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Flying via Dubai? South Africans with layover of more than 10 hours get free luxury hotel stay

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South Africans with a layover between 10 to 24 hours may get a free stay at a luxury hotel if they are flying with Emirates.

The airline is resuming it’s Dubai Connect offering from December 1 and hopes to make travel less stressful during the pandemic.

Besides the complimentary stay at a 4 or 5-star hotel, the airline will also sort out your transfers to and from the airport, meals at the hotel and a UAE visa on arrival where required.

“Dubai Connect ensures that travelling through Emirates’ hub is seamless despite the altered flight schedules during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the airline said in a statement.

There are some terms and conditions that come with the resumption of Dubai Connect.

The connecting flight on your itinerary must be the best available connection, meaning travellers cannot choose the longest layover in hopes of getting a free hotel stay.

If you qualify for the service will be asked to provide all the entry and regulatory documents your destination requires, including a valid negative Covid-19 test.

Those who are required to undergo a PCR test on arrival, are not eligible for ‘Dubai Connect’.

How it works

You will need to book Dubai Connect at least 24 hours ahead of your flight to Dubai. When you arrive, you can head to the Dubai Connect desk in arrivals where staff will facilitate transfers to the hotel.

Depending on time, you can explore Dubai during your short stay, but that will be at their own expense. There’s plenty to do, whether it’s dipping your toes at its grand beaches or immersing themselves with the destination’s heritage attractions.

Hanging out at the airport

For those who qualify for Dubai Connect but are unable to leave the airport will be given access to the Emirates Dubai Connect airport lounge to unwind and relax.

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Here’s some good news if you’re traveling through Dubai any time soon: Emirates has brought back its popular Dubai Connect package for customers transiting through Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Qualifying passengers receive a free night at a four or five-star hotel, one free meal and ground transportation to and from the airport. This is undoubtedly a response to the drop in tourism caused by the global pandemic. With fewer tourists coming to Dubai for vacation, tapping into transiting passengers is one way to drum up tourism.

Travelers who choose to take advantage of this offer can get a UAE visa on arrival. Dubai also has testing requirements, which vary, depending on where you’re coming from. Most passengers need to present a negative PCR test taken up to 96 hours before arrival. Meanwhile, travelers from Germany and the UK can take a free COVID test at Dubai Airport.

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Who qualifies for Dubai Connect?

Emirates passengers in all cabin classes who have a stopover of 10-24 hours qualify for Dubai Connect. Bookings made through a travel agent are also eligible. Fares must be on Emirates-operated flights, including ones marketed by Qantas. Codeshare flights are not eligible, with the exception of EK5000 and QF8000.

Keep in mind that the Dubai Connect package is only available if you’re booking the shortest connection time possible. In other words, you can’t just book the flight with the longest layover if there is a shorter one available.

As for hotels, you’ll likely be put up at the Copthorne or the Le Méridien Airport Hotel Dubai. Both are very nice hotels close to Dubai Airport.

If you’re unable to leave the airport, you can still access the Dubai Connect airport lounge during your layover, free of charge.

Related: Where Americans can travel right now

How to book a Dubai Connect package

To book your free accommodations, you’ll need to book a qualifying Emirates flight. Then head over o the Dubai Connect page and provide your travel information (booking number, name, etc.). You will then receive instructions for booking your free hotel and ground transportation.

Related: When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

Bottom line

The Dubai Connect package is the latest effort on behalf of Emirates to drum up business in a global pandemic. In July, Emirates became the first airline to offer free COVID-19 travel insurance, providing peace of mind for travelers who are concerned about getting sick during their journey.

While Dubai has remained open for tourism, global travel demand is still way down and airlines like Emirates are in survival mode. By offering free hotel stays and ground transportation, Emirates may appeal to travelers looking for more value. The Dubai Connect package also encourages transiting passengers

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Set Free Church awarded 2020 Volunteer Group of the Year by FCSD#25 Recreation Board

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Last night, Fremont County School District 25 board meeting had a special presentation to give a volunteer award to Set Free Church. When this church and recovery program volunteers around the community, they’re not in it to get recognized, but last night, that’s exactly what happened.

Appointed member of the FCSD#25 Recreation Board, Cody Beers, stated this about giving the award: “It’s one of the coolest parts about being on the rec board because we all want Riverton, Fremont County, the state of Wyoming to be a better place. In our state, the way it becomes a better place is by volunteerism.”

