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TSA adds airlines to PreCheck; says fewer non-registered travelers will get the service.
Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Avianca and 8 other airlines were recently added to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) PreCheck expedited security screening program. This latest expansion brings the number of participating airlines to 30.
The TSA also again said it will further limit the number of non-registered travelers given complimentary access to PreCheck security lanes. The TSA had made it a practice to randomly surprise non-enrolled travelers with free access in a bid to tempt them to join after experiencing the benefits of PreCheck firsthand. TSA officials say even if they significantly reduce the number of passengers randomly selected for complimentary access they don't expect that it will impact lines. However, some airlines are recommending that customers join the program to avoid longer lines.
CLEAR adds new locations
In partnership with Delta, the CLEAR trusted traveler program, which provides its members with expedited screening, is adding new locations at Delta facilities in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York's JFK and LaGuardia. With the expansion, members will be able to find CLEAR sites at 22 airports. Travelers should note that CLEAR lanes are not available at all entry points at participating airports so members should check with CLEAR to verify its locations and hours. For more information please visit www.clearme.com
CBP brings Global Entry to Switzerland
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that citizens of Switzerland will be eligible to apply for the Global Entry trusted traveler program. Global Entry is currently available at 52 U.S. airports and 15 Preclearance locations for qualified U.S. citizens along with approved citizens from ten participating countries.
Interested Swiss citizens must first submit a clearance application to the Swiss Federal Police. Once approved, they can then apply for Global Entry on the Global Entry Enrollment System (GOES) website. When the online application is approved, applicants will need to schedule an in-person interview with a CPB officer at one of the more than 95 Global Entry enrollment centers. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100. Membership is valid for five years.
As a reminder, American moved its operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from Terminal 6 to Terminal 5. By making this move American can now operate more efficiently from adjacent terminals (T5, T4 and Terminal B), which are all connected via airside corridors thereby enhancing the passenger experience.
American also said it has significantly enhanced inflight Internet speeds along with its in-flight entertainment library, which passengers can access on their personal electonic devices. The move to enhance connectivity comes as 90 percent of passengers now bring their own devices for use during flight.
Faced with another round of planned strikes by its "mixed fleet" cabin crew Feb. 5 through Feb. 7, British Airways has altered its schedule on a select number of short-haul flights. Airline officials say that all long-haul flights from London Heathrow will operate as scheduled. In addition, the carrier plans to operate a normal schedule of flights from London City, London Gatwick and London Stansted. Additional strikes are planned Feb. 9 through Feb. 11. British Airways said it will publish its contingency plans for the second set of strike dates by the end of the day on Feb. 2 and will work with potentially impacted travelers accordingly.
Delta Air Lines
Delta moved some of its facilities at LAX eariler this week. Customers will find some Delta flights now temporarily operating out of T6 instead of T5. These moves are part of a massive project that will fully relocate Delta from T5 and T6 to T2 and T3 by 2023. This week's changes will not impact access to Delta One, which is available at T5.
In a different move, Delta has changed how it measures its on-time rate for its Operational Performance Commitment. Following typical measurement standards a flight had been considered on time if it got to the gate within 15 minutes of its scheduled arrival time. Now Delta is upping its customer commitment by counting a flight as on time only if it arrives at the gate by the exact scheduled time. Delta reports that this commitment covers more than 2,000 corporate accounts.
Delta was named Business Airline of the Year 2017 at the U.K.'s Business Travel Awards. For the second year in a row, Delta's SkyMiles loyalty program was ranked number one among the largest U.S. airlines' frequent traveler programs according to personal finance website WalletHub. Delta was praised for offering reward options on a large number of partner carriers and for being one of the only major airlines whose miles don't expire due to inactivity.
New service on JAL will be available for passengers traveling between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and New York's JFK starting on April 1. The route will be operated using JAL's Boeing 777-300ERs, which offer eight first class suites, 49 business suites and 40 premium economy seats along with 147 regular economy seats. JAL also announced that it will offer free in-flight Wi-Fi on all domestic routes through August 31, 2017. Currently, JAL passengers can get 15 minutes of complimentary Internet on domestic flights. All 77 of JAL's domestic aircraft are Wi-Fi equipped.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Officials at KLM said the airline will install self-service kiosks to facilitate access to its Crown Lounge 25 at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Passengers will simply scan their boarding pass at the units, which will be located at the club entrance. The lounge is open to business and first class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite members traveling on a SkyTeam carrier.
All Virgin Atlantic flights to and from London Gatwick are now operating from the North Terminal. Airline officials say the new location is lighter and brighter and offers customers more self-serve kiosks. In addition, eligible passengers can take advantage of a brand new Clubhouse also located in the North Terminal.
