Are you getting the best airline prices when you search the internet? Some carriers don't allow some search engines to publish their airfare. Delta and Southwest control over 35 percent of US domestic air travel and may not show up in your search. For example CheapOAir does not list Delta or Southwest flights. Southwest only publishes airfare on it's own site or commercial sites. Delta is sharing with many search engines, but not with CheapOAir, Hipmunk, Hopper, JustFly,Skyscanner, or Trip Advisor. Be careful when you complete your search. If you frequently take Delta or Southwest, you may just want to check their sites.
CLEAR is a new airport technology that lets travelers jump to the head of security queues, using fingerprint and iris scans to confirm the passengers identity. Now 11 different airports in the US: Orlando, Denver, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston Bush, San Antonio, Los Vegas, and San Fran, have the technology with it being added to LA, JFK, Atlanta, and LaGuardia this year.
People enrolled in CLEAR have their own separate lane for identity verification where fingerprints and eye scans are done at a kiosk rather than with a TSA agent. After your identity is checked, then you go to security screening, bypassing everyone waiting in line.
If you are enrolled in TSA Precheck, you'll be taken directly to the PreCheck line. Children less than 18 can use CLEAR free when traveling with a paid member.
To use CLEAR you must first enroll online, then visit an airport location where your identity is verified and your bio-metrics recorded. You can do this quickly at a CLEAR location with no appointment, and your access card is then shipped to you within five days.
Keep in mind CLEAR is not a substitute for TSA PreCheck. You still have to go through regular security even if you have CLEAR unless you also are a PreCheck Member.
CLEAR works with any airline and PreCheck only works with participating ones. They do not work with budget airlines such as Frontier, Spirit, or Allegiant, or foreign carriers except Air Canada.
CLEAR membership is $179/year with an additional $50/ family member. Also the VISA Signature Program offers six months of free CLEAR and $60 off the $179 annual rate when you renew your membership. Delta Sky Miles membership reduces it to between $79 and $99/yr.
CLEAR is more expensive than PreCheck which is $85 for 5 years and it is only available at a limited number of airports. But it may become more available as other technology products have. In only a few years the technology to make this happened has matured.http://www.PetersonTravelPros.com
How long you will have to wait in lines at the airport this holiday season is a mystery, but some things are being done to speed up the lines.
One of them is automated lanes, commonly used in Europe, Canada and elsewhere, have just opened at American and United checkpoints at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and are in the works at other big hubs such as Newark, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth. They have multiple places for travelers to load trays for X-ray screening, so one slow passenger doesn’t delay everyone. If a suspicious item is detected, bins are automatically diverted to secondary screening instead of stopping the X-ray belt and waiting for an officer. Early tests in Atlanta show a 20% to 30% boost in items going through the scanner.
TSA is also optimistic about continued enrollment in PreCheck, where trusted travelers can leave liquids and laptops in bags and go through metal detectors with shoes on. The speedier screening helps shorten lines for travelers who haven’t enrolled in the program, which costs $85 for five years if you sign up through TSA or $100 for five years if you enroll in Customs and Border Protection Global Entry, which also speeds up time crossing into the U.S. at the border.
TSA now has about four million people enrolled in PreCheck. Another six million have access through other government trusted-traveler programs. Still, 10 million is below TSA’s original goal of 25 million. Applications peaked at 19,000 a day in June and now average about 6,000 a day. Airlines and credit-card companies have offered enrollment deals, such as using miles to cover the fee. TSA plans more advertising this fall.
The goal now is to get 50% to 60% of the daily traveling population in PreCheck. TSA is now at only 25% to 30% now. Some people who fall into certain categories—travel the same route repeatedly and don’t fall into high-risk groups based on past travel, for example—get PreCheck even though they haven’t signed up. However, if you want PreCheck every time, you better sign up.
It's nice to know that Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is upgrading many things.
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Do you have too many credit cards with air miles attached and can't keep track of how many miles each one has and when the points expire?
