Travel News – January 10th

New year is here an the travel situation is still heavily impacted by Covid. However people are getting frustrated to sit at home and they want to travel. They want to go somewhere outside and not closed at their homes. The lucky one’s, who have been already vaccinated or who owns negative PCR tests can travel already. Look at the latest offerings from the biggest travel providers or hotels World Wide!

January Sale on Expedia

A new year means new adventures. Whatever travel itch you’re ready to scratch, we’ve gathered deals to help you get back on your way. Book on the Expdia app with your coupon code for an extra 10% off select stays. You can read more here!

hilton announcement

Hilton Honors is offering flyers the opportunity to earn unlimited points in 2021, with every stay earning extra points. The Points Unlimited promotion begins on Jan. 1, 2021, offering bonuses for checking in and staying a combined total of five nights at properties.

The promotion runs through May 2, 2021, giving frequent travelers just over four months to earn “Points Unlimited.” It is only open to Hilton Honors members, requiring guests to register before their first stay. Those who are not members can sign up and immediately register for the promotional offer.

Every stay at a participating Hilton Honors property will earn guests 2,000 Hilton Honors points, in addition to the number of points they earn from staying, their loyalty status, or using a Hilton Honors co-branded credit card. Moreover, staying a combined total of five nights at participating properties will net guests an additional 5,000 bonus points.

Once guests reach the five-night mark, their count resets towards their next 5,000 bonus. During the promotional period, there’s no limit to the number of bonus points travelers can receive for check-ins and staying a combined total of five nights.

While the points may not be limited, there are some rules guests need to know. The bonus only applies to stays made after registration – any nights stayed before the member registers will not receive extra points. All stays must be complete by May 2, 2021. Stays that start before that date and end afterwards will not qualify for a bonus. Members can stack this promotion with others the hotel operates, resulting in bonuses on top of bonuses. Finally, bonus point will be applied to the Hilton Honors member account in six to eight weeks of a completed stay. You can ready more on FLYER TALK.com

“World’s Safest Airlines” List

For sure all of you heard about the recent airplane crash in Indonesia.

A Boeing jet carrying 62 people lost contact with air traffic controllers Saturday in Indonesia after rapidly losing altitude, with debris believed to be from the plane spotted in the Java Sea.

Sriwijaya Air flight 182, operated with a Boeing 737-500, took off from Jakarta at about 1:56 p.m. local time and lost contact with the control tower at 2:40 p.m., said Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati.

The incident comes a day after the one-year anniversary of the shooting down of a Ukraine International Airlines flight in Iran with 176 people aboard, one of two major airline crashes in 2020. And it comes just over two years after a Boeing 737 Max crashed in Indonesia, killing 189.

All those crashes are not helping the Airline Industry, however there are airlines, which are paying really much attention on their airplaines, pilots and safety measurements. In 2020 the following Airplanes were the safest:

  1. Qantas
  2. Qatar Airways
  3. Air New Zealand
  4. Singapore Airlines
  5. Emirates
  6. EVA Air
  7. Etihad Airways
  8. Alaska Airlines
  9. Cathay Pacific Airways
  10. British Airways
  11. Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic,
  12. Hawaiian Airlines
  13. Southwest Airlines
  14. Delta Air Lines
  15. American Airlines
  16. SAS
  17. Finnair
  18. Lufthansa
  19. KLM
  20. United Airlines.

From Worlds’s low-cost airlines the following are the safest in alphabetical order:

Air Arabia, Allegiant, easyjet, Frontier, Jetstar Group, Jetblue, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet, and Wizz. Read more about it clicking on the header.

Hawaii travel restrictions

When Hawaii launched a program in October allowing visitors to bypass its 14-day coronavirus quarantine by showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test, thousands of travelers took advantage of the offer.

Hawaii’s statistics show that 594,628 visitors arrived in the state  from Oct. 15, when the bypass program took effect, to Dec. 31.

Now that the bypass program has been in effect for a couple months, Hawaii has made some adjustments. The most notable is that travelers must upload a negative test result before they depart the mainland. Previously, you were covered as long as you had the results when you landed.

Here’s what to know if you’re flying to Hawaii. 

You need a negative test result before you fly

Hawaii requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test before you take off in order to avoid the 14-day quarantine. Before your flight, you need to make an account with Hawaii’s Safe Travels site and register a negative COVID-19 test that was taken no more than 72 hours before departure.  The good news is that Hawaii has expanded its list of trusted testing partners

You also can get a test kit from American Airlines, United Airlinesand Hawaiian Airlines. Passengers are responsible for the cost of the test, which is $129 at American and $119 at United and Hawaiian. Hawaiian lets you use miles to pay for it. In addition to at-home options, several airlines, including United and Alaska, have partnerships with health care providers for on-site testing before travel to Hawaii, but be sure to make an appointment in advance given strong demand. Read more on USA Today

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