New pre-travel testing rules, Southwest bonus points, sea day advice and more

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Pre-travel testing to the US is about to get harder than ever

Checking in for a flight
(Photo by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

With a new variant upon us, travel rules are in flux across the globe. And flying back to the United States will become more complicated as of Monday, Dec. 6. New rules will require all travelers, vaccinated or not, to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than one day before departure. That’s a change from the three-day time frame currently in effect. Here is what you need to know about the new, more restrictive testing window and how to travel smartly.

Related: With new timeline for testing, here are 6 things to know about at-home COVID-19 tests for travel

Last chance to earn up to 100,000 bonus points with these Southwest cards

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

You don’t have much time left to take advantage of up to 100,000 bonus points with all three of Southwest’s consumer cards: the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card. It’s a great welcome offer that can also put you on your way to those valuable Companion Passes. The offers are only available through Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. EST, so you’ll need to apply soon.

16 mistakes cruisers make on cruise ship sea days

cruise ship lido deck - pool deck
The lido deck, also known as the pool deck. (Photo by Vintagepix/Shutterstock.com)

Cruise ship sea days don’t have to be boring. If you take the time to plan your time in advance, you’ll be surprised at the activities that await on board. From contests to classes; specialty dining to active outdoor adventures, today’s cruise ships are destinations in and of themselves. Read our expert guide on how to get the most out of those days at sea.

How pilots land safely on snow and ice-covered runways

A safe landing is more than just throwing the aircraft down and slamming on the brakes (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As winter approaches and snowy destinations beckon, a lot of planning goes into ensuring that air travel remains safe. Here’s a first-hand account of the preparations, calculations and procedures pilots take into account to land safely on icy or snow-covered runways around the world.

Featured image by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
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