If you don't use them, you will lose your miles. Each airline has a different time limit. If American, Hawaiian, and United Airlines accounts have no activity for 18 months, miles will expire. Alaska requires some form of activity within 24 months, while Southwest specifically mentions fliers must earn points by flying within 24 months to remain active. Air Canada is less generous; Aeroplan accounts expire after 12 months of zero activity, and Avios (British Airways and Iberia) points expire after 36 months of no activity. Delta and JetBlue miles never expire—although they reserve the right to close an account if a member does not respond after repeated communication.
Here are some ideas to keep your miles from expiring:
This is a great way to stay organized if you have multiple accounts.
Flights from the Istanbul airport resumed as of 2:20 a.m. local time on 6/29/2016, ABC News reports, although the international arrivals area remained closed. While as many as one third of scheduled flights have been canceled, with many others delayed, Turkish Airlines said that flight operations have resumed, and flights between Turkey and the U.S. are running again.
The attack marks the second terrorist incident in an Istanbul tourist area this summer. A car bomb struck the historic Beyazit Square neighborhood earlier this month.
Travel to the city is down 43.7 percent this summer versus last year, according to a study released by Allianz Global Assistance in late May.. Travel to Europe overall was up 9.3 percent in that study.
Business trips pose two primary challenges for light packers: looking professional without toting half your wardrobe, and bringing only the most essential gadgets to get the job done.
Unless it's a particularly lengthy trip, you can usually get by with a single neutral-colored suit that can be mixed and matched with different shirts, ties and/or accessories. For example, a woman can wear the same pair of black suit pants for a daytime meeting (pair with a button-down shirt and jacket) and for dinner out (substitute a flowing wrap for the jacket and add earrings or other jewelry to dress up the look). By sticking to neutral colors, you should also be able to keep yourself to a single pair of dress shoes. If you're bringing a blazer or jacket, wear it on the plane to free up space in your carry-on.
iPads and other tablets have helped lighten the load of the business traveler considerably by providing an alternative to bulkier laptops. Don't have a tablet? If it's a short trip, you may be able to get by simply with a smartphone and a trip or two to your hotel's business center or computer kiosk.
If you are attending a conference: Forget about lugging all those folders and freebies you received on the trade show floor. Go through them the night before your departure and pack only what you really need or want. If you still don't have room in your carry-on, have your hotel mail the remaining goodies back to your office.
Rules for Carry-Ons
Here are a few rules of thumb:
1. Limit yourself to two pairs of shoes and two pairs of pants, and wear the heavier items on the plane.
2. Don't pack more than a week's worth of clothes. For longer trips, plan to do laundry along the way.
3. Pack only garments that can be color-coordinated with everything else in your travel wardrobe. If it doesn't work in multiple outfits, leave it at home.
4. Every little bit of space helps. Forget about those "just in case" items you could easily buy in your destination.
5. Many travelers swear by compression bags (also known as Space Bags) to help save precious space -- but keep in mind that they won't help you stay within airline weight limits. (Some carriers do weigh carry-ons.)
6. Maximize your personal item. In addition to a carry-on bag, airlines allow you to bring a personal item such as a purse or laptop bag. I generally bring a small backpack, which can hold a lot more than a purse but will still fit easily under the seat in front of me.
7. Roll your clothes instead of folding them -- it minimizes wrinkles and maximizes space. It might help you save space or a combination of folding and rolling works well.
Locks on Zippered Suitcases are Useless
Don't bother to lock zippered suitcases. You can pop a zipper with a pen and drag the locked zipper pulls around the bag to close them back up. TSA also pops the lock if you have questionable content in your suitcase.
Bring Your Own Headphones
The headsets that are given to you are not new, despite being wrapped up. They are taken off the flight, “cleaned”, and then packaged again.
Remove Old Flight Tags
It is just common sense; the reason some bags miss their flight or get misrouted is because passengers don't remove old tags. It confuses handlers as well as the conveyor belt scanners.
Be Kind to Employees
The nicer you are to them, the more they do for you. Ran out of beef? Ask politely and we will get you a fillet mignon from first class. Is your neighbor noisy? Tell the flight attendant nicely, and they might be able to get you a better seat.
Be nice to the ticket agent and they will pretty much always let you get away with overweight bags.
Buy and Fly on a Tuesday
On average, the cheapest time to BUY a ticket is Tuesday afternoon. The cheapest time to FLY is Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday. This applies to US flights in my experience. Of course, there are some exceptions.
