COVID hits one of the first ships to resume cruising, the challenge of renewing Global Entry right now, and more

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Update: One of the first ships to resume cruising is having a COVID outbreak

Norwegian expedition cruise company Hurtigruten said four sick crew members from the 535-passenger Roald Amundsen were admitted to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø, Norway, after the vessel docked in the city. All four had tested positive for COVID-19. A day later, the line said another 32 crew members had tested positive for the illness.

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Ready for a 2020 challenge? Try renewing your Global Entry membership like I just did


We’ve had hundreds of TPG readers ask us about applying for TTP membership during this time. Here’s how long the process took TPG’s Katherine Fan.

Related:  Best credit cards for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck

The US airline that now has the strictest mask policy may surprise you

Woman waiting in a long line for a flight wearing a N95 face mask during a global pandemic

Without a federal mandate on masks during travel, airlines are scrambling to keep their policies current with what’s thought to be best practices. One carrier in particular has continued to remove exceptions and add exclusions to the types of masks that aren’t safe.

Parking a 200-tonne airliner: How pilots move a plane around on the ground

From getting the most power out of the engines to maximizing the lift from the wings, the main part of the design process is focused on the airborne aspect. Here’s how you get 200 tonnes of aircraft from the runway to the gate.

Here are 15 food delivery promo codes to help you save money on your next meal

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DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats routinely offer promo codes that allow you to save cash on your orders. Keeping track of these promotions can be tough, so we’ve built this guide to regularly round up the best discounts available.

Can Americans go to Europe after quarantine in the UK or Ireland?

Americans are allowed to go to Ireland or to the United Kingdom as long as they quarantine for 14-days when they first arrive. But can Americans go on to other countries in Europe once they’ve completed that two-week quarantine? The short answer is, it’s complicated.

Passengers quarantined as a third cruise ship deals with a COVID situation

SeaDream Yacht Club said passengers and most crew on one of its two ships, the 112-passenger SeaDream I, had been placed in quarantine on board the vessel after a passenger from a previous voyage tested positive for COVID-19.

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US airlines send another 10,500 furlough notices as industry faces dramatic contraction

An airline employee walks past empty American Airlines check-in terminals at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on May 12, 2020. - The airline industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of people flying having decreased by more than 90 percent since the beginning of March. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Spirit Airlines have warned more than 10,500 staff of possible furloughs this fall as the airline industry prepares to be significantly smaller as a result of the coronavirus pandemic for the next few years.

I claimed dual citizenship – here’s how you may be able to do it too

TPG’s Andrew Kunesh was able to claim citizenship by descent in the Czech Republic in 2016. Here, he walks you through the process, plus a list of countries that offer citizenship alongside basic eligibility information.

Amex adds new payment options to Green, Gold and Platinum cards

The issuer recently relaxed its policies for both the mid-tier American Express® Gold Card and the entry-level American Express® Green Card, giving customers access to a new program, called Amex Pay Over Time.

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