Treat yourself to Unlimited Luxury® at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos
The brand new all-suite Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort is one of the newest vacation hot spots for the ulitmate in luxury vacations. Located in the exclusive community of Puerto Los Cabos, which exudes Mexican flavor and has the spectacular Pacific coast as a backdrop, the adult-only Secrets resort is the perfect setting for long waks on pristine beaches along with postcard perfect sunrises and sunsets. Plus, Secrets is committed to exceeding guest expectations while it fulfills every wish with its 24-hour concierge services and wide array of world-class activities an unlimited amenities. Guests can enjoy a round of championship golf, a relaxing afternoon at one of two sparkling pools, water activities, yoga, Pilates, aerobic classes and rejuvenating spa treatments along with theme parties, off-site tours, and more.
Adelman's Director of Vacations Sales, Deana Crouch, was thoroughly impressed with Secrets. "It was incredible," she said. "The golf course was right along the ocean and offered absolutely stunning views, plus I loved the daily yoga classes that also overlooked ocean."
Secrets also offers an extensive menu of gourmet dining options that features both fresh local flavors and international cuisine at five different a la carte restaurants, a buffet venue, grill and café. Couples can also enjoy an extra-special romantic meal in the privacy of their own suite or by moonlight out on the beach. With Secrets Sip, Savor & See program guests can also enjoy complimentary dinner, drinks and live evening entertainment at several nearby participating resorts. Deana really enjoyed all the wonderful dining options noting, "The Italian restaurant was one of the best I've ever eaten in!"
Are you ready for some serious pampering in a Pacific paradise? Or, are you still looking to plan an extra special romantic getaway before Valentine's Day? Give one of our professional vacations counselors a call at 800-749-7116, or visit our website at www.adelmanvacations.com.
World of Hyatt launch and other hotel highlights
Hyatt will launch its new World of Hyatt customer loyalty program, which will replace the current Hyatt Gold Passport® program on March 1, 2017. The new program promises "a world filled with thoughtful perks, personal connections and amazing experiences." Beyond the base level, members can qualify for three elite levels. As customers hit qualifying milestones they will also unlock extra bonus perks. Current Hyatt Gold Passport members will retain their loyalty number, existing login credentials and profile information. For details please visit https://goldpassport.hyatt.com/content/world/en/transition.html.
Hilton is tweaking its loyalty program. Besides dropping the double H previously used in the Honors name, the hotelier is offering rewards sooner with its new Points and Money program, which allows customers to use a combination of points and cash to pay for rooms. Members will also be able to pool points so family and friends can travel together. Qualifying Diamond members can take advantage of a new "pause" program that will allow for a one-time hold on the member's status. Also new, Honors points will be accepted on Amazon. These new options will debut throughout the year. Hilton also launched an Honors promotion where registered members can earn 2,000 points on every stay at more than 4,700 properties. The promotion runs through April 30, 2017.
In other news, Hilton recently introduced a new upscale brand called the Tapestry Collection, which will bring existing independent hotels under the Hilton umbrella.
Marriott International said it experienced a record year of growth in 2016 by opening 55,000 rooms, which does not include the 381,000 rooms gained through its acquisition of Starwood. The hotelier said it will open 30 new properties under its new Luxury Group in 2017. Marriott also unveiled a coordinated bonus opportunity with its Rewards program, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Members of all three will earn double points on their first three stays at participating hotels through April 15. Members must register by March 15, 2017 to qualify.
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Tips for keeping a healthy routine on the road
Is keeping your New Year's resolution to be healthier tough when you are on the road? If so, you are not alone. Many people come back from trips feeling sluggish and bloated. Disruption to regular exercise and an increased tendency to overindulge at the midnight buffet or while eating business paid dinners are often to blame. Consider the following tips....
- Don't treat travel as a "vacation" from your health regime. People tend to perceive trips away from home as separate from the rest of their lives and thus the same rules don't apply. Keep your regular strategies in mind even when traveling.
- Investigate and prepare. Before you go, do some research to find out the best places for your preferred type of exercise. If you run, find a scenic route. If you cycle, see if there is a local bike hire company that you can use. Many hotesl offer fitness concierges who can help guests find more unique ways to maintain a fitness routine. More airports are also offering fitness options from walking trails to full gyms complete with shower facilities.
- Bring portable fitness equipment. While many hotesl are offering an ever widening range of fitness equipment and opportunities, consider bringing your own. A simple skip rope or resistance bands don't take up too much space in your luggage. More sophisticated items such as a tiny TRX system or the magnetic tesnsion mini-bike can be great options.
- Avoid overindulging at meals. Maintaining a healthy diet while traveling can be especially tough. Instead of denying yourself the many tasty options, focus on proper portion sizes. Restaurant offerings often exceed recommended portion sizes so take that into consideration when you determine how much to eat. Prevent yourself from overeating at dinner by consuming small healthy snacks at regular intervals so you are not starving at the end of a long day. Don't forget the extra calories that are included in many of the beverages your might not drink at home on a regular basis.
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