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Skyscanner expert explains how to use flexible travel to book with confidence for 2021

LONDON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Skyscanner’s US travel expert Mark Crossey today shared expert advice on how keen vacationers can use flexible travel to book future trips with confidence.

“As news of vaccines nearing readiness has broken, we’ve seen travelers turn their attention to next year. American travelers have been very engaged with the changing restrictions on travel in 2020 and are keen to get away safely within official guidance.

“Many airlines have scrapped domestic fare change fees indefinitely and extended the removal of international change fees until 2021. The emergence of truly flexible travel fares has not gone unnoticed and US travelers are taking advantage. Skyscanner has responded to these trends with a series of safer, smarter travel features to help US travelers book with confidence that they’re getting the right price, with the right added extras.

What is a flexible flight ticket?
“Generally speaking, a flexible flight ticket is one that allows for changes or cancellations without a fee, with a smaller-than-usual fee, or another condition that makes it easier for the traveler to change their plans. Many airlines have agreed to eliminate change fees altogether in response to the uncertainty the pandemic has created.

“When searching with Skyscanner’s “Flexible Ticket” option, this feature shows which airlines have changed their booking terms. The filter will only display airlines that offer flexible tickets, or hotels and car hire with free cancellation. And if you like to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, we also link directly to the airline’s booking policy so you can review all of the fine print.

“While Skyscanner will always do its best to show you the most up-to-date prices and policies, it’s important to check the terms and conditions of your specific ticket at the time of booking to ensure you’re fully briefed on the details of its change policy.”

Can I buy a plane ticket without a set date?
“You need to set a date when you book most flights. However, if you buy a flexible ticket, you can move the flight date and time until the ticket’s validity period (which is usually, but not always, one year from the date of purchase) ends.”

Which airlines are offering flexible flight tickets?
“There are several airlines offering flexible flights through the end of this year and beyond, some have even expanded their change fees and cancellation policies.

“During 2020 we have made some changes to our site and app to make it extra easy to find flexible airline tickets. Simply select the ‘Flexible tickets only’ box or toggle to show only those covered by flexible policies.”

American Airlines: “As of October 2020, American currently offers free changes and cancellation on all tickets, including Basic Economy fares booked through December 31, 2020.”

Delta Airlines: “Like American, Delta allows its customers to change, and, if necessary, refund all trips booked through the end of 2020. Additionally, Delta has extended the validity of all tickets until the end of 2022.”

United Airlines: “On their website,

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Not traveling for the holidays is a necessary sacrifice, medical expert says

Ranit Mishori:

I think the best advice I can give anybody and everybody, including my own family members, is not to travel.

We have made the tough decision for my daughter to not come to our home for this holiday, and for us to be — to not see other family members, and just keep to ourselves. It’s a sacrifice.

But everybody has to make a sacrifice, so that the disease does not spread, And then winter and certainly the Christmas holiday could look much worse.

So, if you decide to travel — and, again, I can’t emphasize enough how much I would recommend not traveling at all — I think you need to consider about — look at the testing protocols for the — in the state that you’re traveling to. Think about your mode of transportation.

Driving is safer than flying, than taking a bus or than taking a train, where you’re cramped together with a lot of people. Of course, you need to think about quarantining before leaving, so to make sure that you don’t have exposures yourself, that you can then develop the disease, and move on and go on to infecting the people that you’re visiting.

And I — and, of course, taking all of the public health measures, wearing a mask at all times, wearing it correctly over your nose and your mouth, washing your hands, and keeping at least six feet apart from anyone else that you’re — you come in contact with.

And that’s very, very important. The distancing is incredibly important.

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Travel expert shares 5 road trip hacks that’ll save you money and keep you safe

Kelly Rizzo is the host and creator of “Eat, Travel, Rock,” a series where Rizzo travels the world meeting rockstars, master chefs and other renowned creatives.

With the pandemic going on, road trips are growing in popularity. It’s easier to social distance from the confines of a vehicle and it’s much safer to be out in the open air visiting natural landmarks or national parks.

“More people are looking to take road trips,” Rizzo told In The Know. “They’re a great and fun way to keep things safe but also keep things exciting.”

Rizzo gave us five handy road trip hacks that will keep you safe and save you money on your next great adventure.

