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Posted: Sunday, February 28, 2021. 6:32 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: As of Thursday, this week, American Airlines is allowing AAdvantage members to redeem air miles for COVID-19 tests, Simple Flying reports.

The company is working with LetsGetChecked, a direct-to-consumer at-home health testing business, to provide at-home COVID-19 testing kits for 12,000 miles, at a cost of US$109.

As of Friday, American Airlines customers will also be able to access the VeriFLY upgraded multi-passenger authentication capability.

To qualify, you must: a) be a member of AAdvantage; b) have a spare 12,000 miles, and c) order the testing kits at least 10 business days before departure. The test kits cannot be redeemed online. Rather, you’ll need to call the AAdvantage Customer Service Center.

The LetsGetChecked COVID-19 test incorporates a nasal swab at-home. The test is sent into the lab for PCR analysis. Typically, a test result comes through within 48 hours of receipt. The test is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved under emergency use authorization provisions. It facilitates access into any U.S. city, state, or territory with COVID-19 travel restrictions.

At the same time, American Airlines is upgrading its VeriFLY mobile health passport capabilities. VeriFLY styles the app as a mobile health “passport.” It’s a digital wallet that allows passengers to store COVID-19 documentation and certificates, among other things. Developed by software business, Daon, American Airlines began incorporating VeriFLY into its systems in January.

Belize is among the countries that recognizes LetsGetChecked COVID-19 tests, though the provision as of today Sunday is that a negative must be produced at least four days in advance of arrival rather than three.

LetsGetChecked COVID-19 tests and VeriFLY are accepted across the entire American Airlines U.S. domestic network. That includes those states with COVID-19 travel restrictions in place.

 

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