What is Seat Pitch on a Commercial Airplane?

November 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

Have you ever wondered why some airline seats have more legroom between them than others? This is largely affected by seat pitch – the distance from a point on your set to the same point on the seat in front of you. Seat back thickness can also affect the amount of legroom. Seat width also adds to comfort. If you want to check this out before purchasing your ticket, go to Seat Guru to compare.

Mobile Passport Control App

October 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

The US Customs and Border Protection recently approved the use of an app called Mobile Passport Control to expedite entry process into the US after traveling abroad. This free app is downloadable to your smartphone or tablet and can be currently used at 24 US airports and Port Everglades in Florida. Once you land, you simply input your specific trip information and answer certain questions thereby replacing completion of the typical Declarations form then look for the specific fast lane for Mobile Passport Control at one of these participating airports: Mobile Passport Control.

Not Showing up for Your Flight Can Have Severe Penalties

September 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

Ever just decide to skip one leg of your flight, over sleep, or have car trouble on the way to the airport and miss your flight? If you want to keep the rest of your flights in tact and avoid costly penalties, you MUST contact the airline before your scheduled departure time in order to avoid the ramifications of their No Show policy. Most domestic and international airlines have a No Show policy which allows them to cancel ALL your remaining flights with NO value for re-booking. In addition, most airlines charge a No Show penalty and you are subject to current fares when re-booking your flights.

Can I Still Travel With My Electronics on International Flights?

August 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

This question has been a moving target since March, but the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy for electronics entering the US.  As of June 28th, all airlines with inbound flights to the US are required to implement stricter measures for screening carry-on and checked baggage as well as vetting passengers before they board.  If they don’t meet the new standards, they are subject to the laptop ban currently in place for nine airlines from eight countries, or even have their airline certificate revoked disallowing entry into the US.

What does this mean to you as the traveler?  You should allow more time to go through security at international airports (3 hours) as airports and airlines work through the new procedures.  Be prepared to see more bomb-sniffing dogs, have your laptop or tablet checked by an agent and see new scanner equipment.

More About Tracking Your Luggage

July 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

Until “permanent” bag tags are available and universally recognized at all airports, there are a number of electronic devices available to minimize worry and keep track of your luggage while traveling.  This article may help you find the best solution for you: 10 Best Smart Luggage Trackers, courtesy of Anya Jones.

Take the Mystery Out of Tipping When Traveling Abroad

June 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

Unsure of how much to tip for services such as porters, taxis, dining and guides while traveling in a foreign country? This article from Conde Nast Traveler is one of the most comprehensive summaries I have found and may help on your next journey: Your Guide to Tipping Around the World

Which US Trusted Traveler Program is Right for You?

May 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

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

Awesome New Feature with Google Maps

March 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

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

Checking Through a US Airport Faster

February 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

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.

How Are Economy Class Fares Changing?

January 15th, 2017 / blog / 0 comments

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.