TRAVEL TIPS

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TRAVELING TO CUBA REQUIREMENTS

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January 25, 2019


If you're traveling to Cuba, you MUST check in with an agent at the airport and share your reason for traveling to Cuba before your name can be placed on the airport priority list.  


This means you -  CANNOT CHECK-IN ON-LINE THROUGH THE TRAVEL PLANNER. You will need to obtain a CUBA-READY-STAMP before you can board the flight.


To receive your Cuba-Ready-Stamp, you must show a valid passport, visa travel card, or Cuban passport.


MIAMI - If you are originating in Miami, look for the Cuba Ready Booth by Checkpoints 1 and 2.  If you are connecting in Miami, look for the booth at your gate or Customer Service Centers by Gates 14 and 47. 


CHARLOTTE - If you are originating in Charlotte, look for the Cuba Ready Booth 

at the ticket counter between B and C checkpoints. If you are connecting in Charlotte look for the booth at your gate. 


CUBAN GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS

The Cuban government requires all visitors to have health insurance for coverage throughout its territory. 


A $25 fee for Cuban health insurance issued by ESICUBA and administered by ASISTUR will be included in your NRSA charges. 


QUESTIONS ABOUT CUBA TRAVEL 

Visit aa.com/visitcuba 

or  

Call Cuba Travel Services (CTS) 

877-511-2822


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ALWAYS CHECK FOR TRAVEL ADVISORIES WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.


Included below is the website link to the Department of State Travel Advisory Page. 





TRAVEL ADVISORIES U.S. STATE DEPT.

TRAVEL POWER!

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WHAT DO YOU NEED? 

Adapters, Converters, and Transformers.


Normally when you travel to Europe the only thing you need is a  Dual Voltage  Adapter for a cell phone and laptop. Purchase a UNIVERSAL ADAPTER, rather than, using different adapters for different countries. 

 

Hair devices (flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers) use dual voltage. Hair devices run at high temperatures so you need to use a good VOLTAGE CONVERTER.

  • The U.S. runs on 110 volt electricity.
  • Japan is 100 volts. 
  • Europe, Asia, and Australia run between 220 volts and 240 volts.
  • Devices not set up to run on whatever electricity is available – need to have voltage converted or else you will fry the device, or blow a fuse in your room.
  • A voltage converter is not going to help with electronics that aren’t dual voltage.


A TRANSFORMER changes the current to something closer to another pure voltage.


In choosing a CONVERTER or TRANSFORMER you need to know the maximum wattage at which your device(s) operate. You want a converter or transformer that is certified to operate at greater than that wattage. 


If you are looking to power something at 110 volts that maxes out at 250 watts, you want a transformer that’s small and light as while still supporting that requirement;  hence, a 350 watt transformer would be a  good option.


At some level supporting higher wattage is better, but it comes at a bigger size and weighs more. The version that supports 2000 watts is about twice as large and weighs about 35 pounds! 


  • Phones & Laptops; you need is an adapter to plug it into the wall.
  • A razor or electric toothbrush may work that way as well, you just want to know if your device is dual voltage.
  • Hair devices which operate on high heat need a converter. You need to know how many watts the device needs, and get a converter that supports materially higher wattage than that.


If you are using electronics that are not DUAL VOLTAGE you need a transformer. When you are traveling, you want the smallest transformer possible based on the wattage of your device.


CONNECTING FLIGHTS

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 hdd ortohgih tohiaeuvoh"THRU" NON-REV TRAVELERS 


Non-Rev passengers connecting to a flight 

are considered "THRU" passengers and their boarding priority code will be appended with a "T" to indicate you are a "THRU" Non-Rev.

THRU non-revs will be boarded ahead of locally boarding non-rev travelers (who have the same priority boarding code. 


If your flight listing (PNR) contains “connecting” segments, the same priority code will be applied automatically to the connecting flight airport priority list when you are accommodated at your origin city. Your name will not appear on the airport priority list of the connecting flight until you are accommodated on your originating flight. 


INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

When connecting to an international flight from a domestic flight you MUST do the following:

  • HAVE YOUR PASSPORT SWIPED BY AN AIRPORT AGENT AT YOUR CITY OF ORGIN.   (Entry: Ctrl W F1)


IMPORTANT: If you do not have your passport swiped in your city of origin; you will lose your original check-in time (created by the retirees' website) for your connecting flight.


NOTE:  Your name will not appear on the priority list for your international connecting flight until you are accommodated on your originating flight.

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CONNECTING Flights More Than 12 Hours

If your connecting flight is more than 12 hours from your origination flight, your check-in time will default to the time you are placed on the standby list as a “THRU” traveler when you were issued your boarding pass for your originating  flight ----- NOT the time you checked- in using the retirees' website.


CONNECTING Flights Not in Same PNR

When your connecting flight is not in the same PNR, you MUST check in with an agent at the connecting city and present your inbound boarding pass from your originating flight.


The agent will add the THRU  "T" indicator to your name on the priority list of the connecting flight.  

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CHANGING PRIORITY PASS CLASSIFICATION

If you change from a D2 to a D1 in the connecting city you will lose your THRU “T” status.


EXAMPLE  – if your original flight listing is for D2 travel from LAX/PHL/MUC, and you travel D2 from LAX/PHL, and then change from a D2  to a D1 from PHL/ MUC ----- you must cancel the PHL/MUC segment and re-book it as a D1. 


This will establish a new check-in time and you will lose the THRU "T" status. However --- you will have a higher priority boarding status (D1) rather than a (D2T).

PASSPORTS & VISAs

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IS YOUR PASSPORT VALID FOR TRAVEL (although, it has not yet expired) ? 


The Passport Services department at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to receive reports of U.S. citizen travelers unable to board international flights because their passports do not have the required passport validity.


Passports should be valid through the dates of your trip, but most countries in the European Union require passports be valid for at least three months from planned date of departure and some countries even require passports be valid for at least six months from date of departure.


For more information on requirements by country, log on to The Travel Planner on the Retirees' Website.


Click on Tools, and then International Docs from the Drop-down Menu - OR - 

visit The Department of State Website by clicking on the link provided below.

Dept. of State Website

TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE U.S.?

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Before you leave the U.S., verify if you have MEDICAL COVERAGE


Medicare and Supplemental Medical Plan coverage benefits while traveling abroad. 

  • If you have ORIGINAL Medicare Part A and Part B, in general, Medicare WILL NOT PAY for healthcare services when you travel outside the U.S except in rare cases. .  Review the official Medicare Website.


  1. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan  check your policy provider to determine if it includes coverage outside the U.S.
  2. If you have a  Supplemental Medical Plan, with Original Medicare, check with your supplemental healthcare plan "Provider"  to see if they include or offer coverage outside the U.S.
  3. If coverage is not included in your plan, purchase a TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY that includes international healthcare coverage.

www.medicare.gov

COME FLY WITH ME!

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'THRU' FLIGHT REMOVAL POLICY


If you are a connecting as a non-rev on a "thru-flight" using the same aircraft and same flight number you may not be removed except to accommodate revenue customers or positive-space travelers using an 'A' pass travel classification.

  • Removal from the flight will be accomplished in reverse boarding priority order as established by the original check-in time.

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ONE-WAY PASS TRAVEL / CO-TERMINALS


Co-Terminal ..... and .....Multi-City Airports serving the same area are considered to be the same city for purposes of using one-way passes.


Co-Terminal/Multi-City Airport 

  • BWI - DCA - IAD
  • FLL - MIA
  • OAK – SFO – SJC
  • LAX – ONT – BUR – LGB – SNA
  • EWR- HPN – JFK – LGA
  • HOU – IAH
  • DFW – DAL
  • SLU - UVF
  • HND – NRT
  • LHR – LGW - STN


More information can be found on the Retirees' Website.

www.retirees.aa.com