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Playa Hotels & Resorts, Including Hyatt Ziva And Zilara, Will Offer Complimentary COVID-19 Testing!

Starting on 1/26, everyone flying to the US will need to produce negative COVID-19 test results or proof of recovery from within the past 3 months. Playa Hotels & Resorts, which owns hotels like Hyatt Ziva and Zilara in Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Hilton resorts in Playa, Jamaica, and the […]
Tags: Deals, US, Hilton, Hotel Deals, Hyatt Ziva, Playa Hotels Resorts, Zilara, Points & Travel, Coronavirus, Playa Hotels amp, Playa Jamaica


[More Details Added] The US Will Require Negative COVID-19 Test Results Or Documentation Of Recent Recovery To Return From Abroad

Update: The CDC confirms that as of 1/26, a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19 will be required. The COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR/nucleic acid test must have been performed within the 3 days before all flights from abroad to the US. If you test positive while abroad you must self-isolate […]
Tags: Deals, Cdc, US, Points & Travel, Coronavirus, COVID


[Updated] The US Will Require Negative COVID-19 Test Results Or Documentation Of Recent Recovery To Return From Abroad

Update: The CDC confirms that as of 1/26, a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19 will be required. Proof of recovery must consist of a positive COVID-19 test result from within the 3 months before the flight, as well as a Doctor’s letter that you have been cleared to travel. The […]
Tags: Deals, Cdc, US, Points & Travel, Coronavirus, COVID


[Confirmed] The US Will Require Negative COVID-19 Test Results Or Documentation Of Recovery To Return From Abroad

Update: The CDC confirms that as of 1/26, a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19 will be required. It’s unclear what forms of proof of recovery will be accepted. The COVID-19 test must have been performed within the 3 days before all flights from abroad to the US. Airlines will have […]
Tags: Deals, Cdc, US, US Airlines, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


[Confirmed] The US Will Require Negative COVID-19 Test Results To Return From Abroad

Update: The CDC confirms that as of 1/26, a negative COVID-19 test result will be required. The test must have been performed within the 3 days before all flights from abroad to the US. Airlines will have to confirm the written negative test result before boarding passengers. The Wall Street Journal reports that the US […]
Tags: Deals, Cdc, US, Wall Street Journal, US Airlines, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


Will The US Require Negative COVID-19 Test Results To Return From Abroad?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US is expected to require negative COVID-19 test results in order to fly to the US starting on 1/26. That will include US citizens and residents returning from abroad as well as foreign nationals. That comes after Canada recently added negative COVID-19 test results in order to fly […]
Tags: Deals, US, Canada, Wall Street Journal, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


Get A 6 Month Trial Of CLEAR Membership For Free!

Get A 6 Month Trial Of CLEAR Membership For Free! Kids under 18 can go with their parents for free without a membership or biometrics required. You can set your CLEAR membership not to auto-renew. PreCheck is great, but CLEAR is amazing. PreCheck costs $85 for 5 years (it’s included for free with the excellent Global […]
Tags: Deals, Amex, Travel Tips, Points & Travel


[Update: Quarantine Doesn’t Apply For Short Stays] New York Now Requires Testing And Quarantine From All States Except CT, MA, NJ, PA, Or VT

Update: The New York Department of Health confirmed to me that, “The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through New York (i.e., less than 24 hours) in the course of travel to another state. Acceptable stops within New York may include stops at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or lay-overs […]
Tags: Deals, New York, Points & Travel, Coronavirus, The New York Department of Health


Costa Rica Opens Borders To Everyone Today, No COVID Test Required

As of today, Costa Rica is opening their borders to everyone. No COVID-19 test is required. Previously only limited locations were allowed entry into Costa Rica and a negative COVID-19 PCR was required. The Hyatt Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo reopens on November 14th. It was supposed to climb from a category 5 […]
Tags: Deals, Costa Rica, Peninsula Papagayo, Points & Travel, Costa Rica Resort, Coronavirus


As New York Exceeds COVID Metric For Their Own Quarantine Rules, Cuomo Ditches Metrics And Requires Test And Quarantine From All States Except CT, MA, NJ, NY, PA, Or VT

Since June, the NY Tri-State area has required people coming from states that have a high COVID-19 infection rate to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. That includes states that have more than 10 COVID positive cases per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over […]
Tags: Deals, NY Tri State, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


As New York Exceeds COVID Metric For Their Own Quarantine Rules, Cuomo Ditches Metrics And Requires Test And Quarantine From All States Except CT, NJ, NY, Or PA

Since June, the NY Tri-State area has required people coming from states that have a high COVID-19 infection rate to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. That includes states that have more than 10 COVID positive cases per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over […]
Tags: Deals, NY Tri State, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


[Update: Available For A 2nd Time!] Contact CLEAR For A Free 3 Month Service Extension!

