AUGUST 4, 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.

As demand continues to grow for passport applications and renewals, the US State Department has stated that processing wait times could be between 12 and 18 months. For travelers who need an expedited passport, CIBTvisas has resumed its expedited passport processing services and can fulfill US passport requests in as little as five days. There is a limited number of expedited submission opportunities available, and appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Travelers requesting these services will need documented proof of travel within the next 14-days. For assistance with the expedited passport process or to schedule an appointment, travelers can contact their Ovation travel consultants or follow the steps below:

  1. Schedule an appointment at a US Post Office Passport Acceptance facility using the following link: and choose “New Passport Only” or “New Passport with Photo Services.”
  2. Call CIBTvisas at 877-304-8071 after securing an appointment to coordinate a date for the expedited service.

The price for expedited passport service is $500 plus the US Passport Office fees of $170 per passport. Click "Read More" for more information from CIBTvisas website.

With the recent increase in travel across the US, the demand for TSA PreCheck renewal is on the rise. Due to the impact of COVID-19, TSA renewal services may take longer than usual, and travelers should be aware of their TSA PreCheck status in case they need to renew their membership prior to their expiration date. The TSA now offers a webpage to check the TSA PreCheck expiration date on the traveler's Known Traveler Number. Using the webpage, travelers simply enter their contact information, date of birth, and email and/or phone number to receive status information within minutes. Travelers with a TSA PreCheck membership can click "Read More" to check their enrollment status on the TSA Universal Enroll webpage.

The Parking Spot, the leading near-airport parking company in the US, is offering 15% discounts on airport parking for Ovation clients. With 38 locations at 22 airports in the US, travelers have access to amenities and services including:
  • Covered, uncovered, and valet parking at many locations
  • Quick shuttle service
  • Shuttle tracking app
  • Access to The Spot Club loyalty program
  • Free reservations
  • Quick entry and exit

Travelers can contact their travel consultants to receive parking discounts or click "Read More" to sign up and create an account. Additionally, travelers can sign up through the Parking Spot mobile app, available for download on iPhone and Android, using the corporate account code: OVA1760.

American Airlines and Spirit Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights since Sunday, as both airlines continue to deal with disruptions and delays, reports CNBC. American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights due to severe weather that included high winds, lightning, and hail that hit Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, its largest hub. Today, the carrier's operation has canceled about 100 flights, roughly 3% of the operation, down from 12% of canceled flights on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Spirit canceled half of its flights on Wednesday, in an effort to “reboot” its operation after a wave of disruptions that started over the weekend due to a mix of bad weather, staffing shortages, and technology problems. Spirit has canceled more than 1,000 flights since Sunday and hundreds more were delayed. Spirit said the disruptions were “exacerbated” by the surge in summer travel, which rebounded from the pandemic faster than airline executives expected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added 16 new countries to its COVID-19 Level 4 travel alert, which designates countries as having “Very High” COVID-19 levels, reports CNN. A Level 4 travel alert advises individuals to “Avoid travel to these destinations. If you must travel to these destinations, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.” The 16 destinations added are Andorra, Curacao, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Libya, Malta, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, and US Virgin Islands. Additionally, many of the other major European destinations, including Denmark, France, Italy, and Sweden, along with other international names including Canada, The Bahamas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, are on the CDC’s Level 3 list, which designates them as having “High” COVID-19 levels. According to the CDC, individuals traveling to Level 3 destinations should "Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to these destinations."
Located in the heart of DC this historic hotel is less than 2 blocks from the White House. There are many restaurants and shops as well as Metro steps from the hotel as well. All Ovation clients receive complimentary Wi-Fi, and access to the onsite fitness center with their stay.

