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Tier Point Run to San Francisco in Jan 2022: Prep

By Nige on Sun 02 Jan 2022 at 07:51
Story: Tier Point Run to San Francisco in Jan 2022
Tags: American Airlines | AMS | British Airways | JFK | LAX | LHR | Los Angeles | Netherlands | New York | San Francisco | SFO | Trips | USA

Preparations

Managed to sneak this trip in during Jan.  It was originally a June booking that was impacted by flight cancellations, so at the start of Jan I decided to take advantage of my ability to rebook my trip avoiding all of the original restrictions: as long as there is flight availability.  That allowed me to reduce a 6-day trip to a 4-day trip and avoid a couple of extra unpaid days of work.

This was originally a trip via Paris (CDG) and with the extra restrictions recently imposed by the French Government, I decided I would switch to Amsterdam.  Two main benefits: very good opportunity for a B2B and very few Covid restrictions.

Covid Requirements

Another opportunity to test my planning skills working with the restrictions being imposed by the countries that I would be travelling through on this trip:

  • Flying to Netherlands – fully vaccinated (with booster) – needed an antigen test within 24 hours.  No Verifly to simplify covid documentation verification, but uploaded my covid vaccination evidence to BA and about 24 hours later, I was good to check in.  The only other (Dutch) requirement was for printing and signing three documents (a health declaration, a vaccination declaration and a quarantine exception declaration).
  • Flying back to the UK – again, not too challenging as a result of being fully vaccinated.  Just needed to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and commit to doing a Day 2 test, even though I would be transferring onto a flight to the US on the following day.  Apparently, there should be a transit option, but I couldn’t find it!
  • Flying to the US – over and above being vaccinated, I needed an antigen test within 24 hours.  That mean that it was safer for me to do two separate tests, when previously I might have just used one (if it was according to the previous rules of within 3 days). I had some left over tests from Chronomics, so I didn’t need to order any more.  The only other (US) requirement was for printing and signing an attestation document.
  • Domestic AA travel – nothing required.
  • Flying back home – no longer any requirement for a return test in support of my JFK-LHR flight, another PLF and a commitment to do another Day 2 test.

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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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