The Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated: 3 days ago

There is a lot happening in the world right now. As a site focused on travel, aviation, and loyalty programs, we have necessarily had a ton of coverage as the coronavirus situation has unfolded.

Below you can find essential resources, covering everything from the latest hotel and airline cancelation policies, to updates on border closings and quarantines.

This page will be constantly refreshed, so feel free to bookmark it for an easy way to stay up to date!

Essential Credit Card Benefits

Chase Credit Cards 4
Chase Extends & Expands “Pay Yourself Back” Feature
Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Amex Credit Cards Watermark
Amex Cards Add Awesome New Perks For 2020
Filed Under: American Express

We’ve added the most up-to-date expanded benefits related to COVID-19 for each of the credit cards listed below.

See extended benefits for:

American Express Cards Covid Benefits

Bank of America Rewards Cards Covid Benefits

Brex Covid Benefits

Capital One Credit Cards Covid Benefits

Citi Credit Cards Covid Benefits

Chase Credit Cards Covid Benefits

Hilton Honors Credit Cards Covid Benefits

Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards Covid Benefits

Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards Covid Benefits


Strategies: Miles & Points in a Pandemic

Most airline and hotel credit cards have extended some of their benefits well into 2021. Some providers are offering especially generous sign-on bonuses, or rewarding cardholders for spending in certain categories.

Still, many of us are finding that our spending profile has changed dramatically over the past few months. Here are the best travel credit cards, and points earning strategies you can be doing right now:

Citi Double Cash Watermark
Citi Double Cash: More Valuable Than Ever Before
Filed Under: Citi, Credit Cards
Park Hyatt St Kitts Watermark
The 26 Credit Cards In My Wallet Right Now
Filed Under: American Express, Bank of America
American Express Globe
Amex Credit & Benefit Tracker
Filed Under: American Express

Travel planning during COVID-19

American 787 Business Class – 2
New Airline Shopping Portal Bonuses Offer Up To 15,000 Bonus Points
Filed Under: Alaska, American
Lufthansa A350 900
Could Transatlantic Travel Return With Coronavirus Testing?
Filed Under: Advice
Four Seasons Desroches Island – 58
When Will You Travel Again?
Filed Under: Travel

Coronavirus Travel Policies & Advisories

As you can imagine, many of these things have been changing nearly constantly since March. We’ve continued to update our mega-guide with all the various policies you need to know about.

Salon Icare Paris Orly Airport – 27
Coronavirus Travel Policies & Advisories
Filed Under: Advice, Travel

Or, jump ahead to our coverage on popular topics:

Travel Guidance

Insurance & Policies

Travel Advisory Resources


Essential Coronavirus Information

If you haven’t been keeping up with the news (we’re honestly jealous!), here’s a primer on SARS-Cov-2, and the international public health impacts:

Newyork Skyline Sunset
Essential Coronavirus Information & Updates
Filed Under: Advice

Coronavirus FAQs

Additionally, here are some questions that frequently come up in the comments or on social media.

Why do I have to wear a mask [on the plane], [in the airport], [wherever else]?!? Healthy people shouldn’t have to!

Realistically, the combination of uncontrolled community spread in the United States and the lengthy incubation period of SARS-Cov-2 means that you don’t know if you are infected.

Here’s a graphic Johns Hopkins University is using to train contact tracers:

As you can see, someone who is infected with SARS-Cov-2 goes through an incubation period of anywhere from 2-14 days before they start showing signs or symptoms. In this example, the person didn’t start feeling sick until Day 14 (the thick yellow line). However, they were contagious starting two days before they felt unwell, on Day 12.

Given that time window, it’s critical to wear a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible, especially when traveling. Otherwise, you could unknowingly be infecting others! This is why most airlines are also requiring face coverings for flights between areas with uncontrolled spread.

Scientific consensus is that face coverings help to prevent spread by reducing both the number of virus particles floating around, and the distance they can travel. Masks aren’t a replacement for testing, contact tracing, or social distancing, but they are effective in supplementing those efforts and reducing overall exposure.

What’s up with temperature checks? Should I avoid airports, hotels, and restaurants that aren’t doing them?

Not really. On the one hand, throwing the kitchen sink at COVID-19 is perhaps the right approach (as long as it doesn’t create a false sense of security), but on the other — there are going to be very few (if any) cases identified via random temperature checks.

Remember that people can be contagious for two days before showing ANY symptoms, then combine that with ~25% of infected people never having any symptoms, plus ~40% of people with COVID-19 not having a consistent fever…it becomes math of very small numbers very quickly.

So in general, if a company is requiring temperature checks in addition to physical distancing, airflow management, and other sanitation procedures, that’s great. But temperature checks or hygiene theater alone should not provide you with any sense of security.

Why are U.S. residents restricted from so many countries?

Fundamentally, the lack of a coordinated Federal response has not only made it more difficult to combat the virus at home (leading to state Governors and labs competing domestically for resources), it also makes it impossible for other countries to properly evaluate the circumstances of entry for a U.S. resident. This would be true even if we didn’t have uncontrolled community spread in most areas of the country.

By constitutional design, there are 2,684 state, local, and tribal public-health departments in the United States, all of which are implementing policies for their district in absence of Federal guidance. It clearly isn’t reasonable for even a large block of countries like the European Union to keep track of 2600+ potential sets of pandemic management practices, much less a small country like Fiji.

Hence, the blanket restrictions on entry.


Our Travel Experiences with COVID-19

As things shut down, and now as they’re reopening, there have been plenty of experiences to share. Here are the highlights:

Bodrum Pool
Visiting Bodrum, Turkey: Coronavirus Impressions
Filed Under: Travel
Coronavirus Testing
Logistics Of International Travel During Coronavirus
Filed Under: Advice, Travel
Travel
Coronavirus Culture Shock While Traveling
Filed Under: Travel
American Airlines First Class
American Airlines First Class Service In The Coronavirus Era
Filed Under: American
Marrakech Medina 2
Introduction: The Last Trip (For Now)
Filed Under: reviews
Beijing Airport Coronavirus Evaluation
I Flew To Beijing During The Coronavirus Pandemic (Guest Post)
Filed Under: Advice, Travel

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) News

In addition to all the above resources, here are the most recent blog posts related to the impacts of the coronavirus on the travel and aviation industries:

Air Canada 787
US & Canada Border Closure Extended (Again)
Filed Under: Travel
Delta Seat Blocking
Delta Extends Seat Blocking Policy To March 2021
Filed Under: Delta
Jetblue Seats
JetBlue Will Stop Blocking Seats In Early 2021
Filed Under: JetBlue
American 777 200
New York & London Air Bridge: Coming Soon?
Filed Under: Travel
Iass Lounge Honolulu Airport – 14
Hawaii Will Reopen To Visitors On October 15 (With Testing)
Filed Under: Travel
Southwest Cabin
Southwest Airlines Blocking Seats Through November 30
Filed Under: Southwest
Hyatt Place Page Arizona – 3
Hyatt Makes Face Masks Mandatory Globally
Filed Under: Hyatt
Singapore Airlines Business Class A350 – 7
Singapore Airlines May Launch Flights To Nowhere
Filed Under: Singapore

(all COVID-19 news)