Flight Blog

 

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Travelling during an pandemic is inadvisable, and we appreciate everyone doing their part to maintain social distancing and follow stay-at-home orders.

But if staying home all the time has you daydreaming of a time when you can travel again, we’ve got some advice for taking advantage of low airfare and great deals for future travel. While situations may change between now and the holidays or travel season 2021, those willing to book future travel today may experience lesser risk and higher rewards!

Planning a trip now is a cost-effective choice. Airlines are currently offering some of the cheapest airfare in nearly 20 years. While most airlines aren’t currently advertising their sales, a ticket to your dream destination is likely less than half the usual cost.

However, you’ll likely be better off booking directly through airlines than through third-party sites. Most airlines have instituted new “peace of mind” change and cancel waiver programs to give travelers flexibility in altering their plans, but some of these offers may not be backed up by third party sites.

Many airlines have also extended expiration dates on credits from the standard 12 month “use by date” to 24 months from the date of issuance. There’s much less pressure to use it or lose it, so you can plan your next trip at your leisure, and if you still feel uncomfortable traveling come autumn and winter this year, you’ll be able to cancel tickets and have more than a year left to apply credits to future travel.

If you’re still wary of committing to anything too far in advance, there’s an option for you, too. Many airline-affiliated credit cards are offering welcome bonuses and additional miles; for example, cardholders can spend $3,000 on a card within three months and earn up to 60,000 miles. Since the IRS filing deadline for taxes has been pushed out til June, you may even be able to make progress toward your miles by paying your taxes with a credit card. That way, you can have miles on hand when you are ready to book a flight!

Whether you’re looking forward to a time when you can visit family again or take a trip to your dream destination, booking flights now is a great option to consider. Once squarantines are lifted, whenever you’re ready to take the leap and travel again, we will be here, ready to serve as your connection to the world.
 


 

Springfield residents are proud to say our town has a vibrant local arts scene, as well as a prestigious museum filled with art exhibits originating from all over the world. While under quarantine, though, a lack of access to this inspiring work can feel like a blow to our collective well-being. Luckily, there’s no shortage of access to virtual works of art all around the world. We’ve rounded up a few links below for when you’re looking to get a little inspiration from all over.

 

 

The famous Louvre Museum is offering virtual tours of multiple exhibitions and galleries. Explore the Petite Galerie’s exhibition "The Advent of the Artist" to view works by Eugène Delacroix, Rembrandt and Tintoretto, or virtually walk through the remains of the Louvre’s moat. 

Literature lovers with an eye for art may be interested to learn more about the literary preferences of van Gogh in “Which books did Vincent van Gogh Read?” The Google Arts & Culture presentation walks viewers through the famous paintings inspired by van Gogh’s favorite novels, his sense of humor, and his morals.

If architecture and astrology interest you, visit Google Arts and Culture’s Incredible India section, and navigate to the Jantar Mantar Observatory showcase, Dehli’s outdoor astronomical observatory.

Those with an interest in how fashion plays a part in culture and art should check out “Maracatu and the Alagoas Warrior: Afro-Brazilian Festivities”, hosted by the Afro Brasil Museum. Visit the museum’s Google Arts and Culture page for a wide selection of work celebrating the art, heritage, and accomplishments of Africans and Afro-Brazilians.  

For more modern art from the other side of the globe, virtually visit the National Gallery of Victoria and take a 3D tour of their “Japanese Modernism” Exhibit, featuring major works by young female, large-scale paintings by young Japanese artists, color prints, fashion, glassware, street posters, magazines and graphic design.

For many more of the world’s historic arts and culture pieces you may find interesting, take a look at the London-based Museum of the World. Their interactive timeline of the museum’s collection, organized into categories like “Living and Dying,” “Power and Identity,” and “Religion and Belief,” features pieces from all across the world, dating all the way back to 2,000,000 BC.

Looking for some guidance with your own artistic endeavors? Be sure to follow the Springfield Regional Arts Council on Facebook for guided portraiture, painting, dream journaling sessions, and more. And of course, follow Springfield-Branson National Airport on Facebook to stay informed about your options when it’s safe to travel again, and let us serve as your connection to the world.

 

 


 

In times of turmoil, communities across the world and close-to-home come together to take care of each other. For those families taking care of kids, some extra care and resources may be necessary. We’ve compiled a list of local and online resources and activities for families in Springfield, to help keep our local youth safe, secure, and creatively stimulated while staying at home.

 

 

Local Resources:
Springfield Public Schools, while closed for the duration of the stay-home order, are offering free breakfast and lunch for kids Monday through Friday. A full list of locations and more information is available at the SPS website. Several locally owned businesses are offering free meals for kids as well. Be sure to check with your favorite local restaurant for their options.
The Springfield Discovery Center is offering childcare for healthcare workers and their families. They’re also fundraising to offer free childcare through the STEM Education for All fund. To sign up or donate, visit the Discovery Center’s website.

Online Resources:
Explaining the concept of an epidemic and why we need to quarantine can be difficult for parents and guardians of young children. If you need guidance on how to address your child’s concerns, the Child Mind Institute suggests talking openly and honestly, avoid reinforcing frightening fantasies, and reassure them by maintaining a routine and focusing on what your family can do to stay safe. Visit their site for more advice, or check out advice from the NY Times or NPR.
Of course, while quarantining, kids are still learning and growing. If your children need additional guidance with mathematics, Khan Academy offers online classes. For those struggling with reading, Progressive Phonics offers free progressively sequenced books online or to print out. Modulo offers even more modular home-based learning and is free of charge for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Online Activities:
During this time of uncertainty, it could benefit kids to learn about stillness and focus. Headspace for kids teaches children centering and breathing exercises that will benefit them in times of turmoil and in the long-term. If they need a more physical outlet, Cosmic Kids Yoga offers a free YouTube catalogue and additional content on their app, and Chase Dance Company offers a sizeable library of prerecorded beginner ballet, contemporary dance, and acrobatics classes for kids on YouTube as well.

Local Activities:
While social distancing, families aren’t confined to their homes constantly. While staying home to limit social interaction is encouraged, kids and adults alike benefit from fresh air and sunshine. At this time, rather than visiting a park or playground where close contact can be tough to avoid, families can check out our local trails and go for walks or even bike rides. Visit springfieldmo.org/trails for a full list of options in the area. 

We appreciate everyone in our community doing their best to stop the spread by staying home. When the quarantine and stay-at-home orders are lifted, we look forward to serving Springfield families and visitors as your connection to the world once again.