For about 15 years, the District 25 Recreation Board has been doing the awards program to recognize people trying to turn the community into a better place. Set Free doesn’t use any grant funds, so they raise all the money for their service program though donations from volunteering for jobs around town. Pastor Richard Mills and his wife Cynthia noted some of their typical service projects are hauling trash, mowing lawns, and serving senior citizens. Donations are received for some jobs, but not all and that doesn’t concern this couple who are devoted to service.

“Proverbs 22:1 says ‘A good name is to be chosen over silver and gold,’ so it’s really opened up a wonderful relationship with many parts of the town and community by doing stuff like this,” added the pastor.

Pastor Richard moved to Riverton from California to start the church 12 years ago. They have served 1,600 people experiencing life crises such as addiction, homelessness, or a lack of purpose in life.

“Everyone deserves to be given a second chance. We know from personal experience how painful it can feel to be misunderstood or judged,” stated Cody Beers in the presentation ceremony. The program allows a safe environment for people to be given a second chance, while being supplied the tools to start over.

“We owe everything to Jesus Christ, we wouldn’t be here, we wouldn’t be together, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing in the town if it wasn’t for our love for Jesus,” stated Pastor Richard.

The church will also be serving takeaway Thanksgiving meals tomorrow to shut-ins in Fremont County, and also will serve people a meal to go for anyone who calls the church at (307) 463-2095 or comes to the church at 620 West Adams St. in Riverton.

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Delta CEO gives airline workers free travel passes as thank-you for work during pandemic

After a turbulent 2020 for the airline industry, Delta is thanking employees for their work during the pandemic with free travel. 

Delta CEO Ed Bastian, in a Monday memo to employees obtained by Fox News, said they would be gifted two passes for any travel destination of their choice for their work during COVID-19. 

Delta is giving its employees two free travel passes to thank them for their work during COVID-19. 

Delta is giving its employees two free travel passes to thank them for their work during COVID-19. 
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“I hope these passes will help with your own healing as we move into the future, whether it’s to connect with family, experience a brand-new part of the world, or embark on an adventure with a loved one,” Bastian said in the memo. 

“Those of you who have worked consistently throughout the crisis have done so under conditions that were unimaginable a year ago,” Bastian wrote, “and you still provide the best service and professionalism in the industry.”

Bastian went on to note the thousands of Delta employees who took voluntary unpaid leaves of absence to save airline jobs. Those who continued working and those who took a leave in 2020 will receive the free travel passes, which do not expire. 

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With travel restrictions implemented during the pandemic, Delta lost $5.38 billion in the third quarter with passenger volume down more than 70 percent compared to the same quarter in 2019. 

Still, the Atlanta-based airline was able to prevent furloughing its flight attendants and frontline workers, unlike some of its competitors, such as American and United.

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Airlines have been urging Congress to fund additional relief to the struggling industry during the pandemic. The industry has so far received $25 billion in aid under the CARES Act to save aviation industry jobs.

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Emirates offers a free hotel stay with your Dubai layover

From Covid tests to canceled flights, flying in 2020 can be pretty stressful.



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So a little piece of good news is that if you’re stopping over in Dubai for more than 10 hours, Emirates airline might throw in a free hotel stay.

The United Arab Emirates flag carrier is resuming its Dubai Connect service on December 1, making travel a little easier for people navigating flight schedules altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

To book the service, you need to be a transit passenger traveling on two Emirates flights, using the best available connection for your chosen journey — so no cheating by booking a flight with a longer layover.

If your layover is between 10 and 24 hours, you could qualify for a complimentary night at a four- or five-star hotel, plus airport ground transfers, meals at the hotel, and assistance with your UAE visa on arrival, if required.

You can expect to stay at the four-star Copthorne Hotel Dubai or the five-star Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, but the airline must also put passengers up at alternative accommodation.

The service is open to all passengers, no matter the travel class — unless they’re traveling to a destination which requires a PCR test for Covid-19 on arrival.

In that case, business and first class passengers might get a stay at the Dubai International Hotel at Dubai Airport — depending on availability — and given access to Emirates’ Dubai Connect airport lounge.

The lounge has facilities for eating, drinking and unwinding, and economy passengers on longer stopovers will also get the chance to hang out here.

Earlier this year Emirates became the first airline to offer to cover customers’ medical expenses and quarantine costs should they contract Covid-19 during their trip.

