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What to Expect from Travel in 2021

What to Expect from Travel in 2021

In Brief:
For Lebanese Travellers, settlement in Cash (Green Bills). For other:
1. Prices to Zigzag
2. Health & Vaccination Records – a Must
3. Masks Mandatory
4. Domestic and Near-Home Travels

In Details:
What type of traveler will you be?
Add to the below for Lebanese, to travel you will need CASH, loads of Green bills.

Grounded fliers should see plenty of change this year on prices, mask rules and rewards programs—if pandemic conditions improve
We can’t know the one thing we all want to know about travel in 2021: When can we confidently start traveling again safely? As we’ve seen lately, uncertainty continues with developments like the new variant of Covid-19 and slower vaccine distribution. But there’s a lot we can know about travel in the new year. Here are some predictions:

1. Get Ready for Prices to Zigzag
Airlines will respond to increases in demand for seats with higher prices much faster than they can get more flights into schedules. There’s tons of pent-up demand, and when it spills out into bookings, prices in some markets will surge.
Hotels in prime destinations will seem maddeningly expensive. Downtown luxury business hotels will stay especially cheap, since their core business travelers won’t be coming back in droves yet.

2. Health Records Become a Standard Part of Flying
Expect health records to become mandatory for international air travel, just like passports. That means vaccination records or recent test results. There are already several competing standards for technology—you’ll have your paperwork on your phone or loaded into your airline reservation….Covid-19 vaccination might be required for many years to come.

3. The Frequent-Flier Free-For-All
There will be a mad scramble for top-level frequent-flier status in the second half of 2021. Expect airlines to offer expensive ways to purchase your status if you don’t requalify.…The catch is now you do have to requalify this year for status in 2022. …Year 2022, which may be the year they really plan to travel a lot more.

4. The Mask Mandate Arrives
Bet on the Biden administration imposing a federal air-travel mask mandate. On masks, federal fines and penalties likely would force more compliance.

5. Recovery Starts Closer to Home
Domestic travel will be where airlines see some recovery this year. International travel will remain deeply depressed.

Link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-to-expect-from-travel-in-2021-if-anything-11609941849?st=v2fb3h23wbkkw1m&mod=sbacq

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