OCTOBER 27, 2021

The White House has released details of its new international air travel system for foreign nationals traveling to the United States, which is scheduled to take effect on November 8. The upcoming policy change was first announced back on September 20, though no specific details were given at that time. Starting on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the US, with only limited exceptions. These include children under the age of 18, those arriving from countries with less than a 10 percent vaccination rate due to lack of availability, and those with medical conditions that prevent them from receiving vaccines.

To prove vaccination status, travelers must provide evidence from an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given, with receipt of the last dose at least two weeks prior to departure; this includes any vaccines approved by US health regulators. Vaccinated travelers will also be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of departure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the test must be a "viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test," such as a PCR or LAMP test.

Additionally, returning US residents who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated will be subject to stricter requirements recommended by the CDC, and will need to produce a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before boarding their flight. The CDC also announced that it’s introducing new contact-tracing practices and will rely on airlines to collect inbound international travelers’ basic contact information before they board their US-bound flights. Click "Read More" for additional details from the White House's press release.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has said that he believes the travel industry will emerge with a greater sense of purpose because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Travel Pulse. “It’s been rough, and it doesn’t matter what industry. Our collective industry (travel) was probably one of the hardest hit of any industry. And I think we’re going to come out of it better for having gone through it,” Bastian said, speaking at the US Travel Association's "The Future of Travel Mobility" conference in Washington, DC. “It’s gotten us focused on the future and the changes we have implemented. People have found a much greater sense of purpose as to why they travel.” Bastian’s optimism for the future of the industry was supported by the return of business travel. “Business travel is coming back a lot faster. You can almost mark it to when the White House announced the lifting of international restrictions,” he said. “That really was what jumpstarted a lot of business travel, not just for international but for domestic. At Delta we have 50 percent of our domestic business volume back, and that number was in the 30s in August. So we’ve seen a big pick-up. Every large company we know is telling us we’re coming back.”

American Airlines has announced that it is redesigning its AAdvantage loyalty program by simplifying the requirements for reaching elite tiers. Beginning in 2022, AAdvantage members can earn 'Loyalty Points' where one qualifying AAdvantage mile earned equals one Loyalty Point. AAdvantage members can earn status by flying, using an AAdvantage credit card for purchases, or spending with an AAdvantage partner. “Loyalty should be simple, and we have reimagined our AAdvantage program to a single point system that provides a clear path to earning status for our members,” said Chief Customer Officer Alison Taylor. “For our loyal members, the message is simple: Earn AAdvantage miles, earn status — whether that’s by flying on American or by spending on everyday activities. We thank our members for their continued loyalty and look forward to this renewed relationship as we enter 2022.”

United Airlines has announced that it will launch new, nearly hourly shuttle service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on October 31, with 18 daily flights between the two airports between 6am and 10pm, seven days per week. Additionally, the carrier is adding five new flights between LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). In total, United will operate about 32 flights each day between the NYC and DC areas, a 78% increase compared with its previous capacity. United is using its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which includes 16 First and 54 Economy Plus seats, on 22 daily flights out of the New York area. It also is using its new Bombardier CRJ-550 design, with 50 seats designed to offer more legroom, including 10 First, 20 Economy Plus, and 20 standard Economy seats.