First, she suggested checking with your credit card company before making any related purchases.

“Or maybe even your work or school because a lot of times they’ll have some really great deals on car rentals or even any other activities while you’re on your road trip,” she said.

Next, she said to be sure to bring a paper map. You never know when you might have to go analog.

“These are really important in case you go through an area or a neighborhood or something happens to your phone and you lose phone service. You don’t want to be without a map,” Rizzo explained.

Third, Rizzo recommended making cleanliness your best friend.

“When you’re on the road you need to keep your surroundings clean,” she said. “So I always bring a little bag with me that has these essentials in it.”

It included a whole roll of paper towels, Ziplock baggies, hand sanitizer, disposable tableware and disinfectant wipes.

Rizzo advised including, “anything that is going to keep your car neat and clean, especially if you’re eating on the go.”

The penultimate item might be the most important: an emergency medical kit.

“First off, water,” said Rizzo. “You never want to be on the road without extra water. I’ve got an emergency car tool here, this has a little hammer in case you need to break a window or glass or whatever reason, a knife, some pepper spray, flashlight, very important and a little Swiss army knife.”

Lastly, Rizzo urged road trippers to purchase an annual national parks pass.

“Buy an annual national parks card for only $80,” Rizzo added. “Not only can you see a ton of incredible sights but you also can save a lot of money because it’s one card for $80.”

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COVID tests should play bigger role in international travel: WHO expert

GENEVA (Reuters) – COVID tests should be more widely used in international travel than quarantines, the chair of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee said on Friday.

Didier Houssin, chair of the independent panel of experts advising WHO on the COVID-19 pandemic, said it was important for the U.N. agency to provide fresh guidance on safe international air travel.

“And clearly the use of the tests is certainly now supposed to have a much larger place compared to quarantine, for example, which would certainly facilitate things considering all the efforts which have been made by airlines and by airports,” Houssin told a news conference.

WHO’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan said that travelling was now “relatively safe” and posed a “relatively low” health risk, but that “there is no zero risk”.

“Therefore it is trade-off that countries have to make, the risk of a traveller arriving and potentially starting another chain of transmission, against the obvious benefit of allowing travel from a social and an economic point of view,” he said.

“You can add testing and different measures into that. We are looking at that right now. We will be coming out very soon with more advice for countries in terms of the risk management process.”

Ryan said that a WHO-led international team of scientists had held their first virtual meeting with Chinese counterparts regarding joint investigations into the origin of the novel coronavirus that emerged in China last December.

“We fully expect the team to deploy on the ground,” he said, giving no timeframe.

Ryan warned that it was difficult to do scientific work on the virus origin in a “politically intoxicated” environment.

“We are scientists. We want the best possible scientific outcome generating the best possible evidence for the origin of this disease,” he said.

Additional reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; writing by Stephanie Nebehay and Nick Macfie; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Catherine Evans

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Travel Expert Rick Steves Talks Coronavirus And Business Ethics. Plus, Why You’ll Want To Read His Enticing New Book

Wrap your stay-at-home thoughts for a few minutes around travel guru Rick Steves — an American best-selling author, TV host, radio personality, activist, teacher, speaker and champion of European tourism. Come away with an eye-opening look at a successful business owner whose penchant for creating meaningful experiences for travelers to Europe is as passionate as his inclination for making ethical choices his guiding light. His tourism company — Rick Steves Europe, founded in 1976 when he was 21 years old — has, in recent years, guided 30,000 travelers annually on bus-tour getaways, bringing in $100-million revenue per annum. This winter, when the company faced uncertainty due to the novel Coronavirus’ impact on the travel industry, Steves set different wheels in motion. He fully refunded trip payments to all pre-paid customers for 2020. Then he promised job security and healthcare coverage to the more than 100 staff employees at his Edmonds, Washington headquarters (near Seattle), while not knowing how long the pandemic’s threat would last. It was a bold resolution, as well as a reassuring vote of confidence in the future.

With countries closing borders and the virus continuing to spread, Steves has remained at home. This is the first summer since 1980 that he has not traveled to Europe.

