This is a resource I’ve been desperately hunting down for since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A comprehensive database that continually updates you on the constantly changing policies of each airline in the United States due to the coronavirus. Something where you look up your airline and see what the latest updates are.
The closest thing I was able to find was an article from Forbes Magazine titled “Master List of US Airline Seating And Mask COVID-19 Policies,” which appears to get updated once a month. It’s not as interactive or visually pleasing as I would like it to be, but it’s the best thing we’ve got.
I strongly recommend that any domestic traveler within the United States bookmark that article for future reference. It will come in handy when you least expect it to.
But for now, let’s summarize some of the most recent changes to keep you up to speed…
Face masks are mandatory for everyone. This policy applies during check-in, boarding, and the actual flight. The only exceptions are for people with PROVEN medical conditions (via doctor’s note) and small children (<2 years old). Based on the past few months, several airlines have already kicked off passengers and placed them on temporary travel blacklists.
However, airlines are mixed on blocking the middle seats. Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and Airlines are blocking them until as early as November 30th or as late as early January 2021. For every other airline, you can assume they will be flying at nearly full capacity.
There are more specific details involving these policies for every airline, which is why I suggest you review the policies for your airline of interest before booking your flights. And yes, these policies are subject to changes and revisions at any time in the future.
What do YOU think about these policies? Are they reasonable, or far too strict to allow for a safe yet enjoyable flying experience? Respond to this newsletter with your opinions!
Wanna Work Remotely from a Hotel Room? Now’s Your Chance!
If hotels can’t get their room occupancy rates up to offset their coronavirus-caused losses, they need to find alternative routes for making a profit. Luckily, they’ve made the wise decision to offer their guest rooms as private remote working stations.
Hilton is the newest hotel chain to do so with their WorkSpaces program, and several of their top locations in the US and the UK will serve as the testing grounds.
Other hotel chains that have already jumped on this trend include Hamilton Hotel, MGM Resorts, Kimpton, and Hyatt.
Here’s what we’ve found so far:
- Canopy by Hilton, Washington: $129/day. Comes with complimentary cocktail, Nespresso machine, 55-inch TV
- Hilton Boston Back Bay, Boston: $99/day. Comes with paper shredder, stability ball, wireless printer, ergonomic chair, Bluetooth speaker, and in-room air purifier
- Conrad New York Downtown, Manhattan: $300/day. Includes happy hour cocktail delivery, breakfast, and lunch.
You’d have to be a very well-off person to even WANT to work privately in a hotel room. Or your current working grounds must suck so bad to the point where you will desperately pay to escape towards a quieter and better-equipped place…
No More New COVID-19 Restrictions for Madrid
Some interesting news out of Spain, and something I seriously hope gets implemented to cities and countries around the world.
A court in Madrid has spoken out against the latest series of COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the Spanish government, calling them unconstitutional and a violation of basic human rights.
These new restrictions were laid down in light of the rise of coronavirus cases as of recent times, reaching a new daily record for the country two days ago – 39 deaths and 3,151 infections. Some of the rules include:
- 50% capacity on public indoor spaces
- Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six
- Non-essential travel in and out of Madrid is banned
As a result, they’ve officially blocked these new restrictions from being applied. In other words, the movement of people in and out of Madrid can no longer be tampered with.
What do YOU think about this new legal ruling? Should other cities start taking this kind of control over COVID-19 restrictions? Respond to this newsletter with a “yes” or “no” and state your case!
The Latest Luxury Household Amenities Inspired by COVID-19
The luxury real estate market has something most other niches in housing do not: Enough money to spend on new features that match with the current trends.
They can afford to adapt and present the highest, most prestigious version of amenities that are only depicted in architecture magazines. Some are an awesome version of what is “normal” while others are down-right wacky.
When it comes to COVID-19, some of the latest amenities to pop up include:
- “Disinfection rooms” containing hand washing stations, hand sanitizer setups, cleaning products, and branded gowns and face masks
- Machines that can cover your shoes with temporary covers
- Sanitizing robots to disinfect high-contact surfaces and furniture between visitors
- Temperature checks before entering certain areas, such as gyms for residents
- Use of ultraviolet devices to sanitize your surroundings
As you would normally expect, you’ll be paying a very pretty penny or two to live in these places (let alone stay for a few nights). It’s a protective privilege – no pun intended – that only the wealthy can afford.
Premium Seats on Finland’s Trains Have a VERY Strange Rule…
Almost every developed country has a government-owned railway system. For Finland, theirs is known as “VR”. According to Wikipedia, it offers 800 rail trips every day and 250 of those are long-distance routes.
But their “Ekstra Class” (i.e. their premium seats), they have a very strange rule: As of October 26th, every passenger in this class will have an empty seat right beside the one they booked. However, they will be required to wear a face mask. If you can’t bring your own, a disposable mask will be provided to you.
Sounds normal, right? Not exactly…
If you are in the Ekstra class and you refuse to wear a face mask, you are taken to another less-spacious coach during the trip.
Let’s get this straight: You aren’t required to wear a mask if you go economy and sit in one of the normal train seats when you travel with VR. Yet if you take a premium seat, you’re obliged to wear a face mask?
In my opinion, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to make face masks mandatory for people who pay more to hop on a train. You would figure it would be the opposite, where people in business class can have the privilege of NOT wearing a mask due to the extra space they have.
What can I say? It’s a bizarre world we live in nowadays…
In the UK, You Won’t Be Able to Track Cryptocurrency Prices Anymore…
For those of you living in the UK and regularly investing in cryptocurrency products, pay close attention to this breaking news announcement.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) wants to ban products which track cryptocurrency prices in real-time. Reasoning such as “no reliable basis for valuing cryptoassets” and “most people lose money” was used to justify their decision. Set to take place on January 6, 2021, they predict that retail investors will save $69 million.
Executive Director Sheldon Mills had this to say:
“Significant price volatility, combined with the inherent difficulties of valuing cryptoassets reliably, places retail consumers at a high risk of suffering losses from trading crypto-derivatives.”
Oh boo-hoo. Some foolish investors can’t think critically or make sound financial decisions, and you want to punish everyone else?
Reminds me an awful lot of grade school, where the teacher would punish the entire class with no recess because one loud-mouth kid didn’t know when to stop talking. A few bad apples screw up and WE have to suffer through their punishment.
Smells like BS to me. For our sake, let’s pray this stupid idea doesn’t get into the heads of other financial regulators around the world.