Ovation travel consultants have compiled a list of the 22 best places to travel in 2022. CEO Paul Metselaar says the list reflects a historic desire to cross borders and have a new experience. "We're seeing high levels of pent-up demand for international travel," he says. "Certainly the most since 2019." Each destination includes whom the location would most appeal to as well as highlights that travelers “can’t miss.” Click "Read More" to view the entire list of the top leisure destinations compiled exclusively for Forbes.
Just as Brookline is a pleasant departure from the Boston scene, the newly renovated hotel is a delightful break from standard hotel experiences. Cohesive rooms with well-made finishes look out over historic Beacon and St. Paul streets, inviting guests to unwind at night and get some work done in the morning. Bar 1200 is a neighborhood spot to grab a drink and a bite with friends before exploring the city.
Balboa Bay Resort is Newport Beach’s premier waterfront retreat offering stunning bay views and sunsets over Balboa Bay’s harbor. Recently named the #1 Resort in Newport Beach by US News & World Report, the Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond property features 159 luxurious guestrooms and suites, offering relaxed yet refined accommodations, along with a celebrated culinary program that includes the newly reimagined signature A+O Restaurant | Bar with new menus under Executive Chef Prabeen Prathapan and a spirit-forward, creative craft cocktail program with a smoked cocktail cart; Blend, offering fresh grab-and-go delicacies and delights that pair perfectly with beautiful bay views; a pool bar; and 24-hour in-room dining. Wellness amenities include a fitness studio, year-round heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool with poolside cabanas, a full-service 10,000-square-foot spa, and Drybar salon.
The Jumeirah Carlton Tower opened in the heart of London's fashionable Knightsbridge district following an extensive 18-month revitalization estimated at $137 million. Changes include a new foyer and reception, health club and spa with London's largest naturally lit swimming pool, flagship restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, ballroom, and meeting rooms. A total of 186 new bedrooms and suites, reduced from a previous 216, now offer more space and natural light, with 87 of the rooms also featuring balconies with spectacular views of the city.
Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra has been beating to the vibrant rhythm of Paris for over 150 years. A key player in Parisian life, the Hotel Scribe is now writing a new page in its history. The new design combines faultless service within the intimacy of a haussmann residence in the heart of the capital.

Nestled in the heart of the right bank, the hotel is ideally just located steps away from the Opera Garnier, Place Vendôme, and exclusive department stores. At the center of one of the most beautiful and prestigious districts of the capital, the hotel's location is second to none.
When business travel leads guests to Chicago, a stay at the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel puts them walking distance to the city center. Guests can arrive and head straight to their room with the convenience of their phone using digital key and can unlock additional perks like ordering room service and spa services. For the fitness minded, an early morning bike or run along the shores of Lake Michigan or in the 10,000 square feet fitness facility set the stage for a successful day. Guests can end their day in the iconic lobby, the perfect backdrop for entertaining over cocktails and bites or meeting other business travelers at monthly building community events (hosted by the hotel).
The birthplace of the original martini and host to early 20th Century icons like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Enrico Caruso, The Knickerbocker is the original purveyor of the luxury lifestyle experience in New York City.

Nestled within the hotel’s 16-story Beaux-Art façade, accommodations boast a sleek and contemporary style, with customized floorplans, soaring 12-foot ceilings and 6-foot windows creating an indulgent sense of space. Bespoke furnishings, oak wood finishes, richly textured fabrics and intelligent lighting add to the sublime ambiance. Guests staying in The Knickerbocker’s New York City suites will find all the comforts of home at their fingertips, from state-of-the-art technologies to exclusive dyptique bath amenities.
With a history of delighting guests and providing personalized service since 1865, The Langham, London is truly a London icon. With the recent addition of deluxe suites; British tavern, The Wigmore; and a new spa, Chuan Body + Soul, the reimagining of Europe’s first Grand Hotel is ever evolving.

The hotel offers 380 fully refurbished and elegantly appointed rooms and suites that evoke a welcoming, residential ambience, while offering the conveniences of today. Enjoy the option to upgrade to a room or suite with Langham Club Lounge access with a wide range of all-day privileges.

The hotel’s unique partnership with legendary icon - Michel Roux Jr. - can be enjoyed in all the restaurants and bars, meetings and events, and from the comfort of your own guestroom.
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel is set in the heart of one of the most sought-after addresses in the world.

Proud to be the Official Hotel to London Fashion Week, The May Fair enjoys some of the largest bedrooms in London, including an iconic collection of suites, world-class food and drink in Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, May Fair Kitchen, a vibrant bar, secluded terrace, stunning event spaces, and tranquil spa.

Perfectly located close to Buckingham Palace, Bond Street’s exclusive boutiques and Berkeley Street’s famous restaurants, the hotel is moments from Green Park tube station, providing easy access to Canary Wharf.
This Bohemian-inspired hotel by Dupont Circle warmly invites guests to make themselves at home. From the moment they put down their bags, guests will want to feel settled and at ease. Here, guests will find a DC hotel built and programmed like a home – accommodation, kitchen, warmth, and all. Perfectly situated near notable locales like Georgetown and Embassy Row. The monuments are only a short walk for guests.
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