Insider Report 7/22/2021

In this week's newsletter, more passport delays, the CDC is granted a stay for their Conditional Sail Order, top airline updates and more!

NTS News Updates

Safe Traveler Assist

Due to Covid-19, countries and cities often change their entry requirements leaving travelers scrambling to comply quickly or be burdened with worry and hurdles to overcome.  

Our agents and concierge group will assist travelers with their destination requirements by ensuring that any documentation needs and flight itineraries are compliant with these new changes that may occur. 

Contact your National Travel advisor for details at (304) 357-0801.

Ask for our “Safe Traveler Agent” or our Concierge Group.

Personality. Knowledge. Competence.

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, National Travel believes that professionalism and knowledge is key to instilling confidence in our clients that their trip is handled with the utmost care and attention.  We pride ourselves in providing exceptional service from agents with a wealth of travel knowledge.

Take a look at these recent customer comments!

“Lara is truly a professional incorporating personality, knowledge and competence. I don’t interact with that quality of person very often. In the future, I would like to be sent to her again!”

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Trending Travel News

U.S. Still Facing Passport Delays

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There is still a massive delay in Americans receiving new or renewed passports.  The U.S. State Department currently recommends that travelers submit their passport applications at least 6 months in advance of any travel plans.  Currently, the agency reports that passport renewals submitted by mail could take as long as 18 weeks, while expedited processing is expected to take 12 weeks.

Click here to read more from Travel Pulse

Whether or not you have upcoming plans for international travel, National Travel would like to urge all of our valued clients to check your passport validity and apply for renewals early. 

If you need any assistance in obtaining a new passport, or applying for a renewal, please contact National Travel at 304-357-0801 for assistance.

CDC Cruise Restrictions to Stay in Place


     Last month, the State of Florida claimed victory in a case against the CDC’s Conditional Sail Order (CSO).  A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court has now issued a stay to keep the agency’s regulations in place, pending their appeal on the ruling.  The CDC’s main argument in their appeal is that the order provides a safe path to the resumption of cruising and does not “shut down” the cruise industry, as representatives from Florida have suggested.

Click here to read more from Travel Market Report

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly airline updates below!

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Delta Invests in Used Aircraft

The airline will add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs to their fleet that will improve fuel efficiency and enhance customer experience.

 

Click here to read more from Wheels Up Network

Air Travel is Safer Than Ever

NTSB chief adviser for international affairs, Frank Hildrup, says “people should take comfort in the amount of time put into air safety.”

 

Click here to read more from Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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The Best and Worst Airlines in America in 2021

Delta Airlines takes the top spot for the 3rd year in a row, with Southwest trailing behind in second place. 

 

Click here to read more from Forbes

Get TSA PreCheck for Free!

If you hold one of these credit cards, or are a member or one of these rewards programs, you may qualify for free TSA PreCheck, Global Entry or Clear!

 

Click here to read more from cnet

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Qatar Airways Named World’s Best Airline for 2021

According to AirlineRatings.com, Qatar Airways received this recognition for its “dedication and commitment to continue to operate” through the pandemic.

 

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The airline will increase its flight frequency to Nairobi from New York to three times a week during June, July, August and December.  The flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  

The French leisure carrier has resumed operations with its first flight to Orly on July 15.  French Bee also plans to start Newark service three times weekly, once Europeans are permitted to enter the U.S.ed from MCO.  Spirit will restore pre-pandemic flights to Cartagena, Columbia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and San Salvador, El Salvador.  They will also increase daily service to San Jose, Costa Rica.

The carrier debuted two nonstop flights from Miami and Orlando to St. Martin on July 10th.  From the McCarran airport in Las Vegas, the airline is also adding 5 nonstop routes including Des Moines, IA; Harlingen, TX; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; and Sioux Falls, SD.

The low-cost carrier is now offering flights from 39 routes throughout the country, including from Columbus International Airport and Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio.

  • The two carriers are expanding their alliance scheduling to offer more than 700 daily flights this winter from Boston and New York City.

Air Canada will expand its summer transborder schedule to include 55 routes and 34 destinations, offering a total of 220 daily flights between Canada and the U.S.

Now Open in Travel

As of August 1st, fully-vaccinated tourists are permitted entry without proof of a travel medical insurance policy. International travelers must also apply for entry permission and submit a negative COVID-19 rt-PCR test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival on the island.  

Canada will begin welcoming fully vaccinated American non-essential travelers in mid-August.

A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure are required.  Alternatively, travelers can present a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test taken 24 hours or less prior to departure from the U.S. Travelers must also fill out Bonaire’s Health Declaration Form between 72 and 48 hours before their departure. 

As of July 12, the Vacation in Place period for fully vaccinated international air travellers is reduced from nine days to three days, with testing on day four and the ability to fully integrate into the Federation upon receipt of a negative test result.

As of July 19th, Ireland is welcoming visitors from the U.S. and those that are fully vaccinated without quarantine.  Without proof of vaccination, travelers would need to present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to arrival into Ireland, self-quarantine, and undergo post-arrival testing. 

The borders are now open to international travelers who have been fully vaccinated.

As of July 9th, travelers from low-risk countries are not required to quarantine.  U.S. citizens will need a negative RT-PCR testing within 72 hours or a negative Antigen test 48 hours from departure.  Travelers will also need to complete a passenger form. 

Travel Rewards

 

The world is opening back up! Are you ready to travel again?  Why not earn a vacation while you’re on vacation!

National Travel clients earn Travel Rewards Points for vacation packages, cruises and tours booked through our agency.  Members of Travel Rewards may redeem points for a variety of vacation upgrades on air, car and hotel, as well as other amenities, merchandise and more! 

Our Travel Rewards Advisors have a wealth of knowledge in many different areas and are eager to help you plan your next great vacation!

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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!

Need to get a COVID test before your next trip?

Don't forget to call us at least three days before your trip to request your iFLYSmart Travel Kit!

 

 

Editor: Kelsey Morgan, Lead International Gold Star Agent and Public Relations Liaison

 

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