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Modified Version of TSA PreCheck Begins!

While going through security at the AA checkpoint in Kansas City this morning, I noticed that the document checker was scanning all boarding passes presented to her (even paper BPs). This seemed a bit strange, considering have only scanned mobile boarding passes for the past four years that I have flown out of MCI.

This morning, however, when my boarding passes gave me the three beeps, ...

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TSA PreCheck Expanding to 60 Additional Airports by Year-End

Almost two years ago, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began the PreCheck expedited screening program at four airports. It was open only to those flying on American or Delta, from ATL/DFW/DTW/MIA, and you had to either receive an invitation from the airline or be a member of a trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, Nexus, or Sentri. ...

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A Hidden Gem @ DFW - The Employee Store

During my latest trip through the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, I decided that instead of sitting in the lounge for an hour, I would go off in search of a place that had been recommended to me by many AA employees. I had even read about it on FlyerTalk, though previous trips through DFW did not leave enough time to visit, or I was there outside the normal hours of ...

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How to Get Extra Passport Pages in a Hurry

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When I signed up for my passport in 2007, I figured that it would be a long time before I ran out of pages. Back then, I had never heard of FlyerTalk and often flew less miles in one year than I do on a single mileage run! The only reason I got a passport was to play at a yearly hockey tournament in Canada. Previously, passengers were not required to have a passport for travel into Canada (my ...

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Marriott Gold Status via United RewardsPlus now Active!

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When United tweeted about a "new rewards experience" coming soon to MileagePlus, I was one of the many people worried about what it meant. Historically, when United releases news that will be unpopular to many people, the news has usually been delivered on a Friday. United seemed to be following the same pattern, although UA Insider promised to tell us more about the new program on ...

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Aboard the World's Longest Flight - Newark to Singapore on SQ Business Class

After spending some time, due to my long layover, in New York City I took the Newark Airport Express ($28 r/t from EWR to the city), and was surprised to see that I was the only passenger riding the bus to the airport. Traffic was extremely light that night, allowing us to make it from Manhattan to Newark in less than forty minutes.

I was dropped at the opposite end of the terminal, and ...

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American's Initial Airbus A319 Destinations Announced

Almost two years ago, American Airlines announced a major fleet renewal initiative, most of which was aimed at replacing their aging MD-80, Boeing 767-200, and Boeing 757-200 fleets. Though these aircraft had provided reliable service to American for many years, rising oil prices, and increased competition all but forced American to replace their ...

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Inflight Review: Portland to JFK on jetBlue

For the past five years, the majority of my flying has been with United or a Star Alliance partner. Of course, over the past year, American has been getting much more of my business, but besides those two airlines, I don't have too much of a chance to experience the product of non-alliance carriers very often. I last flew jetBlue in 2008, from Denver to Boston, and then from New York to Denver, ...

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Air Canada to add Premium Economy & Update Executive First Seating

Just in from Air Canada, they plan to add a Premium Economy section to their international fleet, including the aircraft operating for their Rouge subsidiary, starting in July. Air Canada will also be taking delivery of five additional Boeing 777-300ERs (77Ws), which will feature 398 slimline seats in Economy, 24 seats in Premium Economy, and 36 seats in Executive First, which will be staggared ...

Frontier Airlines to Outsource Employees @ All Stations (Except DEN)

For Frontier Airlines employees, and to a lesser part their customers, today is a day they will never forget.

Though it has not yet been announced to the public, Frontier employees were notified today of a drastic reduction in the workforce, and the introduction of mass-outsourcing for all stations. Below are the changes that are coming to what used ...

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Review: Hyatt 48 Lex - Manhattan

On a recent visit to New York City, I was left with a bit of a challege to determine where to stay. Hyatt has five properties scattered through the city, with another one opening later this year.

Although the Andaz properties were enticing (I'll have a report on the Andaz 5th Ave shortly), the 48 Lex won out. Featuring 116 rooms at corner of 48th and Lexington, the 48 Lex is billed as a ...

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Changes in the Air for United's p.s. Boeing 757-200s

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In August 2011, we learned from then UA Insider, Scott O'Leary, that the combined carrier would perform a nose-tail renovation on the Boeing 757-200s used for United's p.s. service from New York/JFK to LAX & SFO. United had big plans for the renovation, which included gutting the first and business class cabins in favor of the Continental business class seat. In the main cabin, all ...

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Delta to Open the SkyDeck - Outdoor Terraces in Atlanta and New York

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Delta, as part of their continued plan to upgrade airport amenities, has announced their first outdoor terraces, which will be located in their SkyClub's in Atlanta's Concourse F and New York/JFK's recently renovated Terminal 4.

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Though I am not a big fan of Delta, I do give them credit for their ...

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American Express Offering Chip & Signature to Platinum & Centurion Cardholders

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For the past three months, I have been using the chip and signature feature of the updated Marriott Rewards Visa Signature card. Before receiving this card, I had to rely on standard magnetic stripe cards when abroad, which are not the most reliable in some parts of the world. There were many times that I had to track down a human being to make a purchase, which often resulted in ...

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First Class from Denver to Newark: The Singapore Adventure

Once I had booked my ticket to Singapore, I waited several months before booking my flight to Newark. Over the summer, I was unsure of where I would be on January 3rd, but I figured that I would know by the end of October, and could then add-on the domestic segment without too much trouble.

As with all great plans, something was bound to go wrong. Around Halloween, I checked the United ...

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American Airlines to Operate Embraer ERJ-175 Jets

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As American Airlines proceeds down the path of emerging from their bankrupty, they have unveiled a new logo and livery, updated the soft product on their current aircraft, taken delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER (77W), the first U.S. carrier to do so, and are consistently taking delivery of new Boeing 737-800 aircraft each month. Later this year, AA will take delivery of 8 more 77Ws, ...

United Airlines Changes their Boarding Process...Again!

Before United and Continental began to combine their operations, each carrier had a boarding process that worked for them. United boarding their Global Services, First Class, and 1K customers via the red boarding carpet, while Premier Executive, Star Alliance Gold, Premier, Star Alliance Silver, and then all remaining passengers were boarding through the economy lane. Economy boarding was done ...

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The Singapore Adventure - Introduction

During the summer upgrade of Singapore Airlines' reservations systems, I made a few speculative award bookings for SQ First and Business class. I had never flown on Singapore, and with their policy to not release premium cabin space on their newer aircraft to Star Alliance partners, I knew it was time to book, and to book fast!

I was not fully aware of my winter/summer schedule last ...