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American Express Travel: Tips for Safer Travel and COVID-19

Now more than ever, you may be ready to escape from it all with a great vacation. But many questions loom: Is it safe to travel yet? Is it safe to fly? What if I decide to cancel? American Express Travel has compiled COVID-19 travel tips and resources to help get you started. 

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Whether you're thinking about exploring the great outdoors, relaxing on the beach, or just planning an upcoming holiday getaway – traveling is on a lot of people's minds during what seems to be the "new normal". But, chances are, you also have a lot of questions before you're ready to book your next vacation. While the travel situation is ever-changing, we've compiled the latest information and resources, including helpful tips, access to travel hygiene protocols and more – to help keep you feeling comfortable and confident about any future travel.

How to Stay Informed When Traveling 

Staying updated during your travels is the first step in staying safe. Using reliable COVID-19 resources is a good place to start, as this gives you information about up-to-the-minute situations in various locales, as well as travel advisories, specific travel restrictions and more:

 

 

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Booking Hotels 

Now that you have the specific location information you need, it's important to find out what changes to expect when you arrive at your hotel. For example, many of our American Express Travel lodging partners continue to update their COVID-19 health and safety information, as well as other travel guidelines. From access to dining and attractions, to available amenities, to hours of operation, to cancellation policies – be sure to have a good understanding of what to expect to avoid any confusion. You can also contact your hotel directly to see how they are focusing on guest safety, which may include increased disinfection and
cleaning, plexiglass barriers at check-in, contactless payment and more. You can find information directly from most of our hotel partners, including Hilton and Marriott, or choose from a dropdown list here.

 

 

Booking Air Travel

If you're thinking about booking a flight for your upcoming trip, be sure to review the policies of your airline of choice. Airlines update information on a regular basis. You can check your specific airline's policies directly, including those from major carriers like Delta Air LinesAmerican Airlines and United Airlines. You can also select your airline from a list here to view the latest health, travel hygiene and safety policy information.

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Booking Cruises,Tours, Car Rentals and Beyond

Much like hotels and airlines, you need to stay in-the-know if you've booked a car rental, a tour package, or are hoping to take a cruise again soon. Major cruise lines like Celebrity, Princess and Holland America, for example, are evolving their practices to promote public health. The same is true with major tour providers like Abercrombie & Kent and Kensington. You can select from a dropdown list of our travel partners here to find out more information.  

 

 

One Last Check

Once you've booked your vacation and are ready to travel, it's a good idea to confirm everything one more time before leaving. Here's a brief checklist:

 

  • Check your flight status on your airline's website to find out if it's been delayed or canceled. 
  • See if your airline has added any new, updated advice for travelers.
  • Confirm any destination-specific COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Visit your hotel’s website to find out if there are any new closures or updates that may affect your stay.
 One Last Check

While traveling these days can feel like navigating uncharted territory, knowing the facts can go a long way in keeping you informed, in control and feeling safer and more relaxed during your travels. With policies and restrictions changing often, we encourage you to check back frequently to stay up-to-date on American Express Travel’ partners’ policies, as well as destination-specific restrictions. If you booked through American Express Travel and have additional Coronavirus questions, feel free to visit us online or call 800-297-2977.