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Vaccine Passports Are Nothing New. Travelers Already Use Them.

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/03/2020, 3:00 PM

In an interview on December 3, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that using vaccine passports to facilitate international travel after the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is "at least interesting enough to consider." For Fauci and other longtime experts in infectious disease, the idea isn't controversial—because vaccination pass...

It's Official: Emotional Support Animals Can No Longer Fly Free

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2020, 7:00 PM

The days of getting free flights for your untrained emotional support Pomeranian are over. The government has closed the doggy door. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a final rule amending the section of the agency's Air Carrier Access Act that deals with service animals. The new rule reclassifies emotional support animals as pets and allows airlines to apply their pet p...

Immunity Passports Could Be Just Around the Corner

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2020, 6:00 PM

Since the onset of the pandemic, rumors of new forms of health identification or "immunity passports" have emerged periodically. But now it looks like a multinational trade organization and at least one major world government are on the verge of making such authorizations a reality. Let's start with the multinational attempt first. Last week the International Air Transport Association (IATA) an...

When Is the Best Day of the Week to Buy Airfare and Fly in 2021? A New Study Reveals All

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2020, 8:00 PM

This year, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a measly single block long, Christmas markets around the world are largely canceled, and far fewer people will gather at grandma's house. But one of this travel writer's favorite holiday traditions is proceeding without interruption, much to my delight and astonishment. I'm talking about the annual Travel Trends Report by the Airline Reportin...

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...

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