Insider Report 12/31/2020

Happy New Year and welcome to this week's newsletter! This week brings your news about airline testing options, UK travel restrictions, the man who has taken 42 trips during the pandemic 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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Major Airlines Offering Testing Options

     Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is quickly becoming a frequent requirement for many travel destinations.  To help travelers better plan their trips, many airlines and airports have started programs to make testing more available to customers.  For varying prices, your airline may offer several testing options including at-home kits, drive-thru or even day-of testing at the airport.  Below is a guide to the major US airlines’ testing programs.  

Alaska Airlines  

Who can get a test?      

Customers traveling to destinations that require a negative test.

Testing Options:   

In person: By appointment only on the West Coast with Carbon Health for $170

At-home: Purchase test from for $139.99.  Results are returned within 24-48 hours.

American Airlines

Who can get a test?

Pre-flight testing offered to customers traveling to select destinations

Testing Options:


  • Offered at select CareNow locations in the Dallas-Forth, TX area for $150
  • Onsite rapid testing offered at DFW airport administered, by CareNow for $249
  • Free testing offered to eligible customers on flights to London Heathrow from Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, New York’s JFK International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport through partnership with British Airways  

At-home: Offering test kits through partnership with LetsGetChecked for $129. 

Delta Airlines:

Who can get a test?

     Delta is not currently offering their own testing program for travelers at this time, however they do have 2 pre-flight testing pilot programs for flights from Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport to Amsterdam and Rome.  Travelers need to obtain a test from the provider of their choice 72 hours prior to departure for flights to Italy or 5 days prior to arrival for flights to Amsterdam.  These flights are only available to travelers traveling for essential reasons such as work or school.

Hawaiian Airlines:

Who can get a test?

Facilitating tests for passengers coming to Hawaii.  

Testing Options:

     Testing options are organized on airline website by city, as well as information on all other accepted trusted testing partners.  Testing options may include:

In Person: Drive-thru testing available in some cities for $70

                  At-airport testing available in some locations for $200

At-home: Offering test kits through partnership with Vault for $119 or 14,000 HawaiianMiles


JetBlue Airways:

Who can get a test?

All customers

Testing Options:

In Person:  Rapid Molecular testing and PCR testing available at some airport locations.  Pricing ranges from $75-$200

At-home:  Saliva based PCR test kits available for purchase through partnership with Vault for $119.  Results are returned between 48-72 hours.  

Spirit Airlines:

Who can get a test?

All customers at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport with travel plans on any airline through partnership with the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Nori Health. 


Testing Options: 

In-person: Rapid Antigen tests offered for $74 and PCR tests offered for $ airport testing center.


United Airlines:

Who can get a test?

Offered to customers traveling to select destinations.

Testing Options:

At-home:   Kits offered to travelers departing from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport to select destinations through partnership with ADL for $119.

In Person

  • Free rapid molecular test offered prior to boarding at airport for travelers on flights from Newark to London Heathrow
  • For customers traveling from San Francisco to Hawaii, 2 available options:
    • Day-of testing at the airport through partnership with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care for $250
    • Drive-thru testing 72 hours prior to travel for $105
Additionally, many airports throughout the US have their own testing programs set up.
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US to Require Negative Test for Travelers from UK

     Following the news of a new strain of the COVID-19 virus in the UK, the CDC has announced new restrictions for travelers coming to the US from the UK.  Beginning Monday, incoming travelers from the UK will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test for entry to the US.  Travelers should be tested no more than three days prior to the flight and the airline will confirm test results for all passengers before boarding. 

Meet the Business Traveler Who Has Taken 42 Trips During the Pandemic  

     Abdol Moabery, President and CEO of GA Telesis, hasn’t let the coronavirus stop him from essential meetings with his clients, but still believes in traveling safely and responsibly.  Moabery wears a mask and does his best to be careful as much as possible while traveling.  He has traveled both commercial and private during the pandemic and feels strongly that traveling during this time requires a “shared responsibility” with airline staff.

Now Open in Travel

New Openings for US Travelers:

  • Republic of Ireland:     Restrictions have been eased (retail and museums have reopened)
  • Colombia:     *Update* – As of November, a negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer required to enter the country.
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