How You Can Earn Double SkyMiles (Or More) On Your Delta Flight By Checking A Bag

I was recently spending time with a friend who just flew home on Delta from a two-week business trip. He flew from LAX-ATL-MCO and while his flight was delayed over an hour due to a mechanical issue, the biggest grump he had was that it took over 45 minutes for his luggage to arrive after landing.

Now I grew up flying out of Newark Airport so long waits for luggage are nothing new for me. In fact, I was always amazed at how fast my baggage showed up when flying to Orlando compared to what I was accustomed to at home.

Times have changed and Orlando Airport is no longer a small airport in Central Florida. It’s the biggest airport in the state and is going through some growing pains.

While most departing passengers notice the long lines at the TSA checkpoints, Orlando residents know that it’s been taking longer and longer for checked bags to show up at the carousels.

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United Just Gave Another Reason Never To Pay Full Price For CLEAR

CLEAR is the independent security program that provides a way to more quickly clear the ID check portion of the TSA checkpoint at US airports. You have to do a one-time registration where they collect your ID information and biometric data (fingerprints and iris scan). After that, when going to a flight, you head to the CLEAR kiosks instead of going to a regular line. You scan your boarding pass and your fingerprints (I’ve never had my iris scan used for ID). The clear representative then takes you to the TSA agent for whichever line you qualify for (PreCheck or the regular line).

A combination of CLEAR with TSA PreCheck is the quickest way for you to get through the checkpoints.

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While some people swear by CLEAR and how it saves them so much time at the airport, we’ve just not seen the time savings because of our travel patterns. While it wasn’t hard for us to give it a try as we got a free trial through TripIt Pro, the decision to renew will be a bit tougher. Continue reading “United Just Gave Another Reason Never To Pay Full Price For CLEAR”

How To Earn An Easy 1500 Membership Rewards, How To Make Your Hilton Honors Account Harder to Hack, & More

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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What Can You Do When You Might Miss Your Connecting Flight?

It’s everyone’s travel nightmare. After making sure you get to the airport extra early because of the delays at check-in and security, you finally get to your gate and find a seat, preferably near a power plug (and not one of these). You hope there are no yelling children around, or adults talking with their phone on speaker. You start reading your book on your Kindle or watch some cute video of cats on your phone to pass the time. When it’s almost boarding time for your flight, there’s one small HUGE problem – there’s no plane at the gate. You think, “There’s no way we’re leaving on time, but if we were delayed, wouldn’t the airline tell us?” Well, not necessarily. 

The dread of knowing you only have 90 minutes to make your connecting flight and who knows how long you’re going to be delayed sets in. You’d stand at the counter to ask one of the employees, but you notice the line is already 15 people deep with fellow travelers who already had the same thoughts as you. If you’re waiting for the airline to let you know about a delay, you’re already WAY BEHIND THE CURVE. Continue reading “What Can You Do When You Might Miss Your Connecting Flight?”