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
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
- Extended period for meeting minimum spend
- The Platinum Card from American Express
- American Express Green Card
- The Business Platinum Card from American Express
Bank of America Rewards Cards Covid Benefits
Brex Covid Benefits
Capital One Credit Cards Covid Benefits
- Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
- Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card
- Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card
- Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card
Citi Credit Cards Covid Benefits
Chase Credit Cards Covid Benefits
Hilton Honors Credit Cards Covid Benefits
Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards Covid Benefits
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express Card
Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards Covid Benefits
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card
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:
- Guide To Downgrading Credit Cards
- 7 Things To Know Before You Cancel A Credit Card
- Redeem Citi ThankYou Points For Gift Cards: An Interesting Opportunity
- Chase Targeted Spending Bonuses: Are You Eligible?
- Best Credit Card Duo for Maximizing Points
- My Chase Credit Card Strategy
- My Citi Credit Card Strategy: Perfected, At Last!
- 7 Easy Ways To Keep Miles From Expiring
- Housekeeping: Estate Planning & Your Miles
- Unclaimed Property: A Fun(ish) Quarantine Activity
- Chase Limited Time Bonus Categories And InstaCart Credit
Travel planning during COVID-19
- 79 Hilton Hotels & Resorts For US Getaways
- 146 Marriott Hotels & Resorts For US Getaways
- Creative New “Work From Hyatt” Rates
- How To Fly On A Private Jet (For Cheap!)
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.
Or, jump ahead to our coverage on popular topics:
- Latest Travel Advisories (Full List)
- How to Cancel (and Get a Refund) For Upcoming Travel
- Airline Screening Procedures – What to Expect
- Loyalty programs: Status Questions and Extensions
Insurance & Policies
- Airline Cancellation Policies
- Airline Responses to COVID-19
- Hotel Cancellation Policies
- Travel Insurance Policies
Travel Advisory Resources
- US: Department of State
- The UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- World Health Organization – Travel Advice
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:
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:
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: