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Fiji's reopening plan: Billionaires strongly preferred

July 03, 2020
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Fiji's reopening plan: Billionaires strongly preferred
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While some parts of the world begin to reopen to international travelers, some say they're looking for a specific type of traveler.

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Fiji has established a reopening plan for international travelers called Blue Lanes. Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test before departure and spend 14 days at sea (or quarantine on arrival), and clear a health screening on arrival.

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But Fiji isn't just looking for any kind of tourist. If you're a billionaire with a private jet and the means to rent an entire island, Fiji says it's ready to welcome you with open arms.

"If you’ve taken all the necessary health precautions and borne all associated costs, you may have a new home to escape the pandemic in paradise," Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama wrote on Twitter June 23.

(Photo by Katie Genter / The Points Guy)

According to CNN, a group of people from "a very well-known company" have taken Fiji up on its offer, and plan to arrive by private jet and stay in the country for three months.

Seychelles last month announced a similar policy. Foreigners can again vacation in the archipelago, but the government’s tourism ministry is only looking for “high-end” visitors for now, according to Seychelles Nation.

Related: Seychelles reopening: Fire up the private jet

“Only visitors traveling on private jets and chartered flights, and who will be heading off directly to remote island resorts, will be allowed in,” the outlet reported at the time.

Fiji has reported 18 cases of the novel coronavirus and no deaths, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University. At the onset of the pandemic, Fiji Airways grounded 95% of its flights and hundreds of hotels were closed.

Fiji is apparently in talks with Australia and New Zealand about entering into their so-called “travel bubble” that would allow citizens of the three countries to travel freely, but nothing has been finalized.

Related: What are travel bubbles?

Even if you aren't a billionaire, there are still several ways to get to and stay in Fiji on points and miles, from the occasional flight deal to solid points hotel options.

Featured image by Hilton Doubletree Fiji (Photo by Katie Genter / The Points Guy)

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases