MAY 12, 2021

At Ovation, we remain committed to providing excellent service to our valued clients throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click the link below to view our travel resources guide which includes traveler health & safety information, interactive risk maps, client communications, travel management best practices, webinar recordings, and more regarding COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that home tests will now satisfy the COVID-19 test requirement for passengers boarding international flights to the U.S., reports USA Today. The CDC said a home test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test, either NAAT or antigen, that has emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. A telehealth service associated with the test manufacturer must supervise the test remotely and issue a detailed report that confirms the negative test result and person's identity. The CDC announced in January that all passengers 2 or older must present a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before their flight or proof they recovered from the virus within the past three months when traveling internationally.

Chief executives of several US and UK airlines are urging transportation leaders of both countries to conduct a summit to explore how to safely open a transatlantic travel corridor, reports Business Travel News. In a letter to US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and UK Transport Secretary Grant Shipps, the executives said the two countries' vaccine rates was the "foundation for the UK and the US to lead the world by demonstrating how to safely reopen this crucial air corridor." As of now, 44.7 percent of the U.S. adult population is fully vaccinated, as is 34.3 percent of the UK adult population. The letter's signers included American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, British Airways CEO Sean Doyle, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, representing the largest carriers in both countries with transatlantic service.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 1.7 million travelers on Sunday, setting a new pandemic travel record, reports USA Today. Mother's Day weekend saw three new pandemic travel records. On Sunday, 1.7 million (1,707,805) people were screened at security checkpoints, slightly bettering the record of set on Friday (1,703,267), which eclipsed Thursday's record of 1.64 million. 

American Airlines is reopening additional Admirals Club lounges and adding enhancements as they continue to welcome more customers. Lounges reopening in May include the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) Admirals Club at gate B7 and the Miami International Airport (MIA) lounge at gate D15, and the Admirals Club at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The previously reopened lounges at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Nashville International Airport (BNA), and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will extend their operating schedule to 7 days a week. American will have 27 lounges reopened across 21 US cities. Additionally, lounges at São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Brazil and Mexico City International Airport (MEX) have reopened as well. American Airlines has revamped their signature food-for-sale items in their lounges and is introducing a touchless entry trial for the Admirals Club lounge in Terminal A at Dallas Forth Worth International Airport.

Delta is expanding its Delta Premium Select experience to more aircraft this spring, with plans to outfit its Boeing 767-300 aircraft beginning this May and Airbus A330 fleet beginning mid-July. Both fleet types will also receive additional upgrades including refreshed lavatories, new LED cabin lighting, expanded personal power outlets and memory-foam comfort cushions. Both aircraft will now have four cabin experiences: Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin. Delta Premium Select, an elevated Delta cabin experience available on select international routes, features a wider seat, additional recline and an adjustable foot and leg rest on select widebody aircraft. Delta Premium Select travelers also receive a TUMI amenity kit, noise-cancelling headsets and a blanket and pillow.
Boston’s only waterfront Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel.

All 232 accommodations offer striking views of either the Boston skyline or the sparkling waterfront. Modern comforts such as complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room tablets, Smart TVs, and spacious work desks offer a measure of tech-savvy convenience in each guest room or suite. Luxuries throughout the hotel include a private health club with spa and fitness center, award-winning dining at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille and a full-service 34-slip marina.

Health and safety precautions have been escalated to ensure all standards meet or exceed guidelines set by both the CDC and WHO, which have been audited by trusted third parties, such as Bureau Veritas.
900 10th STREET NW
Located in the new and upscale City Center area of DC with many restaurants and shops steps from its doors as well as access to multiple metro stops. Guests will stay in spacious two room suites and receive complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, and access to the onsite fitness center.
A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Fontainebleau’s iconic design is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury.

Guestrooms offer luxurious comfort, elegant amenities, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. An expansive poolscape features 11 pools and luxurious cabanas. Indulge in 12 restaurants, bars and lounges including signature restaurants StripSteak by Michael Mina, and AAA Four Diamond award winning Hakkasan and Scarpetta by Scott Conant, as well as the high-energy nightclub, LIV. Relax and explore the 40,000 square foot Lapis Spa, The Shops at Fontainebleau, and miles of pristine beach.

Discover the magic of Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
When staying at the Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, guests can enjoy all that downtown LA has to offer. Travelers can indulge in the beautiful Southern California weather, while taking in sweeping views of downtown's skyline, from the hotel’s iconic rooftop. Guests can take comfort knowing that with Hilton’s CleanStay with Lysol initiative, safety and confidence remains the hotel’s number one priority.
A monumental location steps from Capitol Hill, Union Station, and the National Mall that does upscale in an impeccably approachable way, with creative design nods to founding father, George Washington. Kimpton George Hotel’s prime location, whimsical personality and engaging staff cater to travelers’ every wish. The George is walking distance to major downtown law firms and the Capitol Building.

The George is offering a promotional discounted Ovation rate of $169 (plus tax) and 5000 Bonus IHG Points per stay through June 30th.
Where the coast meets the city, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is at the center of it all. This beachfront oasis serves up the sun, sand, surf, and a taste of Southern California living at its finest. Located steps away from Santa Monica Pier, local Farmer’s Market, alfresco shopping, and dining neighborhoods, the hotel’s stunning destination is the picture-perfect place to relax or explore.

  • 347 Guestrooms and Suites featuring ocean views, balconies, natural light, private outdoor fireplaces, and poolside cabanas
  • Outdoor pool and Jacuzzi with seasonal programming 
  • State-of-the-art gym and wellness programs
  • For Five artisanal coffee shop grab and go 
  • Full-service restaurant and bar, Blue Steak offers coastal cuisine served al fresco or indoors 
  • Family and pet friendly with special amenities 
  • Complimentary beach cruisers, local shuttle, welcome drinks, and Wi-Fi
Travelers can experience the invigorating charm and rich history of Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most beloved destinations. The Rittenhouse Hotel is a standout among luxury hotels in Philadelphia’s Center City, offering visitors a Forbes Four Star experience with well-appointed rooms and suites, world-class service, and the most desirable location in town. This Rittenhouse Square luxury hotel offers personalized experiences and provides the perfect balance of sophistication and relaxation. Welcome to the Rittenhouse Hotel, a true gem among Center City, Philadelphia hotels.
Discover a gem in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District, located minutes from the CBD and Uptown. With 545 guest rooms, modern décor and authentic Texas charm this luxury hotel is the perfect base for the business traveler. All guestrooms enjoy sweeping views of the Dallas skyline.
Take the stress out of business travel with complimentary high-speed internet access and a full fitness center. The lobby-level Starbucks offers quick grab-n-go breakfast food options. The hotel is an easy commute from both Dallas Love Field Airport and Dallas Ft. Worth Airport.

Ovation travelers receive an upgrade to the next room type through June 30th (based on availability).
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