One of my favorite perks of the United Club is using my membership to request a gate pass. I've used this to meet people at the airport. Once I just went to hang out for a day and enjoy a drink while working on the blog. You just need to go up to any ticket agent (hopefully one that isn't busy) and request a gate pass as a United Club member. If they resist, ask them to look up "GG Checkpoint, line … [Read more...]
Posts about "Airport Security"
The Transportation Security Administration loves to impress the general public with its security theater, sending out a weekly update on how many guns and knives it's collected from ordinary travelers, as well as drug busts and other illegal activities that are beyond scope but required to be reported to the relevant authorities. What it doesn't usually mention are the number of arrests resulting from these … [Read more...]
Not quite everyone, but it's still "everyone" in the sense that the TSA is planning to let ordinary people use the PreCheck lanes -- including those who have not experienced the same background check and other pre-screening measures that are currently required to be PreCheck-eligible. One of the best ways to use PreCheck right now is to get Global Entry, an expedited process operated by Customs and Border Patrol … [Read more...]
Amtrak is a great deal here in the Pacific Northwest. You can transfer 2,000 Ultimate Rewards points for a one-way business class ticket from Seattle to either Portland or Vancouver, BC. With the promise of big, comfy seats, no lines for security, and on-board WiFi, you would wonder why anyone would take a plane. On these routes, Alaska, United, and Air Canada tend to use cramped prop planes -- not even regional … [Read more...]