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Airlines Anticipate Quicker Holiday Travel

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We all know that holiday travel can become a nightmare with delays and cancellations but, if you’re planning on traveling this year, there is some good news to report. Many of the leading airlines in the country are confident they’ll be able to handle the increased Thanksgiving travel volume thanks to the greater number of people that have signed up for quick screening. These programs are aimed at speeding up the slow security lines.

Just over 27 million people are expected to fly the friendly skies on a U.S. airline over a twelve day beginning on the 18th of this month and ending on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Those numbers represent a healthy increase of more than two percent from last year. The airline industry anticipates airport lines will become more manageable because of the greater number of people enrolled in programs such as TSA PreCheck.

Per the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), close to four million people are currently enrolled in PreCheck, a substantial increase from 1.75 million in 2015. Over five million are enrolled in other screening programs such as Global Entry, a program overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Slow moving security lines were a major headache during the spring season, resulting in thousands of passengers missing their flights during the first five months of the year. To address this, the TSA has increased its staff and continues to encourage people to sign up for the PreCheck program.

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By Administrator at 4 Nov 2016

Traveling on a Budget

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With the arrival of November, the holiday season is about kick into overdrive. Since most people manage to get a couple of days off, it’s a great time to consider flying somewhere and experiencing something new. If you’re seeking to travel somewhere on a budget, you may be interested in reading further.

A popular travel website recently used its extensive database of hotels and flights to determine the most budget friendly travel destinations right here in the United States as well as around the country. The data used also included popular beach destinations and even New Year’s Eve travel destinations.

The capital of Costa Rica better known as San Jose made it to number one on the list, boasting prices that were over thirty percent lower than the overall median price for international flights. During the holiday season, a roundtrip flight to San Jose tends to average somewhere between $480 to $654.

In terms of U.S. cities for cheap holiday travel, you may be surprised to learn that none other than Las Vegas came out on top. The median airfare to visit “Sin City” is about $221 in January, and even in December, you can potentially book a flight for around $247 in December.

Bogota, Colombia, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Dublin, Ireland are some of the other international destinations that made the list. Remember that the time of the booking also factors heavily into the price, so the median ranges mentioned above may vary.

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By Administrator at 2 Nov 2016

Useful Travel Tips for iPhone Users

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The iPhone has become an incredibly convenient travel tool. From providing tons of insight into a destination to its convenience in functioning as a boarding pass, it’s essentially become a must have travel tool. Apple recently introduced iOS 10, the latest version of its iPhone operating system which comes with several useful enhancements and upgrades that may help make your next trip much smoother.

Going through the photos you’ve taken and sharing them is always fun, and iOS 10 makes it much easier to go your photo library. With its intelligent search capabilities, you can search for terms like “beach” or even ask Siri to find photos from a certain time and have them pulled up instantly.

Are you depending on public transit to get around? Chances are you’re probably using Uber or Lyft. With the new version of Apple Maps, you can request an Uber ride while within the app, incredibly useful if you’re trying to plan your itinerary in an unfamiliar city.

The built-in keyboard has become much smarter about autocorrecting for users typing in languages beyond English. By enabling multiple languages, iOS will no longer try to autocorrect your typing into nonsensical words.

Running low on battery without a charger in sight can be panic inducing. While iPhones are known for their stellar battery life, you can potentially extend your battery a little bit longer when it’s low by simply placing your phone face down. If you tend to receive a lot of notifications, this new feature can be a lifesaver.

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By Administrator at 28 Oct 2016

Are TSA Delays Covered Under Your Insurance?

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Probably everyone who frequently travels has dealt with some type of delay. With the increasingly stringent TSA requirements, one of the slowest steps in making your flight is having to wait in security checkpoint lines. These lines can take quite some time, especially if your destination includes a foreign country. It’s not unusual to miss a flight because of a TSA delay or suddenly finding yourself unable to get on another flight because it’s already full.

You might be wondering whether such a delay will be covered under your travel insurance policy, assuming you purchased one. Unfortunately, a delay in your trip due to the TSA security check will not be covered by your insurance. A delay because of a mechanical breakdown in the aircraft? Yes, it’s covered. A hurricane that prevents or affects travel? It’s possible. To know exactly what’s covered, make sure you thoroughly read your policy coverage or contact your travel insurance provider.

TSA delays do not fall under what the travel insurance industry calls “peril coverage” as there is nothing perilous about it. If you’re concerned about running into such a situation the next time you plan a long flight, the best way to avoid such delays is to arrive at the airport early so you have more than enough time should unforeseen TSA circumstances arise or get TSA Pre✓ and use the shorter lines at the airports.

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By Administrator at 10 Oct 2016

Traveling to Japan on a Budget

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Japan is among the priciest countries to travel to in the continent of Asia. The high cost of travel and living is offset by its rich, fascinating culture and its wealth of places to explore. With a few simple tricks, traveling to the “Land of the Rising Sun” doesn’t have to cost quite as much.

A large portion of your travel budget will go towards the airfare, but you can potentially pay a little less by visiting Japan during off-peak season. Do some research on public holidays like New Year's Golden Week which takes place in late April to early May and then plan your trip accordingly.

The next thing you’ll need to determine is lodging. If you’d rather not do the traditional hotel experience, you could consider staying at “kissas”, Internet cafes of sorts that are open all night and provide showers plus snacks to munch on. You can also stay in a private room at a youth hostel or one of the capsule hotels. These hotels provide sleeping pods that offer just enough space to maneuver in.

As you’re exploring Japan, you’ll need to figure out a way to get around the island country. Strongly consider opting for a bus over a train if time is not of the essence as these are comparably cheaper. In fact, you can purchase an all-day bus pass for about 500 yen, that’s roughly $5 dollars.

This update is provided by travel insurance provider Trawick International. Some of our travel insurance plans include international and domestic inbound and outbound travel insurance, missionary travel insurance, trip protection and cancellation, visitor insurance, and Schengen Visa. Call 877-233-4591 for more information.

By Administrator at 30 Sep 2016
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