MO Real ID

I recently decided I would get a jump on what will surely be a last minute surge of people racing to get the REAL-ID drivers licenses. While you have a year before your current driver’s license will not be valid for identification at any major US airport or government installation (October, 2020), don’t delay your attempts too long.
The following are tips to heed to avoid my mistakes. I learned the hard way, and it took me two trips to the DMV to receive my new license.

airport security, TSA PreCheck

Often times TravelPlex travel advisors are asked what we would do if we were to chose between TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry and Clear. The following breakout provides a very easy way to decide which of the three options might be best for your personal travel needs.

No real big surprise here, but higher airfares could be on the horizon as oil prices jump following the weekend drone attacks on a Saudi Arabian oil facility. Oil prices rose 10% right after the attack, and it will take weeks, maybe months, to get the facility back to full capacity.

According to an industry insider, "If the recent spike in oil prices were to be sustained or if oil continued to move higher from here, the airlines will look to aggressively raise fares."

MO Real ID, drivers license

With little more than year to go, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ramping up public awareness for Real ID. A new nationwide campaign is reminding travelers not to wait until the last moment to apply for the TSA compliant state issued driver's licenses and IDs.

Beginning October 1, 2020, only a Real ID or an equivalent ID such as a passport will be allowed in order to fly. While that is still over a year away, it may be easy to put it off and convince yourself you’ll get to it soon. Don’t wait!

Passport

Losing your passport is a nerve racking experience, whether you're at home or already traveling.

The following article provides directions for effectively dealing with this situation. It walks you through what you need to do, as well as the associated forms involved.

iPhone apps

If you travel for a living – or even just for fun – one of the most important things to have at your disposal is a really good travel app. While many of you are familiar with the TripIt app, there are some who have yet to try this time saving app for themselves.

That is why TravelPlex is proud to announce you may subscribe to TripIt Pro for one-year and pay only $29! That is 40% off the regular rate of $49 a year.

Couple Booking Travel

DO YOU READ ONLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHEN BOOKING TRAVEL? You might want to if you book hotels online. 

As with a lot of online purchases, there is always some fine print, but hoteliers have taken it to the max.

Southwest plane

As Southwest and American Airlines continue to deal with grounding of the 787 Max airplanes, we feel communication from the airlines is crucial in letting the traveling community know how the airline is performing and working around the grounding issue.

Below is a message from Southwest Airlines regarding the Boeing 737 Max airplanes:

Business Meal

Every year, we at TravelPlex are asked by most of our corporate partners for the latest in travel per diems and hotel rates. The following information will contain rates on average hotel rates; average car rates and average meal costs, all broken down by city.

TSA ID

Finally! The news all Missouri travelers have been waiting to hear. Missouri has passed a law enabling the state to offer licenses and identification cards that will comply with stricter federal identification requirements under the federal Real ID Act.

Applications for the new licenses will be accepted as of today (March 25, 2019).

Hotel

If you’ve been traveling for the past year or so, or even shopped for a hotel to stay, you may have noticed an unprecedented number of new hotel brands. Major chains such as Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt are expanding their offerings in order to offer a hotel room for almost anyone’s economic or demographic sector.

As the newest wave of travelers wash into the job market, millennial travelers have every hotel chain looking to offer them a hotel product that will appeal to their liking.

737 Max

We have just been alerted to the news that President Trump and the FAA have grounded all Boeing 737 Max-8 and 737 Max-9 airplanes immediately and they will be out of service until further notice. The impact of these groundings should be minimal. Southwest Airlines employs 36 of the grounded aircraft, while American Airlines flies 24 of the planes.

An ABC News announcement was made and includes the following:

Woman in Hotel Room

Today, women are traveling more than ever. Unfortunately, they face some unique risks - as the U.S. Department of State perfectly puts it, “The truth is that women face greater obstacles". The most frequent security risks that female travelers face are opportunistic crimes, especially bag snatching, followed by sexual harassment and assault.

There are various precautions women can take prior to a trip and when travelling to minimize these risks.

Southwest plane

Some of you who frequently fly Southwest Airlines, or have friends or co-workers flying the carrier, may have noticed the unusually high amount of cancellations the airline has had in recent weeks. Most notable to many travelers are that these are not weather-related cancellations.

It was announced last week that Southwest Airlines has sued its mechanics' union, claiming the union is encouraging mechanics to write up artificial aircraft maintenance reports that have no impact on flight safety.

Virgin Voyages Ship

Always wanted to try a cruise but you hate buffets and waterparks and long for adventure with an adult twist? Hang on to your sailor hat, there’s a new guy at sea!

Richard Branson now has a cruise line with a totally different take on cruising. 

Busy Airport

We wanted to alert all TravelPlex clients to the possible delays and cancellations at various airports throughout the country and the need for all travelers to check with the airline as to the status of their flight. This is due to staffing issues at several airports, including Atlanta, LaGuardia (NYC), Newark and Philadelphia.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has made the decision to halt or delay flights into these three airports because of staffing concerns. Typically, these are temporary measures and involve ‘gate and/or taxi holds’.