Beginning today, the TSA's PreCheck trusted-traveler program is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who have not been convicted of certain crimes.
To be issued a Known Traveler Number, applicants must provide their biographic information, fingerprints, and proof of citizenship status. Although some of the application process can be completed online, applicants must also visit a designated application center. Initially, the only application center processing applications is at Indianapolis International Airport.
The application fee is $85, and is non-refundable. ... read more»
Got an AAdvantage credit card issued by Citibank or American Express? Then you may be entitled to book award flights for fewer miles.
Holders of the various AAdvantage-affiliated credit cards can book awards to selected U.S. and Canadian destinations at discounted prices. The discount varies, according to the card type.
For the higher-annual-fee Platinum, World Elite, and Select cards, first-class award prices are reduced from 25,000 miles to 21,250 miles each way; and coach awards are discounted from 12,500 to 8,750 miles each way. That's a 15 percent discount for first class and a hefty 30 percent discount for coach. ... read more»
United has won the race to be the first airline to offer flat-bed first-class seats on the nation's two premier nonstop transcontinental routes: New York/JFK to Los Angeles and New York/JFK to San Francisco. United's refurbished 757s have 28 flat-bed BusinessFirst seats, 42 Economy Plus extra-legroom economy seats, and 72 cattle-car seats. These "P.S." (for "Permium Seervice"), planes also provide power outlets and USB ports at every seat and onboard Wi-Fi (for an extra charge). Meal service is close to international standards. I checked United's flights for next week, and they're already fully converted. ... read more»
Enter the Public Broadcasting Service Masterpiece sweepstakes by March 15, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a five-night trip for two to Great Britain, including airfare, hotel, and tours of the Sherlock Holmes museum, Selfridges department store, and Highclere Castle (as seen in "Downton Abbey").
To participate, provide the requested contact information on the sweepstakes landing page and press "submit." Time required to enter: under 30 seconds. ... read more»
Members of National Car Rental's Emerald Club received an email notice yesterday notifying them that the program's terms and conditions, "that you agreed to and accepted at the time of your enrollment have been modified, effective immediately." Rather than summarizing what has changed, the missive unhelpfully provides a link to the company's Emerald Club Master Rental Agreement and Program Rules and Conditions, a 44-page document. And like the email announcement, it includes no indication whatever of the changes that took effect on November 26, 2013.
What has definitely changed is the definition of rentals that count toward earning elite status in the program. The new definition reads in part as follows: ... read more»
Enter the CruiseOne Win a Free Cruise sweepstakes by December 15, 2013, for a chance to win the grand prize: a seven-night Norwegian Cruise Line cruise for two to the Caribbean. Prize does not include airfare to the cruise ship's departure or return port cities.
To participate, provide the requested contact information on the sweepstakes landing page and press "submit." Time required to enter: under 30 seconds.
NOTE: As is often the case with online sweepstakes, by entering you are agreeing to receive marketing emails from the sponsor. You can easily opt out at any time. ... read more»
American will emerge from bankruptcy and complete its merger with US Airways on December 9, according to a joint news release from the two airlines.
The announcement follows a ruling this morning by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which approved the settlement of the Justice Department's antitrust suit to block the merger and deemed that a pending civil suit contesting the merger wasn't sufficient grounds to delay the tie-up. ... read more»
Sevilla, the capital of Spain's southern Andalucia region, is as soulful a place as I've ever been. It's a wonderful-to-be-alive kind of town, buzzing with festivals, heat, color, guitars, and castanets.
The gateway to the New World in the 16th century, Sevilla boomed during Spain's Golden Age. The explorers Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Ferdinand Magellan sailed from its great river harbor, discovering abundant sources of gold, silver, cocoa, and tobacco. For a time, these New World riches turned Sevilla into Spain's largest and wealthiest city. ... read more»
Follow these five simple rules for flying over the holidays and the world will be the better for it. ... read more»
Delta and United have recently devalued their frequent-flyer programs for travel starting next spring. United's changes are effective in February. Delta, for some reason, decided to make two changes, one effective February 1 and another effective June 1. Cutting off the puppy dog's tail an inch at a time rather than all at once? American and US Airways, presumably preoccupied with the merger, haven't responded yet, but you can almost certainly expect some changes. ... read more»