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Over 85 Million Americans to Travel for the Christmas Holiday, Survey Says

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Full details in Travel Pulse.com

The numbers on Thanksgiving 2020 travel are now in, revealing that millions of Americans either flew or took road trips to meet with friends and family for holiday celebrations, despite dire warnings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that doing so would almost certainly contribute to the current surge of COVID-19 infections afflicting the entire country.

Now, it’s just a few weeks until the winter holidays are upon us, offering another occasion for friends and relatives across the nation to congregate. Eric Jones, a Mathematics Instructor at Rowan College in New Jersey’s Gloucester County, recently conducted a study to gauge U.S. adults’ intentions and attitudes towards traveling for Christmas this year. His findings have just been published in The Vacationer’s Holiday Travel Survey 2020.

The survey sought to examine how the ongoing pandemic will impact the end-of-year holidays. Below are some of the findings taken from key survey questions.

Do you plan on traveling to a gathering or vacation destination during Christmas this year?

Over 33 percent of respondents said that they plan on some form of travel—be it by car, bus, train or airplane—over the Christmas holiday period, while close to 63 percent said no, they’d be staying put this year. As an aside, seventeen percent of those who’ll be traveling for Christmas also indicated that they’d travel over Thanksgiving.

CommonPass App Could Open Up International Travel

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A new app could open the way to bringing back international travel. CommonPass is a digital health pass launched by the World Economic Forum and The Commons Project Foundation—a Swiss-based nonprofit organization that builds digital services for the common good—and it’s hard to find anything but the good in reopening international travel.

CommonPass is a simple solution for both travelers and border officials to bring travel back in a safe and secure way. The app keeps traveler information safely and securely, and test results can easily be shared with officials to show compliance with domestic or international entry requirements.

Paul Meyer, CEO of the Commons Project, heralded the app as a “concrete tool” that can “get the world to connect again.”

The app has now successfully debuted on flights with Cathay Pacific and, most recently, United Airlines, which just trialed CommonPass on a flight from London Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Full details in Travel Pulse.com

Travel Advisors Hosting COVID-19 Long-Haulers Group Retreat

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Dreams Vacations’ travel advisors Shane and Jessica Gray, who contracted COVID-19 in April, are using their own experience to help others with lingering symptoms through the COVID-19 Long-Haulers Group Retreat at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya on Oct. 7, 2021.

Retreat participants will be able to book stays from three to seven nights at the resort.

The idea for the retreat came to fruition when the two agents traveled to Mexico to recuperate.

“As someone who has experienced first-hand the toll that COVID-19 can take on the mind and body, I have recently experienced the safety, healthy and liberating healing powers of traveling to a beautiful resort in Mexico,” said Shane Gray.

“We are inviting long-haulers and all who have been affected by COVID-19 to travel with us for this physical and mental retreat. The pandemic may have affected your health, your life or a loved one, but it does not have to continue negatively impacting your mental and emotional well-being.”

The retreat will focus on relationship building, rejuvenation and recovery, and include such daily activities as yoga, snorkeling, swimming with sea turtles and more.

“We selected this destination and property because they are following strict health and safety protocols to keep their guests, staff and community safe and healthy,” said Jessica Gray.

“This is truly a unique travel opportunity that will provide a great therapeutic retreat for mind, body and spirit.”

Rooms can be reserved with a $50 per person deposit made by Dec. 15 or $250 per person deposits made after Dec. 15.

Prices start at $735 per person for three nights. Participants who book a fourth night will receive a fifth night free.

Vail Resorts Are Reopening Across the Country — What to Know About Their Health and Safety Procedures

Some of the most scenic views in the country will once again welcome visitors as Vail Resorts gets ready to reopen its iconic mountain resorts, complete with social distancing, mandatory face masks, and enhanced cleaning, the company shared with Travel + Leisure.

“Summer is a special time in the mountains and we are excited to welcome guests back to the outdoors to have fun, refresh and recharge,” Pat Campbell, the president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division, said in a statement shared with T+L. “While we are offering limited summer activities, we are lucky that our beautiful outdoor settings provide a landscape to experience nature and to easily practice physical distancing so we all can safely return to the mountains we love.

 

It is our expectation that guests help us ensure the experience is safe for them and for our employees by following our new guidelines. As summer progresses, we look forward to opening more activities and adventures at our resorts.”

While Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado and Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont have already opened for hiking and scenic gondola rides, Whistler Blackcomb in British ColumbiaVail, Beaver Creek, Park City, and Breckenridge will follow soon after in the beginning of July.

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Sandals thanks travel agents with a virtual singalong

TORONTO — The Sandals Resorts International team has banded together to serenade travel agents with a special song of appreciation.

