Insider Report 7/29/2021

This week, a new chapter in Florida's case against the CDC's Conditional Sail Order, things you may not know about the last 50 years of travel, our top airline updates and more!

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Fun Facts About the Last 50 Years of Travel

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     Travel + Leisure has compiled a list of 25 things you may not know about the last 50 years of travel in celebration of their own 50th anniversary.  Did you know that American Airlines used to have a piano bar in the economy class cabin? Or that security screenings at the airport were not required until 1973?  

Click here to read more from Travel +Leisure

Federal Court Sides with Florida in CDC Appeal

     Following the CDC’s granted stay of their Conditional Sail Order (CSO) while they appealed the court’s previous ruling, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the State of Florida.   The CDC’s CSO will now become a recommendation rather than a requirement for cruise resumption.  

Click here to read more from Travel Market Report


Which Cruise Lines Require the Vaccine?

     Following the Federal ruling on Florida’s case against the CDC’s Conditional Sail Order, and the return of cruising, many questions remain about cruise line requirements for passengers and crew.  Many cruise lines are requiring vaccinations, while cruises departing from Texas or Florida are unable to mandate vaccinations due to state law.

Click here to read more from Travel Market Report

Air Travel Updates

Check out our weekly air travel updates below!

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Will the mask mandate be extended?

The mask mandate for airplanes and airports is currently scheduled to expire on September 13th.  What do the airlines think? Should the mandate be extended?

Click here to read more from USA Today

American to add 1,350 new pilots

As the demand for travel grows, American Airlines will hire more pilots to cover their service.


Click here to read more from Frequent Business Traveler

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United awarded Eco-Airline of the year

United has committed to purchase more sustainable aviation fuel than nearly the rest of the world’s airlines combined.


Click here to read more from yahoo finance

Business Travel recovery expected in 2022

American Airlines projects that domestic business travel will fully recover next year.  


Click here to read more from Business Travel News

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Only two people agree to pay TSA fines

Out of more than 2,400 incidents of noncompliance in regards to the federal mask mandate at airports, the agency has completed investigations into 1,793 incidents.  



Click here to read more from The Hill


 Now operating four-times-weekly service between Dubai and Miami. 

 Twice-weekly flight service between Miami and Anguilla to begin on December 11, 2021.  Twice-weekly service will launch from Miami to Dominica on December 8th.

Flights to Canada will more than double in September.  Service will increase from eight to nineteen flights between the United States and Canada. 

 Regular flights from Stewart International Airport to Orlando beginning October 25th.  Flights to Miami and Tampa will also begin on November 2nd.  

Service begins in October from Indianapolis to Nashville, Pittsburgh  and Milwaukee.  

 Service will increase to London next month to a total of six daily flights.  

Now Open in Travel

Vaccinated Travelers Welcomed back to England!

As of August 2nd, fully-vaccinated travelers arriving from “amber” list countries (including the U.S.) may enter without having to quarantine.  Travelers will be required to take a test before flying as well as two days after arrival.  

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!

Ready for a Family Vacation?

Cindy Mickievicz specializes in unique family vacations and is passionate about creating lasting travel memories for your family.  She has traveled extensively herself through Europe, the Caribbean and beyond.  Contact Cindy today for your next family getaway!

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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