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the spoof airline offering free fares

Thought 2020 had run out of surprises? Try this contender for the least likely news to finish the year in travel: a new airline.



a plane sitting on top of a tarmac: "Mom Air" promised passengers the world -- but turned out to be a spoof


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“Mom Air” promised passengers the world — but turned out to be a spoof

As the aviation industry struggles to remain afloat, with airlines hemorrhaging money left right and center, it came as a surprise to see the “launch” of Mom Air, a soon-to-be-skyward airline (or so the website promised), connecting Iceland to both sides of the Atlantic.

The livery looked suspiciously like that of WOW Air, which went bankrupt in 2019, only flipped upside down to spell MOM.

The routemap connecting Europe to North America — servicing major cities including London, Paris, Berlin, Boston and Toronto — seemed sensible enough.

But it was Mom Air’s other proposed policies that raised eyebrows.

The airline appeared to be taking a leaf out of the Ryanair playbook, by charging not only for seat assignments, in-flight Wi-Fi and cabin bags — but also toilet paper, soap and even lifejackets (which is illegal).

It even offered “Covid flights,” for those testing positive and those who had already had the disease. These, it claimed, would be staffed by workers who’d also already had it and developed antibodies.

It seemed like a hoax — but encouraged by its more passenger-friendly policies like giving away two free tickets per flight, not demanding payment until two days before takeoff, free cancellation and cheap standby seats, potential customers flocked to its website.

Mom Air also appeared to tick socially right-on boxes, by shining a light on gender equality and vowing to employ as many women as men; and promising to “protect nature to the best of our ability” by carbon offsetting, using recycled materials and going paperless.

The result? Just under 10,000 Instagram followers and 6,000 booking enquiries, according to the CEO, in just two weeks — before the airline had even announced dates and prices.

The great reveal

There was just one catch. Mom Air CEO Oddur Eysteinn Friðriksson, nicknamed Odee, is an artist. And the project, he told CNN, was to “show exactly how obscure our reality is — that we are talked to through marketing… and that just by setting up a website and sending out press releases, it turned our world upside down.”



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The “airline” promised to focus on gender inequality, putting women in powerful positions

In fact, he planned to carry on the project for more than two weeks, but the attention Mom Air received became too stressful. Having been adamant that this was a real airline, both to journalists and fans in a “launch press conference,” and to the lawyers representing WOW Air (which has plans to relaunch), after just 15 days, he confirmed it was an art project.

“It was quite demanding,” he says. “I got 6,000 bookings, 200 complaints, two comments per minute on social media” (CNN cannot verify these claims, although 10,000 people watched the airline’s

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Hawaii offering free hotel stays if visitors volunteer

Say “aloha” to a free night in Hawaii – for a good cause.

Travelers can lend a helping hand and volunteer in the Aloha State to receive a free, extra night at various hotels through a new program, the state tourism board has announced.

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Waikiki Beach Honolulu, Hawaii. (iStock).

The program, called Mālama Hawai‘i, encourages visitors to “take a trip that gives back.” Tourists can volunteer for projects ranging from tree planting and reforestation to beach cleanups, ocean reef preservation and even making Hawaiian quilts for the elderly.

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In exchange, tourists can receive a complimentary extra night at participating hotels across Kauai, Maui, Oahu and the Big Island. The list includes Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; The Ritz-Carlton Residences at Waikiki Beach; the Fairmont Orchid in the Big Island of Hawaii and the Sheraton Kauai Resort. 

Alaska Airlines is also involved in the “voluntourism” effort, planting one tree for each flight the carrier makes to Hawaii through the end of the year, per a blog post.

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The program debuts on the heels of Hawaii recently relaxing its travel restrictions for out-of-state visitors amid the pandemic. Last month, the Aloha State launched its long-awaited pre-travel testing program, allowing travelers to skip a 14-day quarantine requirement if they provide proof of a recent, negative COVID-19 test. Various restrictions apply to the order.

The Associated Press reported that state officials were hopeful the pre-travel testing program could give local tourism a much-needed boost while keeping residents safe; tourism to Hawaii has reportedly plunged over 90% since the pandemic began.

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Fake posts promoting ‘free pancakes’ at Trump Hotel before DC rally spread on social media

Social media users on Saturday morning spread fake posts promoting “free” pancakes and breakfast at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., ahead of the pro-Trump “Million MAGA March.”

