Edition New York Hotel – 21

New York Adds Coronavirus Quarantine Checkpoints

Not only are Americans banned from visiting most of Europe, but we're increasingly seeing domestic travel restrictions as well, as many states see a surge in coronavirus cases. In late June New York announced a travel quarantine, and that has now been…

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Coronavirus Sniffing Dogs

Dubai Airport Introduces Coronavirus-Sniffing Dogs

For months there has been talk of dogs potentially being able to detect coronavirus. Well, this testing is finally becoming a reality at one global hub. Dubai Airport has become among the first in the world to introduce coronavirus-sniffing dogs. How…

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China Southern Lounge Guangzhou – 8

Lounges Accuse Priority Pass Of Not Paying Up

Here's an odd dispute, that could have bigger implications... Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport has quite a few Priority Pass lounges. Even though they're branded differently, most of them are run by the airport. There are new reports that several…

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American Admirals Club Sao Paulo – 1

Hmmm: Brazil Once Again Open To International Visitors

Brazil sure is taking an interesting approach to once again welcoming tourists... Like so many countries around the world, Brazil largely closed its borders back in March, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. Unfortunately much like in the US,…

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Lufthansa Business Lounge Munich – 1

Munich Airport Offering Free Coronavirus Testing

A few days ago I wrote about Istanbul Airport's impressive coronavirus testing, as the airport is offering testing with high capacity and fast results for ~$16. Well, Munich Airport has just introduced an even better coronavirus testing option. Munich…

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Iga Lounge Istanbul Airport – 3

Istanbul Airport’s Impressive Coronavirus Testing

I'm not sure how I missed this, as apparently this service has been offered for a few weeks now, and it sure is impressive. In order for the travel industry to recover, we need better coronavirus testing (among other things): We need more frequent tests…

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Filed Under: Travel, Turkish
Bahamasair 737

Bahamas Rolls Back Tourism Reopening, Bans Americans

The Bahamas is rolling back its tourism reopening in the coming days, after a recent spike in coronavirus cases. The Bahamas opened to tourists as of July 1, 2020. Like so many countries, the Bahamas tried to find the right balance between restarting…

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Montreal Airport – 5

A Different Kind Of Layover In Montreal (YUL)

Traveling through airports nowadays can be surreal. From a passenger experience standpoint, it's the best of times, and it's the worst of times. We had a roughly four hour layover in Montreal, connecting from Air Canada to Lufthansa. Upon arrival we…

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Bodrum

International Travel In A New Era

In June I took my first domestic trip in several months. I flew out west to visit some national parks. My goal was to report back on what it’s like to fly nowadays, how hotels have changed, and how tourist sites are in the age of coronavirus, given the…

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Air China 777

US Considers China Communist Party Travel Ban

We've seen all kinds of travel bans added in recent months and years, though one ban under consideration right now could prove especially controversial. The Trump administration is allegedly considering the idea of banning travel to the United States…

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Air France Klm Lounge Toronto – 27

US & Canada Border Closure To Be Extended

The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21. Up until now the border has been closed for non-essential travel through July 21. It's now being reported by CBC that that closure will be extended by an additional…

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Iass Lounge Honolulu Airport – 14

Hawaii Delays Tourism Reopening To September 1

It was hinted at a couple of days ago that this would happen, and it's now official. Hawaii won't welcome tourists without a 14-day quarantine until at least September 1, 2020. In late March Hawaii introduced a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to…

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Hyatt Regency Sydney – 11

Australia Will Start Charging For 14-Day Quarantine

Australian taxpayers will no longer be footing the bill for those international travelers arriving in Australia. As part of its strategy to minimize the spread of coronavirus, Australia has more or less closed its borders. Only citizens and residents…

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American Eagle First Class

Did I Feel Safe Flying During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

In mid-June I took my first trip in well over three months. In total I flew three segments -- on the outbound I flew from Miami to Las Vegas, and on the return I flew from Grand Junction to Dallas to Miami. I've already written about some aspects of…

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Springhill Suites Zion National Park – 19

146 Marriott Hotels & Resorts For US Getaways

While we're writing more about travel lately, we're not necessarily suggesting people do travel (though if you do, please be considerate and smart). But we also recognize that many folks need a break, whether that's because they have been homeschooling…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Jerry Remys Boston Airport – 1

US Passes 750K Daily Air Travelers Over July 4 Weekend

A few months ago demand for air travel began to plummet, as we've seen airlines cut capacity unlike ever before. During that time I've been keeping an eye on passenger numbers, as it's interesting to see how demand is evolving. The pace at which travel…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA, Travel
Gulfstream

Americans Charter Private Jet To Europe, Get Rejected

11 people chartered a private jet from the US to the European Union, and were refused entry, as reported by castedduonline.it. But they're angry. Really angry. They feel they were "treated like criminals," and plan to "ask for damages." First it's important…

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Road Trip – 16

Road Tripping Through The Southwest Of The US

In mid-June, Ford and I did a four day road trip through Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado (I recognize that technically not all of those states are the "southwest," but I feel comfortable enough with the general theme). In this post I wanted to talk…

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Airx A340 5

Cool: Private A340 Flying Brits To Barbados In Style

If you're in the UK and have £7500 burning a hole in your pocket, here's a cool way to spend it... Blue Sky Luxury and Caledonia Jets have partnered to offer a new once weekly charter flight between London and Barbados. Barbados is a popular vacation…

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Four Seasons Desroches Island – 58

When Will You Travel Again?

One thing we've noticed (and this is not a new phenomenon) is that "travel sentiment surveys" don't really take into account the viewpoints of the most frequent travelers, or the most highly-engaged loyalty program members. Our community may not be statistically…

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United Polaris Lounge Chicago – 1

Chicago Adds 14-Day Travel Quarantine

Even domestic travel is getting significantly more complicated. A few days ago a 14-day quarantine was added for travelers arriving in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from regions with high COVID-19 infection rates. Now a similar requirement has…

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Blue Lagoon

When Will Americans Be Allowed To Visit Iceland?

Going back several weeks, Iceland looked like the most promising country for Americans to be able to visit this summer. While the country was first going to allow Americans as of June 15, that was then pushed back to July 1. Where does that stand now,…

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Filed Under: Icelandair, Travel