DECEMBER 29, 2021

The US State Department has announced that it will continue to allow American citizens with expired passports to return from abroad through March 31, 2022, reports Travel Weekly. The temporary measure had been set to expire on December 31. As part of the announcement, the State Department cautioned that the measure does not apply to travel from the US to another country. In addition, American citizens who are abroad are not permitted to use an expired passport to travel to another country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the US or a US territory. Travelers should confirm their eligibility for traveling on an expired passport prior to finalizing travel arrangements, the State Department added.

The Biden administration has announced that the US will lift its temporary travel restrictions on eight southern African countries on December 31, reports USA Today. Restrictions were put in place last month in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. "Having learned more about the omicron variant in the past several weeks, the CDC now recommends lifting the travel restrictions," President Joe Biden said in a proclamation, adding that the restrictions "are no longer necessary to protect the public health." The CDC's travel ban affects Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Most noncitizens who have been in those countries within the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the US. While the travel ban will be lifted, the CDC advises against travel to the eight countries since they are considered to have "very high" COVID-19 risk.

American Airlines and JetBlue have announced that they will add new destinations and increase frequencies on existing routes in New York and Boston in 2022. Nine new routes are schedule to go on sale this week across both airlines in New York and Boston. At New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), the carriers will offer up to 300 daily departures, including JetBlue's new JFK-Vancouver service, and added frequencies to destinations including Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; and Raleigh-Durham, NC. At New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA), the carriers will offer nearly 200 daily departures, including JetBlue's new Portland, ME, service. The airline is also adding frequencies on destinations including Boston, MA; Charleston, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL; and Savannah, GA. American has added new routes to Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Oklahoma City, OK; and Omaha, NE. The carriers also announced six new US domestic routes from Boston and two new options to Canada, enabling them to serve 46 of the top 50 US domestic mainland markets from the city, according to the airlines.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is set to break ground on its new $9.5 billion international terminal project next year after facing a delay due to COVID-19, reports Airport Technology. This new infrastructure will be established in place of the existing outdated Terminal 1, the ageing 59-year-old Terminal 2, and the former Terminal 3, which was knocked down in 2013. The new terminal will be built in phases, with construction slated to start mid-2022. Under the first stage, the terminal will feature the new arrivals and departures hall and the first set of new gates, which is projected to open in 2026. The project is expected to be completed by 2030. After completion, the new terminal will comprise 23 gates, check-in halls and arrival spaces, dining and retail amenities, and more. Additionally, it will integrate modern capabilities in both sustainability and security.
Located steps away from Nashville’s Music Row, Hutton Hotel immerses guests in the city’s thriving music scene and creative culture. Humming with energy, it is known for playing host to Music City’s most influential players over the years. With inspiration around every corner, it’s where Nashville comes to work and play. Creating an elevated experience that captures the excitement and energy of Music City, Hutton Hotel, with a modern aesthetic and laid-back style, is the ideal place for catching up with friends over cocktails, indulging in a memorable meal, or listening to live music in the expansive new lobby.

This creative enclave puts guests in the center of it all with Analog, an intimate entertainment venue showcasing some of the industry’s most inspired musicians, and the exclusive Writers Studios, which provide a special space for artistic expression. Feeling the energy of the creative spirits who stay here will captivate the imagination while also capturing the energetic vibe of Nashville. Here, guests will be surrounded by creativity in the making.
Located across the street from the California State Capitol, this contemporary hotel in downtown Sacramento offers passionate hospitality and inviting spaces where everyone gets the VIP treatment. The hotel features spacious rooms and suites, a fitness center, full-service spa, and resort-style pool with a hot tub and cabanas.

What Makes A Seamless Stay?
  • Eclectic food and beverage experiences: Fresh, seasonal cuisine at wonderful restaurants and bars and delicious cocktails on the outdoor café patio
  • Tech-savvy enhancements: 26 EV Charging Stations, self-automated Business Center, complimentary guestroom Wi-Fi, and integrated PC/video outlet dock in every room
  • Prime location: Conveniently located near city’s best shopping, restaurants, and theaters and within walking distance to both the County and Federal Courthouses and Golden One Center
  • Recreational facilities: Relaxation in the heated outdoor pool
Welcome to the Kimpton Monaco Denver where guests will find avenues to their adventures of the great state of Colorado. From access to nearly 20 hiking trails located near the property to means of entry to the world’s greatest ski towns, travelers will truly find themselves at the crossroads of Colorado’s natural wonders. As the first bona fide boutique hotel of Downtown Denver, the hotel prides themselves on being the original maverick in town of the lifestyle brand. Step into an oasis that leads to all that Denver has to offer from music, art, theatre, museums, all the way to the thriving food scene and national renowned breweries.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel is a perfect home base in the Twin Cities. Valet parking is available from 6am - 12am, daily giving guests walkable access to the entertainment and commercial heart of Minneapolis with private access via Skyway to the Target Center & Target Field. Enjoy beautifully appointed accommodations before exploring the vibrant music and arts scene along with a wealth of museums, restaurants, and tax-free shopping.
Housed in an Art Deco landmark in the heart of the Financial District, Mint House at 70 Pine offers unparalleled space and modern design in The City That Never Sleeps. With suites three times the space of traditional New York hotel rooms, the hotel offers guests a one-stop-shop in Lower Manhattan, complete with Michelin-starred restaurant Crown Shy, an Australian-style coffee shop, a gourmet grocer, state-of-the-art fitness center, golf simulators, and a bowling alley.

In-suite, guests have fully equipped kitchens and unique amenities, like local coffee from Brooklyn-based Sey, record players with curated vinyl selection, custom-designed furniture and accents, smart TVs, and pre-stay grocery stocking. The hotel also provides laundromat services in the building.
Enjoy the season with Gerrard Street Kitchen, located inside of The Darcy Hotel. The Darcy Hotel announces the re-opening of Gerrard Street Kitchen. Gerrard Street Kitchen’s menu features a curated blend light fare where the complex flavors of Japan, Morocco, and South Asia sit side by side with British and Indian culinary tradition. Mixologists enhance the meals with seasonal creative craft cocktails, mocktails, and the bar offers a robust beer and wine selection. The restaurant, bar, and patio are the perfect space to relax and unwind after long day of exploring or working in the nation’s capital. In addition to an expansive heated patio space, Gerrard Street Kitchen’s interior décor is a nod to the literary clubs and jazz hangouts of early 20th century London.