Getting COVID-19 tested for US-bound international flights, JetBlue route map changes and more

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13 things you need to know about getting COVID-19 tested for US-bound international flights

Before traveling to the U.S., all passengers will be required to get a viral test within three days before departure. Here’s everything you need to know if you have international travel planned in the near future.

JetBlue temporarily suspends service to 4 more airports, extends hiatus on 4 others

New York-based JetBlue won’t resume flights to Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Burbank (BUR), Ontario, Calif. (ONT) or San Jose, Calif. (SJC) until June 2021, according to the latest Cirium schedule data and confirmed by the carrier.

Another major airline is blocking middle seats — but there’s a catch

Delta isn’t the only airline providing an empty adjacent seat. For one carrier, the middle seat is empty — as long as you’re sitting in a certain section of the plane.

United shuffles schedule, suspends long-haul Hawaii route and adds Florida connections

To start, the Chicago-based carrier is temporarily suspending one of its flagship Hawaii routes from Newark (EWR) to Honolulu (HNL).

The 15 most beautiful Hawaiian beaches that we can’t stop dreaming about

Frankly, you can’t go wrong visiting any of them — but if your time is short on the islands, we’ll share our absolute favorites with you to help craft your future tour plans.

Boeing just received the order for the last 747s it will ever make

On Tuesday, Boeing announced that Atlas Air, a worldwide cargo operator, had placed an order for four Boeing 747-8 Freighters. The Chicago-based planemaker also shared the bittersweet news that these four jets would be the last to roll off the 747 production line.

Marriott Bonvoy makes it easier to earn elite status and redeem points in 2021


If you’re itching to start 2021 with a bathroom renovation, backyard overhaul or a few choice home upgrades, there are two great Amex Offers available right now that can confer serious savings of up to $200.

Related: Marriott reinstates elite benefit guarantees effective immediately

Is this the end of the international weekend trip?

New CDC restrictions due to COVID-19 may change the calculus for some on whether it’s worth spending a long weekend in a foreign country.

Related: New CDC testing policy could have ‘chilling’ effect on international travel, expert warns

Allegiant adds 3 new cities in 13-route expansion

Allegiant is adding three new cities to its route map, part of a 13-route expansion announced Tuesday.

United gives elites a big head start toward 2021 Premier status

As with a variety of other airlines and hotel chains, United adjusted its requirements for earning elite status in 2021.

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