Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far. Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
- I had a frustrating experience with American Airlines when I learned the numerous limitations placed on redeeming a trip credit voucher. Reports are that one of those restrictions has been removed and you can use up to 8 different credits to pay for a new reservation. However, there’s still a system glitch that might require you to pay out of pocket for a free ticket.
- I couldn’t believe it when I saw an article that this travel-related project was still proceeding in the middle of a global pandemic. If reports are true, the Titanic II is still on track for a 2022 completion date. We wrote about this Titanic replica back in 2018 and even then it was questionable if it would ever happen. The project still gets press but basic investigative reporting can find no confirmation the ship is in the process of getting built or even where it would be manufactured.
- With so many news stories that affect our daily lives, it’s easy to let one that will make a huge impact on how we travel using points and miles seem less significant. In February it was announced that Alaska Airlines would be joining the oneworld Alliance by the summer of 2021. That timeline has accelerated and now the partnership might be finalized by the end of 2020. The swiftness of the integration is being attributed to the fact that Alaska already was a non-alliance partner with many oneworld airlines. The use of Alaska MileagePlan points on oneworld carriers and vise versa could be a huge change to award bookings. For me, it means I have to update my post on the major airline alliances.
- The US National Parks have become a huge draw for people looking for a socially distant vacation. One question I had was how crowded would the parks be? When we visited Yosemite a few years ago, there were tour buses, families and plenty of crowds at the most popular locations. I found this post about a visit to the just-opened Yosemite Park which now requires reservations to all guests and is being capped at 50% capacity. Is it worth a visit if you can grab a spot?
- Hawaii has been consistent in trying to keep the numbers of coronavirus cases low. They’ve changed approaches several times when the circumstances shifted. The one thing in place since the beginning is Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine order for all people entering the islands. This has caused frustration with travelers who want nothing more than to visit the island paradise but don’t have 2 weeks to sit in a hotel before exploring. Hawaii has already caught 200 people breaking that quarantine. We know what the tourists want but what do the Hawaiians think after four months of the pandemic. Do they want their hotels and beaches full of guests who may or may not be sick? Are they confident that the state and employers will do enough to keep them safe?
Like this post? Please share it! We have plenty more just like it and would love it if you decided to hang around and get emailed notifications of when we post. Or maybe you’d like to join our Facebook group – we have 14,000+ members and we talk and ask questions about travel (including Disney parks), creative ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points, how to save money on or for your trips, get access to travel articles you may not see otherwise, etc. Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!
This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary