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An old-time major league pitcher once said he worried about only two types of batter — righthanders and lefthanders. It's the same with airports: Only two kinds of airports present hostile environments: origin and destination. As I covered previously, origin airports are often the worst, but destination airports present their challenges, as well. You can't avoid all of them, but you can avoid some of the worst problems.

Capital One and Chase both just announced that they're entering the airport lounge business. Capital One will start with locations in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Washington/Dulles; Chase at Boston; both probably opening in 2022, and both programs planned for additional big-airport locations. These big card issuers follow American Express, which already operates Centurion and American Express Lounges at 27 big airports worldwide and plans for a handful more.

"May you live in interesting times" is an ancient Chinese curse probably composed by an English gentleman in maybe 1898. Regardless of the quip's provenance, today is certainly "interesting times" for the airline business. As you plan your increasingly likely summer or fall trip, you need to take heed of a few key developments.

If you travel at all this summer, chances are most of you will be confined to the U.S., and many off those will be hitting big cities. Yes, you can find pricey private sightseeing tours almost anywhere, but some U.S. cities offer public transit trips on spectacular routes that are a lot less expensive, offering flexible schedules, and avoiding extended stops at cheap souvenir shops.

Lisa Roth grew up in an artistic family. Her surgeon father was also an actor, her mother was a sculptor and her older brother, David Lee Roth, was the frontman for Van Halen. After a career as a nutritionist, Lisa Roth co-founded “Rockabye Baby,” which licenses music by artists such as the Beatles, Nirvana and U2 and reinvents them as gorgeous lullabies. Of her own childhood, the Pasadena-based Roth fondly recalled trips with her family. “I remember taking the train from Boston to Miami to visit my grandparents when I was four,” she said. “We stayed in a hotel with a huge pool, which was all very exciting. I clearly remember climbing out of the pool with a tummy ache, climbing into my mother’s arms and throwing up into the front pocket of her polka dot, terry cloth coverup. It was a perfect aim and a great trip.”

COVID-19 still dominates the travel news. The latest wrinkle in domestic travel is that New York State is requiring travelers from a state designated as having "significant community spread" must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of travel from the designated area. Connecticut and New Jersey have also signed onto parts of the program. The 19 states currently designated for this treatment are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin, subject to adjustment as the virus situation changes. Check coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/06/interimguidance_traveladvisory.pdf for details.

With much of the world "re-opening," to varying degrees, you're probably thinking about what the post-virus travel environment will look like. Although my crystal ball is definitely low-res, I can see a few possible items of interest for your immediate consideration.

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