Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how Hawaii is opening up this week to allow travel. The big news is 72 advance testing requirement before boarding, which could become the new normal. But even passing a test won't prevent you from catching Covid19 before you travel. Which is why JJ still won't travel right now. He has stayed at a Marriot Hotel recently and has seen all the steps that the hotel is taking to protect hotel guests. A getaway is doable if you mask up and protect yourself.
Johnny Jet is heading back to Hawaii after the state set a reopening date of October 15th. So far, it's only Oahu and you need to be tested within 72 hours of travel, and it's only through CVS or Kaiser Permanente. If you don't have a test, you will have to either turn around and go home or quarantine for five days. New York has also reopened to six states, including California.
American has transcontinental deals from California to New York for as low as 12,000 miles per seat.
Johnny Jet is joining Leo to talk about using this pandemic time to visit local areas of interest like the zoo or museum. You'll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing, plus most are requiring reservations to cap attendance, but it's a good idea to fill your staycation agenda.
In other news - Cruiselines and Airlines are working on new rapid testing to keep those infected with CoVid from boarding.
Johnny Jet put a flight reservation on hold this week to Florida after seeing the weather and the news a hurricane was coming. That's why he advises to always check with the Weather report in the area you're traveling to before booking.
In other travel news, Google Maps now gives up to the minute updates of the wildfires and will warn you with information on how to evacuate.
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.
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.