Airlines Pitch Frequent-Flier Mile Deals to Travelers Wary of Covid

Besides wearing a mask on an airplane, there’s one other thing you should definitely do if you are traveling this fall or over the holidays: Use your miles.

A survey of pandemic award prices finds airlines are making award seats available at very cheap prices in miles or points. First-class seats, which give you a bit more social distance on board, are a particularly good value.

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City vacations take a big Covid-19 hit as travelers turn to rural areas

Around the world, cities are taking a pounding from Covid-19 as travelers are avoiding visiting large conurbations during the global pandemic. In turn, tourism numbers in metropolises have plummeted. In Madrid, tourist arrivals dropped by 63.8% during the first half of 2020.



a person in a wet city street in the rain: With Broadway closed through May 2021 and NYC's Times Square looking very different these days, many travelers are passing on the urban vacation.


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With Broadway closed through May 2021 and NYC’s Times Square looking very different these days, many travelers are passing on the urban vacation.

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Holiday Travelers Are Opting for Flights Over Road Trips, New Study Finds

With the holidays approaching, more than half of surveyed travelers say their first trip since COVID-19 halted life as we know it will be during Thanksgiving and Christmas time, according to a new study from travel booking app Hopper.



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Fifty-five percent said it would be their first trip in the COVID-19 era, according to the report, shared with Travel + Leisure, that surveyed

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New Orleans, Charleston, South welcome back travelers amid COVID-19

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Explore Asheville, the North Carolina town’s tourism promotion organization, decided in June that it was time to entice tourists back amid the coronavirus pandemic. But it was cautious.

The tourism agency focused its ad campaign on potential visitors who lived within 100 miles, close enough to drive. It used reams of data to target

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Travelers can soon get a COVID-19 test through this U.S. airline

United Airlines will offer customers COVID-19 tests next month and is the first U.S airline to do so, the carrier announced on Thursday.

The Chicago-based airline will launch the service Oct. 15 only for customers traveling from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii, but says it will expand testing to other U.S. airports later this year, according to a press release. When asked if the service will eventually be offered

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Vail Valley hotels make Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 40 Resorts in the Midwest and West

Each year, luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler presents its readers’ choice awards. This year’s Top 40 Resorts in the Midwest and West features destinations from Alaska to Texas, including eight resorts in Colorado and two in Eagle County.

Manor Vail Lodge ranked No. 8 with a score of 98.83; and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon came in at No. 26, with a 96.84 score.

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Road trip ideas for Wilmington area travelers this fall

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Among the many disruptions that the coronavirus pandemic has caused, one ongoing frustration has been the cancellation or postponement of long-awaited vacations. Now, months into the pandemic, you may be among those who are really ready for a chance for escape.

Rick Courtney, a local musician, said he was looking forward to his anniversary and a family reunion this fall. But uncertainty about the pandemic

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Only 4 Destinations Without Covid-19 Restrictions For UK Travelers

While there are still sixteen countries on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel corridor list that British travelers can visit without having to self-quarantine on their return, the majority of these have Covid-19 entry requirements (often a negative test before travel is mandatory). The travel corridor countries include Cyprus, Estonia, Faroe Islands

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Hotels.com Offers Travelers a Chance to Literally Live Under a Rock Until After the Election

No matter your particular affinity for either political party, supporters of both sides of the aisle would probably be willing to unplug and hide during the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. election—that is, after you’ve cast your absentee ballot.

Now, in a bit of experiential marketing that accurately gauges the nation’s mood after a tumultuous year, Hotels.com is offering travelers a chance to literally hide out under a rock from

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5 Houston luxury hotels take top spots on Conde Nast Traveler’s awards for best hotels in Texas

Magical getaways. Sumptuous digs. Over-the-top amenities. When a hotel lands on the coveted Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards List for Top 20 Hotels in Texas in 2020, it has arrived at its zenith for a luxury hotel. Never a town to disappoint when it comes to luxury accommodations, H-Town is home to several exclusive, extravagant hotels, including five that have landed a top spot on the list.

