Guide to Beating the Flight Delay Blues Part 2: 5 Eateries You've Got to Try

Last week, we discussed some cool pieces of artwork that anyone could look for at some of the airports across the country. But hey, if you’re just not into art and would rather do something else, that’s completely okay! Some of you simply like to look for new things to snack or sip on when you’re bored. We totally agree that Wolfgang Puck and McDonald’s have probably got you all burned out by now. We’re pretty burned out, too. So that’s why we’ve compiled this list of eateries you must try at least once in your life if you’re ever stuck in a layover or have to suffer through a flight delay!

Continue reading "5 Eateries to Try During Flight Delays - Travel Insurance Services" »


Your Summer Vacation Guide Part 3: Best Airlines to Use this Summer

By Chaitanya Bala

Airline blog imagePhew! We’ve gotten through the tough parts of planning your summer vacation. Nothing stinks more than being indecisive about where you want to go, or not knowing how much money you need to save up and bring on your trip. But hopefully by now, you’ve gotten through those hurdles and are ready for the next step: figuring out the best airlines to fly. The first step to enjoying your vacation is, well, getting there. And how else are you going to get to an international destination other than by taking a flight there, right? (You could probably take a boat if you really wanted, but that’s a conversation for another day.) There are over a few hundred airlines you could choose from.

So who’s really the most reputable? Figuring this out can get rather nerve-wracking since there are just so many options when it comes to the best airline to use for your trip. But that’s okay, because we’re here to help! So let’s break it down:

Continue reading "Best Airlines to Use This Summer – Travel Insurance Services " »


6 Tips to Breeze through Airport Security

By Chaitanya Bala

You just booked a fliShutterstock_322320824ght to destination paradise! Pretty soon, you’re going to be kicking back and relaxing against a beautiful backdrop with your loved ones. But before you can get the chance to do that, there’s one major obstacle you must get through: dreaded airport security. Having to take off your shoes and jackets in the middle of a crowded, frustrated line of people, while trying to yank all your electronics out of your compact backpack can be pretty hectic and stressful. With airport security being the most tedious step during air travel, it’s not surprising people get frustrated before stepping in line. But you can make your experience a lot easier, quicker, and efficient if you’re well-prepared beforehand. Here are 6 great tips to help you breeze through airport security.

 

Continue reading "6 Tips to Breeze through Airport Security – USI Affinity" »


Getting TSA Pre-check Status

TSA

Have you traveled with someone recently who was TSA prechecked? While you’re stuck in the TSA line, your traveling partner breezes right through without having to take off their shoes. I bet you began thinking “why wasn’t I prechecked?” “How can I become prechecked?” We are here to break down these common questions for you.

If you could get an upgrade from economy to business class, you'd do that, right? Well, getting TSA Precheck is basically the preflight upgrade equivalent, and it's something that every American citizen who flies often should consider getting.

Here's everything you need to know about TSA Precheck.

Travelers can actually enroll in the Transportation Security Administrations TSA Precheck program Over 4,000 travelers per day now sign up, which enables low-risk travelers to move more efficiently through select screening lanes at 133 U.S. airports. TSA Precheck requires you to pay an $85 application fee and complete an in-person interview at one of more than 330 application centers around the U.S. If you’re approved for TSA Precheck, you’ll be given a Known Traveler Number (KTN).

Within a couple weeks, you’ll receive your official ID card by mail. TSA Precheck status is valid for five years and allows you to keep your shoes, light outerwear and belt on, and to keep your laptop in its case and your 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in your carry-on.

For international travelers, even more of a no-brainer is Global Entry (GOES), which allows you expedited security when returning from international trips. The Global Entry application process is the same as TSA Precheck, except for the application fee, which is $100.00.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you can apply online then visit an enrollment site to provide identification and fingerprints.

Rules:

• Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and cannot have been convicted of certain crimes. If an applicant has a record of any of the crimes identified in the eligibility requirements, they may choose not to apply, as the application fee is nonrefundable.
• Interested applicants must visit an application center to provide biographic information (name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. Applicants also have the option to pre-enroll online to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting an enrollment center.
• Nonrefundable application fee of $85.00.
• After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail after approximately 2-3 weeks or may check online after five business days.

If you’re truly looking for a more pleasurable, faster travel experience, there are certainly advantages to becoming TSA prechecked. So, plan your travel with confidence and enjoy a more predictable experience.

TSA2