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Has the Coronavirus Shutdown Changed Your Future Travel Goals or Aspirations?

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When I’m not traveling, I get a little pick-me-up by reviewing upcoming itineraries. It brings some light to crummy days. Great days become even better.

And booking travel is fun in and of itself.

Checking itineraries these days (the few I still have) is something I try to avoid. It’ll just bum me out, knowing the trips very likely won’t happen.

Personally, this period has given me some time to think about my future travel priorities.

My wife, daughter, and I miss visiting our families. Maybe it’s the heaviness and dread of the coronavirus pandemic that’s helping place even more value on our families. Seeing them will be a big priority once it’s safe to travel again.

FaceTime and Zoom are great, sure. But obviously not as special as visiting people in person.

We canceled an Easter and Passover trip (we’re a religiously blended family 🙂 ) to Idaho. My daughter was excited to play with her cousins. (And eat potato latkes while dyeing Easter eggs.) I looked forward to watching my nephew and his high school baseball team play. We’re grateful to still be healthy — but disappointed the trip was canceled.

We’re supposed to attend our niece’s birthday party in Minnesota next month. Sadly, that’s probably not going to happen. (My daughter keeps asking when she can play with her cousin, who’s more like a sister.) An annual summer trip to a cabin in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is also in doubt.

Mileage runs for Delta status won’t be necessary this year because Medallion status received a year’s extension. But if we’re able to travel before the end of the year and good deals can be had, I’ll try to take a run or two — and pad my rollover MQM.

All of this, though, depends on my clients’ work schedules. And that assumes I actually still have them. There won’t be any traveling — at least for leisure — while trying to recoup some of this year’s financial losses.

How Have Your Plans Changed?

Have your priorities shifted during the recent events? Please share in the below Comments section!

— Chris

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  1. Scott Hidden Reply

    Oh my how things have changed. We canceled a trip to Cancun for next week. Business trips to Missouri and Columbus OH in June are suspect but will likely not happen. We decided not to go on a European cruise this summer that is about 3 and half months out. We still have the flights to Europe for the cruise but any planning to use those for a European vacation is on hold. I am not even sure taking my son out of state in August to start college will happen. Plans for future business trips in the fall are non existent right now. We have resvs for a trip to Hawaii in Nov and I am cautiously optimistic we will be able to go. Like everything else these days, basically a whole lot of unknowns.

  2. No real changes. In fact, I’m flying more than ever the next 5 weeks as flights and hotels are sooooo cheap.
    I had two international flights canceled (Peru in April, Russia in May) – but I just backfilled with 6x domestic trips.

    Got 24 flights booked for April and May to see the last of the 50 US States. Can’t wait.

    A lot of people in the travel industry are thanking me for flying, staying at hotels, renting cars, etc.
    They really appreciate it.

    I’m really surprised people are traveling less, it seems strange, but, ok, much cheaper for the tens of thousands of people a day who still are !

  3. At the end of February, I was suppose to be in east Asia for a few business meetings and was taking my wife and son along as a nice family adventure. I was able to get us business class saver level tickets on UA to Hong Kong but the bottom fell out of that of course when all this broke loose. UA was incredibly helpful at the time (strange how that has quickly changed, right?) and worked with me to change my travel plans. Mind you this was before things got ramped up here in the US. UA, as not change fee or extra cost, changed my flights to Syndey , Australia. Since the meetings in HK and Taiwan were cancelled we re-positioned completely and took UA 101 IAH-SYD. It was 17hrs and 50min nonstop and the UA crew was fabulous. We got the bulkhead seats on the 787-9 so the footwell space was much better than the other seats in the Polaris cabin. Hotels were all refundable, and got ourselves a REALLY good rate at Intercontinental Sydney Harbor that included a stellar breakfast for free. It was a trip we will never forget and took a ton of pictures. Overall, it was a perfect way to say goodbye to traveling for a while. We have a trip planned to visit my family in Austria and Germany in late June for a wedding but we aren’t expecting that flight to occur although I will try and remain hopeful things will slightly improve by then and we can make it.

  4. So, exactly how will rollover miles on Delta work? I am Platinum now, and will stay that way per the extension. if I end up the year with 90K MQM’s accumulated from this year, will 15K roll over or will all 90k?

  5. Quick rundown on my cancellations thus far:

    Wilkes Barre Pa. March & April (business)
    Denver Co. April (business)
    Indianapolis In. April (business)
    Daytona Beach Fl. May (pleasure)
    El Paso Tx. May (business)

    …and while I had trips planned but not booked for June and beyond…everything is on hold!

  6. We have a planned trip to France mid-June, still in place. But I’m tracking the timing for all the cancellations to avoid deposits or charges…as well as whether Delta actually cancels one or both of our flights.
    For me, planning makes the days/weeks/months leading up to the trips fly by. And now that we have all this shelter-in-place time, why not use it wisely, and generate a bucket list of places to go to, both with excess preliminary planning,and the “planned” spur of the moment overnight/over-weekend trips.
    Once travel opens up, both domestically and internationally, me and my family will be there!!!

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