Insider Report 6/17/2021

This week, we bring you news about the EU's plans to lift travel restrictions, top airline news, 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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EU Plans to Lift U.S. Travel Ban

     For the first time in over a year, the European Union may allow free movement throughout its member countries for U.S. citizens.  On Wednesday, EU lawmakers agreed to recommend that restrictions on U.S. tourists be lifted. Individual member countries may still require testing or vaccination documentation should they choose to do so.

     Last week, EU lawmakers also endorsed a new travel certificate to allow movement between member countries without quarantine or testing.  Several countries including Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece and Poland have already begun to use the certificate, but all member countries will be required to recognize the certificates beginning on July 1st for a period of 12 months

Click here to read more from The Associated Press

At National Travel, we are always monitoring for the everyday changes of international travel restrictions and destination entry requirements.  We are committed to empowering our clients with the necessary tools and information you need to feel confident about your next trip.  
For that reason, National Travel has elected a team of elite agents to evaluate and audit all international bookings to ensure our clients are aware of all destination requirements. 
In today’s climate, travel restrictions can change quickly, and more destinations are re-opening every day!  If you have any questions about the destination requirements for your upcoming trip, your National Travel Advisor has the tools at hand to provide you with the information you need.  


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Airline Updates

Check out our weekly top 5 Air Travel updates below!
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American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Invest in Electric Aircrafts

 

The two airlines are the latest to make strides toward the future of air travel by committing to the purchase of low-emission electric takeoff and landing aircrafts.

Click here to read more from Skift

“Goodbye to American Way

 
American Airlines’ June issue of their in-flight magazine, American Way, will be the last. This marks the end of the industry’s longest continually published in-flight magazine.  

Delta and Southwest both ceased production of their in-flight magazines during the pandemic, while American continued publishing with the addition of an “antimicrobial process.”

 

Click here to read more from USA TodayI

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Why Spirit is the USA’s Fastest Growing Airline

The airline has exceeded its pre-coronavirus level of flights and has added more flights in this period than any other US airline.  

 

Click here to read more from Simple Flying

New TSA Record Since March 2020

 

Last Friday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 2.02 million passengers in the U.S..  This marks the first time that more than 2 million passengers passed through U.S. airports since March 7, 2020.

Click here to read more from Travel Market Report

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FlyReady with Delta

This summer, Delta and Virgin Atlantic customers traveling between the U.S. and U.K. will be among the first to utilize Delta FlyReady to navigate entry requirements during international travel.  The digital health credential solution will assist customers in scheduling a COVID-19 test that meets their destination requirements and will also automatically verify their test results.  Vaccination credentials will also be integrated into the platform later this summer.  The airline will automatically link FlyReady status to a customer’s itinerary so travelers know when they are ready to travel.  

Click here to read more from Delta Airlines

New!

Airline Service Highlights

  • From Southwest Airlines:     Three times per day service between Syracuse and Baltimore will begin on November 14th, as well as additional service on select Saturdays between Syracuse and Orlando

 

  • From American Airlines:     Beginning September 8th,  American will add twice daily service from Austin to Cincinnati as well as daily service to El Paso, Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Jacksonville and Reno. Daily service will begin between Austin and both Oklahoma City and San Juan, PR on October 7th and daily service to Tulsa on November 2nd.

 

  • From Alaska Airlines:     Weekly seasonal service between San Francisco and Cancun begins on December 16th, along with two new flights from Portland to Tampa and New Orleans.  On November 19th, a new route between Palm Springs, CA and Austin will debut with flights operating five times per week.

Now Open in Travel

St. Kitts and Nevis Open for Travel

As of May 29th, fully-vaccinated travelers will be permitted to enter.  Proof of vaccination and completion of the Travel Authorization form on the national website will be required for all travelers.

Click here to read more from Wheels Up Network

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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!

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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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