The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
Today’s Best of the Rest includes cheap flights to the Caribbean and Alaska, the tale of how the American Airlines flight attendants union chief became like Speaker of the House, why one airline is removing seats and more…..
Anyone who’s traveled internationally has seen a customs declaration form at one time or another. For those of us who are US citizens and frequent travelers, we’ve seen tons of these, at least prior to becoming part of the Global Entry program. The questions asked as part of the Global Entry kiosk are essentially the same and something I’ve virtually always checked “no” to. A recent post on View From the Wing had me thinking about a recent time where one of those questions came back to bite me. The […]
It looks like TSA is getting ready to go through a massive growth phase for PreCheck, expanding it to many corners of the country where it’s not yet present. There are plenty of folks who decry the TSA and pretty much everything they do. I’ve never been one of those people, though I have had my share of unpleasant experiences traveling in the TSA era. I don’t think everything is perfect by any stretch. But I think they’ve hit their stride in a few areas, most specifically TSA PreCheck. I […]
I’ve been a huge fan of PreCheck since it’s inception. I was an early user through my elite status with American Airlines and have enjoyed near complete success using my Global Entry status. Just in case you haven’t been following along, what’s PreCheck? It’s security the way you remember it from 15 years ago. Leave your shoes and belt on, leave your liquids and laptop in your suitcase. And, much shorter lines (though that’s slowly changing with more people enrolled). Before now, the only easy ways to get into PreCheck […]
In today’s environment of increased security, longer lines and full planes, travel can be an adventure. Smart travelers find ways to make sure the adventure comes when you plan it as opposed to random road blocks along the way. Two of the best ways to guarantee a positive airport experience are Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check. TSA Pre-Check is a program in the domestic US that allows for expedited security screening. Due to recent expansion, you can find it at most sizable airports in the US. You can qualify for […]
I’ve been a big proponent of TSA Pre-Check since its inception. No doubt, the TSA gets a lot of flack for things they do poorly. But, I think they’ve done a solid job with Pre-Check. Here’s why: TSA saw a need when the original iteration of CLEAR became popular. Whether they saw that need because of CLEAR or on their own doesn’t really matter. The initial roll-out had bumps and bruises and wasn’t widely available. But, it was a starting point. It was just a few airlines’ customers invited at […]