Tag: Travel

Despite Travel Realities, Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights Says His Audience Is Still Engaged

Frequently, flyers know Scott Keyes on a first-name basis. 

The founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, a newsletter that fulfills the very promise of its name, Keyes considers himself a “friend who happens to be a flight expert” to an audience of nearly 2 million, helping users save on international flights.

But, in the midst of a pandemic that’s essentially halted all international travel, Keyes hasn’t yet had to cut his brand’s capacity, and his audience, for the most part, is still there.

“It’s been a challenging time for everybody,” said Keyes, who declined to provide specific figures. “There’s a magnitude less [unsubscribers] than what I would have expected. The bottom never fell out for us.”

The company, which has grown to 36 employees, has avoided layoffs. The newsletter is still sending an almost daily notification to its customers—the amount of notifications varies depending on a user’s nearest airport—although the brand

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FAQ| International Flights Under Air Bubble Agreement, Tourist Visa: Travel Queries Answered

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FAQ| International Flights Under Air Bubble Agreement, Tourist Visa: Travel Queries Answered

As the government is easing the lockdown to open up the economy, more and more people are flying in and out of the country for all sorts of purposes, right from business travel to education travel and even for tourist activity. These steps to ease down the lockdown are listed in monthly SOP guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The recent guidelines under the Unlock 4.0, applicable from September 1 till September 30 states that the scheduled international flights will continue to operate like before in a calibrated manner under the Air Bubble Pact with various countries. Ministry of Civil Aviation banned international flights from March 23 and has been conducting one-of-its-kind repatriation drive to brink back stranded nationals from various countries under the Mission Vande Bharat as air travel across the

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Thailand’s new ‘Special Tourist Visa’ offers simple 25-step solution to restarting travel

The Land of Smiles is grinning and bearing ahead with its plan to welcome tourists back to its shores in October – but there’s a catch, or 25.

A recently released infographic plots out all the hoops potential visitors will have to jump through before being allowed anywhere near the country, from submitting a visa application to four different branches of the Thai Government, to agreeing to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in an ASQ (Alternative State Quarantine) hotel, to health checks, Covid tests, insurance requirements, and a minimum stay of 30 days.

“The new, and rather complicated, visa scheme announced by the Thai authorities will do little to increase the number of tourists to Thailand,’ said Tim Milner, director of Bamboo Travel. “It may work for back-packers, or retirees hoping to see out the winter in Thailand, but it will not instill the confidence needed to entice normal tourists

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New Survey Shows New Users & Business Travel Will Bolster Private Jet Travel For The Fall

MIAMI, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Private Jet Card Comparisons has released the results of a new survey that reveals 90% of new and existing private aviation users are expecting to travel by private jet this fall. According to the survey, 51% of respondents are planning to increase their use of private aviation, with 31% reporting their companies are expanding usage of private aviation services. The survey analyzed individuals’ upcoming plans to fly private between September and the festive period, with 36% of respondents identifying as new or returning users and 64% representing existing users who were flying private prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fundamentally, it looks like a combination of new users to private aviation and steady, continued usage from existing users will offset an overall drop in business travel between now and the Christmas holiday season,” said Doug Gollan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card

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Coronavirus travel refund battles expose deposit shell game


The Grand Palladium resort in Punta Cana was a swank respite in March for Leigh Anne Belcher and her daughter until they got a call to stop by the front desk about a billing question. 

Their travel agency, swamped with coronavirus cancellations, had abruptly closed its doors and disconnected its phone lines – and refused to pay the hotel for the room even though Belcher had already paid the agency in full for the trip.

On the spot, Belcher had to come up with thousands of dollars to pay the upscale hotel, which threatened to call authorities and also advised the front-gate attendants to make sure no one escaped without paying. When she and her daughter tried to head home to Lexington, Kentucky, they had to shell out more money; their flight had been canceled and the airline wouldn’t allow them to change it since it, too, was booked

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SBS Language | Temporary visa holders with travel exemptions in India join Australians in queue for repatriation flights

The Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed that Mr Morrison was referring to Australian citizens and permanent residents stranded overseas, who have registered their interest with the consular offices to return home. 