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‘Handy Travel Mates’ Helps Travelers Find Top Luggage with Tips, Reviews, and More

'Handy Travel Mates' Helps Travelers Find Top Luggage with Tips, Reviews, and More

Handy Travel Mates helps consumers make informed decisions on travel bags, luggage, and even destinations

OCTOBER 6, 2020 – When wanderlust strikes, it’s imperative to be prepared with the best luggage. The team at Handy Travel Mates has come together, offering dynamic travel expertise, to create a website where travelers can find reviews and tips on travel bags and luggage, as well as an insider perspective of sought-after travel destinations.

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Vermont travel map shrinks, 2.7 million travelers may visit without quarantine

As the number of known COVID-19 cases across the Northeast continues to grow, Vermont is tightening its travel restrictions once again. The newest update to the state’s cross state travel map shows approximately 2.7 million travelers are eligible to travel to Vermont without observing a two-week quarantine. That’s the lowest number of travelers since the map was first released in early June, according to officials who manage the map with … Read More

COVID-19 travelers want the beach, so what’s happening to Tampa hotels?

TAMPA ― Jeny Guichardo sweeps through the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel lobby at least once an hour.

She cradles a tub of Lysol wipes in her arms while clutching disinfectant spray and a rag. Wearing a blue surgical mask and plastic gloves, she wipes elevator buttons, handrails and table tops.

Hilton hotels have launched the “CleanStay” program. It calls for regular surface wipe-downs. Each guest room is sealed with a

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Travel agents wait for the world to reopen from COVID shutdowns; here’s how they’re staying afloat with travelers wary of cruises and flights

NORTHAMPTON — The DRI-Voyage, as travel agent Martha S. Borawski describes it, is the travel option for people who normally like a cruise but are not getting on a plane — much less a cruise ship — anytime in the foreseeable future due to the risk of coronavirus.



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Air Canada is the latest airline to offer free COVID-19 insurance for eligible travelers



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Airlines and even certain destinations are continuing to roll out COVID-19 insurance packages.

Air Canada is the latest in a series of international airlines that are offering complimentary coverage for coronavirus.

In August, Virgin Atlantic introduced what it

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Tour Britain By Range Rover? Upscale Travelers Are Ready To Hit The Road

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, quarantines and other travel barricades have devastated the travel industry. Yet leisure travel is starting a comeback, according to Tripadvisor, which calls itself the world’s largest travel platform.

The company says “tourism markets continue their path to recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent Tripadvisor

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DIA, Southwest Airlines try to calm travelers’ nerves ahead of holiday travel season amid COVID-19

Tom Starr, Southwest Airlines’ general manager at Denver International Airport, donned a surgical mask and safety vest Tuesday morning. Just after 10 a.m. he called for the attention of the corporate travel managers gathered around him. He was about to lead them on a tour from the check-in counter to a Southwest gate on the airport’s Concourse C with a focus on COVID-19 safety and cleaning efforts.

“My goal is

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Harvest workers among COVID world’s last regular travelers

ROCCA DE’ GIORGI, Italy (AP) — Her hands were hardly visible, so quickly did they press the clippers before dropping grape clusters into red plastic bins. Some distance behind her, in the next row over, Italian students subbing in due to a pandemic-fueled worker shortage tried vainly to catch up.



Alexandra Ichim, a 20-year-old Romanian, works during a grape harvest in Rocca de Giorgi, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Though from a Romanian region famed for its wine, Ichim had never worked in vineyards before traveling to Italy's Lombardy region for the September grape harvest, known in Italian as the vendemmia — the pay is too low in Romania and the working conditions too harsh, she says. Instead, the 20-year-old came on a 12-hour bus ride and returned by plane to her native Arad region when the harvest was done. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)


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Airline travelers in Little Rock will notice impact of furloughs, travel expert says

On Thursday, American and United Airlines announced that 32,000 employees will be furloughed. The airlines told employees that they can’t afford to keep them on the payroll after the CARES Act Payroll Support Program expires.

Travel expert Anita Pitts has worked in the industry for decades and has seen the highs and lows before but says she’s never seen a challenge as significant as COVID-19.

“We’ll definitely see the impact,

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4 Innovate Ways Hotels Can Use Instagram to Get Travelers Into Bed


To put it mildly, 2020 hasn’t been very kind to the hospitality industry. The economic fallout of Covid-19 travel restrictions has put hotel owners under increased pressure to attract guests and keep the lights on. Though disruption in the sector

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