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AAA Travel has been the agency of choice for travelers for decades. We pride ourselves in working with our partners and presenting our knowledge to members. Our NEXT network is a collection of articles designed to inform and educate members on opportunities and need to know information for safe travels.

Getting Out There: Stepping into the Delta CareStandard

Guest written by Ray Hourani, Director, Travel Air Operations at AAA Travel Northeast. Airlines have made major adjustments to their safety and sanitation protocols in response to COVID-19. Middle seats have been left empty on many…

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6 Questions to ask yourself when considering travel insurance

Not all travel insurance is created equal. Like all insurance, there are levels of protection. It is common to find an array of price points and you may feel overwhelmed as you examine the coverage levels on a line by line basis. AAA is…

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Long weekend away! A necessary escape.

Guest written by Mike Rotondo, Managing Director of Travel Services. With the changing of the seasons, now is the perfect time to step outdoors. Mild temperatures, fall foliage, and pumpkin spice everything makes it easy to escape for a…

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New hotel “perks” during COVID era

Once upon a time, hotels wooed guests with luxurious offerings, such as free hot breakfasts and resort wifi. But now, various chains and boutique hotels are offering add-ons and incentives in response to COVID-19. Some hotels are going as…

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Cooking with Oceania’s Executive Chef

Throughout the pandemic, Oceania has been connecting with travelers through a series of videos that routinely get thousands of views on its Facebook page. Some of the most popular posts have been focused on cooking. Recently Chef Renald…

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Trick or treat? CDC’s No Sail Order on cruising possibly set to end on Halloween

Halloween is a spooky holiday filled with candy, costumes and scares, filled with goblins and ghosts living and dead. However, in true 2020 style, the holiday acts as a "dead" line for the cruise industry. According to Axios, CDC director…

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Celebrity Cruise: Healthy Return To Sailing

Earlier this week, the Healthy Sail Panel's expert recommendations for revolutionizing health and safety in cruising were submitted to the CDC. The panel presented 74 recommendations across five core focus areas, a result of a months-long…

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America ready to return to cruising? Indicators say YES.

Europe has seen a steady, incremental return to both large and small cruise ships over the past month. Cruise lines are encouraged that success there can be replicated here in the United States. Cruise executives referenced the European…

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Breaking News: Hawaii to Bypass Quarantine with Negative COVID-19 Test Results

Hawaiian officials have declared that travelers arriving from out of state will be able to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival if they provide a negative coronavirus test. Hawaii Governor David Ige revealed that travelers…

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Global Entry fees on the rise!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has recently shared plans for changes to its Global Entry program. The changes could affect our nation's three expedited entry programs, including Global Entry, the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers…

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“Travel Bubbles” and single-location tours for families

As AAA Travel mentioned in an earlier article, the rise of the "Travel Bubble" is here. Tour companies, families, and traveling friends are working together to design and embark on small group tours, with the possibility for a family or…

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How airline seating may change

One of the most common questions AAA Travel advisors field is “How are airlines handling the COVID pandemic?” AAA Travel recently hosted a SmartDepart Broadcast on the subject, which included representatives from the industry…

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Five international destinations to visit in 2020.

Yes, there are countries you CAN visit before the end of the year. While regulations and restrictions have fluctuated throughout the year, AAA Travel has rounded up our top destinations welcoming Americans looking to capture an escape.…

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Could you work from a resort? Some people are!

The terms "work remote" and "distance learning" are sweeping America as companies adjust their workforce policies and schools look to bring education to children through ipads and laptops. As we all adapt, some Americans are questioning…

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Let’s Go There! Planning brings smiles

The happiest place on Earth joins dozens of tourist boards, companies and more with one goal in mind! They want you to smile. In fact, a recent study shows that people's spirits are lifted as they plan to travel. Through this industry-wide…

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Aloha and Safe Travels with Hawaii’s New App.

The State of Hawaii is announcing that the new online Safe Travels application will be mandatory for all travelers on Sept. 1. This new digital application, which collects the required health and travel information, is critical to…

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What to know before going to Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort continues to work closely with local health officials and their own health and safety experts and reference CDC guidelines with respect to the safety of Team Members and guests during their limited opening of the…

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Winter ski trip? You may need a reservation

In an open letter to guests, Vail CEO Rob Katz announced that Vail Resorts will require skiers and snowboarders across its 34 North American resorts to reserve mountain space during the 2020-21 season. The need for reservations will be…

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CDC Removes Mandatory 14-Day Post-Travel Quarantine

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed its recommendations for quarantine. While the CDC previously recommended travelers quarantine for 14 days after visiting overseas destinations or arriving in areas with…

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Costa Rica to accept SOME Northeast Tourists

AAA Northeast members from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, and Vermont may be excited to hear they are welcomed to Costa Rica. Travel will be accepted at three airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport,…

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5 Ways Amtrak is Delivering a ‘New Standard of Travel’

As you prepare for your next trip, Amtrak wants you to know they have continued to enhance safety and cleaning measures with a 'New Standard of Travel'. From beginning to end, you’ll experience a safe, convenient and contactless ride every…

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AAA Joins Delta for a Tour of Logan Airport

To fully understand what our members can expect as they return to travel, AAA Travel's Director of Air Operations, Ray Hourani joined Delta Airline's Charles Schewe on a behind the scenes tour of Boston's Logan airport. Because of AAA…

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All Eyes on Cruising’s Return to the Mediterranean

Come August 16, the waters of the Mediterranean Sea will once again be peppered with cruise ships. While the United States continues to halt cruise operations, this region of the world is preparing to welcome voyagers back to seas and…

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CleanComplete Verification with AMResorts

AMResorts recently shared this wonderful video outlining their networks CleanComplete Verification™ process.  AAA Travel is able to share this sneak peek our partner's video, which will be placed on the in-room TVs and tablets throughout…

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Rediscovering our own backyard: How to travel safe in ‘The Ocean State’ 

On August 4, AAA hosted a virtual town hall with regional travel experts in discussion of safe, local tourism. Communities alike have been aching to explore while remaining cautious of procedures in place across towns and their businesses.…

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Booking a Personal Travel Bubble

We've heard the term "travel bubble" in a multitude of contexts over the past 5 months. Originally, the term was used to describe agreements between neighboring countries or zones when it came to quarantine regulations. But as laws and…

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Are robotic bartenders just the beginning?

When cruise lines released robotic bartenders into the mainstream, they were treated with mixed reviews. How would a patron's teasing smile and gentle wink score the stronger pour? There was chat of the initiative being a money play, a way…

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Alaska Updates COVID Testing Requirements

Alaska has been one state that seems to have COVID contained, in comparison to more densely populated regions of the United States. In fact, the state holds some of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country. Even though Alaska is…

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Royal Caribbean Group Reinvents Muster Drill

For many cruise lovers, their least favorite part of a vacation (though possibly the most important) is attending the mandatory muster drill. In addition, while we all try to avoid gathering together in limited spaces, it seems a solution…

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AAA Northeast to Host Town Hall on Rhode Island Summer Vacationing

With restrictions, regulations, and requirements abound, Rhode Islanders may be left feeling the summer season is lost. AAA has gathered local industry experts to help members navigate their options for safe and fun summer getaways. On…

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AAA’s Paula Twidale Talks Road Trips with Kelly and Ryan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksCs7hoKetY Paula Twidale of AAA Travel recently spoke with Kelly and Ryan, sharing her tips and tricks for a successful and safe summer road trip. Paula shares must-haves to include packing, such as hand…

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Puerto Rico Slows Reopening

While Puerto Rico officially began welcoming back tourists on July 15, rising cases of coronavirus in the mainland U.S. has caused the island to postpone some of the reopenings efforts. Puerto Rico has now issued a statement in support of…

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Bahamas Postpone Welcoming Americans

The Bahamas will continue their ban on American travelers amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States. The Caribbean nation started opening up to tourism be welcoming yachts and private planes on June 15, followed by commercial…

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Disney Updates Face Mask Policy

In order to offset the rising COVID cases and address a park loophole in safety procedures, Walt Disney World is no longer allowing theme park visitors to eat and drink while walking. Park officials felt the need to address this directly,…

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Countries Welcoming American Travelers

Not all hope is lost for those looking to travel in 2020. Travel Pulse recently compiled 17 countries opening their borders to Americans this summer. There are conditions that must be met to visit. Here is a breakdown of locations and…

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Viking Announces More 2023 Mississippi Sailings

With itineraries selling out in weeks, Viking knew that their Mississippi sailings were a big hit with American travelers looking for that river cruise experience in rivers closer to home. In response, Viking has announced additional dates…

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American Airlines and JetBlue Partner Up

A new partnership between American Airlines and JetBlue is set to bring more choice to customers, as the airlines lay the foundation toward future growth. This new relationship promises travelers an industry-leading network in New York and…

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Planning one of 683 Million Road Trips

Despite the pandemic, AAA Travel predicts people will hit the road this summer at levels on par to recent years. In fact, we are projecting 683 million road trips from July to September. That's only a 3% decline from last summer and a 0.4%…

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Disney Announces Commitment to Health & Safety Measures

On Saturday, the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort will begin. Here is what park visitors need to know, and what they can expect, as they return to the park. 1.  Health & Wellness Limited and carefully managed attendance:…

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Global Entry Enrollment Reopens

Great news for the West Coast, but Northeast residents will need to be patient. As a sign that Americans and our infrastructure are looking to return to travel, the Los Angeles International Airport Global Entry enrollment center is set to…

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New England Road Trip: Restriction Spotlight

AAA Travel's quick guide to New England travel restrictions is designed to offer a glance into the regulations and rules that may impact your summer travel plans. While parts of the United States continue to see coronavirus numbers rise,…

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American Airlines updates LaGuardia Hall

Travelers returning to LaGuardia are noticing a new environment at Terminal B, thanks to updates American Airlines has put in place. Earlier this month the new Arrivals and Departures Hall at Terminal B began to serve as American Airlines…

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Viking will cruise the Mississippi River

Any river cruiser will share that Viking offers a relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable cruise experience. Viking is a leader in river cruising, and designs itineraries where you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery along the banks…

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Travel community praises passage of National Parks Bill

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred…

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Iceland to Reopen. What you need to know.

Travel restrictions in Iceland are beginning to ease. In fact, as of June 15, 2020, Iceland began to welcome passport-holders from the Schengen area and UK. However, AAA Travel wants our members to know that North American passport-holders…

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African Travel impacted by COVID-19

African Travel, the longest established luxury safari operator focused exclusively on the African continent, has released updates on the travel restrictions placed on African locations and their impacts on planned Safaris. Impacts by…

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Hurtigruten announces cancellations on the Norwegian Coast.

In March, Hurtigruten cruise made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations worldwide in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As of June, and in light of the current Coronavirus situation, the cruise line has decided to…

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