DECEMBER 15, 2021

New projections from AAA estimate that more than 109 million Americans will travel during the holiday period between December 23 and January 3, a number approaching the pre-pandemic record 119 million travelers during the winter holiday period in 2019, reports CNN. According to AAA, airlines are projected to carry 6.4 million travelers, roughly triple the number from last year.
Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) David Pekoske predicts that the Christmas rush will be busy, but noted that the single busiest travel day of 2021 has already passed: the Sunday after Thanksgiving. TSA reported screening over 2.4 million people on November 28, about 85% of the volume screened on the same day in 2019, before the pandemic. Pekoske forecasts December 23 and January 3 will be the busiest days of the winter holiday season, stating that the Sunday and Monday after Christmas will see "a convergence of travelers returning home from Christmas trips and heading out for New Year's vacations."

The British government has lifted its restrictions on travelers arriving from 11 African countries on its "red list," reports The New York Times. Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, which maintained similar red lists, followed Britain's lead and lifted restrictions as well. The African countries were put on the “red list” in November, requiring anyone arriving in Britain from those countries to quarantine at their own expense in government-approved hotels for 10 days. On Tuesday, Britain's health secretary, Sajid Javid, announced the end of the “red list” restrictions that applied to Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Mr. Javid said he would consider whether travelers who were already in quarantine hotels would have to finish their 10-day stay. Fully vaccinated travelers coming to England from anywhere still have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken recently before departure, and then take a PCR test within two days of arrival and stay in quarantine until they receive a negative result.

President Joe Biden has signed an Executive Order designed to modernize several major government services, including the ability to renew passports online and the implementation of technology to speed up airport wait times, reports Travel Pulse. US citizens currently looking to renew their passports must use in-person or mail-facilitated renewal processes, which can take between 8-11 weeks. The Executive Order, signed into law on Monday, will allow online renewals to be completed within 5-7 weeks. While the Executive Order is now law, a timetable for when the digital passport renewal will go live was not revealed. Additionally, the Secretary of Homeland Security was tasked with testing innovative technologies at airport security checkpoints to reduce traveler wait times. Homeland Security will provide new opportunities for travelers to connect with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including online chat, improved communication during screenings, and additional mechanisms to provide feedback.

Travel experts believe getting a duplicate passport may be beneficial for certain international travelers, particularly frequent business travelers and individuals who travel often to countries that require travelers to submit their passport in order to get a visa, reports The Washington Post. The US State Department allows citizens to obtain a second passport under certain circumstances; individuals considering a second passport need a valid US passport and have to meet a short list of additional requirements. For frequent business travelers and travelers who are applying for visas or immigration documentation, a second copy of their passport can help streamline the process in getting a visa or the need for multiple visas. Additionally, a second passport can reduce issues traveling to countries with restrictive entry policies. A second passport costs $110, the same as a replacement passport. The State Department publishes a fee calculator on its site that will help determine the exact price, based on passport type and processing method. Second passports are only valid for up to four years.

American Airlines, British Airways, and several of its joint venture partner carriers will launch new ongoing and seasonal transatlantic routes through spring, reports Business Travel News. American will operate daily service between Charlotte, NC, and Rome from April 5 to October 29, 2022. Beginning June 3, 2022, British Airways will fly five times a week between London Heathrow and Portland, OR, and four times a week between Heathrow and Pittsburgh, PA. Iberia Airlines plans to increase its capacity between April and October on flights between Madrid and New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Juan, PR, as well as offer 19 weekly flights between Madrid and Mexico. Meanwhile, Finnair will fly between Helsinki and Dallas from February 6, 2022, to October 30, 2022, four times a week, and between Helsinki and Seattle from June 1 to October 29 three times a week.
Since opening its doors in 1966, the Century Plaza has been where business meets Hollywood in the heart of Century City. Revel in the 14,000 square-foot breathtaking Fairmont Spa, fully equipped Technogym, and rooftop pool with unparalleled views of the cityscape. The hotel is home to Californian brasserie, Lumière, The Bar hosting local musical talent almost daily and retracting window walls bringing the outside, in. Completely re-imagined spacious guest rooms and suites, all with private terraces, bring guests the best the city has to offer. The 24-hour fitness center is equipped with a full line of Technogym and Peloton equipment. There are a variety of cycling, stretching, yoga, and strength training classes in the studio or straight from guests’ rooms via the app for a completely customizable experience that’s fits any schedule. Guests can also take in a complete 360° view of Los Angeles from the rooftop pool.

Lawyers Travel clients receive a complimentary room upgrade through 12/30/21. Upgrade assigned at the time of check-in & subject to availability. Excludes Fairmont Gold unless Gold is confirmed at the time of booking.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar, located in Loews Boston Hotel, serves beloved New England cuisine and classic cocktails with a contemporary, chef-driven approach. The menu features regional products from artisan purveyors in a casual atmosphere, complete with an indoor fireplace. Chef Travis Cintron makes food that brings people together, in an environment where everyone is welcome at the table. Housed in the historic Police Headquarters on Berkeley Street, the restaurant is a true celebration of Boston's past and culinary future. Loews Boston Hotel is a premier choice near Copley Square, offering an unforgettable blend of historic charm, sophistication, and authentic New England hospitality.
Stay in the heart of the city that never sleeps at the New York Hilton Midtown, located opposite the Museum of Modern Art, five blocks from Central Park, and two blocks from Radio City Music Hall. Guests can catch a glimpse of New York City and discover the heartbeat of Manhattan when they stay at New York Hilton Midtown.

Travelers will enjoy these top features:
  • Located on the high floors of the hotel, spacious and newly renovated executive suites have redefined the definition of luxury
  • Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s urban concept restaurant, Herb N’ Kitchen. The fresh, local, and bold signature favorites are perfect for any on the go traveler
  • Guests can experience one of New York City’s largest fitness centers. Overlooking midtown’s cityscape, the space is fully equipped with the latest equipment including brand new Peloton bikes
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.
Thompson Central Park New York delivers Thompson’s award-winning hospitality in Midtown New York, steps from Central Park. Located on West 56th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Thompson Central Park debuts in the former space of the Parker Hotel. The property reopened November 1 with 352 newly redesigned guest rooms and suites by Stonehill Taylor and a brand-new lobby and public spaces by Thomas Juul-Hansen. Beloved culinary spot Burger Joint returns, along with the introduction of new cocktail bar Standing Room Only (SRO). Thompson Central Park’s grand opening will culminate in Spring 2022, with more dining destinations, event space and a total of 587 rooms and suites, including The Upper Stories - a collection of luxurious accommodations offering expansive views, high-end amenities and exclusive offerings and programming. Thompson Central Park New York redefines the New York City experience for sophisticated, contemporary global travelers.
Virgin Hotels Dallas has reimagined what a boutique hotel in Dallas can look like - and what it can do. Discover the hotel's Chambers, which puts guests in the driver’s seat. See how global trends inspire the cocktails and cuisine at Commons Club or take in a breathtaking local view of the city skyline from The Pool Club, their 4th floor rooftop. Travelers can bring along their furry friend for the ride and enjoy pet perks with no deposits or weight restrictions.