Update: I was able to chat with CLEAR and get another 3 month extension! Officially this is called a “pause” though the membership continues to work. The agent told me that this is my 2nd and final pause available. Originally posted on 4/8: CLEAR is amazing. It allows you to skip to the front of […]
Tags: Deals, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


Westjet Promises Refunds On All Cancelled Flights After Air Canada Calls Their Statement Misleading

Canadian airlines have long resisted providing any refunds during the pandemic. Back in March I wrote how the Canada Transportation Agency gave their blessing to Canadian airlines refusing refunds. In July, Air Canada refused to comply with the DOT’s mandate to offer refunds for flights that didn’t operate. The Canada Transportation Agency then wrote to […]
Tags: Deals, Air Canada, Dot, Westjet, Points & Travel, Coronavirus, Canada Transportation Agency


New York And New Jersey Are Supposed To Require Anyone Who Has Been In New Jersey To Quarantine, But They Won’t

Since June, the NY Tri-State area has required those returning from states that have a high COVID-19 infection rate to quarantine upon their return. That includes states that have more than 10 COVID positive cases per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling […]
Tags: Deals, New Jersey, NY Tri State, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


[Update: Not Reopening To US And Other Countries] South Africa Reopens On October 1st, With Some Caveats

Update: South Africa will not allow tourists who have been to red listed countries like France, Israel, the UK, or the US, in the past 10 days. South Africa has been under heavy lockdown since March, with a ban on all international flights. The country announced today that they will reopen to international flights and […]
Tags: Deals, UK, US, South Africa, France Israel, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


Are Passport Application Processing Times Faster Than Ever?

Passport application approvals came to a standstill earlier this year as passport agencies closed due to COVID-19. When they reopened this summer, there was a long backlog of applications for them to work through. We normally apply for passports for our kids at the library, but they aren’t currently processing applications due to COVID-19. So […]
Tags: Deals, Amex, Points & Travel, COVID


WOW! The First Kosher Restaurant In The United Arab Emirates Opened Today, In The World’s Tallest Building!

It’s been a wild month in the UAE. President Trump announced a peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel just a month ago. El Al brought an Israeli and American delegation to Abu Dhabi, where the red carpet was rolled out. Then a deal with Saudi Arabia was announced to allow Israeli airlines to use their airspace […]
Tags: Deals, Saudi Arabia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Trump, Points & Travel


Emirates Will Fly To Israel In January!

Kan-Israel Public Broadcasting is reporting that Emirates has received final approval to fly into Tel Aviv! They say that the first flight from Dubai to Tel Aviv will take place in January 2021: פרסום ראשון: חברת "אמירייטס" מהאמירויות קיבלה אישור נתיב סופי לנתב"ג, ותתחיל לפעול בישראל בחודש ינואר. מדובר באחת משלוש החברות הפועלות באמירויות והרביעית […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Tel Aviv, Emirates, Dubai, Israel Flights, Points & Travel, Kan Israel Public Broadcasting


Emirates Airlines Opening Kosher Arabia Catering Facilities At Dubai Airport!

Emirates announced that they are opening a kosher catering facility in conjunction with Ross Kriel’s CCL Holdings. The facility will be under OU supervision and will supply kosher food for flights, hotels, and events throughout the United Arab Emirates. A memo recently went around asking hotels in Abu Dhabi to have kosher facilities. My understanding […]
Tags: Deals, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai Airport, Emirates Airlines, OU, CCL Holdings, Points & Travel, Ross Kriel


South Africa Reopens On October 1st, With Some Caveats

South Africa has been under heavy lockdown since March, with a ban on all international flights. The country announced today that they will reopen to international flights and tourists starting on October 1st. However, President Ramaphosa said they may restrict travel from some countries with high infection rates. It’s not clear what parameters will be […]
Tags: Deals, South Africa, Ramaphosa, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


Proposed Rate Hike For Global Entry And NEXUS, But With Kids Free!

Global Entry is fantastic. It allows you to skip the long customs lines when you re-enter the US, which has saved several connections for me. And thanks to credit cards that cover the fee, it’s the best money I never spent. Global Entry includes TSA Pre-Check, which is also a lifesaver. Currently Global Entry costs […]
Tags: Deals, US, Tsa, Amex, Global Entry, Points & Travel


[Update: Illinois Passes Quarantine Threshold] With Illinois COVID-19 Cases Climbing, Will Chicago Require A Quarantine For Anyone Who Has Recently Been In Illinois?

