Insider Report 5/6/21

This week, we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, bring your our top 5 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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Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week

This week, we join the U.S. Travel Association in celebrating the Power of Travel and recognizing the Travel Industry’s role in bringing back our vibrant communities, restoring the U.S. economy, rebuilding our workforce and reconnecting America.  
     Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the travel and tourism industry was a significant contributor to the U.S. economy and exports, and supported millions of hard-working Americans of all backgrounds. Today, travel spending is down nearly $500 billion, costing the U.S. economy $1.1 trillion

     With the right measures in place, we can get people moving again in a safe and healthy way.  Safely reopening our borders and restarting international inbound travel will be essential for our industry to rebuild.  A robust recovery requires the return of business travel, meetings and events, which can be done in a healthy and safe way.  

     By maximizing the Power of Travel, we can define the future of mobility, re-imagine the air travel system, increase our global competitiveness, and implement innovative technologies that will strengthen security while improving travel facilitation. 
Established in 1983 by congressional resolution, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is an annual tradition during the first full week of May for the U.S. travel community to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, business and personal well-being. 

Tag us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, with your favorite travel photos and tell us what the #PowerofTravel means to you!

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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Extension to TSA Mask Mandate


The mandate that was set to expire on May 11th, has now been extended until September 13th. 


Delta’s New, Fast and Reliable Wi-Fi


The airline will outfit nearly all of their domestic mainline fleet with “best-in-class” high-speed Wi-Fi by the end of 2022.  


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Southwest Resumes Flights to Costa Rica

More than a year after stopping, the airline will resume service beginning June 6th.


Airlines Scrap Flexible Travel Waivers


On May 1st, Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines, all let their flexible travel waivers expire, leaving JetBlue as the lone hold-out.


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Image Source: Annie Spratt via Unsplash

United Celebrates Healthcare Workers

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of MileagePlus, United Airlines is giving away 4 million miles to essential healthcare workers. 


Now Open in Travel

France Schedule to Start Reopening June 9th!

The country will implement a 4-step plan to reopen to Americans and other non-EU travelers who can present a health passport with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Image Source: Annie Spratt via Unsplash

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! 


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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