Insider Report 5/27/21

This week, we bring you news about the Alaska Tourism Bill, Memorial Day travel tips, 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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White House Will Sign Alaska Tourism Bill


     After passing in the House and Senate last week, the White House has announced the President Biden will sign the bill to save Alaska’s 2021 cruise season.  The bill will allow Alaska-bound cruise ships to bypass restrictions that prevented ships from sailing out of U.S. ports.
 

Memorial Day Travel: What to Expect


     With vaccinations on the rise, and warm weather on the horizon, many Americans are eager to take to the skies again for the holiday weekend.  Experts expect over 37 million people to travel this weekend.  Here are some top points of consideration to help you prepare.

When are the busiest travel days?

The busiest days to depart will be Thursday, May 27th and Friday May 28th.  For return trips, the busiest days will be Monday, May 31st and Wednesday, June 2nd.

Which airports will be the busiest?
  1. Atlanta (ATL) – 493,766 expected passengers

  2. Chicago (ORD) – 395,811 expected passengers

  3. Los Angeles (LAX) – 365,588 expected passengers 

  4. Dallas (DFW) – 303,299 expected passengers

  5. Denver (DEN) – 269,458 expected passengers

Where are Americans traveling this weekend?
Most-Booked Domestic Destinations

Las Vegas, NV
Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
Atlanta, GA
Los Angeles, CA
Most-Booked International Destinations
 
Cancun, Mexico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Insider Tip!

“Holiday travel can be a busy time in the airports or even on the road. Crowds of people can provoke anxiety or cause you to be late. Arriving early is on time for me during holiday travel. I can always entertain myself being early, but can’t take back the time spent worrying if I was going to miss my flight.”

Taylor Self, Morgantown Travel Specialist

VeriFLY Digital Wellness


     Customers traveling with American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia Airlines, Aer Lingus and Japan Airlines, can take advantage of the VeriFLY app to help make the COVID travel requirements for international travel more convenient.
     Users can upload test results or vaccine documentation, and the app will verify that your documentation matches your destination country’s requirements.   
     VeriFLY is now an accepted for travel from all U.S. airports to eight countries.
 

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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JetBlue Goes to London

 

Tickets are now on sale for JetBlue’s new routes from JFK to London’s two biggest airports.  Daily service to London Heathrow will begin on August 11th, and daily service to London Gatwick will begin on September 29th.

 

Five Star Essentials

Perfect for families or customers wanting extra assistance at the airport, American Airlines’ new Five Star Service is available starting at $149.  The service includes priority check-in, an escort to your gate, and more.

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Your Shot to Fly

United Airlines is giving MileagePlus members the chance to win a year of free flights anywhere in the world in exchange for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  Five winners will be chosen to receive a year of flights for themselves and a companion. 
 

American & JetBlue Expand Alliance

 

The two airlines’ loyalty program members can now accrue miles across the airlines when booking code-share flights. 

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Alaska Airlines Boosts Service to Hawaii

 

The airline will upgrade to daily service from LAX to Kona and Lihue beginning November 20th and November 19th.

 

Now Open in Travel

Spain Reopens to Vaccinated Travelers

 


Beginning, June 7th, Spain will open its borders to travelers who can show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.  




Click here to read more from USA Today

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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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