Can Home Covid Tests Solve Your Travel Woes?

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SPRING IS ALMOST here, and if your escape fantasies run to more than a short drive to Aunt Susie’s in the Poconos, odds are you’ll be booking a Covid-19 test along with your air tickets. Many destinations—Hawaii, Maine, most of the Caribbean and even Aspen, Colo.—will let you avoid a quarantine if you’ve recently tested negative for the virus. But you might need to submit to multiple tests during your getaway. A post-arrival screen is required in some places, including Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jordan and Rwanda. If you’re abroad, the U.S. State Department specifies that everyone returning to the U.S.

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Italy’s Covid-free islands: The residents watching pandemic from afar

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But while the virus has struck far and wide, a lucky few remote locations remain coronavirus-free a year after the virus halted much of the world.

Italy, which is in a state of emergency until April 30, was ravaged by the virus last year and currently has one of the highest death tolls in Europe. The destination is now divided into zones, depending on infection levels.

However, a handful of its most isolated islands are among the spots that have kept Covid at bay for now.

An Italian proverb popular with sailors declares “the sea can be treacherous but it

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Can I Travel After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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After you’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19, is it safe to travel? Where will you be able to go, and what will be required of you? Experts answer these questions and more.

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It’s been just over two months since the U.S. began distributing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for COVID-19, and since that time more than 64 million doses have been administered, according to the CDC’s vaccination tracker.

At the current rate of about 840,00 doses being administered each day on average, 75 percent of the U.S. population should receive their first vaccine dose by October

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Southeast Asia’s biggest travel app plans regional fintech expansion before 2021 listing

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By Fanny Potkin and Anshuman Daga

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel startup, plans to launch financial services in Thailand and Vietnam as it eyes a U.S. listing through a blank-cheque company, its president said.

The 9-year-old Indonesian company, which counts Expedia and China’s JD.com among its backers, is seeing a strong rebound in its business after the COVID-19 pandemic pummelled demand.

The company’s president, Caesar Indra, told Reuters in an interview that Traveloka’s Vietnam business had surpassed pre-COVID-19 levels, is nearly back to normal levels in Thailand, and is at half of pre-COVID level in Indonesia.

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Just one Colorado restaurant earned ‘5 stars’ in Forbes’ 2021 travel guide

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While Colorado isn’t necessarily known as a spot for food tourism, many restaurants around the Centennial State serve up an unforgettable experience. In the recent release of Forbes’ 2021 Travel Guide, seven different Colorado spots were given a nod, with one spot earning the top accolade of ‘five stars’ and four spots earning ‘four stars’.

The single ‘five-star’ winner was the Penrose Room in Colorado Springs. Both a Forbes’ ‘five-star’ winner and a AAA ‘five-diamond restaurant,’ the Penrose Room is found at The Broadmoor, matching the high-quality reputation of this sprawling resort. Complete with stunning mountain views, an elegant ambiance,

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New Marriott CEO on pandemic recovery, travel rebound, COVID-19 vaccine

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The new head of Marriott International sounded optimistic about the year ahead when it comes to continued safe operations.

The new head of Maryland-based Marriott International sounded optimistic about the year ahead when it comes to continued safe operations, and he predicts that travel will start to pick up later this year.

“Travel will come roaring back,” CEO Anthony Capuano told WTOP.

Capuano officially takes over for the late Arne Sorenson, who died last week after a battle with cancer.

Capuano, 55, is only the fourth person to ever lead the corporation, which is headquartered in Bethesda, since its inception

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Minnesotans weigh whether to travel for spring break

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The Oye family weighed their options and decided to take a vacation to Disney World, where masks were required to wear.

To travel or not to travel for spring break? That is the decision plenty of families across Minnesota are weighing amid the ongoing pandemic and historically low airfare.

Trading the snow for a spur-of-the-moment trip to Disney World, the Oye family has no regrets. After much consideration and coming across $89 round-trip tickets to Orlando the family got on a plane together for the first time since the pandemic started.

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Is that travel refund as magnanimous as it seems?

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In October, Viking Cruises canceled Dianne Zeitler’s trip from Montreal to New York on the Viking Star. Like other cruise lines, Viking offered two options: a full refund or a 125 percent cruise credit. Zeitler, a retired health-care consultant who lives in Ellicott City, Md., was grateful for the opportunity to choose.

“We’re using the goodwill gesture to book a new cruise next year,” she says.

But travelers are confused by the semantics of transactions like Zeitler’s. Is it really a magnanimous act when a company simply abides by the terms of a contract?

A cruise line is legally required

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Mint Studio in JetBlue’s A321neo promises a transatlantic flight revolution

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(CNN) — One of the largest beds in the sky is set to debut in just a few months time when JetBlue starts flying its A321neos from Boston and New York to London.

JetBlue’s new Mint Studio offering consists of two mini-rooms at the front of its newest planes, each with a comfortable seat that turns into its own fully flat bed behind a privacy door with an adjoining sofa that, with the seat, converts to one of the largest beds in the air. Behind those come 22 Mint Suites, minus the adjoining sofa.

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How To Keep Your Expiring Travel Rewards Points

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After a year of travel restrictions, nearly a third of all credit card holders have not redeemed their credit card rewards. But will these rewards expire before you’re ready to use them? Fortunately, most cards don’t have a hard cutoff date, although that comes with one caveat—some rewards eventually expire if you don’t actually use the card. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your rewards intact.

Know the type of card you have

Travel rewards cards fall into two categories, either general-use cards or co-branded cards in partnership with an airline or

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