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US passport holders from the United States (and six other countries; Australia, Canada. Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea) can now use the automated “ePassort Gates” (where available) when arriving in the UK.
These passengers can now avoid potential wait times at immigration by inserting their passport into the machines, having their photograph taken and then entering the country automatically without any human interaction. Best of all, there’s no registration required, though-travelers. Passengers under age 12 years are not permitted to use the ePassport gates.
The UK has also done away with paper landing cards. Regardless if you have access to ePassport gates, you’ll no longer have to complete personal details by hand each time you enter the United Kingdom.
United Kingdom Departure Tax - AA Non-Rev Travelers
March 15, 2019 - Effective immediately, if you are accommodated in a premium cabin, you will pay the same, lower tax rate as you would in Main Cabin. This update does not affect the cost of parent (D2P) or guest (D3) travel. The change is effective now, however, the Travel Planner does not yet reflect it yet (so you won't see it reflected in your estimated charges) as of now.
The EU and EEA
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.
EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COUNTRIES
The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.
Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.
E. T. I. A. S.
EUROPEAN TRAVEL INFORMATION
AND AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM
Beginning in 2021, visitors from the United States, along with dozens of other nations, will be required to complete an online application for something called an ETIAS, from “European Travel Information and Authorization System.”
It’s essentially the reciprocal of the ESTA authorization required of EU nationals visiting the US: not strictly a visa, but a Registration..
Once it is implemented, visitors from 60 countries will be eligible to apply for ETIAS online. The system will serve as a pre-screen for travelers entering from visa-waiver countries, and anyone from one of those countries will need to have a valid ETIAS authorization and passport when arriving at any EU member country’s borders.
ETIAS will not require formal interviews,
nor any of the rigmarole involved when
visiting a nation that requires an actual
visa, like for example China.
You should be able to complete the online up the submission in about 10 minutes, providing your personal details, passport information, date of birth, country of residence and answering a few questions related to criminal history and travel to conflict zones.
Approval (or refusal) will be sent via email.
ETIAS VISA WAIVER FOR AMERICANS
U.S. citizens traveling to Europe will
be required to apply for an ETIAS.
(European Travel Information and Authorization System) Visa Waiver.
Similar to other countries and regions in the world, Europe has recently decided to improve its security level to avoid any further problems with illegal immigration and terrorism.
This means that from 2021, all Americans traveling to a European Country in the SCHENGEN ZONE will require an ETIAS.
COST AND VALIDITY
It will cost 7 euros, or about $7.85
at current rates, and will apply to travelers between 18 and 70 years old.
Once obtained, it will “allow its holder to
stay in 26 different countries in Europe for a period of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
It is valid for 3 years from the date of
issuance or until the expiry date of the passport, whichever comes first.
ETIAS does not apply to the United Kingdom, which is not one of the countries in the Schengen Area.
The UK is weeks away from possibly leaving the European Union without a negotiated exit agreement, the so-called “no deal Brexit” that might result in serious disruptions to travel.
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Delta Takes the Best Care of Luggage.
Envoy Comes in Last.
To increase your chances for smoother luggage handling, the first thing you can do is choose the most reliable airline.
Delta, Frontier and Spirit Airlines are the least likely to lose or mishandle your luggage, based on recently released figures from the Air Travel Consumer Reports published by the U.S.
Department of Transportation.
Taking up the bottom spots are Envoy, followed by SkyWest and ExpressJet.
LuggageHero examined 12 major U.S.
carriers for its annual report on lost
and mishandled luggage.
From 2012 through 2018, Delta processed an average of 1.55 reports of lost or mishandled luggage per 1,000 passengers, while Envoy faced a much steeper 6.76 per 1,000 passengers.
During the same time period, the average of all 12 airlines is 2.89 reports per 1,000 passengers.
That means fewer than 3 travelers out of 1,000 experienced lost or mishandled luggage.
Prior to the integration of American Airlines and US Airways flight attendant systems, it restricted flight attendants from applying for transfers to each other’s hubs, or staffing each other’s aircraft. Now that the systems are fully integrated, the airline has greater flexibility but also a staffing imbalance. LAX and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport each needs 700 more flight attendants, while Phoenix needs 700 fewer. With 13 airports where American can base flight attendants, it can deploy flight crews more efficiently if some employees are transferred out of Phoenix.
On February 13th the airline notified Phoenix-based flight attendants to watch vacancies at other bases and consider opportunities to transfer. The airline hopes to naturally reduce the number of Phoenix staff over the next few years through attrition and transfers.
American reaffirms commitment to Phoenix
February 1, 2019, individual membership fees will increase and household membership discounts will be discontinued.
Starting November 1, 2019, same-day boarding passes on American Airlines or partner airlines will be required for entry.
Any departing or arriving flight: marketed or operated by American Airlines, marketed and operated by any oneworld® partner carrier, marketed and operated by American Airlines or Alaska Airlines in any combination
Available at select locations for $59.
EXCLUDES the airports listed below that currently have clubs under construction:
American Airlines Invites ConciergeKey Members to Use Flagship Dining
ConciergeKey is AA's revenue-based top level given to very high revenue customers and those who influence significant business for the airline.
They got priority for upgrades and other waitlists and they have a myriad of other benefits including Business Class Flagship Lounges for domestic travel and now will be provided visits to AA's exclusive Flagship First Dining.
United, Delta and American Airlines are engaged in an airlines arms race to grab the most affluent customers. The decision is part of a larger industry trend to give more space and better service to high-paying passengers who account for a disproportionate share of airline revenue.
Now highly profitable, UA, AA, DL are plowing money into new planes, fancy seats with more legroom, airport lounges and other perks, many of which are aimed squarely at well-heeled travelers.
United raised the stakes when it announced that it will retrofit more than 100 planes as part of a move to add 1,600 premium seats on nearly 250 jets. The airline also plans to start using a new 50-seat jet with mostly premium seats on some routes popular with business travelers.
Delta executives say they have increased premium seating from 9% to nearly 30% since 2011, and they're selling more than 60% of those seats, up from 13% — not just giving them away in the form of upgrades. They say more corporate accounts are letting employees buy up to premium travel. As a result, one-third of Delta's revenue now comes from premium services and less than half comes from economy seating, down from nearly two-thirds in 2011.
American has added "premium economy" seats often double the price of regular economy but less than business class on many planes used for international flights.
American Gets to Keep Its Authority to Fly to China — Without Actually Flying to China
FEB 7, 2019
There’s no Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and China. Instead a bilateral agreement lays out what route authorities can be doled out by respective governments. AA dropped ORD/Beijing and ORD/Shanghai.
AA wants to keep their route authority from Chicago to China even while not using it. That would mean preventing any other U.S. airlines from adding China frequencies, which benefits American by avoiding competition for its DFW and LAX to Beijing and Shanghai service.
AA asked the DOT to grant a ‘dormancy’ of their authority to keep the routes for a year without flying them. Normally they would lose the routes after 90 days.
The odds that they’ll return to flying from Chicago to China are really, really low. AA wants to focus on Europe flying because they cannot run any part of their system with the kind of losses they have sustained” in Asia.
DFW International Airport of the Year Honor - Thursday, January 17, 2019
Congratulations to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on being named Airport of the Year by Air Transport World (ATW), the leading monthly magazine for the global airline industry. The airport joined an impressive list of past winners around the world to receive the honor. In recognizing DFW, ATW noted the airport’s continued record growth and traveler enhancements that include modernized facilities, updated amenities, added concessions and the opening of the largest duty-free store in the Western hemisphere.
January - 2019
DFW International Airport opened January 13, 1974.
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