Deutsche Bahn Ice First Class – 8
Review: Deutsche Bahn ICE First Class

While I usually review flights, airport lounges, and hotels, I figure it's sometimes useful to review other forms of transportation as well. Trains are increasingly replacing planes within Europe for short distances for (obvious) environmental reasons,…

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Air Canada 787
US & Canada Border Closure Extended (Again)

Unsurprisingly, Americans shouldn't expect to be able to travel to Canada anytime soon, as the border closure has once again been extended. The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21. Prior to this week…

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Four Seasons Costa Rica
Costa Rica Eliminates Testing Requirement For Visitors, Welcomes All Americans

The list of countries that Americans are allowed to travel to is still fairly small, though it is growing by the week. Countries take different approaches to welcoming visitors -- some allow visitors without restrictions, some require COVID-19 testing…

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Auckland
New Zealand’s Bizarre New Air Travel Coronavirus Cases

New Zealand reported 25 new coronavirus cases today, which is the highest number of daily cases the country has seen since early April. But there's something about these cases that's quite interesting in the context of pre-travel testing, quarantining,…

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Jewel Singapore Changi – 7
Hong Kong & Singapore Establish “Travel Bubble”

Hong Kong and Singapore will be forming a reciprocal travel bubble without a quarantine requirement, which Singapore's Transport Minister suggests is "the first reciprocal travel bubble in the region, and maybe in the world." How is this going to work?…

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American 777 200
New York & London Air Bridge: Coming Soon?

We're increasingly seeing discussions around the concept of "air bridges." This agreement could come in a couple of different forms: A reciprocal agreement could be formed between two low risk areas to allow travel, despite overall travel restrictions…

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Qantas 787
Australia Borders To Remain Closed Until Late 2021

While many countries around the world are starting to reopen to visitors, that's not the case in Australia. As a matter of fact, it looks like borders in Australia may remain closed until late 2021. Australia's treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has this week…

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Flughafen ( Ber ) Berlin Brandenburg
Is It Time For A Brandenburg Or Tegel Adventure?

As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, I'm in Berlin for the time being. While I'm not planning on doing a lot of travel while based here, I do feel like there's one important thing I need to do as an avgeek. I'm just trying to decide on the best approach,…

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Japan Airlines 787
Japan May Restart Tourism In April 2021

Japan is an incredible country, and it's probably the place I'm most excited to return to when the time is right. In April 2020, Japan introduced a travel ban indefinitely, preventing most tourists from visiting (currently visitors from 159 countries…

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Jw Marriott Maldives 7
Maldives Launches Loyalty Program For Visitors

The Maldives has just become the first country in the world to launch a loyalty program for visitors. You'll now be able to earn status and accrue points every time you enter the country. The Maldives' Minister of Tourism has announced the introduction…

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Frankfurt Airport Coronavirus Test 7
Review: Frankfurt Airport’s Free Coronavirus Testing

A lot of countries have struggled with the best approach to screening travelers for coronavirus. Should everyone have to go into a 14-day quarantine? Should it be possible to skip quarantine with testing? Should there be any restrictions at all? Well,…

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Lufthansa A320 New Livery
Bye Miami, Hello Berlin (For Now)…

Hallo aus Deutschland! It has been a busy couple of weeks, so let me provide a bit of background, as I'm about 5,000 miles from my usual home of Miami, and will be for a while... Earlier this summer my mom made the decision to return to Germany for an…

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Iass Lounge Honolulu Airport – 14
Hawaii Will Reopen To Visitors On October 15 (With Testing)

It looks like Hawaii plans on welcoming back visitors with pre-travel testing as of next month. This comes after the timeline has been delayed several times. In late March Hawaii introduced a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to the state. This has…

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Plaza Premium Lounge Dfw Terminal E – Relaxing Environment
Plaza Premium Opens First US Lounge At DFW

If you've been to airports in Asia or Europe, odds are good that you've seen a Plaza Premium Lounge. Well, the lounge network has now opened its first location in the United States. Plaza Premium's first US lounge location is at Dallas Fort Worth International…

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Aer Lingus A330 Business Class – 1
US Ends International Traveler COVID-19 Screenings

Here's a development that a lot of airports, airlines, and passengers, will be excited about... Earlier I shared my experience clearing US immigration after arriving from a country that's on the US "travel ban" list, which currently includes the following:…

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Swiss A340 Business Class – 4
Clearing US Immigration When Arriving From “Travel Ban” Country: My Experience

I wanted to dedicate a post to my experience clearing US immigration following my SWISS flight from Zurich to Miami. The process was painless, though a lot of people have asked about this, so I figure it's worth covering. The US currently has specific…

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Radisson Blu Maldives Beach
Maldives Adds Visitor Coronavirus Test Requirement

The Maldives is one of the few countries that's welcoming visitors from around the world. If the destination is in your travel plans, there's a new restriction to be aware of. For arrivals as of September 10, 2020, the Maldives will require all visitors…

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American A319
How Airline Pricing Will Evolve With No Change Fees

In the past 48 hours we've seen what's possibly the most positive change to US airline policies in decades -- change fees (for most routes & fare types) have been eliminated permanently by Alaska, American, Delta, and United! While most of us can probably…

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Montreal Airport – 5
$5, 15-Minute Coronavirus Test: Travel Game-Changer?

Airline stocks jumped this past Thursday with news of a new coronavirus test that costs just $5 and takes just 15 minutes to produce results. While this is an exciting development in general, is there any reason to be excited about this as it impacts…

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Lufthansa A321
Why Germany May End Free Coronavirus Testing For Travelers

It's interesting to see that Germany may be reversing course on its approach to testing arriving international travelers. The European Union continues to be off limits for a vast majority of people: Travel within the European Union is possible European…

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Private Jet Tips 3
How To Fly On A Private Jet (For Cheap!)

Hi OMAAT Family, Tiffany has kindly (through persuasion and cookies) asked me to write a guest post all about flying by private jet. Now before you brutalize me in the comment section, rest assured my goal is to give you all the tips and tricks you need…

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Thai Smile A320
Koh Samui’s Incredibly Restrictive Tourism Plan

Thailand ("thigh-land") has by all accounts done an incredible job handling coronavirus. The country has recorded a total of 3,378 cases and 58 deaths, and is reporting single-digit new cases most days. While Thailand remains closed to international…

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Turkish Food 3
6 Reasons I Loved Bodrum, Turkey

Before I review the hotels we stayed at in Bodrum, I wanted to talk a bit about my impressions of Bodrum in general. For the purposes of this post let's forget about coronavirus for a second, because I talked all about how coronavirus is being handled…

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