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Turkey is open to tourists – here’s how to get there on points and miles

Turkey is currently one of just 45 countries Americans can travel to. As one of my favorite countries to travel to, I’m always shocked to find out how under-the-radar it still is among frequent travelers. Sure, you’ve probably seen the odd influencer posting shots of hot air balloons flying over a majestic desert in Cappadoccia. You’re probably even...

Why is Delta disclosing Boeing 717, 767 retirement plans 5 years in advance?

Some of the most striking early images of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on aviation were the rows upon rows of jets parked at airfields around the world. So many were parked that the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta even closed a runway to store Delta Air Lines planes. Many of those aircraft are now back in the skies, but others were not as lucky...

Our 9 favorite points hotels in the Palm Springs area

Palm Springs, California, has long been an oasis for Southern Californians — and those from further afield — looking to escape the busyness of daily life with a trip to the desert. Set in the stunning Sonoran Desert and surrounded by mountains (that often have snow at the top, even in the summer!), the Palm Springs area has something for everyone....

Airlines prepare for more than 32,000 furloughs on ‘terrible Thursday’

U.S. airlines are bracing themselves for what analysts have called “terrible Thursday,” when more than 32,000 staff could find themselves without a job amid the worst crisis in the industry’s history. Barring sudden action by Congress on Wednesday, protections under the federal coronavirus aid package, or CARES Act, that passed in March will expire...

The ultimate guide to Norwegian Cruise Line ships and itineraries

Looking for a cruise where you can do what you want, whenever you want, without a lot of structure and rules? Norwegian Cruise Line could be your brand. The Miami-based cruise line pioneered the idea of “Freestyle Cruising” — cruising without rigid dining schedules and dress codes and formal nights — and it’s still the go-to line for vacationers who...

American joins United and Hawaiian in offering preflight COVID testing

Preflight COVID testing seems like it could be on its way to becoming a baseline amenity offered by all major airlines. As states and countries continue to reopen, many have implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arriving passengers. However, if you present a recent negative COVID test, some territories will let you skip the mandatory isolation....

United Airlines could return to New York’s JFK airport in 2021

United Airlines may finally be returning to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, righting what its CEO Scott Kirby has called a strategic mistake by the carrier. The Chicago-based carrier hopes to return to New York JFK sometime in 2021 — maybe even early in the year — CNBC reported citing officials familiar with the matter on Tuesday. TPG...

Register for the next Future of Travel webinar with Etihad’s Vice President of the Americas

Register now International travel has taken a huge hit due the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many countries have closed their borders to tourists, while others have required mandatory quarantines or proof of negative PCR tests upon arrival. That said, we’re starting to see some of these restrictions ease — a trend that will hopefully continue in the...

Forgot to take a COVID-19 test before traveling? You can get one at this Florida airport

These days, your negative COVID-19 PCR test results are just as important as your passport for entering most of the 40-some countries still allowing U.S. travelers to enter. But travelers are still reporting that test results can be hard to get in a timely fashion, especially within the narrow windows required by some particularly stringent countries....

COVID scare on cruise ship in Mediterranean is false alarm, line says

A COVID scare this week on one of the first large cruise ships to resume sailings in the Mediterranean was a “false alarm,” according to the line that operates the vessel. Germany-based TUI Cruises on Tuesday said 12 crew members on the 2,534-passenger Mein Schiff 6 who tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days as the ship was sailing in Greek waters...

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