Insider Report 12/3/2021

White House announces travel ban for South Africa and seven other counties (Politico)

     In light of concerns surrounding the new coronavirus variant, the Biden administration has announced plans to ban travel to the United States from South Africa and 7 other countries.  The new travel restrictions went into effect on Monday and affect travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.  

The variant, named “omicron”, is believed to be more infectious, although there is no evidence as of yet that the variant may cause more severe disease.

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The cheapest and most expensive cities to rent cars this Christmas (TravelPulse)

     Car rentals are still in short supply and as a result, the prices in some areas have been much higher than usual, especially around the holidays.  In some places, renters may pay as much as $195 a day.  Travel Pulse has compiled a list of the most and least expensive cities to rent a car this holiday season. 

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Known Travel Number: what is it? (The Points Guy)

     With air travel picking up more and more everyday, having a Known Traveler Number is essential for traveling with ease through the airport.  A Known Traveler Number grants you access to TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, and expedited airport security screening. Getting a KTN is more simple that you might think and only takes up a little bit of your time! 

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Frontier Airlines returns to Fort Lauderdale with 12 new nonstop flights, cheap tickets (USA Today)
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A Vietnamese airline made history by launching the first-ever commercial nonstop flight from Vietnam to the US (Business Insider)
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United to resume nonstop services from Scotland in March (BTN)
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Delta, Latam Add More Than 20 Codeshare Routes (BTN)

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Travel Alerts

The U.S. Department of State moves 14 countries to Level 4 Travel Advisory
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The CDC moves 11 countries to Level 4 COVID-19 Health Advisory
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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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