Insider Report 4/15/2021

In this week's newsletter, a comeback for travel agencies, 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

Trending Travel News

Make Way for Travel Agents!

 

     With inoculations on the rise and the CDC giving the greenlight to travel again, many American’s are eager to take their next trip. Flight bookings are up, and hotels are beginning to fill up again, proving that travel is on the rebound after a difficult year.

     The COVID-19 Pandemic made travel nearly impossible and restrictions in place still present a lot of obstacles.  Travelers looking for stress-free planning are looking to travel agents to guide them through a safe and successful travel experience.  The amount of time it takes to research destination or airline restrictions can be daunting, but expert travel agents have all of those resources at hand and are well equipped to advocate for their clients. 
     Last year, many travelers were left alone to fight for refunds and credits from cancelled trips, but travel agents with experience and knowledge of the industry are better equipped to find resolutions for clients in these situations. 

Click here to read more from the New York Times


 

     There is perhaps no better time than now to use a travel agent for your next trip.  National Travel’s experts are well versed on the changing COVID restrictions and are eager to help you plan your next trip with ease.  When you book with National Travel, you have an advocate invested in your utmost satisfaction and safety in these uncertain times.  
 

Give us a call today to book your next trip with confidence!

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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Electrical Issues Ground 737 Max

 

Major airlines are again grounding some 737 Max planes due to a potential electrical issues.

 

 

 

United forms Alliance to Fund Sustainable Fuel

 

With more than a dozen of United’s corporate customers on board, the alliance will help the airline buy about 3.4 million gallons of sustainable fuel this year.

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Southwest Returns to Houston Intercontinental

 

For the first time in 16 years, the airline will operate 15 daily flights to 5 destinations from the airport’s terminal A.

JetBlue to Codeshare on 16 Qatar Flights

 

Beginning April 19th, the airlines will codeshare on 9 routes to the U.S., as well as 7 routes from Doha to Africa and Asia.

 

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“Freedom Seats” Promise more Accessibility

 

The new airplane seat prototype would allow passengers with restricted mobility to fly while seated in their own wheelchair.

 

 

Now Open in Travel

Best Places to Travel in May

With immunizations on the rise, many of us are eager to take to the skies and travel again this spring,
But where to go?
Check out these top destinations to travel to in May here!

Give us a call today to spring forward on your next getaway!

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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! 

Reminder!!

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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