Update, 9/2: Both Illinois and Indiana have climbed over the threshold to be subject to the Chicago quarantine. Unsurprisingly, people from Illinois and right across the border in Indiana have been given a special exemption and won’t have to quarantine if they want to visit Chicago. Maybe it’s time to ditch the quarantine, raise the […]
Tags: Deals, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


[Updated: Illinois Passes Quarantine Threshold] With Illinois COVID-19 Cases Climbing, Will Chicago Require A Quarantine For Anyone Who Has Recently Been In Illinois?

Update, 9/2: Both Illinois and Indiana have climbed over the threshold to be subject to the Chicago quarantine. Unsurprisingly, people from Illinois and right across the border in Indiana have been given a special exemption and won’t have to quarantine if they want to visit Chicago. Maybe it’s time to ditch the quarantine, raise the […]
Tags: Deals, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


Costa Rica Now Accepting Americans From Select States With Negative COVID-19 Test

Starting today, tourists who are residents of Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Maryland, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington DC can enter Costa Rica with a negative COVID-19 PCR taken within 72 hours before departure from the US. You will not have to quarantine in Costa Rica. On September 15th, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania […]
Tags: Deals, US, Pennsylvania, Washington Dc, Costa Rica, Colorado Massachusetts, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


[Update: Hotels Ordered To Collect Guest Quarantine Forms From 35 States And Territories] New York Tri-State Area 14 Day Quarantine For Everyone Arriving From States With High COVID-19 Infection Rates

Update, 8/18: Mayor de Blasio signed an executive order that hotels and short term rentals must collect quarantine forms from travelers who have been to the 35 states and territories below, before giving guests access to a room. The full quarantine list now includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, […]
Tags: Deals, De Blasio, Points & Travel, New York Tri State Area, Coronavirus


[Update: 33 States And Territories Now On Quarantine List] New York Tri-State Area 14 Day Quarantine For Everyone Arriving From States With High COVID-19 Infection Rates

Update, 8/11: NY has removed Alaska, Delaware, Ohio, New Mexico, Washington, and Washington DC from the quarantine list below. Hawaii, South Dakota, and the US Virgin Islands have been added to the quarantine list. Update, 8/11: NY says that they will add checkpoints to enforce their quarantine. Update, 7/14: NY has added more states and […]
Tags: Deals, Washington Dc, Us Virgin Islands, Points & Travel, New York Tri State Area, Coronavirus, Alaska Delaware Ohio New Mexico Washington, Hawaii South Dakota


Florida Lifts NY Tri-State Quarantine Order As NY Adds Quarantine Checkpoints

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has finally removed the quarantine on travelers from the NY Tri-State area that has been in place since March. Meanwhile, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is setting up quarantine checkpoints that will collect information and remind travelers from over 30 states that they must quarantine for 14 days in NY. Violators […]
Tags: Deals, Florida, Bill De Blasio, Ron DeSantis, NY Tri State, Points & Travel, Coronavirus, Florida Lifts NY Tri State


Renewing AMEX Platinum Consumer Cards Now Eligible For $200 In Free Travel Spending!

If your AMEX Platinum Consumer Card renewed between 4/1/20-7/31/20, you are now eligible for up to $200 back in statement credits for spending on travel purchased directly from AMEX Travel. Eligible spending includes airfare, hotels, flight+hotel packages, car rentals, and tours paid with your Platinum Consumer card from 8/1/20 through 12/31/21. If you card renews […]
Tags: Deals, Credit Cards, Points & Travel, AMEX Platinum Consumer Cards Now Eligible, AMEX Platinum Consumer Card, AMEX Travel Eligible


[Update: 36 States And Territories Now On Quarantine List!] New York Tri-State Area 14 Day Quarantine For Everyone Arriving From States With High COVID-19 Infection Rates

Update, 7/14: NY has added more states and territories that require mandatory quarantine, including Illinois. The full list now includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, […]
Tags: Deals, Illinois, Points & Travel, New York Tri State Area, Coronavirus


With Illinois COVID-19 Cases Climbing, Will Chicago Require A 14 Day Quarantine For Anyone Who Has Recently Been In Illinois? Is The Wrong Metric Being Used?

Earlier this month Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took a page out of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s playbook and added a 14 day quarantine for people coming from states with a high infection COVID-19 rate. EFFECTIVE MONDAY: To preserve the gains Chicago has made, we're issuing an Emergency Travel Order directing travelers entering or returning to […]
Tags: Deals, New York, Chicago, Andrew Cuomo, Illinois, Lori Lightfoot, Points & Travel, Coronavirus



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