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First Airline Confirms: Covid Vaccination Will Be Required to Fly

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/24/2020, 10:00 AM

The first airline has confirmed that it will require all international passengers to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination—once a vaccine becomes available—in order to fly. The airline is Qantas, the Australian carrier with a safety record so renowned it's cited by Dustin Hoffman's risk-averse character in the 1988 Oscar winner Rain Main as the only airline worth patronizing.  Qantas is still a...

As a Trial, Airlines Requiring Covid Testing on Select Routes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/23/2020, 3:00 PM

It's already against the rules at every major airline to fly while you are knowingly Covid-positive, but up to now, there was no way for carriers to prove passenger status. Germany's principal airline, Lufthansa, is taking precautions one step further.  The airline will require all passengers and crew flying two designated flights between Hamburg and Munich to be tested for Covid-19 first. ...

Latest Dining Trend? Rapid Covid-19 Tests at Restaurants

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/19/2020, 11:00 AM

What pairs best with a nasal swab—prosecco or champagne? The City Winery restaurant chain is about to ask that question. City Winery locations, dedicated to wine appreciation and live music (in normal times), are currently open in Atlanta, Chicago, New York State's Hudson Valley, Nashville, and New York City. Outposts in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., are temporarily closed due ...

For Flyers Who Want Vacant Middle Seats, Only One Airline Will Qualify Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/18/2020, 2:00 PM

For Americans who would rather fly with an empty seat beside them, there is only one choice now. One by one, all the other airlines have peeled away from their commitment to leave middle seats vacant and allow a modicum of social distancing on flights.  Not Delta Air Lines. It has decided that it will continue to limit capacity on flights through the end of March 2021. In a statement, the...

What Road Trips Are Really Like Right Now: Staying Safe, Saving Money

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/18/2020, 11:00 AM

Life goes on. Although it may be wiser to wait until there’s a vaccine before hitting the road (a prospect that, knock wood, seems right around the corner), many of us want, or even need, to travel sooner than that. There are ways to take road trips safely and economically, but some advance planning is a necessity. Too much is closed or limited right now for travelers to simply trust in chan...

Need a Covid Test to Travel? Vendors Can No Longer Keep Up

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/18/2020, 9:00 AM

In October, Hawaii brought in a new entry system in a desperate effort to salvage its tourism business. Since October 15, arriving tourists have been required to furnish their own negative Covid-19 test results or else face quarantine upon arrival. To try to facilitate this logical process, which matches what many international countries are also requiring, Hawaii teamed up with a list of appro...

Holiday Travel in 2020: Safer Places to Go, Places to Stay, Road Trips

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/13/2020, 7:00 PM

It sometimes feels like Covid-19 stripped us of the most precious parts of our humanity. Thanks to the virus, theater, dance, and music performances are too dangerous to attend, as are dinner parties in homes. Even the act of a grandparent cradling a new grandchild carries risks right now. For this reason, scientists and government officials have been begging the public not to visit extended fa...

Celebrity Cruises Goes All-Inclusive: Drinks, Wi-Fi Now Included in Fare

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/11/2020, 7:00 PM

When travel collapsed, one of the first things that happened was the airlines stopped playing some of their petty pricing games with customers.  Suddenly, when they realized they needed us, airlines wanted to be our friends. Cancellation fees were dropped. Then change fees went out the window.   Now that the cruise lines are gearing up to restart vacations in the United States, it's cruising...

Holiday Air Travel in 2020: Safety, Finding Cheap Fares, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/11/2020, 3:00 PM

If you plan to fly over the holiday season, let’s start with the good news: Your airplane ride may be the safest part of your trip. To be frank, I'm not convinced that holiday travel is an altogether good idea in 2020; click here to read my article that gathers the current warnings against leaving home this year.   Still, if you're going to be in the air, studies have shown that—because of HEPA...

Is Holiday Travel Safe in 2020?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/10/2020, 9:00 PM

Our headline is the question thousands of families are asking themselves in the run-up to the end of the year. Depending on where you live in the United States, you may have already heard a direct answer. The governors of Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin have all issued statements advising residents to forego holiday travel and large, indoor family...

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