Insider Report 5/20/21

This week we bring you news about the increase of online-travel scams, the changes to mask guidance, our top airline updates 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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Online Travel Scams – Reason to use a Travel Agent

 

     The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has recently noted an increase in travel-related scams as the demand for travel continues to grow.  Victims are discovering “too-good-to-be-true” ticket prices on third-party websites and losing money to counterfeit travel booking sites. 

     As a result, a pair of senators have begun to push the FTC to develop strategies to address this issue.  Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Steve Daines, R-Mont. believe it to be critical that travel consumers be well informed and ensure that Americans understand how to identify and combat travel scams. 

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When you book with National Travel, know that you can be confident that we are on your side.  While online travel booking websites may seem convenient, they are often “too-good-to-be-true.”  To avoid falling victim to these scams, give us a call and book with a Travel Agent today!

New face-covering guidance will not apply to travel

 

     On May 13th, the CDC announced new guidance regarding the requirement of face-coverings in public settings.  The agency now says that individuals who are fully vaccinated can now avoid wearing masks while in indoor locations, but the U.S. Government has made no indication that the new guidance will apply to air and public transit.

     The CDC still recommends that those who work in public transportation and those traveling by public transportation, still follow federal requirements regarding face coverings.

     On April 30th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the mask mandate within transportation networks until September 13th, and the agency plans to continue to work with the CDC to evaluate needs and traveler safety.

Click here to read more from Reuters

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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TSA Reaches New Record

 

The agency reports screening 1.85 million passengers on May 16th, setting a record since the start of the pandemic.

 

FAA May Require Passengers to be Weighed

 

Travelers may soon be required to step on a scale before stepping on a plane to establish a “standard average passenger weight.”

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Delta Introduces Second Baggage Fee

 

The airline has imposed a second bag fee for Transpacific economy class tickets beginning with tickets purchased on or after May 3rd.

 

Southwest’s New Flights to Hawaii

 

Beginning in June, the airline will debut new flights for Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix. They will also expand service in 5 other California Airports.

 

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Delta’s COVID-tested Flights to Italy

 

Effective May 16th, the quarantine-free flights are open to all customers.  Italy is now the 4th destination the airline will offer to leisure travelers this summer.

 

Now Open in Travel

LET OUT THE VEGAS IN YOU

As of June 1st, Las Vegas will return to pre-pandemic guidelines that lift restrictions involving capacity, limits, large gatherings and more!


The guidance also allows for vaccinated travelers to stop wearing face coverings in many indoor locations.



Click here to read more from Vegas Insider

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We Want to See Your Travel Photos!

 
     They say “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  In this case, a picture could be worth up to 55,000 Travel Rewards Points! 

We are offering you the chance to win up to 55,000 Travel Rewards Points that can be applied toward the purchase of cruises, tour packages, vacation upgrades, and more! 

Click here for the official contest rules and here to join the contest entry Facebook group!

Is Your Passport Valid?

 

If you plan to travel internationally in 2021, now is a great time to check your passport validity!  

As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of travel, but these rules may also vary depending on your destination.  

The current normal processing time for passports is 10-12 weeks, so there is no time like now to get started on your renewal.

Need assistance with renewing or applying for your passport?

Give us a call today!

Need to find a testing center before your next trip?

National Travel is closely monitoring the ever-changing testing requirements and restrictions for destinations all over the world.  We are pleased to assist our clients in finding their closest testing site and staying up to date on the latest travel requirements for their next trip.  Currently, testing is only required for international travel, but for our travelers’ safety and convenience, we are able to provide information on the closest testing facilities for a number of different tests, including Rapid Molecular, PCR, and Antigen testing.

Your safety and peace of mind while traveling is so important to us.  National Travel will continue to empower our clients with information and resources to help you feel as safe as possible when you travel with us.
Click here to find testing near you!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more travel news and information as well as updates on life here at the National Travel Office!  

We also have an Instagram page where you can see some amazing travel photography from all around the world! 

Reminder!!

Don’t forget to give us a call at least three days prior to your trip and request your complimentary Smart Travel Kit!

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