our staff members have for 2021!

         “After being a flight attendant for almost 20 years, I came to National Travel about a year ago. Little did I know that covid would upend the travel industry as it has. It has been over a year since I have taken to the skies. I miss the freedom of being able to hop on a plane and see the world, and I look forward to getting the covid vaccine and being able to once again reach for the skies and see the rest of the world.”

        Ernie Lazernick,  FEMA Travel Specialist


     “I was planning a trip to British Columbia before covid and I cannot wait until I get the chance to schedule and finally travel internationally! I have always wanted to go skiing and hike in the Canadian Rocky mountains and I think that will be the first travel bucket list destination I check off when I get the chance!”

     Justin Myers, Travel Specialist 


      “My resolution is to travel to Alaska with our 4 granddaughters, since we had to cancel the June 2020 cruise we had booked with them.  Also to book a Viking river cruise!”

        Jill Robinson, Vice President of Morgantown Operations 

Click here to read more! 

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to Travel More in 2021?!
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