United to End Worker Vaccination Requirement, New Amex Centurion Lounge at ATL – SGF News

March 9, 2022

United Airlines to Roll Back Unvaccinated Worker Policy

After being the first major U.S. airline to require workers to get inoculated against COVID-19, United Airlines will start allowing unvaccinated employees to return to the workplace.

Executives at United Airlines will reportedly change direction on their hardline COVID-19 vaccination policy, opening the door for those who have chosen not to get the shot.

The Wall Street Journal reports the airline will welcome back unvaccinated workers by the end of March 2022.

The policy changes were revealed by unnamed sources within the company who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. According to their report, the small group of workers will be allowed to return to their original jobs before the policy went into effect. This includes those who applied to move into non-public facing roles due to their unvaccinated status.


New Amex Centurion Lounge coming to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport

American Express continues to expand its premium Centurion Lounge network across the US. On Wednesday, the issuer officially announced that a new location will be built at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and is expected to open in 2023.

The new Atlanta location will be the largest Amex Centurion Lounge to date, taking up approximately 26,000 square feet in the airport’s Concourse E. It will be the first Centurion Lounge to have multiple outdoor areas, including a garden terrace inspired by the city’s rich tree canopy, and open tarmac views.

As is typically the case with Amex Centurion Lounges, the new Atlanta lounge will feature a design influenced by the city’s local landscape and culture, along with locally-inspired beverage and dining selections curated by a local chef and Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan. While details are expected to be announced closer to the location’s opening date, Amex revealed that one of the lounge’s distinctive features will be a modern bourbon bar.


Singapore to scrap Vaccinated Travel Lanes, reopen to all countries

Singapore is preparing to take the next step in post-pandemic travel, with plans to retire the Vaccinated Travel Lane system as the country welcomes fully-vaccinated visitors from anywhere in the world.

Introduced in September 2021, the VTL scheme now extends to some 30 countries – including Australia – the country’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung believes the time has come to move on.

“Instead of having vaccinated travel lanes with selected countries that we think are low risk, we should actually allow (quarantine-free) travel for vaccinated travellers or fully-vaccinated travellers, from all countries,” Ong declared at a press conference for the Covid-19 Multi-Ministry Taskforce last month.


U.S. Airlines Are Supporting Relief Efforts in Ukraine — How Passengers Can Help

Several airlines in the United States have stepped up to support relief efforts in Ukraine, donating money and allowing customers to donate their frequent flier miles.

United Airlines is encouraging passengers to donate either money or their MileagePlus miles, which the company would then match up to $100,000 and 5 million miles, the carrier shared with Travel + Leisure this week. The funds will then be distributed to several nonprofits, including Airlink, which transports relief workers and emergency supplies, as well as World Central Kitchen, which was founded by celebrity chef José Andrés and provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.


Why American's Flagship flights are the way to go when booking a fare to Hawaii

Hawaii: The magical chain of volcanic islands in the middle of the Pacific featuring incredible beaches, stunning mountains and wonderful resorts. Best of all, U.S. citizens don't need a passport to visit. And if you have American Airlines miles or elite status, you might consider booking American Airlines flights to Hawaii.

However, you'll want to book carefully. That's because American Airlines flights to Hawaii can be a very different experience depending on your routing. So, let's take a look at American Airlines direct flights to Hawaii and give you advice about which routes you might want to take.


Canada's new low-cost airline offers Vancouver to Toronto roundtrip flights for $175

A new low-cost airline is launching in Canada this spring, and some of its prices on cross-country flights are incredibly affordable.

Lynx Air, scheduled to have its inaugural flight April 7, is offering some seriously wallet-friendly ticket prices for spring and summer travel.

For example, trips to Toronto in May only cost $175 roundtrip. That’s the base fair price — bringing a carry-on suitcase will add $100 to your total bill. By comparison, WestJet’s prices for the same dates are $482.


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