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Forgot ID When You Arrive at the Airport? 13 Oct 2020

Few things are more stressful than arriving at the airport and realizing you left your ID at home.  If you are flying internationally, you will need your passport for sure.  If flying within the US, however, TSA is more lenient if you forget your normal government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license.  Think about what other proof of identity you may have with you such as military ID, Global Entry card, Social Security card, student ID, work-related ID badge, etc.  Are you carrying travel documents (itinerary, confirmations) showing the same name as on your flight tickets?   Having an electronic copy of your passport or driver’s license may help as well.  The decision is ultimately up to the TSA officer being convinced you are the same person as on your tickets but it is worth pursuing – just ask my niece who successfully boarded and flew from Eugene to Reno!

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Are Airlines Really Eliminating Change Fees? 14 Sep 2020

As you know, Southwest Airlines has never charged dreaded change fees but all other domestic airlines have for quite some time.  This all changed in early September when United announced they are eliminating change fees for all domestic flights (except for Basic Economy tickets) AND to Mexico and the Caribbean.  Other large carriers – American, Delta, Alaska and Hawaiian Air have followed suit with some slight policy differences.  This coupled with low fares and greatly improved onboard cleanliness procedures makes for an ideal time to reserve your next vacation!

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News: Jan Acorn, Travel Expert for Reco Travel Program 25 Aug 2020

We are excited to announce that Gateway Destinations owner, Jan Acorn has been selected as a Travel Expert for the upcoming Reco Travel Agent Program. This exciting new platform by TripAdvisor will allow consumers to connect with “travel designers” who will plan and book their trip. These travel experts have extensive knowledge in specific destination areas, which makes them able to tailor the perfect experience for travelers.

 

Jan was selected to be an Expert from over 200 travel agencies throughout the US. She is highly knowledgeable and geared with expertise in specific regions, like Europe. In addition to a travel expert guiding travelers through every step, Reco will have a wide variety of vacation types and special interests for consumers to choose from. This will be the perfect platform to plan your dream getaway.

 

This is an exciting new step for Jan and for Gateway Destinations!

 

Learn more here: https://signaturetravelexperts.com/. and here: https://www.phocuswire.com/Tripadvisor-Reco-travel-agent-platform

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Cancelled Flight or Want to Cancel – What are My Options? 15 Aug 2020

This is a confusing time for travel to say the least, as well as frustrating and disappointing if travel plans need to be cancelled or postponed.  And navigating what to do if airline tickets are involved adds to the confusion.  This article helps you understand your rights as a ticket holder and how each airline’s policy varies:  Major Domestic and International Airline Coronavirus Change and Cancellation Policies

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UPDATE…Where can I travel in the US this summer? 15 Jul 2020

High-density areas should be avoided for obvious reasons including airports, if possible.  What about a road or bicycle trip this summer, or mountain lodge stay?  Updated July 13th, this source for state-by-state guidelines may help you decide where to go: Travel & Leisure.  Or call us! We’re happy to help give you ideas and plan a trip closer to home.
Travel Safely!
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