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TSA PreCheck Enrollment Is Now Less Expensive—Just in Time for Holiday Travel

image credit Patrick Tomasso/Unsplash The fee for a new TSA PreCheck membership just dropped down to $78 for a five-year membership. Travelers looking to minimize stress at the airport got some good news on Friday: The TSA has reduced the enrollment fee for TSA PreCheck, just before the hectic holiday travel season starts to ramp up. The fee to join the program has been lowered to $78 for a five-year membership. Previously, enrollment in TSA PreCheck cost $85 for five years. Members of the program are allowed a speedy process through airport security—they can keep on their shoes and light jackets, and aren't required to remove liquids or large electronics like laptops from their carry-on bags...read more


 

Delta now offers 'priority boarding' at Sky Clubs to skip the wait


"What's your group?" That may be the question you hear the next time you visit a Delta Sky Club.

The Atlanta-based carrier is in the midst of rolling out priority lanes for access to the Sky Clubs, as confirmed to TPG by a carrier spokesperson.

These prioritized entry lanes will be roped off from the regular line and will offer expedited entry into the lounge when it's operating at peak capacity. Eligible travelers that can use the new priority access lanes include:

  • Delta One business-class flyers.

  • Delta 360 invite-only elites.

  • Delta Diamond Medallion top-tier passengers.

  • Delta First Class flyers (with lounge memberships).

Just as these groups enjoy priority boarding before departure, these flyers will now also enjoy expedited access to the Sky Club,..read more

 

REAL ID

Deadline is quickly approaching

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.

REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.

For information by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map.

Even if you have TSA PreCheck®, you’ll still need a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID starting May 3, 2023. Individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA security checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly...learn more

 



U.S. Thanksgiving Airline Travel Demand at Highest Level Since 2019

U.S. airlines and airports are preparing for a surge in passengers over the Thanksgiving holiday, with the number of travelers expected to hit the highest level in three years.

Nearly 55 million Americans will take to the roads, skies and rails for the holiday, with air travel recovering to about 99% of the 2019 levels before the COVID-19 pandemic, travel group AAA estimates.

“I expect most flights to be running very full,” said John Grant, senior analyst at travel data firm OAG. “So finding a seat … might be quite difficult.”...read more


Know how to travel with special holiday foods and drinks.

We know that many passengers like to travel with special foods and drinks to share with friends and families during the holidays. Remember that not all foods can be transported in carry-on luggage. If you can spread it, spill it, pump it or pour it AND the quantity exceeds 3.4 ounces (which is 100 ml), pack it in a checked bag. For example, jams jellies, sauces and wines in quantities larger than 3.4 ounces should go in a checked bag. Cakes, pies, cookies and breads can travel in carry-on luggage in any quantity, but may require some additional screening...learn more








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