Travel News: April 2nd 2021

American Airlines Announces New COVID-19 Testing Options, Quarantine-Free Travel to Italy

According to Donald Wood from Travel Pulse, American Airlines announced expanded partnerships with airport authorities in Italy and coronavirus testing partner GoHealth Urgent Care to provide travelers with confidence when they’re ready to fly again.

The carrier first revealed passengers on flights to Milan and Rome from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City would be able to skip Italy’s mandatory quarantine period with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Once travelers arrive in Milan or Rome and take a second test at the airport producing a negative result, they will be able to maximize their time in Italy. American resumes daily service to Milan on April 4 and three-times-weekly service to Rome on May 8, with both flights operating on a Boeing 777-200.

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Top US Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Programs – which is the best?

According to WalletHub, which just recently analyzed the 10 largest domestic airlines’ loyalty rewards program based on 21 key metrics, including things like the value of a point/mile, partnership offerings and blackout dates for rewards flights, among others. Here’s a look at how each stacks up in 2021

  • 10th: Spirit Airlines
  • 9th: Sun Country Airlines
  • 8th: Soutwest Airlines
  • 7th: Jet Blue – True Blue
  • 6th: Frontier Airlines
  • 5th: Hawaiian Airlines
  • 4th: American Airlines
  • 3rd: Delta Airlines
  • 2nd: Alaska Airlines

For the best airline from a frequent flyer program click here and continue reading on Travelpulse.com

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great news from canada: WestJet Lays Off An Additional 400 Pilots

According to Tim Perry, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) Canada, who issued the following statement today following more than 400 additional pilot layoffs at WestJet Airlines, as uncertainty remains at other major carriers including Air Transat.

“Canada’s aviation sector is a critical part of Canada’s economy that facilitates both local and international commerce, plays an instrumental role in tourism, and ensures the free movement of people and cargo throughout our vast and diverse country and around the world. Before COVID-19, the industry employed more than 141,000 Canadians with an economic footprint of $50 billion, which supported millions of other good jobs—and families—throughout the country. 

“Unfortunately, the government continues in its failure to respond adequately to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Canada’s aviation sector. As the government continues to procrastinate, the industry grows more vulnerable with every passing day, and jobs continue to disappear.

Similar news have been shared by Andrew Curran from Simply Flying regarding United Airlines. The company announced that they are going to re-hire around 300 pilots. For the rest of the news, please click here to continue reading regarding WestJet here and regarding United Airlines here.

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The US Centers for Disease Control approves travel for fully vaccinated people in the US

According to Alex Butler from Lonely Planet, people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel domestically in the US, according to new guidelines released by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The new public health recommendations note that fully vaccinated people are less likely to contract and spread the virus, and can therefore travel domestically without the need to get tested before or after a trip, or self-quarantine afterwards. Vaccinated travelers also don’t need to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving the US—unless it is required by their destination. 

While domestic travel is back on the table, the CDC advises anyone interested in international travel to pay attention to the public health situation in their destination of choice before traveling “due to the spread of new variants and because the burden of COVID-19 varies globally”. Some countries are starting to open their borders to vaccinated travelers, however the rules around travel are still rapidly changing in many destinations. 

For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Lonely Planet.

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Croatia to cancel Requirements for Vaccinated international Travelers

According to Laurie Baratti from Travel Pulse, Croatia has just become the latest country to authorize fully vaccinated foreign travelers to forego its otherwise mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements.

Visitors from any country who have completed their course of vaccination at least 14 days prior to their departure will be exempt from current travel restrictions, Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior announced.

Regardless of their immunization status, Americans can currently visit Croatia for tourism purposes only if they have proof of pre-paid accommodation arrangements at a hotel, campsite, private rental, rented vessel or other tourist lodgings. Note that just having a reservation won’t cut it—accommodations must be paid for in full, in advance.

Unvaccinated U.S. tourists can also visit, but they’ll need to show proof of negative PCR or antigen results from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Those who enter Croatia on the basis of an antigen test result and are staying longer than 10 days must repeat the test within 10 days of the first.

Persons who provide…for the rest of the news, please click here and continue reading on Travel Pulse.

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