France Reopening, Bahamas, Malta, Southwest Airlines
Latest COVID-19 Travel and Airline News
Great news! Starting May 3, 2021, the government of France will start easing travel restrictions! France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced that vaccinated passengers from the EU and the USA will be welcomed. You can read more here.
The European Union also hinted that May 3rd may feature a EU wide solution for fully vaccinated US travelers coming to Europe this summer. The European Union 'bans by passport'.
It is also widely anticipated that the US (which 'bans by your whereabouts in the last 14 days') will allow fully vaccinated travelers back into the US even if they spent the last 14 days in Europe.
Even more good news for the summer season! Starting May 1, 2021, The Bahamas will welcome fully vaccinated passengers without a PCR test! Passengers will, however, need to bring proof they’ve had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to their departure. You can read more here.
Malta is yet another country that will be easing entry restrictions for passengers that received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The government of Malta divided the countries into Green, Amber, and Red zones. Passengers coming from the countries marked as Green have no entry requirements. However, passengers coming from countries marked as Amber will soon be able to enter the country with just proof of vaccination! You can read more here.
Interesting Loyalty Program Promotions
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Southwest Airlines launched their first points sale of 2021! Members can receive up to a 75% bonus when purchasing points. This offer will be available through May 28, 2021. You can purchase your points here.
Last chance for anyone interested in participating in the Hilton Points Unlimited promotion! During the Points Unlimited promotion members can earn 2,000 bonus points for each stay and an additional 5,000 bonus points for every five nights consumed. Hilton also announced the details of the next global promotion that can earn you a lot of extra points! You can read more here.