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TSA Launches New Application Program for TSA PreCheck

Christopherson Business Travel received the following notification from Delta this week, and wanted to share this valuable news with our travelers:

delta_EmailExtra_Header(July 24, 2013) – On July 22, 2013, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will add an additional opportunity for U.S. citizens to be eligible to receive expedited screening through TSA PreCheck lanes at select airports. To view the complete TSA press release, please click here.

Delta customers interested in enrolling will be required to submit an online application, complete an in-person interview at an enrollment site and pay an $85 five-year membership fee when the program launches later this fall. A U.S. passport is not required to enroll. Approved customers will be given a Known Traveler Number to store in their passenger profile when purchasing a ticket. Click here for more enrollment details.

  • Customers are encouraged to contact the TSA for more information on this new program via email at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov or 1-866-289-9673.
  • Initially, enrollment sites will be located at Washington Dulles International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport. The TSA expects to expand at other locations in the future.
  • Customers who have received TSA PreCheck through Delta SkyMiles or through a Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry, will not need to reapply; this is only for new entrants to the program.

While this additional opportunity provides a benefit to our customers who do not possess a valid U.S. passport, Delta encourages those who travel to international destinations to apply for the Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program to receive TSA PreCheck eligibility.

With Global Entry, customers receive quicker access through Customs and Boarder Protection checkpoints at key international gateways and may receive expedited screening through the TSA PreCheck program as well. Click here to learn more: www.globalentry.gov

As always, the TSA incorporates random unpredictable security measures and no one is guaranteed expedited screening.

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Additional information about TSA PreCheck is available by visiting the following links.

TSA Press Release

TSA PreCheck Application Process

TSA PreCheck FAQs

TSA PreCheck for Active Duty Military 

TSA PreCheck Participating Airports

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Delta Downsizes Lavatory Space for More Seats

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Have you heard of the “module lavatory system?”

Delta Airlines will be introducing a new and improved (?) SMALLER lavatory on their 737-900’s to maximize space for more seats.

I understand that supply and demand is most important, but airplane seating is already too close, squished, and uncomfortable because of the Economy Comfort shift. Now the lavatory is being compromised for more seats. What’s next?

Oh, what the future holds for the airline and business travel industries!

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Delta Wi-Fi: Above It All, Stay Connected

From business travelers to teenagers to blogging moms, all your online needs can now be taken care of in the sky.

Delta Airlines now offers in-flight Wi-Fi Access on more than 3,000 domestic flights daily. Depending on your needs, packages are available for purchase and offer everything from a one-time access lasting 24 hours to yearly memberships.

Delta has been the industry leader in offering this service to their guests and if you are wondering if your flight will have Wi-Fi access you can check the Delta website under My Trips. According to the Delta website, Wi-Fi is not yet available on international flights, but is available within the Continental U.S. and Alaska (although you may experience interruptions to your service in Alaska).

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Salt Lake City Airport: Strategic Location and Bright Outlook

Christopherson Business Travel‘s headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah and we are pleased to share the news that one of our partners, Delta Air Lines, has recently agreed to participate in an ambitious $1.8 billion remake of the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Business Travel Executive Magazine spotlighted the SLC airport in their February 2012 issue, which included the following information:
•    The new airport facility will have 74 gates, a new rental car facility and a new parking garage
•    Salt Lake City airport ranks tops in North America, in on-time departures, at 86.55% of its flights
•    The SLC airport is ranked as the 25th largest in North America
•    Delta operates 249 flights per day from SLC to 85 domestic and international destinations
The entire article is available at BTE-digital.com.
We are fortunate to have a forward thinking airport board in Salt Lake City, along with a solid aviation partner, Delta Air Lines.

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TripIt is for the traveler on the GO!

Several months ago Christopherson Business Travel announced our partnership and integration with TripIt. Who would have thought that this innovative smart phone application would become so popular? For those of you missing out, TripIt is an application designed to simplify online travel planning. Users can generate a master itinerary with maps, directions, and weather for any destination. Activity planning can be accomplished through the comprehensive itinerary. Plans can be easily shared, monitored, and updated through available downloads.
As a Christopherson AirPortal user your can sign up for TripIt from the AirPortal front page. From that point on your trips will be automatically sent to your smart phone via TripIt. TripIt will be especially useful for those who travel often. It generates a master itinerary with all travel information in one place, ready to share with coworkers, family, and others. Your information flow will be streamlined and collated into one easily managed application.
There are two plans: Basic TripIt and TripIt Pro Enterprise program. The basic program is good but the Pro Enterprise program is where it’s at. Basic TripIt is free and right now, Christopherson Business Travel has a great deal going on for TripIt Pro Enterprise.
With TripIt Pro Enterprise you will be notified of gate changes, airline flight delays, baggage carousel changes, alternate flight options and more. For the Christopherson rate of $39 a year, your travelers can enjoy the luxury of a worry free travel experience. If your entire company would like to be part of the TripIt Pro user family then we can sign you up for only $1 per ticket issued.
Contact a Christopherson account manager today for a 30 day free trial. Call 866-327-7700 or email us at allam@cbtravel.com. It won’t take you 30 days to wonder how you ever stayed on top of your travel without TripIt!

