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July 2020

Agency News

Welcome to July!

We hope you and your travelers are staying safe and healthy! We're excited as we start to see signs of the rebirth of the travel industry. 

In June, EWA Travel decided to conduct its own travel survey to determine the current impact of travel within our client's organizations and found some insightful information. We found that there were two areas that your organization may want to keep in mind when considering traveling again.

  • If you haven't yet, it may be time to update your travel policy. In the wake of COVID-19, roughly 69% of our respondents have made updates to their organization's travel policy. Additionally, 58% of respondents have created a separate COVID-19 policy that addresses current internal processes. 
  • Are you offering you travelers PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) prior to traveling? Due to COVID-19, many airlines have taken several safety precautions to limit the spread. 59% of respondents expressed that airlines mandating face masks during flights offered the most peace of mind from the options listed.
  • EWA can help you cross some places off your local travel bucket list. 60% of our corporate clients indicated they plan to take a leisure trip and drive rather than fly. Who hasn’t dreamed of enjoying local renowned properties like the Homestead (Hot Springs, VA), Inn at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, MD), Salamander Resort (Middleburg, VA),  The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, WV), and The Tides Inn (Irvington, VA)?  Some, like the Inn at Perry Cabin, are offering packages that include a $300 food and beverage credit. If you'd like assistance in booking your next vacation, EWA Travel is here to assist.

EWA Travel is cognizant of the current times we are in and will continue to offer the same level of personalized service to each client. Should you require assistance at this time, you can rest assured that our agents are working diligently to ensure you're knowledgable and are supported throughout the process.

EWA Travel COVID-19 resource center

At EWA Travel, we take pride in our commitment to educating our travelers on the latest news in what may affect their plans — COVID included. For that reason, EWA Travel has dedicated a page on our site to provide resources to our travelers. For resources on the latest in reopenings around the globe, health information, and more, please visit our website.

Travel News

Good signs for travel

On June 22, TSA reported more than 600,000 people, which was the first time since March 19. "Airlines have been offering flexible travel policies, waiving change fees, so it’s not clear how currently-booked travel will translate into passengers." Will you be traveling in the near future?

Ready to travel? Here's where you can go

Are you ready to travel again? Be sure to make note of the travel restrictions for U.S. citizens. The New York Times offers a comprehensive list with information on where U.S. citizens can currently travel. 

American Airlines updates flexible fare options

On July 1, American Airlines further extended its' flexible fare option. For customers who purchase tickets by July 31, American will waive their change fees. Additionally, changes to origin and destination are allowed.

Marriott wants to make your meetings safer

Marriott recently announced that it will be offering new health and hygiene measures for meetings and events at its Asia Pacific properties. In addition to virtual solutions, the properties will have face masks and hand sanitizers available upon request.

United Airlines to offer new schedules in August

In August, United Airlines plans to fly 40% of its overall schedule. They will be adding more than 25,000 domestic and international flights in response to the growing demand for travel. "United has overhauled its cleaning and safety procedures under United CleanPlus and is giving customers more flexibility when booking by extending its waiver of change fees and award redeposit fees for reservations through July 31."

Thailand partially lifts travel ban

Thailand joins other countries in opening its borders to select residents and international travelers. To ensure the reduced spread of COVID, Thailand has implemented new quarantine and screening measures for international travelers. 

Some airlines move to full capacity on flights

In an effort to move back to normalcy, some airlines, including American and United, have decided to book flights to full capacity. Some of these airlines are reaching out to passengers on fuller flights and providing rebooking options.

Travel Resources

Going to renew your passport? Do it early

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the length of time to secure a passport has been greatly extended. In March 2020, expedited passport processing was temporarily suspended. As we move closer to a sense of normalcy in the U.S., the Department of State is resuming operations in stages to work on applications. Should you need a passport, it may be better to submit your application sooner than later.

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations from the CDC

For your convenience, the Center for Disease Control has provided an interactive travel map with country-by-country travel health information.

Be sure to follow our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts for daily updates on the latest news in the office and in travel. We regularly share travel alerts and many helpful resources that would be beneficial to you.

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