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May 2020

Covid-19 Update:

In Friday’s update from Governor Holcomb, it was encouraged that those who work in office settings continue to work remotely whenever possible.  In the interest of safety for our staff and customers, Menno Travel will remain working remotely.  I want to stress that we will continue to be here for all the Travel Planners and travelers during this time to assist in whatever we can.  We are still just a phone call or email away!

Due to many customers being closed, until further notice our hours of operation will be 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00.  

We will continue checking email frequently.  However, if you have an urgent issue and need immediate assistance, please call our office at 574-534-1521/800-635-0963 and enter the extension of the person you’re trying to reach (listed below).  Your call will automatically be forwarded to that individual’s cell phone.  Please note there may be a few seconds of dial-tone followed by a few seconds of silence while your call is forwarded.

• Geof Landis (President/CEO) – Ext 230 geof@mennotrav.com
• Jill Mann (Corporate Travel Advisor) – Ext 220 jill@mennotrav.com
• Kendal Sommers (CIO, Deem/Concur Assistance) - Ext 221  
  kendal@mennotrav.com
• Pete Myers (Sales, Reporting Assistance) – Ex 211 pete@mennotrav.com 


Thank you for your patience with us during this time.  You can always reach me on my cell 574-238-0510 or by email, geof@mennotrav.com.


Geof Landis | President / CEO

Airlines are Requiring Passengers to wear Face Masks

Americans Airlines, Delta, Frontier and United will begin requiring passengers to wear face masks. 

Delta and United’s policy go into effect May 4, Frontier on May 8, and American on May 11.

The carriers have followed JetBlue's lead. 

The decision comes as U.S. airlines and regulators are facing increasing pressure from Congress and flight attendant unions to require face masks. However, the DOT, FAA and the five largest U.S. carriers have thus far resisted such calls. Most carriers have begun requiring flight attendants to wear masks.
 
“This new measure is aligned with CDC recommendations and those of many municipalities within the U.S. that include wearing a face covering when out in public,” Frontier CEO Barry Biffle said.

Delta Waives SkyBonus Requirements for 2020

Delta Air Lines is waiving 2020 minimums for its SkyBonus accounts, the carrier announced. Companies that were active in the program last year will not need to meet the $5,000 spending and five unique employee traveler minimums, and they will remain active in the program through the end of 2021. Companies in their first year do not have minimum requirements, and those companies will keep that waiver through the end of 2021 as well. In addition, Delta is extending SkyBonus Elite status levels through the end of 2021 and is extending the expiration dates for SkyBonus points and travel award certificates.

Marriott International Elevates Cleanliness Standards

 

Marriott International announced Tuesday that it will be elevating its cleanliness standards and hospitality norms and behaviors to meet the new health and safety challenges presented by the current pandemic environment.

“We are living in a new age, with COVID-19 front and center for our guests and our associates,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International. “We want our guests to understand what we are doing today and planning for in the near future in the areas of cleanliness, hygiene and social distancing, so that when they walk through the doors of one of our hotels, they know our commitment to their health and safety is our priority.”


Read full article (here)

REAL ID Act - What you need to know! 


The state of Indiana is compliant with the REAL ID act so no action is needed at this time.

Even though the deadline has been pushed back, we strongly urge you to go ahead and get this done once the BMVs are re-opened.

By now every remaining state/territory that has not become compliant has been issued an extension until the summer. Click on this link (here) to see the map above and see information on all 50 states.


Please call Pete Myers with any questions (574) 534-1521
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Canada Is Making Face Masks Mandatory for All Flights

 

The government of Canada has introduced new rules insisting that air passengers wear some kind of face covering, part of a growing trend in which masks are becoming an unavoidable part of life.

The measures come into force at midday on Monday April 20 and apply to all trips by air to, from, and within Canada. It is part of a broader response to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.

Transport Canada said in a press release that passengers' mouths and noses must be covered at all times while flying, during airport screening, and at other times when people crowd together.


Read full article (here)

Important Dates to Remember for this Spring:


May 25th: Menno will be closed in observance of Memorial Day

 
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