As more and more people get vaccinated, and travel starts to open up, it’s important to make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe physically, and also fiscally. Having a travel credit card can help take care of any surprise expenses you might incur on-the-go, while also providing a nice bonus for planned expenses.
Follow these tips to make the most out of your travel during Omicron:
1. Be Flexible
It’s important to factor some flexibility into your travel plans to stay longer or leave sooner depending on circumstances that might arise during your trip. Especially if you’re traveling internationally, there could be sudden cancellations of flights and/or border closures. Be prepared to leave early to avoid being stranded, or to stay later in case of a last-minute flight cancellation.
2. Upgrade to First Class
If you have a travel credit card with bonuses to upgrade to first class, now may be one of the best times to take advantage of them. It’s more than just the luxury — first class means creating more space between yourself and other passengers.
3. Make Reservations Early
Nobody wants to be turned away from a hotel or restaurant that has already reached its limited capacity. With Omicron and other variants, confirmed cases may be on the rise in an area you’re traveling to. In order to make sure your spot is secure, make as many of your reservations in advance as possible.
4. Bring proof of vaccination
Many venues, airlines, trains, hotels, and restaurants will require proof of vaccination for entry. Even where not required by law, some companies and establishments have their own policies that require customers and staff to be vaccinated and to be able to show proof. Usually you can show a copy or picture of your vaccination card along with photo ID, and some states also have apps that you can use to show your proof of vaccination.
Whether traveling domestically or internationally, it’s best to be prepared for anything by bringing a facemask as well as adequate proof of vaccination.
5. Get Your Booster Vaccine
While according to the CDC you can be “fully vaccinated” without getting a booster, they recommend getting a booster vaccine to be “optimally protected” against Covid-19 and its variants including Omicron.
The Bottom Line
When traveling during Omicron, it’s important to follow the guidelines set by the CDC and expert medical practitioners to ensure you’re taking all the right precautions to protect your health. It’s also a good idea to plan ahead, and budget additional time so that you can stay ahead of any unexpected travel restrictions.