Following Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart’s video message earlier this month, the virtual choir was put together to thank agents for all that they’ve done and are doing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members from across the Caribbean participated in the singalong.

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This is what agents are responsible for in the wake of coronavirus: TICO

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TORONTO — To help travel agents reassure client concerns about the coronavirus, TICO has issued a special Registrar Bulletin that includes relevant tips and information.

Noting that it has received several enquiries from both consumers and registrants regarding the global outbreak and the Government of Canada’s subsequent travel advisory, TICO is advising agents of the following:

Conditions that may impact the decision to purchase travel services:

• Registrants are required to warn customers of the reports of coronavirus. Prior to reserving travel services for a customer, a travel agent shall bring to the customer’s attention any conditions that the travel agent has reason to believe may affect the customer’s decision to make the purchase. This would include any safety concerns relating to the travel destination at the time of booking, regardless of whether the government has issued a travel advisory for that destination...

Air Canada teams with PayPal for new online payment option

MONTREAL — Air Canada passengers booking online at aircanada.com in Canada can now use PayPal as a payment option.

Customers can pay for their flights with their preferred payment method – bank account, credit cards or Visa Debit card – linked to their PayPal account.

“Air Canada’s strategy is to continually provide customers the opportunity to make their purchase using their preferred method of payment,” said Keith Wallis, Senior Director, Payments and Distribution, at Air Canada.

“We are therefore pleased to announce our agreement with PayPal, the popular online payment system that is secure, fast and convenient to use. Having now made PayPal available for ticket sales in Canada, we will look to expand the program to other markets as opportunities arise.”

Air Canada is PayPal’s first airline partner in Canada. PayPal has more than 300 million active users worldwide.

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3 Major U.S. Airlines Suspend China Flights Over Coronavirus

American, Delta and United will halt service to the Chinese mainland, widening the impact of the outbreak on business and travel.

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines said on Friday morning that they were suspending service between the United States and China — drastically limiting service just hours before the Trump administration issued new travel restrictions of its own.

American Airlines said it was suspending all flights to and from mainland China immediately through March 27. Delta and United said they would suspend service starting on Feb. 6 to accommodate customers and employees. United said it expected to resume operations on March 28. Delta said its suspension would last through April 30.

American Airlines and United said they would still operate flights between the United States and Hong Kong. Delta does not fly to that city.

Share prices in all three airlines were down for the day — nearly 4 percent for United, more than 3 percent for American and nearly 2.5 percent for Delta — as concerns about the virus led to a broad market decline. The S&P 500 was down nearly 2 percent.

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Air Canada Suspends Flights to Beijing, Shanghai

MONTREAL, Jan. 29, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada said today that following the Government of Canada's Advisory to avoid non-essential travel to mainland China it is temporarily suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai effective January 30, 2020 until February 29, 2020.

Air Canada's last flights departing Canada will operate today and the return flights will operate from Beijing and Shanghai tomorrow, January 30, 2020. Affected customers will be notified and offered options, including travel on other carriers where available, or a full refund. Air Canada regrets this situation and apologizes for the serious disruption to our customers' travel plans.  

Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs and will adjust its schedule as appropriate.

Air Canada currently operates direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

 

January 29, 2020

Summary

Air Canada said that following the Government of Canada’s Advisory to avoid non-essential travel to mainland China, it is temporarily suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai effective January 30, 2020 until February 29, 2020.

Air Canada’s last flights departing Canada will operate Jan. 29, 2020 and the return flights will operate from Beijing and Shanghai on Jan. 30, 2020. Affected customers will be notified and offered options, including travel on other carriers where available, or a full refund. Air Canada regrets this situation and apologizes for the serious disruption to our customers’ travel plans.

Air Canada will continue to monitor this evolving situation closely in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada and Global Affairs and will adjust its schedule as appropriate.

Air Canada currently operates direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

 
Flights to and from Hong Kong and Taipei remain unaffected. 

More information

My flight to/from mainland China has been cancelled. What are my options?
If your flight has been cancelled, and you want to travel in the next few days, please contact us at 1-888-247-2262 (click here for international and other numbers) or contact your travel agent to discuss options to be rebooked with other carriers, where possible. For Aeroplan redemption bookings, please call 1-800-361-5373.

I’m booked to/from mainland China in the future, but my flight has NOT been cancelled, can I rebook my flight or get a refund?

  • Customers whose flights have been cancelled will be notified.

  • Depending on your travel dates, you may be eligible for a full refund. To request a refund on a ticket for future travel to/from mainland China, visit aircanada.com/refundrequest.

  • For alternate travel options, please contact us at 1-888-247-2262 (click here for international and other numbers) or contact your travel agent. For Aeroplan redemption bookings, please call 1-800-361-5373.

                                   

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