Covid-19 Travel Bubbles Were Set to Restore Flying but Haven’t Taken Off

A few months ago, travel bubbles were the big idea for reopening skies across the Asia-Pacific region. Countries would strike deals with each other to allow air travel with certain restrictions, many officials said, and those would expand to regional pacts.

It’s proving hard to do, even for countries that have largely managed to keep a lid on the coronavirus.

Take Singapore, a city-state whose economy is so dependent on its airport, officials liken it to the lungs. Passenger volumes are languishing at 1.5% of pre-coronavirus levels, threatening its status as an aviation hub and the investment that comes with it.

The region’s other airports are similarly quiet, according to the latest data from August. Hong Kong International Airport saw 1.4% of passenger traffic compared with August 2019. At Japan’s Narita airport, international travelers in August were just 3.3% of the same month last year. At South Korea’s Incheon International

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Louisiana hurricanes are causing thousands to languish in hotels. Now they’re waiting for help from FEMA.

“We’re not complaining about it. It’s a place to live,” said Skyla M. Thomas, 20. “But at the same time, it’s disgusting.”

She and her partner, Quaylon Pitre, thought they had stability 125 miles away on the outskirts of Lake Charles, La., where Pitre worked as a casino security guard. Thomas cared full-time for their children, including an infant who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. They rented a three-bedroom house with a yard. Family members were nearby.

That was before Hurricane Laura screamed across the Louisiana shoreline on Aug. 27 with sustained winds of more than 150 mph, devastating their home and thousands of others. They now are part of a diaspora of evacuees spread across hundreds of miles who have been without a permanent home for six weeks. Their numbers are expected to swell after Hurricane Delta rumbled ashore Friday night with Category 2 strength about 15 miles

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Get a Ring Doorbell 3 + Echo Show 5 for 48% off and much more

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is here! ‘Tis the season to find the best deals on TVs, electronics, toys, household items, car accessories, clothing, and well, everything really. And since there are too many deals to keep track of, we’ll be doing it for you. 

This post will be updated every half-hour throughout both days of Prime Day (October 13-14). Bookmark this page so you don’t miss out on the best Prime Day 2020 deals for you, your household, and your entire Holiday shopping list. Keep in mind, many of these deals are very limited time, so prices may change.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 with Echo Show 5 – $149.99 (48% off) 

When Senior Producer Christopher McGraw moved to Colorado, his new house didn’t have a doorbell. That’s where the

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: The best deals under $50

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You don’t need to buy a TV to save some serious cash during Amazon Prime Day. Often, there are deals on mid-range items that you may have been eyeing anyway, and this annual shopping holiday is a great time to nab them. This year, with Prime Day falling in October, start thinking about getting a jump on holiday gift-giving and stock up early before all the Black Friday madness hits.

We’ve found all the best deals for less than $50 including a 3-Quart Instant Pot and the Amazon Echo Show 5. We’re also happy to see that the Crest Whitestrips Kit is on sale again this year for just $27.96, down from $44.95. It was a surprise favorite among our readers last year.

This is a long list, so we’ve

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One Of London’s Best Hotels Just Got A Chic New Bakery

There’s no shortage of five-star hotels or photogenic bakeries in London, but that’s not to say there isn’t room for more. Enter The Connaught Patisserie, the new pretty-in-pink patisserie by The Connaught, one of London’s most iconic luxury hotels. The gorgeous cakes and pastries on offer include leveled-up French classics like the Chestnut and Blackcurrant Mont Blanc; Yuzu and Honeycomb Éclair; and Apple and Mascarpone Tatin; however, the star of the show is the Signature Connaughty Hound: a sculptural chocolate hazelnut cake in the shape of a hound, which is the emblem of The Connaught Hotel. Toulouse-native Nicolas Rouzaud is at the helm as Executive Pastry Chef, and the seasonal selection of pastries and desserts are available to

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Amazon Prime Day board game deals 2020

If you were on the hunt for a bargain, the Amazon Prime Day board game deals would like a word. Everything from Hasbro to Fantasy Flight games have been discounted, and you can save up to 40% in some cases. Because those price cuts include some of the best board games, it’s not an opportunity to pass up. In fact, they’re among the top Amazon Prime Day deals we’ve seen so far.



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Because these Amazon Prime Day board game deals span board games for 2 players to the best board games for adults (and everything in between), there’s a lot to choose from. There are a more than a few of the best card games on offer, for example, not to mention loads of board games for kids. That’s why we’ve gathered up the most tempting Amazon Prime Day

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What’s the top hotel in Hawaii, according to new travel magazine poll? – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

Halekulani Corporation managed both Halepuna Waikiki and luxury resort Halekulani, which also earned a top spot on the list as #3 Hotel in Hawaii.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and, among hoteliers, considered the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Condé Nast Travelers says more than 600,000  readers submitted responses.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2020 luggage and suitcase deals

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While Amazon Prime Day 2020 may be best known for excellent tech and kitchen savings, more than just laptops and coffee makers are on sale right now. The deals also include favorite luggage brands like Samsonite and Victorinox. 

Everything from suitcase sets and travel backpacks to underseat bags for organizing business essentials is currently discounted, including suitcases we tested and found to be the best carry-ons you can buy. 

With COVID-19 continuing to disrupt many travel plans, buying new luggage may not be top of mind. But consider that even for short weekend trips you’ll need a reliable bag. Not to mention that the best travel gear is built to last and can be used for years to come. 

Here are the best Prime Day 2020 luggage and travel deals:

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Airlines And Hotels Struggle As Disney Shakes Up Structure

Key Takeaways:

  • Airlines next on runway in earnings season, with United Thursday
  • Most hopes for industry improvement rest on vaccine or treatment
  • Disney grabs spotlight with recent layoffs, reorganization

Been on a plane lately?

If, like many of us, the answer is no, you’re probably part of the reason the airline and travel industry’s Q3 earnings prospects remain grounded.

Actually, “grounded” isn’t the best word for the results analysts expect from airlines. An expression that comes to mind, unfortunately, is “nose dive.”

Airline earnings are expected to plunge an incredible 313% year-over-year in Q3, according to research firm FactSet. That’s about the worst earnings projection for any industry sub-sector, dwarfing even projected losses in the lackluster Energy complex.

Travel isn’t all about the airlines, of course. Digging deeper into sub-sector performance, analysts see the Hotels, Restaurants, and Leisure sub-sector falling off a cliff, with earnings down

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Airlines Pitch Frequent-Flier Mile Deals to Travelers Wary of Covid

Besides wearing a mask on an airplane, there’s one other thing you should definitely do if you are traveling this fall or over the holidays: Use your miles.

A survey of pandemic award prices finds airlines are making award seats available at very cheap prices in miles or points. First-class seats, which give you a bit more social distance on board, are a particularly good value.

In its 10 busiest markets, United’s award seats for various travel dates in November averaged only 12,833 miles round trip, about half the cost of what traditionally has been a standard domestic coach ticket of 25,000 miles.

JetBlue

averaged only 15,167 points round trip. For first class, American was only 42,500 miles round-trip, Delta only 49,100 miles.

“The answer is a resounding yes—it is a good time to

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