Insider Report 5/13/21

This week, we bring you news about an update to the CDC's international testing requirement, threats from a cruise line to avoid Florida ports, our top 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

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CDC Will Now Accept At-Home COVID-19 Tests


     As of January 12, 2021, the CDC has mandated that all international travelers, including U.S. citizens, entering the U.S. provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from the virus in order to enter the country.  According to a recent announcement from the CDC, at-home test kits will now be accepted for entry. 
     Tests must be either nucleic acid amplification (NAAT) or antigen, and must be remotely supervised in real-time by a telehealth provider.
 

Cruise Line Threatens to Skip Florida Ports


     After enacting legislation that prevents businesses from requiring proof of vaccination in exchange for services, the State of Florida is now facing threats from Norwegian Cruise Line, to skip their ports.  The Florida-based cruise line plans to require all crew members and passengers be vaccinated.  
     Florida provides an enormous amount of opportunity for U.S. cruises.  In 2019, 60% of all U.S. cruises embarked from Florida ports, including Tampa, Miami and Key West.  Moving cruise operations elsewhere could have a large impact on the state’s economy.
 

Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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Return of Basic Economy Change Fees

 

Fee waivers on Basic Economy fares have expired for most airlines, including American Airlines.  JetBlue Airways is set to let theirs expire on May 31st. 

 

Click here to read more from Frequent Business Traveler

 

Senators Pressure Airlines on Ticket Validity

Two lawmakers are pressing airlines to make sure credits issued for flights cancelled during the pandemic never expire.  

 

Click here to read more from CBS News

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Customer Satisfaction in 2020

 

J.D. Power recently released the 2021 North America Airline Satisfaction Study with Delta Airlines in first place.  

 

Click here to read more from Business Traveler USA

Delta Debuts New Service to Croatia 

On July 2, the airline will launch new nonstop service from New York-JFK to Dubrovnik, four-times-weekly.  
 

Click here to read more from Wheels Up Network

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Avelo Lands on East Coast

America’s newest airline has chosen Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport as its East Coast base.

Now Open in Travel

The Magic is Back!


Nearly a year after closing its doors, California’s Disney Parks are open again, although only to California Residents.  
With more restrictions lifting in the coming months, the parks aim to be fully open soon!

Click here to read more from Travel Market Report

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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!

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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