The scope of his and his team’s steady output is significant: more than 50 guidebooks, a PBS-TV travel series (now in its 11th season), a public radio show, a syndicated newspaper travel column, a Rick Steves Audio Europe app and a Rick Steves’ Classroom Europe series that produces hundreds of free short educational videos about art, culture, history and the environment that are helpful for use by teachers and homeschooling parents. Even his Facebook and Instagram feeds are lively. The timing of his newest book — For the Love of Europe: My Favorite Places, People and Stories (Avalon Travel), which spotlights 100 personal essays — will appeal to armchair travelers, particularly those who now miss moving in the wide-open yonder. Among Steves’ many skills, being a storyteller ranks high, as evidenced in these enlightening, funny, outrageous, perceptive, poignant, soothing and touching pieces. Call this book his love letter to travel. Sit with the essays, allowing the descriptions to wash over you, and feel as though you can almost imagine being there, too.

In this interview for Forbes, Steves shares insights for navigating challenging times, reaching difficult decisions, cherishing travel memories, focusing a traveler’s mindset and discovering unexpected bonuses in your own backyard.

Celebrating Success to Facing a Pandemic

In late January, Steves hosted 100 of his tour guides from Europe for a weeklong gathering of workshops, brainstorming sessions, lectures and parties at his office and home. “We were euphoric,” he remembers. “We rented a party boat on Puget Sound…and [had] an incredible time. They all flew home,

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Scots ‘should quarantine in Covid hotel’ after positive test, says expert

Professor Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, told the Daily Telegraph the commandeering of hotels could be the “only solution” to fears that Scots are not self isolating following a positive test.

Such Covid hotels have been used in Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

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Scots should be asked to quarantine in Covid hotels after a positive test, says Professor Hugh Pennington

Citizens flying back into Australia, for example, are required to quarantine for 14 days in a so-called ‘Covid hotel’ at their own expense before being allowed to mix amongst the community.

Prof Pennington told the national newspaper the biggest issue behind the recent rise in Covid cases in Scotland was a failure by people to self-isolate.

“The data suggests that only about 20 per cent of people are fully self-isolating when they are asked to, which drives a coach and horses through the Test and Protect system,” he said.

“You can test until your heart’s content, but if people aren’t acting on the basis of the result if it’s positive, you might as well not have tested them in the first place.

Professor Hugh Pennington

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is considering the proposal to have Covid hotels to allow carriers to voluntarily isolate away from their families until they are no longer infectious.

The proposal has been backed by Devi Sridhar, chairwoman of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, as a means of suppressing coronavirus.

Ms Sturgeon last week introduced a new five-tier system to battle the surge in coronavirus cases.

But the Scottish Government has otherwise taken a softer approach to penalising those who flout coronavirus restrictions, with police only having the powers to issue a fixed £60 fine north of the Border compared to the threat of a £4,000 fine in England.

Prof Sridhar has suggested the Covid ‘hotel’ facilities should be managed by the NHS.

A study produced out of King’s College London found fewer than one in five people UK-wide had self-isolated after becoming ill with Covid symptoms.

“It’s major problem,” Prof Pennington told the Daily Telegraph.

“The only solution that would actually work in practice is to put people in hotels, which is what they’ve done in Australia and New Zealand.”

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Infectious Disease Expert Contradicts Anthony Fauci, Reveals How Thanksgiving Travel Could Be Safe

While Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning against large family gatherings and travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., another health expert is saying that those who utilize proper precautions should be okay to do some traveling over the holidays.

Speaking to WPTV, an NBC affiliate station, Dr. Kleper De Almeida, an infectious disease specialist with JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida, said that he felt travel could take place over the holiday season, including Thanksgiving, so long as those choosing to travel did so in a smart and safe way.

“As long as people take the measures that we should be applying every day, it would be safe to travel,” he said. “We need to be very mindful of that while we travel to protect ourselves from exposure, and in doing so, minimizing the risk of bringing it back to our communities.”

De Almeida’s comments directly contradict ones made by Fauci, who is the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has been seen as the face of COVID-19, as he repeatedly warns Americans of rising infection rates and encourages mask use and social distancing. However, while those measures can help slow the spread, he has warned against letting them be the sole means of protection when it comes to considering a larger gathering for Thanksgiving and even admitted that he was taking precautions by not spending the holiday with his own daughters.