A pro-Trump group called “Women for America First” organized for the event, which has drawn large crowds of people from across the country to D.C., defending President Trump’s claims of voter fraud.

Ahead of the march, social media users touted false claims of free breakfast at Trump International with varying details; some said the free breakfast was only for those wearing pro-Trump gear while others said the food was free for all.

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Twitter pancakes screenshot (FBN)

Twitter pancakes screenshot (FBN)

A representative for the Trump International Hotel confirmed to Fox News that the hotel was not serving any kind of free breakfast on Saturday.

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Users also flooded TikTok, Instagram and Twitter with images of pancakes under the hashtag #MillionMAGAMarch and #TrumpRally in what appeared to be a group effort to deter attention from the rally itself.

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The effort may have stemmed from TikTok users, who pulled a similar prank in June. Users claimed credit for inflated attendance expectations at a Trump rally in Tusla, Oklahoma, when they organized users to reserve tickets to the event and not show up.

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An estimated 10,000 people were anticipated to attend the Women for America First rally on Saturday, according to the group’s park permit.

Speeches are expected from Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Rep. Louis Gohmert ( R-Texas) and others.

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Counter-demonstrations are also planned, with protesters bashing Trump’s attempts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Refuse Fascism is organizing near the White House to demand “The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go,” organizers said.

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Travel firm launches free flights on long-haul holidays in 2021 and 2022

Got a case of the travel bug and starting to think of your future holiday plans? Then you may want to check out Wendy Wu Tours’ latest offer.

The travel firm is currently offering holidaymakers free flights to heaps of destinations around the world, when you book onto one of its tours in either 2021 or 2022.

That includes heaps of hotspots across South America, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and China.

That makes for savings of up to £800 per person and the best part is, the deal is valid no matter which UK airport you choose, and covers all airlines. (Flying in economy of course!).

There are 26 tours on offer as part of the deal – you can check out the full list of tours included here – and you’ll need to book by Monday 30th November 2020 when the sale ends.



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There’s more good news for holidaymakers too, as you can secure the packages with a £99 deposit. The company has also said that if your travel plans do change (for example if new travel restrictions mean you can’t go), you’ll have the option to either reschedule to an alternative date or get a full refund.

The free flights on 26 tours come in celebration of the brand’s 26th anniversary, with Wendy Wu having first organised an escorted tour in China back in 1994.

It’s not the first time that the travel firm has launched a deal of this nature – it has previously offered free flights to Japan.

Looking for more offers? We’ve got a Holiday Deals page with all the latest sales and discounts we think you’ll love. While travel plans have been disrupted by the pandemic, that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about where you’ll go when restrictions do ease up.

  • During the coronavirus pandemic, countries may be subject to a change in travel restrictions. Always check the latest FCDO advice for your chosen destination before planning, booking, or going on a trip.

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MVP Health Care to provide free flu shots at the Miller Community Recreation Center

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When:

Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Miller Community Recreation Center

Monday, November 9 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Monday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Martha’s Kitchen

Wednesday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Sheldon Food Distribution Center

Wednesday, November 11 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Northwestern Medical Center

Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Enosburg Fire Station

Thursday, November 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ St. Albans City Hall

Where:

Miller Community Recreation Center

130 Gosse Court

Burlington, VT 05408

Enosburg Fire Station

83 Sampsonville Road

Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

Martha’s Kitchen

139 Lake Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

Sheldon Food Distribution Center

45 Church Street

Sheldon, VT 05483

Northwestern Medical Center

133 Fairfield Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

St. Albans City Hall

100 North Main Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

You do not need to make a reservation, but you will be asked to register upon arrival.

What:

Many doctors say that having the flu and COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the same time could be very dangerous, even for healthy adults. That’s why this flu season, the best ways to stay healthy are to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get a flu shot.

Getting a flu shot reduces your risk of flu, hospitalizations, and even death. The flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19. However, it will protect you (and your loved ones) from the many serious complications the flu can cause.

The good news is that flu shots are free for most MVP Health Care members*, no matter where you get one. And, if you get a flu shot at one of MVP Health Care’s flu shot clinics, it’s free for everyone. That means MVP Health Care members, members of other insurance companies, and even those with no insurance at all.

Visit mvphealthcare.com to learn more about how to Manage Your Health.

 

Contact:
Danielle Ruckert

RH Strategic for MVP Health Care
[email protected]

386-479-6524

 

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