Travel News - it came out this week that no sail orders for ships over 250 passengers have been extended into September. But Johnny thinks that order will be extended again, possible to next Spring. If you need to fly and are nervous about people not wearing masks, Delta Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for all passengers, so they must wear a mask for the duration of the flight unless the passenger has a medical condition. Delta is also blocking the middle seat until early 2021. Which is a good thing.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how passengers need to wake up and wear a mask while they are traveling. Airlines are also starting to test passengers before they load the plane, but still, people are getting infected while traveling. Most Airlines are not selling middle seats and are requiring masks to board the plane. Johnny says the TSA is also now allowing up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer and wipes. Passengers will also need to separate out their foot in a clear plastic container.
Johnny Jet says that the EU is going to ban Americans, Russians, and some South American countries from traveling to the European continent. Iceland has also banned American travelers. Meanwhile, Cambodia is charging a $3,000 arrival deposit to pay for potential COVID care and funeral expenses should you die in the country.
Johnny Jet also says that big cruise ships have once again pushed a relaunch date to late September, but Johnny thinks it's not going to happen for the rest of the year. Johnny Jet isn't traveling until this whole thing is over. Period.
Tech News - Cruise lines suspended cruising until at least September 15th, maybe even through the end of the year. At least through US Ports. Southwest announced they will keep the middle seat open until Sept. 30th. Delta and Jet Blue will also be doing this policy. Americans, not so much. But American joins United, Alaska, and Hawaiian Airlines to require a mask to be worn or be banned from flying until the end of the pandemic.
Johnny Jet says that he's asked Doctors if they would fly right now and everyone said no, they'd rather treat COVID patients directly than be locked ina pressurized plane with a few hundred people that could be infected. But the TSA has reported a huge jump in travelers, up to over a half-million this week. Johnny says if you have to fly, Tuesday-Wednesday is the slowest. And book at the last minute.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how everything is opening up now, even in Vegas, where the casinos are all open. They are limiting the number of players at every table, but Johnny says that guests are not wearing masks, even though the employees are. Passengers traveling are also acting as the crisis has passed. Some airlines are enforcing social distancing guidelines and some aren't. The result is this week was the largest spike so far. American Airlines has double miles for tickets bought by Advantage members through September 30th. But Johnny says he's not taking the risk.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to say that while travel is slowly starting to make its way back as the country reopens, he still doesn't think it's a good idea to travel unnecessarily. Johnny also expects a second wave of outbreaks. So now is not the time to travel for fun. Vacation local this year. Johnny also says that airlines are starting to refund tickets with travel vouchers that have no expiration date. Users can also upgrade or change flights with no charges.
In other news, Hertz has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Johnny Jet is in a big beef with Air Canada after they canceled his flight and refuses to give him a refund. In fact, the Department of Transportation had to announce again that airlines are required to refund the money within 7 days of cancellation. Airlines are also starting to see more activity this week and are now starting to take passenger's temperatures before allowing them to board. In Hong Kong, they tracking passenger movements to be sure they haven't been exposed.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how to get a refund on a prepaid car rental. First off, Johnny recommends never prepaying, because you'll have a hard time getting it back. Right now, with everything up in the air, it's not worth the hassle. And the savings really isn't that much.