Ways CBP is being innovative

I still remember the long lines and paper forms from my first international trip in 1999. Today things look much different at the CBP. Here’s an overview of the ways CBP is making entry into the U.S. more efficient. Global Entry (and other trusted traveler programs) Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for…

Delta drastically changes mileage earning for 2015

Today, Delta announced some HUGE changes to its SkyMiles program. Since I don’t blog during my client’s time, this post has to be super-short. Expect a more detailed post in a few days with my take on this change. This post contains the high-level overview. Instead of earning miles based on mileage flown, customers will…

WestJet spreads some Christmas cheer

WestJet is the quirky Canadian airline that just likes to have fun. Recently, they introduced Kargo Kids as an April Fools Day prank. This year, they decided to spread some holiday cheer to their customers on two flights. You have to watch the video to believe what happened. Trust me, you’ll enjoy it. The amount…

Knowledge is power: Know your routes!

I am a sucker for airline route maps. On almost every flight, I flip to the back of the in-flight magazine to check out the airline’s route network and see if I can identify new routes or partners. Sure it’s interesting, but can doing help you navigate the airlines more effectively? Absolutely! Knowing my airline’s…

Prediction: PreCheck coming to Southwest later this year.

Earlier this year, we heard a few rumblings about Southwest joining the TSA PreCheck program. It looks like there has recently been some movement that might indicate Southwest is close to rolling out participation in PreCheck. A poster on FlyerTalk points out that Southwest is adding information to its boarding passes and speculates that this information is…

What is the difference between a layover and a stopover?

Last week, a reader asked me to explain the difference between a layover and a stopover. I don’t think that I did it justice in person, so here’s the full explanation. Layover Simply put, a layover happens any time you switch planes during your journey. Most people use connection and layover interchangeably. Stopover Generally, if…