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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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.



a person standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: From left to right, Barbara Burati, Martha S. Borawski and Debbie Wilcox at Pioneer Valley Travel, Inc. in Northampton.


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From left to right, Barbara Burati, Martha S. Borawski and Debbie Wilcox at Pioneer Valley

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With borders closed and still wary about domestic travel, Malaysians reroute holiday budgets to shopping, SE Asia News & Top Stories

KUALA LUMPUR – Ms Melati Hashim allocates about RM20,000 (S$6,550) a year for overseas holidays, but the travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic have seen her splurge with that budget in other ways.

The 31-year-old insurance agent said she now purchases things she would have never considered before, as a consolation for not being able to travel.

“I use the money to buy things I normally find ‘wasteful’. The

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Travellers wary, agencies not encouraging travel despite incentives



a man and a woman standing in a room: St. Jean says she has cancelled three upcoming trips because of increasing COVID numbers.


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St. Jean says she has cancelled three upcoming trips because of increasing COVID numbers.

Pauline St. Jean, 62, calls it a strike out: three exciting family vacations planned for the next six months, all cancelled due to COVID-19.

Fear of rising case numbers and a federal government advisory for non-essential travel outside of Canada compelled St. Jean and her partner to make the call earlier this

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Post 9/11 proved even the most wary of Americans would travel again. Here’s why Booking Holdings’ CEO believes the same will happen after COVID-19



A general view of the departure hall of Terminal 1 at JFK airport on May 15, 2020. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images


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A general view of the departure hall of Terminal 1 at JFK airport on May 15, 2020. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • The travel industry has been decimated by safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, as consumers stay put at home.
  • Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said comparing the COVID-19 with the industry’s struggles post-9/11 is a “good analogy.” 
  • He believes that new
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