TSA Extends Mask Requirement on Planes Through April 18th
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is developing guidance that will ease the nationwide mask mandate on airplanes, buses and other mass transit next month, according to a U.S. official, but the existing face covering requirement will be extended through April 18.
The requirement, which is enforced by the Transportation Security Administration, had been set to expire on March 18, but was extended by a month to allow the public health agency time to develop new, more targeted policies. The requirement extends to planes, buses, trains and transit hubs.
According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the announcement head of time, the CDC is developing a "revised policy framework" for when masks should be required on transit systems based off its newly released "COVID-19 community levels" metric.
Aircraft lessors could lose hundreds of planes stranded in Russia
Aircraft lessors have until March 28 to get their planes out of Russia, but analysts say they may be "gone forever."
On February 27, the European Union required all aircraft leasing companies to cancel their contracts with Russian airlines as part of sweeping sanctions to punish President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine. Officials gave lessors 30 days, meaning some $12 billion worth of planes needed to be flown out of Russia and returned to their owners by the deadline.
However, Russian authorities and carriers are not making it easy. So far, lessors have only repossessed 24 of the over 500 leased Airbus and Boeing jets in the nation, according to Valkyrie BTO Aviation general counsel Dean Gerber, Bloomberg reported.
This includes a Nordwind Airlines Boeing 777 plane that was detained in Mexico after flying a cargo-only service to Mexico City on February 26, airline intelligence provider ch-aviation reported.
3 Credit Cards That Paid for My Family’s Trip to Hawaii
Last week, I returned from a wonderful 10-day trip with my family of five to Hawaii. I hadn’t been in 29 years, and the current state of COVID-19 recovery led us to the Big Island for our first vacation since the start of the pandemic. If you’ve been following my credit card articles here on Slickdeals, you won’t be shocked to read that I paid for the bulk of the trip with miles and points.
I did the math sitting on our balcony at the Hilton Waikaloa Village and figured our trip would have cost about $15,000 if we had paid the list price for everything.
However, we only spent about $1,500, most of which were expensive resort-priced meals and adult beverages. Here’s a look at how we pulled it all together and the credit cards that paid our way.
New Qantas Green tier adds bonus points, status credits
Qantas frequent flyers can now pocket 10,000 points or 50 status credits as a reward for making eco-friendly choices as the airline launches its new Green tier for members.
The Green tier will sit alongside the existing Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One membership levels of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme – and you’ll get a digital card within the Qantas app, rather than another piece of environmentally-evil plastic to crowd your wallet or purse.
“This new Green tier is a way of encouraging and recognising those who want to do their part by offering Qantas Points or status credits, which we know helps shape customer choices,” says Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
Going to Mexico for spring break? The US has this travel alert for you
In addition to existing “Level 3” travel warnings issued by both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travelers heading to Mexico for spring break this month have a new travel alert to consider.
On March 4, the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico said potential spring break travelers should consider various factors beyond COVID-19 in planning their upcoming trips to Mexico. These factors include the risk of crime, sexual assault and illegal drug use in popular tourist destinations.
“Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens visit Mexico during spring break,” the Embassy says. “While the vast majority travel safely, visitors should consider the following factors when planning their vacation or traveling throughout Mexico.”
Frontier Airlines Announces 27 Nonstop Routes, 2 New International Destinations
Ultra-low fare carrier Frontier Airlines has announced a major expansion of service, adding 27 nonstop routes, including new destinations Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico. The airline is also significantly growing its service from Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham. To celebrate, Frontier is offering fares as low as $29.*
“We are excited to announce additional growth to our international network with flights to Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico from Las Vegas,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial, Frontier Airlines. “We are also significantly growing in Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham as part of this major expansion of service as we get ready for an extremely busy spring and summer travel season. Consumers are ready to travel and we encourage them to take advantage of our ultra-low fares and friendly service to popular destinations across the U.S. and beyond.”