Insider Report 7/15/2021

In this week's newsletter, the world's most powerful passports, great moments in travel history, our top airline updates, and more!

NTS News Updates

National Travel's IROPs Service

     Flight delays and cancellations can cause much undue stress and ruin important travel plans.  When you book with National Travel, our agents are available 24/7 to assist with any problem you may run into while traveling, but don’t just take our word for it!

Take a look at these testimonials from our valued clients!

Valerie was absolutely wonderful. My flight was canceled due to weather, along with 2 other colleagues. I called to swap my booking to Amtrak as quick as possible to get back to Boston to perform federal response to Tropical Storm Elsa. Valerie was very helpful. She collaborated with her coworkers to sync up the transition plans and get all 3 of us train bookings for tonight. Valerie stayed on the phone with me and gave frequent updates. She was great and deserves an on-the -spot award!

Government Travel Client

Kelsey was able to help us when we hit multiple travel delays and ended up being 22 hours late. Everything felt like it was falling apart in the moment, but Kelsey was able to type an extensive report so that Valerie could help us out when we landed. Kelsey even made herself available to help Valerie get up to speed after her working hours and that meant so much to us! Together they were able to switch our hotel reservations and get us some money back for the night we missed!

Recent Honeymoon client

Trending Travel News

Who Holds the Most Powerful Passport?

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 Long before the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed how we travel, the U.S. passport was once one of the strongest travel documents a person could hold.  While the demand for travel is beginning to pick up, international mobility has restored to just 12% of pre-pandemic levels and U.S. passports can only grant their holders access to 61 destinations.  According to the Henley Passport Index, which ranks passports based on the number of destinations a holder can access without a visa, Japan comes in at #1 with access to approximately 80 destinations.

Click here to read more from Insider Travel Report

Great Moments in Travel History – July


Many great travel moments have happened in July’s past over the years!  

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1898, and later attempted to circumnavigate the globe on July 2, 1937. Orville Wright piloted the first official test flight of the U.S. Army’s first airplane in July of 1909 and in July of 1948, the first airline flight departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport!

Click here to read about more historical travel moments in July! 

Air Travel Updates

Check out our weekly airline updates below!

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IATA to Improve Mobility Aid Handling

 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is putting together a task force to improve the transport of wheelchairs and other mobility aids during air travel.

Click here to read more from Business Travel News

“United Next” App Does it All
 

United Airlines’ new mobile app allows users to pre-order meals, upload passports, and more!

Click here to read more from True New Jersey

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JetBlue’s Sustainable Fuel

 

This month, the airline began using sustainable aviation fuel for aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport.

Click here to read more from Business Travel News

Porter Orders New Jets

The Canadian carrier hopes the order will help them become a Canadian National Airline and introduce new nonstop service across North America.

 

Click here to read more from Airline Weekly

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United’s Future with Electric Aircraft

 

United Airlines and Mesa Air Group recently announced a potential order of 200 electric 19-seat regional aircraft that could hit the market as early as 2026.

Click here to read more from Airline Weekly

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The airline will add over 130 new flights from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and the New York metro area cities to warm-weather cities including Charleston, Fort Myers, Key West, Las Vegas and Savannah.  They will also add additional flights from Cleveland to Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers.  United also plans to increase operations to multiple destinations in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico by 30%. The new seasonal flights will operate from November 2021 through March 2022.

The airline recently announced that they plan to offer more than 80 departures per day from Orlando by the end of 2021.  This will be the largest schedule the airline has ever operated from MCO.  Spirit will restore pre-pandemic flights to Cartagena, Columbia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and San Salvador, El Salvador.  They will also increase daily service to San Jose, Costa Rica.

 SAS will restore operations to all its U.S. destinations upon resumption of direct routes to Boston in September, as well as flights to Miami in October. The airline will also increase the number of flights from Copenhagen to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. starting in September. 

Now Open in Travel

July 1:      As of July 1st, only fully vaccinated adult travelers may enter Anguilla.  Children under the age of 18 and pregnant women are exempt from this requirement.  International travelers must also apply for entry permission and submit a negative COVID-19 rt-PCR test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival on the island.  

September 9:      Phase 3 of the Cayman Islands to begin with a limited re-introduction of tourism.

Travel Rewards

 

The world is opening back up! Are you ready to travel again?  Why not earn a vacation while you’re on vacation!

National Travel clients earn Travel Rewards Points for vacation packages, cruises and tours booked through our agency.  Members of Travel Rewards may redeem points for a variety of vacation upgrades on air, car and hotel, as well as other amenities, merchandise and more! 

Our Travel Rewards Advisors have a wealth of knowledge in many different areas and are eager to help you plan your next great vacation!

Interested in European Getaway?
Darlene Norosky has traveled extensively within the Americas and Europe and has a passion for helping clients fulfill their travel dreams! Darlene also specializes in cruising, Disney, and Sandals Resorts!

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!

Need to get a COVID test before your next trip?

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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