Passenger Security Fees to Jump
Travelers purchasing plane tickets on or after July 21 will notice higher passenger security fees. The fees, which fund the Transportation Security Administration and other budget items, will rise to $5.60 per one-way trip. Previously, the fee was $2.50 per leg of a flight itinerary, capped at $5 per one-way trip.
Delta's Automated Passport Control
Delta Air Lines' international customers now have access to Automated Passport Control kiosks when arriving at the airline's main international gateways, including Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York-JFK and Seattle. The APC program officially launched recently in Detroit and Los Angeles.
APC self-service kiosks expedite the entry process for U.S., Canadian and eligible visa waiver program international customers by providing an automated process to submit customs declaration forms and biographical information.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, airports that employ APC kiosks reduce the average customer's wait time through primary inspection areas by 29 to 45 percent, depending on location.
The number of APC kiosks at Delta's different international gateways includes:
- Atlanta: 74 installed in May 2014
- Boston: 20 installed in June 2014 with an additional 10 to be installed later this summer
- Detroit: 30 installed in June 2014
- Los Angeles: 10 installed in June 2014
- New York-JFK: 40 installed in September 2013 with an additional 14 installed in June 2013 and 14 more later in the summer
- Seattle: 14 installed in December 2013
Marriott, MIT match up hotel guests with new app
Guests at Marriott hotels who might want to connect with other travelers sharing similar interests can use a new application developed by the hotel company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called "Six Degrees." The app, which uses LinkedIn profiles, can be used by the hotel to gather guests for group events.
Crystal Cruises to offer Alaskan itineraries in 2016
Crystal Cruises will once again operate sailings in Alaska aboard the 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity. The line will offer four seven-day sailings between Vancouver and Whittier, Alaska, starting June 2016, followed by three 10-day trips.
Royal Caribbean Plans Fourth Oasis-class Ship
Royal Caribbean International plans to launch a fourth Oasis-class vessel in spring 2018. The new ship will include modifications from the first two of the line's Oasis-class vessels, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.
Windstar Cruises Christens First New Ship in 16 Years
Windstar Cruises held a christening ceremony Monday for the Star Pride, its first new vessel since 1998. Formerly the Seabourn Pride, the 206-passenger ship underwent an extensive 18-day refurbishment. Two more Seabourn vessels -- the Star Legend and the Star Breeze -- are slated to join the Windstar fleet next May.