This week, we bring you news on our updated policy on Car and Hotel fees, our top 5 airline stories, Alaska's updated COVID travel policy 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

No More Fees for Car and Hotel!

     National Travel is changing the game on TMC fees by removing all hotel and rental car fees for reservations made within our network!       We have over 58,000 hotel properties around the world and established relationships with all major rental car companies. We are able to leverage those relationships to offer cost savings for our clients!   National Travel has partnered with ABC Premier Properties and American Express Preferred Properties, which both offer discounts and various other benefits to our clients when you book your hotel through us!  

Call and speak with an agent to get more information on this exciting development! 

Trending Travel News

CDC Will Not Recommend Domestic Testing 

     Previous comments from Federal Officials, suggesting a domestic travel test mandate, have caused quite an uproar and panic in the travel industry.  According to a recent statement from the CDC, however, the agency will not be recommending mandated point of departure testing for domestic travel at this time.  

     While the CDC will not recommend a mandate for testing, they are still urging travelers to take precautions to protect themselves and their fellow travelers.  The CDC recommends travelers obtain a negative viral test 1 to 3 days prior to travel, as well as 3 to 5 day after returning.  The agency also recommends travelers quarantine for 7 days after traveling even with a negative test. 

Click here to read more from KSBW

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly ‘Top 5 Airline Updates’ below!

What is an Airline Alliance?

Have you ever noticed that your flight on one airline is operated by another airline?  Or you may have heard some airlines belong to certain alliances, but never really understood what that means.  

Click here to read all about airline alliances 

 

First Airline to Vaccinate All Crew

As a part of the UAE’s goal to vaccinate at least half of their population by March, Ethiad Airlines has set out to vaccinate 100% of their pilots and operational crew!

 

Click here to read more from Forbes

Image Souce: Miguel Angel Sanz via Unsplash

Southwest Launches at O’Hare Airport

For the very first time, the low-cost carrier will operate out of the Chicago airport, incluing 16 daily flights to Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Nashville and Phoenix.

 

Click here to read more from abc7 Chicago

New Destinations and Flights on American Airlines

The Fort-Worth based airline has added 6 new flights to their network beginning in June.  Flights include two new destinations for the airline to Idaho Falls, ID and Eureka,CA.

Click here to read more from Airline Geeks

JetBlue Introduces Cheaper Fares, but There’s a Catch


In an effort to compete with low-cost no-frills carriers, Jetblue is lowering their basic economy fares, but with a major catch: no more carry-on bags.

Click here to read more from USA Today

Trending Travel News

Testing No Longer Required for Travel Alaska 

 As of February 14th, tourists and visitors traveling to Alaska will no longer be required to present proof of a negative covid test to enter the state.  Testing will still be offered at the airport for the next few months upon arrival at the airport for a fee.

     This news comes as the state’s emergency declaration expired and state government officials announced a transition into a “recovery phase.”  

     Alaskans are still encouraged to social distance and wear masks, although Alaska has never implemented a state-wide mask mandate.

Click here to read more from Travel and Leisure 

Now Open for U.S. Travelers:

  • SeychellesOpen to Americans and Canadians with a vaccine alongside a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate.
Image Source: Mariya Oliynyk via Unsplash
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!
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