Archive for Travel Tips

Pre-Registration for European Travel is Coming! 15 Mar 2019

To improve security and illegal immigration, the European Union (consisting of 26 countries) has voted to require travelers from Visa-free nations (such as the U.S.) to register their travel before entering the country beginning in 2021. Technically not a Visa, it functions as one, but can be easily obtained online for a small fee.  Once approved (usually instantly), access is granted for 3 years.  Watch for more information as this date draws near.

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How to Speed Up Going thru Airport Security 15 Feb 2019

Here are some simple tips to help get through airport security quicker:
  • Avoid peak travel times if at all possible (4 – 8 pm Friday & Sunday evenings) and, of course, holidays
  • Wear simple clothing (slip-on shoes, simple or no jewelry) and be prepared to easily remove a jacket or sweater
  • Don’t forget to put liquids in small containers (3.4 oz or less) in a clear, quart-sized bag that can be quickly removed from your carry-on bag
  • Separate electronic items in your carry-on bag so they can be screened more clearly, and be prepared to remove your laptop or tablet from your bag
Most importantly, take the time to apply for TSA Pre-Check (domestic travel) or Global Entry (international travel) – ask us how.
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Want to Fly with your Pet or Emotional Support Animal? 15 Jan 2019

Flying commercially with pets or emotional support animals in the US has, unfortunately, been abused by many people prompting airlines to tighten policies and deny boarding in some cases.  Make sure you know what is allowed for a carry-on animal before check-in as policies vary by airline.  This article has some helpful information and links to airline websites to avoid disappointment on the day of travel: Flying with your pet or emotional support animal?
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Tired of High International Flight Costs? 15 Dec 2018

Did you know that Gateway Destinations works with several air wholesalers that can often save you money for Premium Economy, Business or First Class flights?  They are also masters at finding schedules that most consumers may never see.  Call us to compare for your next international journey.

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Lost Luggage – What is the Best Action to Take? 15 Nov 2018

Having your luggage lost by the airline is a rough start to your trip.  Knowing what to do in this case and taking some simple precautions will help minimize the inconvenience.  First of all, make sure your checked bags are tagged with your contact information and always make sure your claim ticket reads your final destination – know what city you are supposed to retrieve it!  If your luggage doesn’t arrive where it should, immediately contact the airline at the airport and file a claim. Also, call your travel insurance provider as they can assist in tracking the bag for you.

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