NTS News Updates
The Rise of the Travel Agent
In a recent survey from Forbes and YouGov, it was found that nearly 9/10 Americans say they plan to travel within the next 6 months. With the added stress the pandemic brings to travel, many travelers are turning to travel agents to help them navigate destination requirements and plan the perfect trip. According to American Express Travel’s 2021 Global Travel Trends Report, nearly 60 percent of travelers surveyed want to use a travel agent for their next trip.
Not only are National Travel’s agents here to help you book travel and understand destination requirements, but we are also here to help you when things go wrong.
Take a look at what this new client had to say, after one of our agents helped her with a travel issue!
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Norwegian Wins Battle for Vaccine Proof
A U.S. judge recently ruled in favor of Norwegian Cruise Line, blocking Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s “vaccine passport” ban for the cruise line. In April, Norwegian announced a 100% vaccination mandate for their cruise operations, but ran into challenges when recent legislation passed in Florida made it illegal for businesses within the state to require proof of vaccination for customers. With the news of this ruling, the cruise lines’ Norwegian Gem is scheduled to depart on its 1st cruise from Miami on August 15th. Florida plans to appeal the decision as a constitutional challenge.
Most Expensive U.S. Cities for Car Rentals
A survey conducted by Cheapcarrental.net compared rental car rates at the top 100 U.S. airports for the month of August 2021. The study found that on average, car rental rates are up about 50% higher than August of last year. In some cities, the rates are more than double what they were last year. Anchorage, AK took first place with weekly rates averaging at $1,451 per week for the most affordable car.
U.S. Considering Vaccination Mandate
The Biden Administration is in discussion with airlines and other groups about potentially requiring vaccination documentation for international visitors, when travel can reopen. The U.S. currently bars most non-U.S. citizens who have visited a number of countries within the 14 days prior to their arrival in the U.S.
Check out our weekly airline updates below!
Delta Drops Same-Day Standby Fee
Travelers can now make a standby request on Delta’s website or mobile app within 24 hours of their scheduled flight departure, at no charge.
FAA Asks Airport Bars to Stop Saving to-go Alcohol
In response to the growing number of incidents at the airport and on flights involving unruly, and often intoxicated travelers, the FAA is asking airport restaurants and bars to stop serving alcoholic drinks to-go.
Four-times weekly service from Calgary to Seattle starting in November and increasing to six-times weekly in December.
Expanding nonstop service from Los Angeles to Monterey, CA; Fort Collins-Loveland, CO; Provo, UT; and St. George, UT.
Offering new routes, additional flight and larger aircraft for college and professional football games in the fall.
Offering 3 new U.S. destinations this winter to St. Pete-Clearwater, San Diego and Orlando Sanford.
Travel Alerts and Updates
As of August 6, all fully vaccinated travelers, as well as children ages 2-11, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test, rapid antigen test, or PCR test, taken no more than five days prior to the date of arrival. Unvaccinated travelers aged 12 and older must still obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival.
As of July 26, all travelers now required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, NAA, RNA, or Antigen test result from a test taken within three days of travel.
All U.S. travelers are required to submit proof of a negative PCR test taken seven days before boarding.
Fully vaccinated travelers must undergo a rapid antigen test at the port of entry.
As of July 31, all adult visitors must be vaccinated and will be required to quarantine for up to 48 hours, pending a negative PCR test upon arrival at the airport.
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