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Israel Won’t Reopen To Tourists In July, When Do You Think Israel Will Reopen?

Unfortunately, Israel has reportedly decided not to move forward with plans to reopen their borders to tourists on July 1st. The hope is to reopen in August, though as we’ve seen, you can’t count on that until it happens. This is exactly why I recommended that people should wait before making travel plans or to […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Coronavirus


[6 Pack Tests Can Be Used For 6 Different People] You Can Now Purchase COVID-19 Self-Tests For Use When Traveling Abroad In Order To Enter The US

Update: Readers have reported to me that they were able to order this set of 6 tests for one person and then use them for 6 different people in order to fly to the US! Each test has a unique QR code that can be scanned and used by anyone. Originally posted on 5/13: The […]
Tags: Deals, US, Coronavirus


Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least June 30th

Update: The Israeli NOTAM banning foreign nationals from entry without special permission has been extended through June 30th. On June 15th, Israel will reopen for vaccinated organized tour groups. Israel’s former Interior Minister announced last week that Israel hoped to reopen to all vaccinated tourists on July 1st, but he exited office without finalizing any […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Interior, Coronavirus


Finally! Israel Plans On Reopening To Vaccinated Tourists On July 1st!

A few weeks ago I wrote that Israel was hopinh to reopen in July. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri confirmed today that Israel is moving forward with that plan as the current system is causing undue hardship. A new streamlined process for people vaccinated with vaccines recognized by Israel (including all 3 vaccine options in the […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Aryeh Deri, Coronavirus


Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least June 14th

Update: The Israeli NOTAM banning foreign nationals from entry without special permission has been extended through June 14th. On June 15th, Israel will reopen for vaccinated organized tour groups. While Israel has mostly ended their Tav Yarok/green pass program for people who are vaccinated or recovered from COVID, they have continued the extension on the […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Coronavirus


Israel Now Charging For COVID-19 PCRs For Travel, Ditches Outbound Health Forms; El Al Lounge Reopens

The ever changing rules when flying to or from Israel continue to change. COVID-19 PCRs are required before your flight to Israel and again upon arrival into Israel. Israel has extended this requirement until at least June 29th. The tests upon arrival have been free, but will now cost NIS 80 in paid in advance […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Israel Israel, Israel Flights, Coronavirus, COVID, El Al Lounge Reopens


[May Credit Ends Today, Get A Free AirTag!] AMEX Consumer Platinum Card Offering $30 Monthly Paypal Credit For The Next 6 Months!

Update: Don’t forget to use your $30 May credit today if you haven’t used it yet! Donations via Paypal will work, you can donate to your favorite cause, my local shul, or leave a comment for any other worthy charity! For example you can get an Apple AirTag for free from Walmart with Paypal Checkout. […]
Tags: Deals, Credit Cards, Walmart, Paypal, Amex, Don, Paypal Checkout, Coronavirus


Hilton Extends Expiration Of Free Night Certificates Again!

Last week, IHG extended certificates through 12/31/21. Last month, Marriott extended certificates and more through 1/3/22. Last October, Hyatt extended free night and other certificates through 12/31/21. And today, Hilton accounted another extension of their own. Here is a roundup of new and previously announced Hilton extensions: Free night awards issued before 5/1/20 and set […]
Tags: Deals, Hilton, Marriott, Ihg, Hotel Deals, Miles & Points, Coronavirus


Get Free Lyft Or Uber Rides To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

Lyft and Uber are offering free rides to get a COVID-19 vaccine from now through 7/4. Uber is offering 4 one-way rides up to $25 each so that you can go back and forth to get both shots. After you open the Uber app, click on vaccine to get your free ride between 6am-8pm daily. […]
Tags: Deals, Uber, Free Stuff, Coronavirus


Puerto Rico Drops COVID PCR Requirements For Vaccinated Travelers

Puerto Rico has been requiring a negative COVID PCR in order to enter without needing to quarantine. Effective today, fully vaccinated passengers flying within the US can present their vaccination card instead of needing a negative test result. You can also upload your card to their online portal, which will produce a QR code that […]
Tags: Deals, US, Puerto Rico, Points & Travel, Coronavirus, Vaccinated Travelers


United “Your Shot To Fly” Sweepstakes: Upload Vaccine Card And Win 52 Business Class Flights And $275,000 To Offset Income Tax On The Prize!

United is launching a creative “Your Shot To Fly” sweepstakes. If you upload your vaccine card on United.com here or on the United mobile app under My Account>Add record to my profile you will be enrolled for this offer. You need to be a US resident 18 or older to enter. The vaccine data will be […]
Tags: Deals, US, Free Stuff, United, Coronavirus


Finally! Israel Will Reopen To Vaccinated Tour Groups In June And To Individual Tourists In July

COVID cases in Israel have dropped close to nil and the country is continuing its reopening process. As of June 1st nearly all restrictions will be lifted in Israel, other than the ban on most foreign nationals due to worries about importing COVID variants, and the requirement to wear a mask when indoors. Israel closed […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Coronavirus


Sleuthing Out Which United Clubs Will Reopen By Labor Day

United was fast to close down their United Club and Polaris lounge network when the pandemic hit. They have also been much slower to reopen than American and Delta and some United Clubs that have reopened have been  filled to capacity with a line out the door, due to other clubs in the airport being […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, United, Polaris, United Club, United Clubs, Coronavirus


After Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery Success, New York And Maryland Add Vaccine Lotteries

Last week Ohio Governor Mike DeWine thought up and announced a lottery for people who get vaccinated or are already vaccinated. Adults 18 and older who are vaccinated or start getting vaccinated can enter into a weekly lottery to win a million dollars. 12-17 year olds who get vaccinated can register to win college scholarships. […]
Tags: Deals, Maryland, Ohio, Mike DeWine, Coronavirus


Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least June 3rd

Update: The Israeli NOTAM banning foreign nationals from entry without special permission has been extended through June 3rd. Originally posted on 4/23: Israel has published a NOTAM laying out their restrictions that apply from now through May 6th. All foreign nationals need special permission to enter and all passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR, […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, NOTAM, Coronavirus


Hotel Chains Begin To Loosen Mask Requirements If You’re Vaccinated

In light of the CDC’s announcement that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks anymore, stores like Best Buy, CVS, Costco, Home Depot, Macys, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and more have now dropped mask requirement for people who are fully vaccinated, where allowed by local law. The federal mask mandate on public transportation remains in effect […]
Tags: Deals, Cdc, Walmart, Hotel Deals, CVS Costco, Coronavirus


IHG Extends Anniversary Night Certificates And Points Expiration

IHG previously extended credit card anniversary night certificates from 12/31/20 to 8/31/21. They did that by giving a bonus free night certificate. IHG tells me that they are now extending the expiration date for those nights to 12/31/21. Additionally they previously said that points wouldn’t expire until 6/30/21. They are now extending the pause on […]
Tags: Deals, Ihg, Hotel Deals, Miles & Points, Coronavirus


Italy Is The Latest European Country To Reopen For Americans

As of today, American, Delta, and United are operating quarantine-free flights from the US to Italy for all passengers, including tourists. Vaccination is not required. This comes after countries like Croatia, Greece, and Iceland opened to vaccinated tourists. More European countries are expected to open this summer, under a hodgepodge of rules. You’ll need to […]
Tags: Deals, US, Italy, Delta, Iceland, United, Croatia Greece, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


You Can Now Purchase COVID-19 Self-Tests For Use When Traveling Abroad In Order To Enter The US

The CDC has approved the use of FDA approved COVID-19 telehealth monitored self-tests to use in order to enter US after traveling abroad. The test must be taken within 3 days before departure, so if your flight is Wednesday afternoon, you can take a test as soon as 12:01AM on Sunday. United and Abbott are […]
Tags: Deals, Cdc, US, Fda, Abbott, Coronavirus


BREAKING: Finally! CDC Guidance Will Allow Fully Vaccinated People To Ditch Masks In Most Circumstances!

Thanks to Israel’s rapid vaccine rollout, we’ve known that mRNA vaccines work fantastically well to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However the CDC has stubbornly clung to guidance saying to keep wearing masks even after you’re vaccinated. I’ve long thought that the lack of incentive is a big reason why the vaccine uptake rate in […]
Tags: Deals, Cdc, Israel, Coronavirus, COVID


Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: Eligible Households Can Now Apply For $50 Off Their Monthly Internet Bill!

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: Eligible Households Can Now Apply For $50 Off Their Monthly Internet Bill! As part of the December 2020 COVID-19 stimulus package, households can apply for $50 off their monthly internet bill if any adult, child, or dependent in the household is eligible via the following methods: SNAP recipients Medicaid recipients Supplemental […]
Tags: Deals, Free Stuff, Coronavirus, Emergency Broadband Benefit Program


El Al Finally Reopens Israeli Call Center!

El Al closed their call centers when they suspended service last March. For a while it was nearly impossible to reach them, but they reopened the ability to chat with them over Whatsapp at +972-3-977-1111, though with long wait times. They have now reopened their Israeli call center, at the same number as above, though […]
Tags: Deals, EL AL, Coronavirus


Pfizer’s Vaccine Is Now Authorized For 12-15 Year Olds, Will You Vaccinate Your Kids?

The FDA extended their EUA today, authorizing the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in 12-15 year olds. 2,260 participants in that age group were enrolled in a study and while 16 cases of COVID-19 occurred among 978 placebo recipients, there were 0 cases of COVID-19 among the 1,005 vaccine recipients, meaning the vaccine was […]
Tags: Deals, Fda, Pfizer, EUA, Coronavirus, COVID


Israeli Consulate Of NY: Check The Status Of Your Application And Get Sent To The Back Of The Line

Related posts: Reader Trip Report: Flying To Israel As A Foreign National Under A First Degree Relative Exemption Finally! Israel Begins Reopening With Entry Allowed For Vaccinated Or Recovered Relatives And More! Israel Will Allow Student Visa Holders To Fly Nonstop From The US To Israel Without Needing An Entry Permit Israel Will Remain Closed […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, US, Coronavirus


Senators To Airlines: Provide Refunds Or Remove Travel Credit Expiration Dates

US airlines have received incredibly generous bailouts over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic that have been the envy of airlines across the globe. Incredibly, tens of billions have been handed over without any conditions or givebacks to consumers.  Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal now appear to regret that and have written a letter […]
Tags: Deals, US, Airline News, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Coronavirus


Israel Will Allow Student Visa Holders To Fly Nonstop From The US To Israel Without Needing An Entry Permit

Israel remains closed to most foreign nationals, but is slowly opening back up again. According to Chaim V’Chessed, starting tomorrow, student visa holders will be able to fly on nonstop flights from the US to Israel without needing to apply for and receive an entry permit. They will have to present a negative COVID-19 at […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, US, Coronavirus, Chaim V Chessed


[Update: Extended Through May 20] Israel Will Remain Closed To Most Foreign Nationals Through At Least May 6th

Update: The NOTAM banning foreign nationals without special permission has been extended through May 20th. Originally posted on 4/23: Israel has published a NOTAM laying out their restrictions that apply from now through May 6th. All foreign nationals need special permission to enter and all passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR, unless they were […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, NOTAM, Coronavirus



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