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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Travel to Canada

For a time over the past years US citizens were not allowed to visit Canada - the changes due to Covid were significant and rules were established that prevented non-essential travel across the northern border.  This affected leisure travel as well as commercial traffic related to commodities (including lumber).

Many countries eased restrictions earlier this year, and a quick review of current guidelines show that travel to Canada is once again possible for US citizens, the caveat being you should be fully vaccinated to avoid any additional requirements including quarantine for 14 days and isolation for 10 days.

Any travelers also need to create an ArriveCAN account to provide proof of vaccination and travel plans.

More information on current expectations can be found here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Using PlusPoints for Partner flights

I always thought that PlusPoints were a United-only feature - learned something new today!  PlusPoints can also be used on select United partners per segment:

Star Alliance partners

You’ll be able to use PlusPoints for upgrade requests on eligible flights operated by Copa, Lufthansa, and ANA. Each upgrade request on a partner airline will be priced at 40 PlusPoints per flight segment. All PlusPoints upgrade requests on partner airlines will be deducted at the time the PlusPoints upgrade request is placed.

The following Copa fare classes are eligible for PlusPoints upgrades: A, B, E, H, K, L, M, O, Q, S, T, U, V, W, and Y. The following Lufthansa fare classes are eligible for PlusPoints upgrades: B, C, D, E, G, H, J, M, Q, U and Y. U.S. government fares are not eligible for upgrades on Lufthansa-operated flights. The following ANA fare classes are eligible for PlusPoints upgrades: B, C, D, E, G, J, M, U and Y. PlusPoints cannot be used to upgrade from Economy to Premium Economy on Lufthansa or ANA-operated flights.

Good to know this for future flight choices!  More info: link