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In a bid to provide a higher quality of service and enhance appeal to passengers, many US airline carriers are offering testing programs to make travel easier.

With the absence of a vaccine being widely rolled out, testing for COVID-19 has practically become the rule of thumb for travel. Many states and countries are opening their borders for those that are able to obtain negative COVID-19 results. 

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Here’s a look at what some US carriers are currently offering in regards to COVID-19 testing:

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has partnered with multiple testing providers to offer COVID-19 testing for those requiring it to travel, with options of in-person appointment, at-home and drive-thru. 

The testing providers include Carbon Health, Costco, and various partners across the country. 

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Carbon Health offers in-person testing at select locations on the west coast, while providing results on the same or next day. Alaska passengers will get a discounted rate, ranging from $135 – $170. Carbon Health currently has airport locations in Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN) and San Jose (SJC).

Alaska Airlines has also partnered with Costco to offer at-home testing kits. The kits are available for travelers above the age of 5, are delivered via UPS overnight delivery and are administered via video observation. Results are delivered within 24-48 hours after dropping samples off at UPS, and can be ordered from Costco online for $139.99.

For full information, please visit Alaska Airlines website.

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American Airlines

American Airlines is providing COVID-19 testing for select destinations, including but not limited to Hawaii, the Caribbean, and domestic US travel. 

The airlines has partnered with LetsGetChecked to offer at-home test kits with an estimated 48-hour turnaround time, at a cost of $129.

American Airlines has also partnered with CareNow to offer in-person testing with locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, with onsite rapid testing at DFW airport.

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American flyers can also download the VeriFLY app to upload their test results and forms to streamline the check-in process, offered for select destinations.  

For more information, please visit American Airlines website.

Delta Airlines

At this time, Delta is not providing general testing options for passengers. Although, the airlines has launched quarantine-free travel programs for travel to Rome and Amsterdam in which they are offering testing services.

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Hawaiian Airlines

The airline has partnered with Vault Health to provide at-home testing kits for passengers for $119 with a 48-72 hour waiting period for results. Loyal Hawaiian customers also have the option to receive the test kit free of charge in exchange for points

The test uses a saliva sample and is taken under supervision via video call, and will need to be dropped off at a UPS location once completed.

Hawaiian Airlines has also partnered with Worksite Labs to provide drive-through testing for $90 for customers in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.

For those in locations in which Hawaiian’s drive-through testing is not available, the airline is providing trusted testing locations in each departure city for passengers to review.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue has also partnered with Vault Health to provide at-home testing kits for passengers. The tests may be purchased for $119 and results are provided within 48-72 hours.

The test uses a saliva sample and is taken under supervision via video call, and will need to be dropped off at a UPS location once completed.

United Airlines

United Airlines is offering various testing programs for its customers. For United customers traveling out of Houston Intercontinental to Latin America and the Caribbean, mail-in COVID-19 tests administered by ADL Health are offered for $119.

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For those traveling to Hawaii, United is offering mail-in testing for customers traveling from mainland U.S or Alaska for $119. 

United passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco have the option of travel-day testing at the airport for $250 or drive-through testing up to 72 hours prior for $105. 

Beginning December 21, United will offer airport testing for travelers to Hawaii departing from Denver and New York/Newark for $200. A 10% discount is offered at New York/Newark if the test is taken a day before travel. 

For more information, please visit United Airlines website.

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