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Old Jun 8th, 2020, 05:28 PM
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Thank you janisj. Appreciate the answer. Just wondered who set the limit - Fodor's or the OP.
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Old Jun 9th, 2020, 12:41 PM
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Our doctor worries about the crowds at baggage carousels and the multiple people who touch your luggage, especially when changing flights.. He recommended shipping our bags in boxes to our destination which we have done several times in the past. That is our plan this summer plus wearing masks, gloves.
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Old Jun 12th, 2020, 08:15 PM
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I just booked a flight on Southwest for late November from LAX to Oakland for the Big Game (Cal v. Stanford) that probably won't happen.
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Old Jun 13th, 2020, 07:13 AM
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I actually would feel OK flying now -- but with not much available to see/do in most destinations, and with the food and service on flights so reduced and lounges either closed or barely open, there isn't much reason to book anything. Maybe a mileage run if I absolutely needed (I've been known to fly to ORD or DFW for lunch if I was a few miles short of making Platinum) . . . but since AA has extended status through the end of 2021 there is no need to plan anything until maybe next spring or summer. IF things have calmed down by this winter (BIG if, I know) I may book a trip for over the Christmas/New Year holidays.
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Old Jun 17th, 2020, 03:13 AM
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Hey guys, hope you are well and not going crazy for not being able to travel Name:  redface.gif
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I have picked up the Corona topic in my new weekly travel show as well and put some thoughts together on what might change:

- Different Travel habits: We will see people choosing closer destinations rather than flying to other continents (wont apply to me though)
- Travel cost: This one is an interesting topic- most seem to think that travel will generally become more expensive. I dont think its out of the question that we might even see some discounts popping up if airlines/tour operators/hotels try to fill empty spots- what do you reckon?
- Hygiene standards: One thing thats for sure is that we will see much higher standards in hygiene, which is generally a great thing. Airplanes will upgrade to better ventilation systems and we will have an easier time washing/cleaning our hands pretty much everywhere.
- Border situations: Now with the EU recently opening up their borders internally, I also can see that more and more countries open up again should they have successfully flattened their curve. Some countries are still reaching their peak and wont be as far, but over time we will have more choices to fly to again. I personally hope that Nepal will open up in October again so i can go hiking there!
- Waiting times: We will certainly see higher waiting times in airports and tourist attractions. Corona tests will become the norm and this is the most crucial part of the entire topic of when we will be able to travel again: We need a corona test that can be done in a few seconds, not delaying the bording process of a plane for too long. The process will generally still be longer than in the past though when we were just rushing into the plane one by one.
- Local interactions: My last point is especially interesting for people that use Couchsurfing and a lot of hitch hiking: How will locals interact with us in the future? I really wonder about this one and how it will work out and guess only time will really tell...

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Old Jun 18th, 2020, 09:00 PM
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I know once air travel opens up a bit . . . like when we're able to go somewhere without having to be quarantined, the restrictions on the plane will be a bit of a downer to me. 11 - 14 hours on a plane without a cocktail doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me. Spending lots of money on business class when you won't get the business class experience I've enjoyed the last 10 years I've actually had the money to fly biz class is super disappointing. Just when I was getting less anxiety ridden about flying in the first place.

That said, I'll deal. I'd say as soon as places open up where I can explore and experience a new place, with doors open, I'll be on the next plane!
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Old Jun 19th, 2020, 11:04 AM
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I know once air travel opens up a bit . . . like when we're able to go somewhere without having to be quarantined, the restrictions on the plane will be a bit of a downer to me. 11 - 14 hours on a plane without a cocktail doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me. Spending lots of money on business class when you won't get the business class experience I've enjoyed the last 10 years I've actually had the money to fly biz class is super disappointing. Just when I was getting less anxiety ridden about flying in the first place.

That said, I'll deal. I'd say as soon as places open up where I can explore and experience a new place, with doors open, I'll be on the next plane!
Many airlines are serving alcohol in the premium cabins, especially on their long haul flights. And several are serving 'real food' up front, just on one tray at one time - not the usual course-by-course offerings like in the good old days. And Lounges are starting to open back up with limited capacity/food/drinks. Some airlines aren't serving any alcohol, and only prepackaged light meals and snacks -- BA for sure and I think Delta.

But right now AA and lots of other airlines are offering 'premium-lite' food/alcohol/service in the pointy end of the plane . . . By the time places I want to visit are more open for business my guess is the premium services will be closer to normal too.
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Old Jun 19th, 2020, 06:48 PM
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Thanks Janisj for the positive energy post -- you know how we're missing England right now! My old flatmate just passed away after a long bout of cancer . . . in fact, we visited him twice since he first got the news 2 years ago. And we were planning another trek for our 35th this August until everything shut down and ANZ closed up our route. My other former flatmate just learned he'll be made redundant come September and we were all going to fly from London to Ireland and spend time there. Will now have to wait until next year when his finances get ironed out and travel restrictions (hopefully) get normalized.
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