Delta Extends Travel Vouchers, Which Award Stays Count For Elite Status, Can’t Use Free COVID Tests For Travel

Delta Boeing 767-400ER
Boeing 767-400ER. Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you. Here are the articles for Monday, January 17, 2022, that we think you should read.

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Why Biden’s Free COVID Tests Can’t Be Used For Travel. – If you’re planning on traveling internationally, many countries require a negative COVID test before arriving. And you’ll need to have a negative test before flying back to the U.S., even if you’re vaccinated. Many of us are happy to receive free COVID test’s from the federal government starting Wednesday, but these tests cannot be used to fly. Read this article to understand why.

Which hotels count award stays toward elite status? – One of the downsides of using miles and points to book travel is that most airline and hotel loyalty programs don’t count those trips toward elite status. Some programs have changed recently and now include award stays as qualified nights towards earning status. With these changes in rules, it might be time to re-evaluate which hotel should be earning your loyalty.

Hyatt Place Knoxville rooftop bar Five Thirty daytime
The Five Thirty rooftop bar at the Hyatt Place Knoxville

10 Companies That Will Plan a Surprise Vacation for You. – Although studies have shown that the anticipation of a vacation can be almost as enjoyable as actually taking the trip, planning the actual trip can be stressful for some. If you don’t like planning trips or just want to go on a surprise trip, check out one of these companies. They’ll handle all of the logistics and you just need to show up at the airport.

Delta Airlines Says Passengers Can Use Travel Vouchers Through 2024. – In a positive move for travelers who haven’t been able to use their vouchers yet, Delta is extending their expiration date. You can now rebook your tickets through the end of 2023 for flights through all of 2024. When so many airlines are implementing unfriendly policies, this is a very positive move for travelers.

The Important Reason You Should Always Try to Board Your Flight First. – Although you may have an assigned seat for your flight (except for those of us who fly Southwest), here’s why you should board early. While overhead storage of your bag is why most of us think about boarding early, there’s another important reason that might save you from being kicked off the flight.

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