Italy entry requirements, Iran, Alaska Airlines, Aeroplan, World of Hyatt
Latest COVID-19 Travel and Airline News
Italy is introducing new entry requirements for passengers coming from EU countries. The Italian Ministry of Health announced that all passengers will need to take a PCR test prior to their arrival. Also, a mandatory quarantine period of five days will be introduced after which another test will be required. These new requirements will also apply to returning Italian residents. For passengers arriving from outside the EU, the mandatory 14-day quarantine will still be in place. You can read more here!
The Iranian health minister announced a plan for closing air and land borders with Turkey. Because of a rise in COVID cases, the border will be closed for a week. Iranian and Turkish residents returning to their country can do so with protocols in place. You can read more here!
Starting May 17, 2021, international flights to Saudi Arabia will resume and airports will reopen again. However, international flights from the countries where the government has decided to suspend travel to and from, will not be allowed to fly into Saudi Arabia. Countries that could be affected by this are the ones with high COVID cases. You can read more here!
Interesting Loyalty Program Promotions and Updates
This is a huge week for Alaska Airlines! Back in July oneworld alliance finally made an official announcement that Alaska Airlines was in the process of joining the alliance, but no official date was given at the time. On March 31, 2021, Alaska officially became the alliance's 14th airline!
The airline also announced that starting April 5, 2021, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and American Airlines AAdvantage elite members will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits. You can see all the details here!
Air Canada Aeroplan
Great news! Air Canada announced that they would extend Aeroplan elite tiers through the end of 2022. Also, they will postpone points expiry until January 31, 2022. All Aeroplan members that earn elite status in 2021 will have it automatically rolled over to 2022. You can see the details here!
World of Hyatt
World of Hyatt has announced a new promotion during which members can buy Hyatt points with a 25% discount. Members can purchase 5,000 or more bonus points in a single transaction and get a 25% discount. This promotion will be available for a limited time only, through April 30, 2021. You can purchase your points and see all the details here!