Put Your Pet’s Name on the Carrier
If you checked your dog there's about a 30 percent chance it's terrified before it even gets on the plane, who knows how scared it gets during the actual flight. Bag room agents will usually try to comfort a scared animal, but all they can really do is talk to it, so if you write your pet's name on their carrier it usually helps a lot.
After terror attacks in Brussels, the State Department issued a broad alert for travel across Europe that was slated to expire on June 20.
However, on Tuesday, the State Department announced a new alert that expires on August 31. Please note that the large number of tourists visiting Europe this summer present "greater targets" for terrorists planning attacks in public locations.
The State Department urges U.S. citizens to exercise vigilance in public places and when using mass transportation.
The alert specifically references several key events: the Euro Cup, hosted in France June 10–July 10; the Tour de France, from July 2–24; and the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day, which will draw an anticipated 2.5 million visitors to Krakow, Poland, between July 26 and July 31. The most likely sites are densely populated areas such as transportation, large festivals, religious and sporting events. No country is being singled out.
If you do travel, be aware of your surroundings and avoid crowded places. Crowds are difficult to avoid, especially if on vacation, but you can learn where to stand in the crowd and how to position yourself to limit your vulnerabilities. When you travel, select times when the airport is the least busy.
Everyone wants to save a little on their vacation.
Here are the lesser-known tricks to use to upgrade vacations and still save money on all the vacation basics, including hotels, airfare, attractions, dining and more.
1. Book An Extra Leg of Your Flight
Airline ticket prices aren’t based on distance traveled, but by market demand.
The most direct flight isn't always be your cheapest option. In fact, adding an extra leg to your itinerary that you won’t actually fly can save you tons of money.
Play around with city leg combinations or use Skiplagged.com, a website that does the work for you. However, make sure to book two one-leg trips, instead of two round-trips, as once you don’t complete a section of your booking, the rest typically gets cancelled.
Potential savings: Save up to 80 percent on airfare using this method, according to Skiplagged.
2. Use Free Days and Discounts for Attractions
Many top attractions in cities are free or can be discounted. There are plenty of free museums or at least days where fees are waived. You just have to do your research in advance.
Most parks and outdoor attractions are free, such as Central Park in New York City.
A student ID can also help snag discounts on attractions and possibly even free admission. Even if you’re no longer a student, if it’s not expired, it will work. Some museums also offer teacher discounts so bring your I.D.
3. Upgrade to First Class at the Last Minute
Consider a same day travel upgrade on airfare., and fly first class for as little as $50 more. Buddy up with check-in agents at the airport and see if you can get an low-fee upgrade on your ticket at the time of check-in. Also, ask for a travel upgrade on any connecting flights.
4. Use a Travel Membership Program
By becoming a member of a travel membership program, you can save on everything from rental cars, to cruises, hotels and more. Try the website SnazzyTraveler.com, which has a $99 per-year membership.
5. Be an Airline Club Member for a Day
Instead of paying fees to be an airline club member year-round, join the club for just one day.
This deal can be especially lucrative when traveling as a family. For example, with the American Airlines program, up to three children can upgrade with an adult at no extra charge. American Airlines charges only $50 per person for a one-day pass, she said. This allows the flyer to gain access to club rooms full of free snacks and free WiFi access.
6. Take Advantage of Priceline
A loophole in the “Name Your Own Price” feature on Priceline.com might help you book at a lower price.
You have to enter your credit card information before you bid, and if Priceline accepts it, it automatically charges your credit card a non-refundable booking. When Priceline asks for your credit card information, use a prepaid Visa gift card with a small balance — i.e. $2.
When you bid what you are willing to pay for a room, if Priceline accepts it, it will say it was unable to charge your credit card. Now you can re-bid at a lower rate, and continue doing so until it rejects a bid. Then you know the best possible rate, and you book it at that rate with your real credit card, and not pay a penny more.
7. Travel To A Discounted Location
When determining where to take your next vacation, purposely travel to a location where your dollar will go far.
You would be amazed at how luxurious your travels can get once you travel somewhere your currency stretches far. Even in an economical country, you will still need to do your research. Use Trip Advisor to find the best accommodations.
Holly Hammersmith May 31, 2016