CORONAVIRUS UPDATE...From Great Rates Travel
As you know, earlier this year nearly every major tour company and cruise line had suspended travel worldwide, while schools
and many businesses also closed for periods ranging from 60 days to indefinitely. The shutdown became inevitable as the global
spread of COVID-19 prompted countries around the world to place severe restrictions on travel in order to decrease the spread of
this virus. And our President asked US citizens to hold All non-essential travel.
BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS AND HOPE ON THE HORIZON NOW!...With the reduction in new COVID cases in most countries,
the U.S. State Department has recently Lifted its Level 4 "Do Not Travel" Advisory on all international
destinations!..."The U.S. State Department is no longer advising Americans to avoid international travel during the COVID-19
And NOW Several major pharmaceutical companies have COVID vaccines ready to be released soon...possibly
by mid December!..."6.4 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be shipped to states by mid-December,
assuming it receives the expected FDA authorization by that point"! It will take time to produce and provide these immunizations to
everyone, but this is a promising start! Pfizer's vaccines were found to be 95% effective in clinical trials, as were Moderna's vaccines,
which are expected to be released shortly after Pfizers!
We understand this is a confusing and frustrating time for travelers, with uncertainty on where and when it will be safe to travel. And
hold times to reach travel companies are often over an hour, whether you need to book new travel or reschedule/cancel old plans...but
that's what we're here to help you with! You can count on your Great Rates Travel agent to guide you to the best destinations and take
care of your travel bookings so you have the flexibility to move or cancel your reservations without penalty whenever possible! We are
monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and have been working with our hotel, car, and airline partners to book travel
with flexible change policies for our valued clients!
Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the this pandemic and the current travel restrictions, and we sympathize with
those whose special travel plans have had to be postponed. Of course, we understand that safety is the priority. We will keep our
customers up to date on all future travel reservations as we know more about whether your travel may be effected.
FUTURE TRAVEL PLANNING...Your safety, health and peace of mind is important to us, but also your financial investment. This is
a great time to get great values on your future cruise and tour travel. Many tour, air and cruise providers are offering fully
refundable, no risk bookings, at Great Rates! United Airlines, Alaska Air, JetBlue, American, and Delta are all offering great rates
on flights, with flexible change or refund policies! Most hotels and major tour companies are also offering free cancellation. We
recommend travel insurance for further peace of mind.
The staff of Great Rates Travel want to Thank You for your patience and understanding. We know how hard this has been and
we appreciate you so much! We are optimistic this will resolve soon so we can all relax and get on with our lives and plans! When this is
over, we know you will want to start exploring the world again, and we are here for you, doing whatever we can to make it easier and more
affordable to get you where you'd like to go!
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please ask. And if you'd like to book now at the current lower rates, we recommend you plan
travel for mid to late 2021, and we can help you find great cruises and tours that are fully refundable or can be changed last minute to a
later date! ...From our travel agent family to all our friends and clients around the world, we hope you stay safe and take care of
yourselves. We are all in this together!
Debby, Pam, Sally, Joe, Travis, and Cheryl
Your Great Rates Travel Advisors