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American/US Airways Merger – What Does This Mean? 15 Jan 2014

How will the recent American Airlines/US Airways impact your travel?  At the present time, they will continue to operate as two separate airlines with two separate mileage or loyalty programs.  US Airways will leave Star Alliance on March 30, 2014, however, and join American’s alliance at OneWorld. If you are a US Airways frequent flyer, this may impact which airlines you fly as the partner airlines will change.  For more details, you may want to visit their website at http://www.aa.com/i18n/findYourWay/faqs.jsp#8.

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TIPPING GUIDELINES WORLDWIDE 15 Dec 2013

Have you ever been unsure how much to tip for services while traveling abroad? Or whether you are expected to tip at all? If you have a smartphone, you can download a free app called GlobeTipping by Ivan Karpan & Evenly Lebed that has an easy calculator to use as well as information by country. If you don’t have a smartphone, give us a call and we will be happy to provide you information for the areas in which you will be traveling.

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PUTTING AIRLINE TICKETS “ON HOLD” 15 Nov 2013

Purchasing airline tickets can be frustrating as the cost is often a moving target. The U.S. Department of Transportation now mandates that US airline carriers allow consumers to put a flight “on hold” without fear of a price increase for up to 24 hours OR cancel within 24 hours for a full refund. The purchase has to be at least seven days prior to departure and must be made directly with the airline. Currently, American Airlines is the only US airline that allows you to hold a flight for 24 hours without cost; others have opted for a free 24-hour cancellation period.

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LEASE OR RENT A CAR WHILE TRAVELING ABROAD? 15 Oct 2013

Did you know that you can lease a brand-new car while driving in some foreign countries?  If you plan to drive for an extended period of time (typically 2 1/2 weeks or longer), you may be able to lease versus rent your car.  This can save you considerable money, is easy to do, and you get to experience a new vehicle.  Call us today to see if this may be a good fit for your next driving vacation.

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TSA PRE-CHECK PROGRAM 15 Sep 2013

Want to save time when going through security at airports?  You may be eligible for the TSA Pre-Check program.  If you are a frequent flyer with a US airline, you may be invited to apply for this program through them; several major airlines are already offering this service.  In the near future, you will also be able to apply online at TSA Pre-Check.  A passport is not required, but a $85 enrollment fee will be charged.

Not only does TSA Pre-Check allow you to go through a designated screening lane (at airports where available), but benefits also includenot having to remove your shoes, laptop, jacket, belt or plastic bag for liquids.  Kind of like the “good old days,” remember?

If you have already applied and been approved for one of the international programs such as Global Entry, Nexus or Sentri programs (requires passport), you automatically qualify for TSA Pre-Check in airports where it is available.  As mentioned in July, you can apply for Global Entry at www.globalentry.gov.
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