There are many travelers who have 2021 travel fears. Some should induce worry, but many can be ignored. Christopher Elliott takes a look at real fears vs. fake fears. Having a vaccine is only the beginning of getting the public to travel again.
There are new compensation levels mandated by DOT. Every time that an airline bumps a passenger, denied boarding compensation should be paid. And every time an airline loses, delays, or damages a passenger’s baggage they should provide mishandled baggage compensation up to $3,800 for domestic travel.
The end of UK VAT refund, as of January 20, 2021 has received little press. Though, we will see that only a few travelers to the United Kingdom even thought about issue. However, I’ll miss traveling and happily paying the Value Added Tax with a big smile on my face.
With US passport processing times at almost three months, travelers should consider applying or renewing their passport now. Whether you need a new passport or a passport renewal you need to think ahead. For international travel Real ID identification doesn’t doesn’t apply. You need to follow the US and other national passport rules.
An iconic world mosaic map from the Salt Lake City airport floor is saved. Pompeii fast food is discovered under volcanic ash. And, the world of frequent flier miles has created a loyalty-point empire. But, are frequent flier miles and credit-cards points good for consumers?
As the airlines squeeze more and more people into less and less space, airline etiquette is more important than ever. Airline passengers need to think about those around them and adjust their actions accordingly. In other words, since the airlines aren’t doing it, passengers should.
The world will need proof of vaccination records. The proposed new digital vaccine passports have obvious privacy problems. We’re hurtling toward a summer travel season where people may routinely lie about their vaccine status or COVID-19 test results. It’s all the more reason to get your shots ASAP.
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As a travel agent, there are many times I get asked “what’s the best hotel?” in a given place. No agent knows every city or resort area in the world personally. But even with places I know very well indeed, there really isn’t “best hotel” answer. Because the answer can be completely different for different travelers.
No one knows if COVID testing will change the virus playing field. This month we have heard of the coming of vaccines. But there still are no accurate tests that can tell medical professionals if someone has COVID-19 in the early stages. Since the disease is contagious before symptoms are felt or seen, no testing can guarantee whether or not a person is contagious.