Here’s all the news that caught my eye this week – let me know if you learn something new!
Airlines + Miles
The TSA is reportedly piloting a new requirement in Kansas City (MCI): forcing passengers to remove any paper products from their luggage. Yet another reason to get Global Entry if you don’t have it already. [Schneier on Security]
American Airlines has a new promotion where you can earn up to 10,000 points for transactions with their shopping partners. [Mommy Points]
American Airlines also announced that they plan to cram so many seats into their new 737 MAX planes that some rows will lose two additional inches of legroom. [CNN Money]
Hawaiian Airlines unveiled a brand and livery refresh. It looks pretty slick! [The Design Air]
I got an email from NEXUS this week about some changes coming to Canadian immigration procedures which will seem very familiar to US travelers. Starting this weekend, Canada is starting to phase out its paper declaration cards in favor of automated “Primary Inspection Kiosks”, similar to the Automated Passport Control (APC) or Global Entry (GE) kiosks used in most US airports.
Quick question, do you know when your Global Entry card expires? A few months ago, I realized I hadn’t checked to see when mine expired. I’ve had it for years and yet couldn’t actually say for sure. So I took a look. Yikes, it expires in 2017! And as the idea of Global Entry has caught on, the numbers of people applying to the program has ballooned, and the turnaround time in getting both the new and renewed cards was SLOW! So I got on the ball and started the renewal process for my Global Entry card. You can renew your current card up to 1 year in advance, so it is best not to wait too long.
Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday! I just received my renewed passport (with extra pages and passport card) yesterday and wanted to share a quick tip with you. Since Global Entry is tied to your fingerprints and your passport, you will need to update your Global Entry online account when you get a new or renewed passport, since the passport number and dates will change. All you need to do is log into your Global Entry account online (https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes). I will give you a few minutes to remember your username and reset your password (that happened to me too). If you have Sentri, NEXUS, or FAST, the process should be verify similar.