American Airlines Will Provide At-Home Covid Tests for $129
American Airlines has announced that all domestic passengers will now have access to an at-home COVID-19 test prior to departure. American has expanded the preflight testing program Tuesday for all of its flights to U.S. destinations, including Puerto Rico, in a bid to boost domestic travel. Many countries around the world, and several states in the U.S. require a negative test in order to avoid quarantines.
“We’ve made great strides to help open international travel with our testing partners, and we recognize the need for similar domestic travel solutions,” Alison Taylor, American Airlines chief customer officer, said in a statement. “As travel requirements continue to quickly evolve, we’re simplifying the research and COVID-19 testing fulfillment process for an overall more seamless travel experience.”
States, cities and territories with travel restrictions include Alaska; Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Hawaii; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New York; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island and Vermont.
How it Works
The test are not free, and will not be included in the price of your ticket. You will have to pay $129 for the convenience of doing the test from home. You first order your kit online from LetsGetChecked. Before you activate your kit, schedule a UPS pickup for your sample(s). This can be done online or over the phone by calling 1-800-742-5877. Keep in mind that UPS pickup service does not operate on a Sunday.
Then you need to activate your test. You will complete a quick and easy activation step on LetsGetChecked.com, where you will be asked a few health-related questions. Some destinations will require you to join an observation call with a LetsGetChecked care professional to confirm your identity and observe your sample collection.
You collect your lower nasal sample from home and return your sample as soon as possible, using the prepaid UPS label provided in your kit. Samples collected on a Monday to Saturday should be returned via UPS on the same day. You then receive your results within 48 hours. You can see more details, and place your order here.