“That is unfortunately a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting,” Fauci said. It is unfortunate, because that’s such a sacred part of American tradition—the family gathering around Thanksgiving. But that is a risk.”

The CDC echoed Fauci’s concerns with their guidelines for the holiday season, and traditional events that draw large crowds, like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, are going virtual to try and prevent the spread.

The United States currently stands at more than 8 million total COVID-19 infections reported and 218,000 deaths, with more than 70,000 new cases reported Friday, the largest increase since July. According to statistics from the New York Times, a total of 29 states continue to report high numbers of cases, while 16 other states are starting to report upticks.

In the past seven days, states that have seen high surges in percentages of cases have been North and South Dakota, which have seen more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents, with Montana, Wisconsin and Nebraska also reporting high numbers, with more than 300 cases per 100,000 residents. Currently, the only states that have seen less than 100 infections per 100,000 people (less than 0.001 percent), have been Vermont, Maine, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, California, Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, Delaware, Georgia and Louisiana.

Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Photo: POOL / Al Drago

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Independent Low Cost Travel (attitude Travel) Budget Travel Information and Expert Advice

Friday, 3rd October, 2008

Low cost Airlines in Europe

North England’s own budget airline, Jet 2 plans to expand its route network in 2009, flying to many more sunshine destinations – including Cornwall, Croatia and Cyprus.

In fact, next year, Jet 2 will fly more low cost routes to the Mediterranean, Adriatic & Dalmatia than ever before – not only from the North of England, but also from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Jet 2 will fly to many more sunshine destinations from Northern Ireland and the North of England in Spring and Summer 2009

Wednesday, 24th September, 2008

Low cost Airlines in Europe

You wait years for an LCC, then 4 come along at once. This autumn, Wizz Air, germanwings, Germania & Air Arabia all start flying to Ukraine.

The former Soviet Republic has long only been accessible via flag carriers such as British Airways and Austrian Airlines. At last, no-frills carriers will make transit to cities such as Kyiv and L’viv affordable.

Wizz Air - one of the European low fare airlines to start operating direct low cost international routes into Ukraine in 2008...

Wednesday, 24th September, 2008

Low cost Airlines in the Middle East

Air Asia will fly beyond the borders of Southeast Asia with new routes to both India and Bangladesh.

Attempts by other cheap Asian airlines such as Mihin Lanka, Nok Air & Fly Yeti to operate low cost flights across the Bay of Bengal, linking South Asia with Southeast Asia have so far all failed. Only the Indian LCC AI Express currently links Thailand & Singapore to India & Bangladesh.

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Wednesday, 24th September, 2008

Low cost Airlines in Asia

Sri Lanka’s only low fare airline, grounded for most of 2008, expects to take to the skies again in December.

Mihin Lanka is uniquely placed to offer inter-regional low cost routes linking the Persian Gulf to Southeast Asia. But the revived carrier will now face increased competition from aggressively expanding low cost rivals AI Express and Air Asia.

Mihin Lanka plans to take to the skies again in December 2008...

Monday, 22nd September, 2008

Low cost Airlines in Asia

Air Asia will fly beyond the borders of Southeast Asia with new routes to both India and Bangladesh.

Attempts by other cheap Asian airlines such as Mihin Lanka, Nok Air & Fly Yeti to operate low cost flights across the Bay of Bengal, linking South Asia with Southeast Asia have so far all failed. Only the Indian LCC AI Express currently links Thailand & Singapore to India & Bangladesh.

Air Asia - due to fly into India in November 2008...

Monday, 22nd September, 2008

Low cost Airlines in Europe

The largest, best established budget carrier in the Middle East, Air Arabia has set its sights on Europe.

The low fare airline will commence flights to Ukraine on October 15th, 2008, and plans to establish a new base in the Moroccan capital Rabat from which it will fly to many Mediterranean destinations in both North Africa and Europe.

Air Arabia is now expanding its route networks into Europe...

Friday, 29th August, 2008

Low cost Airlines in Asia

India’s pioneering no-frills airline Air Deccan has been swallowed up whole by Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher. The phoenix rising from Deccan‘s ashes is Kingfisher Red.

Crucially, this means that what was once the cheapest air network in India has now been superceded by leaner, meaner competitors such as spiceJet, IndiGo and also GoAir,

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