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Should You Stay Loyal to Your Hotel or Airline?

By Sam Kemmis

After months of crunching and recrunching data as the pandemic upended travel, NerdWallet has released its best travel rewards rankings for 2021. And, although travel in 2021 will be different from the year before, it is unlikely to be “normal” by any stretch. You may be considering whether to start — or continue — pursuing loyalty with a particular hotel or airline.

Does travel loyalty still make sense this year? Or have the normal benefits of such loyalty gone out the window with so much other conventional travel wisdom?

Although it’s as difficult as ever to

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COVID-19 vaccine marks ‘major milestone’ for reeling hotel industry

The rollout of coronavirus vaccines marks “a major milestone” for the hotel industry, which has been reeling from various lockdown measures and travel restrictions meant to curb the virus’ spread.

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Since March, the historic and unprecedented drop in travel demand has made it difficult for hotels to keep their doors open and rehire all of their staff. In September, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) underscored the industry’s troubles by reporting that 68% of hotels still had

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Hotel Owners Continue to Reel From the Pandemic

Hotel owners are bracing for a difficult 2021, as the sector continues to reel from a historic drop in bookings caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Even though the industry’s worst year in living memory ended with a glimmer of hope, many in the industry expect the celebrations to be short lived.

The start of Covid vaccinations in the U.S. and Europe raised the prospect that people would start traveling again and sent shares in hotel owners and operators soaring. But investors and analysts say bookings will take years to rise back to pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, the industry faces growing financial

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‘Hotel Impossible’ Host Anthony Melchiorri’s Travel Tips for COVID

The last year has been full of change: face masks, hand sanitizer and staying feet away from strangers have become common practice. As society has shifted to respect the coronavirus boundaries, so has the travel industry. But unfortunately, the ever-present danger meant many canceled vacations, work-from-home routines and a simple decision to stay home.

The travel industry certainly isn’t dead, though. Some friends and family have chosen to safely gather for Christmas, while others are already planning post-COVID vacations. And hotels, airports and more travel necessities have already added COVID-friendly practices to their daily routines. If you choose to travel

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