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TSA quietly ends more free PreCheck
Last April, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) warned frequent travelers who had been receiving complimentary PreCheck access by virtue of their elite airline status that they would see a sharp decrease in the number of times it would be offered to them. The TSA has now gone a step further and quietly ended its Managed Inclusion 2 program, which means even fewer non-enrolled travelers will receive complimentary expedited screening.
Managed Inclusion, which was created to help even out the inspection loads between PreCheck and non-PreCheck screening lanes, has two levels. Under Managed Inclusion 1, TSA canines are used to select non-vetted travelers for expedited screening. Under Managed Inclusion 2, TSA officers used behavior detection techniques and explosive trace detection sampling to help determine which non-PreCheck member travelers could be directed to the PreCheck lanes.
Now that the TSA has ended Managed Inclusion 2, currently the only opportunity non-vetted travelers have to get expedited screening will be at airports that use TSA canines. The TSA said, "Overall the agency is moving toward offering TSA PreCheck expedited screening only to trusted, pre-vetted travelers." Airline passengers are thus encouraged to enroll in the TSA PreCheck program or other approved trusted traveler program such as Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS that include the expedited screening benefits. For more information or to enroll in PreCheck visit https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.
U.S., China agree to expanded travel cooperative
Under a new partnership agreement, the U.S. and China will work to expand and enhance travel between the two nations. Government leaders said there would be continued progress on visa processing along with airport upgrades designed to improve border entry and the overall arrival and departure experience. Both countries will also launch other initiatives to support and promote travel and tourism between the two nations.
Amtrak now charging excess baggage fees for carry-ons, limits still generous
Starting Oct. 1, passengers who exceed Amtrak's carry-on luggage limits will be charged $20 per item. Travelers are allowed two carry-on bags and two personal items. Carry-on bags must not exceed 28x22x14 inches or weigh more than 50 pounds each. Limits for personal items are 14x11x7 inches and 25 pounds each. Passengers are still allowed two checked bags for free on routes that offer this service.
Changes have been announced for Air Canada's frequent flier program, Aeroplan. This program is often preferred by U.S. fliers because of its favorable redemption rates compared to Star Alliance partner United. However, effective Dec. 15, redemption rates on many routes will be going up, especially in first and business class. Some zones are also being reclassified. Airline officials note that award levels for most economy class tickets for North America will stay the same and some routes elsewhere around the world are going down. For more information visit https://www4.aeroplan.com/whats_new/news_articles.do?dl=WhatsNew_ecompxxx_2015_09_30
American announced it is now offering complimentary live baggage tracking from check-in to arrival carousel. Passengers can follow their bag's journey via American's tracking site at http://www.aa.com/travelInformation/bag/tracker/.
In other news, American will launch new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Merida, the largest city in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. The five times per week service will begin March 3, 2016.
Delta Air Lines
New exclusive nonstop service between Raleigh-Durham and Paris/Charles de Gaulle will be launched May 12, 2016. Delta also plans to expand service between Orlando and Sao Paulo. Four times per week nonstop service will commence Dec. 19, 2015. Delta expects to expand this to daily service on Feb. 20, 2016. Delta will add to its existing daily service between New York's JFK and Tel Aviv with another year-round nonstop offering that will operate four times weekly starting May 26, 2016.
Airline officials announced a new partnership with Netflix that will give subscribers free in-flight streaming. This deal is being made possible in part because Virgin America is outfitting all of its new planes with enhanced satellite-based Internet connectivity, which claims to alleviate technical issues that made streaming and other bandwidth-intensive services not viable in-flight.
More airports work through obstacles and allow ride-hailing services
Despite many bumps in the road, more airports are coming to an agreement with Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), also known as ride-hailing services, such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. While many of the negotiations have been plagued with delays, airports are reportedly not trying to keep the TNCs out. Rather, according to airport officials, "The big challenge for airport directors is how to regulate the services? as they must ensure that passengers are safe and airports are protected as legal entities." Without an agreement in place, airport users can only use TNCs to get to the airport.
The good news for ride-sharing users, over the past few months airports in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. have all reached agreements to allow certain TNCs to pick up passengers at airport locations. Reports indicate that Chicago, Seattle and other cities are working on, or are close to announcing, agreements with ride-hailing services as well.
With more TNCs allowed to pick up at airports, customers will be able to enjoy greater choice and presumably less expensive options.
How to find your "secret" Uber passenger rating
Did you know that in the same way Uber passengers can rate their driver, the driver can rate you? While passengers don't see it on the Uber app, each customer gets an assigned score. A low passenger score may affect your ability to get a ride, or can even lead to you being dropped from the service entirely.
To find out your Uber passenger rating, send Uber Support an email at support@Uber.com. Include the email address and phone number registered to your account in the body of the message. Uber Support will reply with your score. The link for Uber Support in the US is https://help.Uber.com/.
Maximize your loyalty
To mark American's five-year anniversary of offering service to Europe with its airline partners, significant frequent flyer mileage bonuses are now available for transatlantic travel. As many as 125,000 bonus miles can be earned when flying on American, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, OpenSkies or US Airways between now and Jan. 31, 2016. Bonuses will be awarded based on fare class. To be eligible passengers must register prior to travel using promotional code NAF15. For more information or to register visit http://www.aa.com/viewPromotionDetails.do?fN=ajb-europe.xml&_locale=en_US.
HHonors members can earn bonus points when staying at any hotel in the Hilton portfolio now through Dec. 31, 2015. Guests overnighting Monday through Thursday will earn double points while those staying Friday through Sunday will earn triple points. Members must register for the bonus at www.hhonors.com/triple2015.
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