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Traveling Green – What is your Carbon Footprint?

In honor of Earth Day last Friday, I thought I would share with you how companies large and small are looking at their carbon footprints. As an account manager, recently I have had companies request data regarding their carbon footprint and miles flown. It got me thinking about who the greenest companies are within the travel industry. Some of the information I was able to find took me by surprise.

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Delta Survey Shows Business Travelers Use Flights to Unwind

Are you secretly happy when a flight doesn’t offer wi-fi and you can legitimately take a break from working during business travel?  If so, you’re not alone.  Delta Airlines recently published the results of a new survey, which reports that business travelers are turning to corporate business flights as a respite from the pressures of daily life, providing a rare opportunity to unwind rather than simply just a means to get to the next corporate meeting.
The most popular way to relax among survey respondents was reading, followed by sleep and watching a movie.
Delta is investing heavily in upgrading the customer experience with $2 billion in enhancements planned through 2013. Delta is currently rolling out its feature 180-degree fully flat bed seats in a one-two-one configuration across Europe. This will give its BusinessElite customers direct aisle access as well as a choice of single seats for added privacy. By this summer, Delta’s trans-Atlantic flights will also feature Economy Comfort, Delta’s premium economy service.
Source:  TravelPulse.com.

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Say Goodbye to Mileage Expiration

Delta Airlines has announced a major change in its frequent flyer program. The airline eliminated the expiration date on miles, claiming that loyalty should not have an expiration date. They are the only U.S. airline to offer this incentive, and it will be interesting to see if the other airlines will respond. Miles can still be redeemed for a number of different products, including airline tickets, car or hotel stays, and online auctions. Within other airlines’ frequent flyer programs, miles can expire in as early as one year.
Frequent flyer loyalty has tremendous benefits for the corporate traveler who flies frequently. Travelers can qualify for expedited check-in, free checked baggage, complimentary upgrades to first class, and reduced or no fees for making flight changes. These perks can really expedite the travel experience and save some costs that can quickly add up.
Click here for more information on Delta’s frequent flyer program.

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Delta Shuttle to Launch Service between New York LaGuardia and Chicago O’Hare

Delta Airlines announced plans today to launch hourly shuttle service between New York LaGuardia and Chicago O’Hare beginning June 10, 2010.
The announcement was made today as part of the carrier’s decision to replace the existing less frequent service between its New York hub and Chicago’s Midway Airport.
Delta has combined on-board ammenities such as fresh snacks, spirits and newspapers with enhanced ground offers such complimentary WiFi, free magazines and fresh bagels and jam. All this is leaving travelers between the two cities eager with anticipatin for the arrival of June 10. For more information on other cities served by Delta Shuttle, a full list of Delta Shuttle ammenities or any questions in general about Delta’s Shuttle service, please contact a Christopherson Business Travel advisor.

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Flying the Connected Skies?

Continental Airlines’ announcement last week that it would begin offering wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access aboard its aircraft beginning the second quarter of 2010 brought to close an exciting year of innovative in-flight communication advances.
Virgin America, the upstart discount carrier based in San Francisco, CA was the first U.S. carrier to offer fleet wide Wi-Fi access in May of 2009. American, Delta, United and US Airways followed shortly thereafter with staggered deployments of Wi-Fi across their respective fleets meaning in-flight Wi-Fi access will be a reality with all the legacy carriers in 2010.
As for the discount carriers, Virgin America is definitely leading the charge with Air Tran recently announcing the availability of in-flight Wi-Fi across its fleet. Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue have begun testing Wi-Fi on certain aircraft while Midwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines are still considering the option of offering this service to their customers.
As with almost any other service now offered on board, in-flight Wi-Fi will come at a cost. To find out which airlines offer Wi-Fi access and how much they charge based on your destination, call Christopherson/Andavo Travel and our trusted travel advisors will be glad to answer your questions.