But in reality, the number of people who can now return is much larger than the official figure of 24,000, as it does not take into account a significant number of temporary visa holders who have secured travel exemptions.


  • Temporary visa holders with travel exemptions scramble to secure flight tickets to return to Australia
  • Greens Party says the federal government must charter flights to repatriate Australians and temporary visa holders
  • “Ready and able to assist the Federal Government in the event that repatriation flights are launched,” says Qantas

‘Government has sidelined temporary visa holders throughout the pandemic’

Greens Senator Nick McKim, who has been raising the plight of visa holders, said the federal government also needs to step

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Indian government says 16 countries allowed visa-free travel to Indians

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Indian Government on Tuesday informed Rajya Sabha that 16 countries allow visa-free travel to Indian passport holders. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan in a written reply to Rajya Sabha said that in addition to 16 countries allowing visa-free travel for Indians, there were 43 countries which provided visa-on-arrival facility and there were 36 countries that provided e-visa facility to Indians.

As per the information provided by the minister, these are the countries that provide visa-free travel to Indians.

  1. Barbados
  2. Bhutan
  3. Dominica 
  4. Grenada 
  5. Haiti
  6. Hong Kong SAR
  7. the Maldives
  8. Mauritius
  9. Montserrat
  10. Nepal
  11. Niue Island
  12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  13. Samoa
  14. Senegal
  15. Serbia 
  16. Trinidad and Tobago

As per the information given by the minister, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand were among the countries that provided e-visa to Indians.

Ease of travel with a particular passport also translates into ‘power’ of that passport. More a

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Is HSBC Platinum Visa the Most Rewarding Travel Credit Card?

Welcome to the latest edition of Moneymax Reviews! In our previous HSBC Red Mastercard review, we noted how rewarding this credit card is. While it’s an awesome card overall, you might want your credit card rewards leveled up if, say, you’ll travel a lot when the pandemic is over. Which brings us to an HSBC Platinum Visa review.

Among HSBC’s credit card offerings, the Platinum Visa is touted as the “ultimate travel card.” Is this travel rewards card really worth considering? This HSBC Platinum Visa review will find that out and more.

HSBC Platinum Visa Review: Credit Card Key Features

hsbc platinum visa review – key features

First, let’s check the basic features to see if you qualify for the HSBC Platinum Visa credit card.

  • Annual fee: PHP 5,000 (free for the first year)
  • Interest rate: 3.50%
  • Minimum monthly income requirement: PHP 41,666.67
  • Cash advance fee: 3% of the
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Watch now: Central Illinois Regional Airport adds nonstop flights to Detroit | Travel

Officials said Rivian’s activity involving travel to and from its Normal manufacturing facility became the catalyst for the discussions with Delta.

“To have a direct flight between Detroit — which is near one of our offices based in Plymouth, Michigan, and not too far from the Detroit airport — and Bloomington-Normal, will help us accelerate the abilities to get the right people here to this area and to the plant to help us be able to start production,” Knittel said. “This is a huge win for us.”

The flight will operate between the two communities five days per week – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Departures leave Detroit at 3 p.m. and arrive in Bloomington at 4:17 p.m. Departure from Bloomington is at 5:10 p.m., with arrival in Detroit at 7:25 p.m.

Olson said that every business sector in Central Illinois has interests of travel to the eastern United

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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: EU has sent no official signals of visa-free travel revision

(MENAFN – UkrinForm) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine does not currently see a threat of the European Union’s revision of the visa-free regime with Ukraine.

“Currently, Ukraine has a clear understanding and homework on the great European integration track. This is a package of reforms that we are working on every day, including the fight against corruption and the activities of independent anti-corruption bodies. Almost all government agencies are involved in this track,” First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar said in an interview with the Voice of America.

According to the deputy minister, currently there are no grounds for a possible revision of visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens.

“There is a clear understanding of how to move and what is important and what needs to be done. And all these actions are coordinated at the highest level,” Dzheppar assured.

According to her, the

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