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Online OldChelsea

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Not good for my Bratislava trip on 19th May: just got an E-mail from the US embassy there that with effect from tomorrow the only way out of Slovakia is on foot or by car, since the last flight to the United States leaving Vienna (which also serves Bratislava - it's just 30mi away) is leaving that day.
(Bratislava does have a small airport of its own, but it's only served by a handful of intra-European LCC's.) This is to continue for the foreseeable future.

My booking for May is still intact on the BA website so I'm not making any changes now, but if the situation just drags on with no end in sight and it doesn't cost me a lot more to change my booking I might just move the trip into June or July. Besides, BA will be starting to restore some of its London-Vienna service on Monday 23rd March.

The State Department's STEP programme (https://step.state.gov/step/)...don't leave the US without it.

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Had to cancel our trip to Cooperstown at the end of the month. Also not looking good for our trip to SoCal to see the Nats @ Angels game, to take my Angels fan MIL to the game. Even if the games have started up by that time, unless this coronavirus has totally blown over, taking a 92 year old to a ballgame doesn’t seem like a good idea.  :icon_frown:

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Had to cancel our trip to Cooperstown at the end of the month. Also not looking good for our trip to SoCal to see the Nats @ Angels game, to take my Angels fan MIL to the game. Even if the games have started up by that time, unless this coronavirus has totally blown over, taking a 92 year old to a ballgame doesn’t seem like a good idea.  :icon_frown:

I'm so sorry wj :(

Offline Count Walewski

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My UMC sob stories over travel:

- My wife and her friends have a "Girls Trip" to London (2 weeks) planned for early May on American Airlines and British Airways. Currently, such a flight would be banned. I don't see the situation in the UK getting better by May given the UK government's decision to pursue a policy of herd immunity rather than quarantine. I hope to get a voucher for the value of her flights.

- During my wife's "Girls Trip", I have a short (4 day) trip to Lexington, KY, which I picked because it was the cheapest place to fly to that I hadn't already visited. I paid something like $300 for airfare on United and $200 for an Airbnb. I hope to get a voucher for the flight and a full refund for Airbnb. Lexington has actually been hit pretty hard by the virus.

- In September, the wife and I have a big 2-week trip planned to Poland, Belarus, and the Ukraine on American Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, and Belavia Belorussian Airlines. Poland and Ukraine have shut their borders entirely to foreigners at this point. I hope this trip actually happens. If I'm still alive in September I will need a vacation badly.

Online OldChelsea

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GOOD NEWS: British Airways have resumed one of their daily flights to/from Dulles (also limited service resumed to Boston, Chicago, LA and New York and possibly a few other points). Still, there's the matter of most of Europe being in various stages of lockdown...will probably have to re-schedule next month's trip. (And yet BA are still taking bookings for 19th May, my departure date, including to locked-down cities like Vienna.)

BAD NEWS: National Express (Britain's main bus operator) suspended all service with effect from yesterday; expected resumption date 1st June.

Offline imref

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United and Delta have agreed to extend current 2020 status to the end of 2021.  United has lowered the requirements to achieve status as well.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-airlines-extends-status-for-mileageplus-premier-members-to-2022-makes-earning-status-easier-301035865.html

Online OldChelsea

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United and Delta have agreed to extend current 2020 status to the end of 2021.  United has lowered the requirements to achieve status as well.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-airlines-extends-status-for-mileageplus-premier-members-to-2022-makes-earning-status-easier-301035865.html

Good move. Here's hoping British Airways follows suit.

Offline imref

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Good move. Here's hoping British Airways follows suit.

Found this:

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Last week, British Airways announced that it would be lowering the number of Tier Points required to qualify or requalify for certain elite members. Under the policy, only status for members with status renewal dates in April, May and June are eligible.

The number of Tier Points required was cut by 30% meaning for eligible members. These are the new thresholds:

Bronze: 210 Tier Points (instead of the normal 300)
Silver: 420 Tier Points (instead of the normal 600)
Gold: 1,050 Tier Points (instead of the normal 1,500)
Gold Guest List: 3,500 Tier Points (instead of the normal 5,000, with 30% reductions required to earn additional Gold Guest List benefits)

https://thepointsguy.co.uk/news/ba-should-do-more-for-elites/

Online OldChelsea

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Found this:

https://thepointsguy.co.uk/news/ba-should-do-more-for-elites/

...which unfortunately wouldn't apply to me since my status years end in January. But if I can get next month's trip re-scheduled I'll be all right.

Offline Count Walewski

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- In September, the wife and I have a big 2-week trip planned to Poland, Belarus, and the Ukraine on American Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, and Belavia Belorussian Airlines. Poland and Ukraine have shut their borders entirely to foreigners at this point. I hope this trip actually happens. If I'm still alive in September I will need a vacation badly.

There are some projections (https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america) saying that at least in the USA the pandemic will be over by September. If that's the case, and Poland/Belarus/Ukraine are also OK, then this trip might happen. But if the USA is ok and Poland/Belarus/Ukraine are not, I need a backup plan because I still have 2 weeks off work in September.

I am playing around with the idea of a roadtrip to Branson, MO as Plan B. Always wanted to go and see what it's like.

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There are some projections (https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america) saying that at least in the USA the pandemic will be over by September. If that's the case, and Poland/Belarus/Ukraine are also OK, then this trip might happen. But if the USA is ok and Poland/Belarus/Ukraine are not, I need a backup plan because I still have 2 weeks off work in September.

I am playing around with the idea of a roadtrip to Branson, MO as Plan B. Always wanted to go and see what it's like.

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are "interesting" if you've never been.