US State Dept. To Unveil New Travel Warning System In January 2018

The US State Department will move to a simpler, tiered system to relay important information on travel destinations as it applies to US Citizens. Currently, the State Department issues Travel Alerts (indicating short term risk from isolated incidents) and Travel Warnings (to advise of ongoing political issues or conflicts).  Very few travelers can remember which

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SkyTeam Unveils Newly Opened Vancouver Lounge

SkyTeam members can now enjoy lounge access at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).  The new venue, located near Gate 53 of the International Terminal, just off the Duty Free shopping area, features two separate wings, both with floor-to-ceiling windows, showers, business areas, and TV rooms.  The lounge can accommodate 128 guests. A Noodle Bar, buffet, craft

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AA Adds Free Messaging & Other In-Flight Perks

New perks and incentives are on the way for American Airlines passengers. The airline conglomerate announced its plans this month to devote billions to fleet upgrades, including more comfortable lie-down seats, improved satellite Wi-Fi, and free in-flight texting on select mobile apps such as iMessage. Additionally, passengers flying First and Business class will be treated

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Air France – KLM Retools Frequent Flyer Program

Air France & KLM recently released details on its new Flying Blue program, which will now be based on Euros spent, and will allow members to redeem award tickets “until the last seat available for sale.” Flying Blue members will also have the option to pay cash for up to 25% of an award ticket’s

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Qantas Frequent Flyer Members Can Now Earn Points on Uber Rides

After the Australian government granted approval for ride-sharing services in August, Qantas (QF) is now offering its Frequent Flyer members the ability to earn points when booking Uber rides to and from Australian airports. Members can now tap the Uber icon in the Qantas app and book Uber services to or from the following airports:

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HKG Fully Embracing Facial Recognition Technology

Beginning in the second quarter of 2018, passengers transiting Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) will enjoy an expedited check-in process, thanks to the addition of facial recognition technology. Passengers will only have to present their passport once, at their first point of check-in.  During this initial process, a facial scan will also be performed.  Once

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A Reminder About New Basic Economy Fares

Several airlines, including United (UA) and American (AA), have begun offering a “Basic Economy” product that offers a lower fare, but higher restrictions. There a few things to be mindful of when considering the purchase of one of these low-cost fares. Basic Economy fares typically do not follow the traditional “one carry-on bag plus one

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Apple Adds New Airports to Its Maps App

With the release of iOS 11, Apple has added several new airports to its Maps app. Prior to the launch of iOS 11, only Philadelphia International (PHL) and San Jose International (SJC) airports were accessible on the Maps app. Now, passengers transiting Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Chicago Midway (MDW), Las Vegas’ McCarren (LAS), Miami

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iPhone App Users No Longer Need to Check in on Delta

Delta Air Lines (DL) has made updates to its iPhone app that will automatically check passengers in for their flights. This new feature will issue a boarding pass that will be visible within the app 24 hours before departure.  As in the past, iPhone users have the option to place this boarding pass in the

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Air Canada Gives Economy a Face Lift

New offerings from Air Canada will change the way you look at economy travel. Dispelling the notion that economy air travel has to involve sacrifices, the airline wants to treat its passengers to budget-friendly luxury in its new Premium Economy Class category. Described as a surprise upgrade, without any additional fees, passengers can enjoy all

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