Ovation clients will receive an additional 5000 Hilton Honors points for stays through September 30, 2021.
At Fairmont Copley Plaza, the "Grande Dame of Boston," the hotel has charmed guests for over a century. In the heart of the city's famed Back Bay neighborhood, this historic landmark hotel connects guests to the quintessential Boston experience – nearby are many of the city's finest sights and activities, from the historic Freedom Trail to the fashionable boutiques of Newbury Street. A luxury four diamond property, the hotel offers 383 lavish guest rooms, including 17 elegant suites, daily in-room dining service, a complimentary on-site 3,000 square-foot rooftop health club overlooking Back Bay, and is home to one of the hottest drinking and dining destinations in the city, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen. Enjoy creative cocktails and bites on the reimagined patio while people watching in Copley Square. Combining Renaissance details with contemporary accommodations and sincere, anticipative service, the hotel promises to make any trip to Boston unforgettable.
Destination peace of mind. Exceeding expectations in today’s travel climate, Hotel Kabuki fuses a globally inspired retreat with cutting edge technology all tucked within the epicenter of San Francisco’s Japantown.

A boutique hotel stay like never before, Hotel Kabuki welcomes guests to spacious rooms with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, refreshing open-air balconies, luxurious walk-in showers, and plush linens. Indulge in Hyatt’s commitment to wellness in Hotel Kabuki’s oversized gymnasium (named by Shape magazine as a of Best Hotel Gym), Mind-Body Studio, outdoor meditation garden, koi pond, or even with a Hulu or Netflix binge watching session.
Located at the beginning of the world-famous Art Deco District, just steps away from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach has a sanctuary ambiance and secluded enclosures that are a world away. The hotel features 132 guest rooms with spacious studios, charming historical villas, and bungalows ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet. Other features include two heated pools one offering a more intimate setting and a rooftop pool with sun deck, a clear spirits bar "Minnow Bar," and a new restaurant "Seawell Fish n’ Oysters." A hotspot for insiders, Angler's is a closely guarded secret that is exclusive, hip, and brimming with social cachet.
Loews Atlanta Hotel sits in the heart of Midtown, surrounded by world-class dining, picturesque parks, and many of the iconic attractions for which the city is renowned. With 414 spacious guestrooms, including 44 suites – some with in-suite Pelotons, guests have the comforts of home at their fingertips. Soak up the sights with stellar floor-to-ceiling views, including Piedmont Park, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the Federal Reserve Building. Relax and restore at Exhale Spa, offering award-winning fitness classes, in addition to a full menu of body therapies featuring guest-only discounts and perks.
Now open, the Omni San Francisco Hotel provides luxury accommodations, modern comforts, and elegant event spaces in the heart of the city's Financial District. Located on the historic California cable car line and only a short walk to Union Square, Embarcadero, Chinatown, the Ferry Building, and the Moscone Convention Center, the Omni San Francisco is at the center of all the exciting sights the “City by the Bay” has to offer.
Along with being a legendary hotel, The Watergate Hotel has transformed into a unique, urban DC resort. Spacious rooms and suites, many with Potomac River views and private balconies are available. Other hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, luxury spa, and 24-hour fitness center.
The award-winning rooftop lounge, Top of the Gate is open and serving some of the city’s best handcrafted cocktails and light bites. A great place to meet with clients or colleagues for a stunning view of DC.

Walk or taxi to downtown offices, White House, National Mall, and more. Located in Foggy Bottom, next to the historic Georgetown center with popular restaurants, shopping, and waterfront.
The Waldorf Astoria Chicago is a haven of exclusivity with classic Parisian charm. Unforgettable experiences begin the moment guests arrive through the lush, secluded courtyard entrance. An exceptional choice among travelers in Chicago, this iconic chateau-like hotel provides every guest with discreet yet anticipatory service. The hotel is fittingly located in the fashionable Gold Coast neighborhood, just one block from Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

Margeaux Brasserie exudes the ambiance of a vibrant Paris brasserie, serving French cuisine combined with locally sourced ingredients. Created by James Beard-awarded chef Michael Mina, this restaurant is joined by Petit Margeaux, a classic French pâtisserie on the first floor.

The Waldorf Astoria Chicago is the premier luxury hotel in downtown Chicago. It boasts stunning interiors, expansive rooms and suites, and distinctive amenities.
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