This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about a little-known US entry requirement, win free trips to Tulum, Mexico or Provence, France, IHG’s 6,000 hotels milestone, United, Chase and Visa celebrate Pride Month.
Australian traveler strip-searched, held in US prison and deported over little-known entry requirement
An Australian traveler was denied entry to the US, cavity searched, sent to prison alongside criminals and subsequently deported 30 hours after arriving, due to a little-known entry requirement for the US.
The Victorian student Jack Dunn applied for a visa waiver for his trip to the US in May and planned to travel on to Mexico. He had been warned about the need to prove his plan to exit the US, but was unaware of the rule that requires those entering on the waiver to have booked either a return flight or onward travel to a country that does not border the US.
“Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), applicants must have a round-trip ticket that would transport the traveler out of the United States to any other foreign port or place as long as the trip does not terminate in contiguous territory or an adjacent island; except that the round-trip ticket may transport the traveler to contiguous territory or an adjacent island, if the traveler is a resident of the country of destination,” a CBP spokesman said.
Provence Rosé Group celebrates the upcoming National Rosé Day with a contest to win a trip of a lifetime in Provence. The winner will enjoy luxurious accommodations for two people for four days and three nights including breakfast, receive a flight credit of $1,000, along with: Dinner at Michelin Star Restaurant – Jardin de Berne at Château de Berne, Dinner at Ultimate Provence, Dinner at Château St Roux, and enjoy VIP wine tours at the three Estates. Guests can enter starting on June 11, 2022 (National Rosé Day) when the contest opens. Go on the contest form link and simply fill it out. The winner will be announced by on the Estate Instagram pages on September 5, 2022.
IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, is celebrating 6,000 open hotels by unveiling the ‘6,000 Club’ and announcing partnerships with major sports and entertainment events. The 6,000 Club features a collection of stunning newly opened hotels from IHG’s iconic portfolio, showcasing the global reach of its 17 brands and the many ways its hotel teams delight owners and guests by delivering True Hospitality for Good, every day.
This Pride Month, United Airlines, Chase and Visa are teaming up to reward cardmembers who donate to select non-profit organizations that celebrate and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. From June 1-June 30, 2022, United MileagePlus® Cardmembers will earn five total miles for every dollar (up to $1,000 per eligible card) donated to the following organizations:
- The Trevor Project: The world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people.
- The Human Rights Campaign: The largest LGBTQ+ advocacy and civil rights organization in the United States, the Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are ensured equality and are embraced as full members of society in every environment.
- StartOut: A nonprofit organization, founded in 2009, dedicated to increasing the number, diversity and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs while amplifying their stories to drive economic empowerment of the community.
The sweepstakes will take one lucky couple to Mexico for six nights at the Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya, a resort in Quintana Roo with incredible views, five pools, a luxury spa and more. The winning couple will enjoy a 6-night-stay with an ocean-view, two 30-minute spa massages, complimentary breakfast and dinner and more, for a five-thousand-dollar value.