American Airlines and the government of Chile are partnering to offer customers access to VeriFLY, a new mobile app designed to help travelers understand coronavirus (COVID-19) documentation requirements and enable them to securely store and display their test results digitally. In addition, the airline is the first to provide customers traveling to South America with a convenient at-home testing option through LetsGetChecked. Travelers to the U.S. Virgin Islands will also be able to take advantage of the at-home testing option in December.
Since American announced its preflight COVID-19 testing program in October, the airline has continued to expand customer access to its at-home testing partner, LetsGetChecked, now available for all of the carrier’s flights to Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia and the Hawaiian Islands.
“As we continue to reopen travel throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, we have been looking for ways to simplify our customers’ travel experience. Our preflight testing program and our recently launched mobile app trial are essential tools that will help our customers return to the skies,” said Juan Carlos Liscano, Vice President of Operations for Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America. “American is the leading U.S. airline in the region and we are committed to helping restart travel and tourism in the countries we serve.”
Mobile app trial expansion
American recently announced a partnership with a new mobile wellness wallet solution, VeriFLY, from the identity assurance leader Daon. The app is designed to help travelers easily understand COVID-19 requirements for their destination and streamline airport check-in through digital verification to ensure customers have completed those requirements.
Beginning Dec. 7, customers traveling between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Santiago, Chile (SCL) will have the opportunity to test the new solution at no cost by creating a secure profile and confirming details for their trip. The app can be utilized on both ends of the travel journey for seamless verification. The app was initially available for customers traveling to Jamaica.
“It is incredibly valuable that airlines are innovating with new technology to adapt to the demands of a new way of doing tourism, helping encourage the reactivation of international travel, especially at a time when Chile is opening its borders,” said Andrea Wolleter, National Director of Chile’s National Tourism Service (SERNATUR). “Today we are promoting responsible and safe tourism through the adoption of protocols which now provide a better travel experience, helping simplify procedures while respecting health security measures.”
LetsGetChecked available for Chile and US Virgin Islands
American is also expanding its partnership with LetsGetChecked to give more customers access to at-home PCR testing with observation by a medical professional via virtual visit.
Customers traveling to Chile will have access to preflight COVID-19 testing on flights beginning Dec. 7. Testing must be complete within 72 hours of departure.
For travel beginning Dec. 9, customers traveling from the U.S. to the U.S. Virgin Islands will have access to the testing program on the following flights. Testing must be complete within five days of departure.
- Flights to Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas from American’s hubs in Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA), Chicago (ORD) and Philadelphia (PHL).
- Flights to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) in St. Croix from CLT and MIA.
“The U.S. Virgin Islands is pleased to announce its participation in the preflight COVID-19 testing program offered by American Airlines through LetsGetChecked. Through this initiative, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to keeping our residents and visitors safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands. “This easy-to-use, at-home solution adds another layer of protection and confidence for those traveling to the Territory, allowing them to focus on their unique reasons for choosing the USVI.”