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Which US Trusted Traveler Program is Right for You? 15 May 2017

Have you been considering applying for a Trusted Traveler program but not sure which one is right for your type of travel, if any?  This helpful Homeland Security website summarizes and compares each of the programs for you.  Go to:  Trusted Traveler Programs

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Awesome New Feature with Google Maps 15 Mar 2017

Google Maps just introduced their new Lists Feature that lets you save places you would like to visit on maps for easy reference.  This could be as simple as organizing all the sushi restaurants or wine bars you want to try in your hometown or restaurants to consider while traveling.  This blog explains how simple it is:  Creating Lists with Google Maps

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Checking Through a US Airport Faster 15 Feb 2017

Would you like to minimize your time transitioning through or checking in at a US airport?  A privately operated service called Clear is being expanded to four more major airport hubs in the US – Atlanta, LaGuardia, JFK & LAX.  This will considerably boost its existing service in 17 airports.  As opposed to TSA Pre-Check which expedites the security screening process at many US airports, Clear expedites your identity verification process.  Simply bypass the line and go to a kiosk for fingerprint or eye scan recognition, then go to the front of the line for security screening (or TSA Pre-Check line if you also have that service or Global Entry).  Clear comes with a hefty price tag, $179 per year so it may not be for everyone.  Check it out at:  Clear.

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How Are Economy Class Fares Changing? 15 Jan 2017

In order to obtain the lowest possible airfare, you will likely have to give up on more conveniences. Starting this year, United Airlines is introducing Basic Economy Class that will lack advance seat assignment, put you at the end of the line for boarding and have stricter carry-on bag limits. If your main concern is just getting to your destination, then this may be the fare for you.

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Is Premium Economy Seating Worth the Extra Cost? 15 Nov 2016

Up until now, Premium Economy seating on US airlines (also known as Main Cabin Extra, Economy Plus, etc. depending on the airline) has offered very little more than a better location and sometimes extra legroom and has not even been available on international flights, but that is changing in 2017 with American Airlines. Their new 787-9 aircraft has a separate cabin for Premium Economy offering a 2-3-2 configuration with footrests, more legroom, free alcohol, better meals and noise-reducing headphones – very similar to what many international carriers have been offering for a while. They will begin this service with routes to Madrid and Sao Paolo but will be expanding it quickly. Delta Airlines is expected to follow suit. Pricing is not yet determined but is expected to be several hundred dollars more than Economy, and considerably less than Business Class.

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