CALL TOLL FREE: 800.871.7627 
Home → Chicago Limo Blog
20 2017 Apr

State Department Travel Website Launches To Help Agencies And Their Clients

  • by
  • Comments Off on State Department Travel Website Launches To Help Agencies And Their Clients
  • posted in News, Travel

State Department launches a dedicated Travel Agent website to help agencies and their clients find useful information and resources abroad. The site, which can be found here was established by the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and has gained praise by The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).

“ASTA commends the State Department for creating this resource for agencies and their clients and for recognizing the critical role that travel agents play in today’s travel ecosystem,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA President & CEO.

Important issues that may arise during travel abroad are addressed on the site. Some of which are:

“Information on passports, preparing for a trip abroad, emergency assistance while traveling, and additional resources related to customs restrictions, issues specific to cruise passengers and federal trusted traveler programs such as TSA PreCheck and Customs’ Global Entry.”

With helpful Travel Alerts & Warnings, both Travel agents and their clients can have a dedicated site to stay up-to-date on worldwide and country specific warnings.

A growing number of travelers are using travel professionals to book their trips abroad. Which is why this site comes at such a great time.

The site offers many easy to access resources like the ‘Learn About Your Destination’ tool, pictured below.

 

This interactive tool offers Travel Agents and their clients easy-to-access worldwide information on travelers destinations.

The State Department’s dedicated Travel Agent website is now helping Travel agents and their clients worldwide stay well-informed about their travel destinations’ current sate.

 

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
13 2017 Apr

10 Essential Travel Tips For Making Any Business Trip Bearable

  • by
  • Comments Off on 10 Essential Travel Tips For Making Any Business Trip Bearable
  • posted in News, Travel

As a business traveler, you become privy to airports and airplanes, hotels and packing – and all of the inconvenience in between. We get it, we’re business travelers ourselves and are always looking for new ways to make our travels better. We practice these 10 Essential and Practical travel tips every time we travel for business, and they make our trips hassle free and most importantly, bearable.

10 Essential Travel Tips To make Your Bi Trip Bearable ViaSmartCarsInc.com

1. Pack For The Overhead-bin:

Thinking ahead is key when traveling for business. Especially when it comes to your luggage. If you want to avoid spending an extra hour at the luggage claim, I’d suggest packing for the overhead-bin. It’s a pretty straight forward concept, but people still get it wrong. They don’t always factor in a full flight, and limited carry-on space. Which is why taking two equal sized bags (instead of your usual roller bag) can make a world of difference. For example, one bag should be a size that will fit under your seat and the other should be flexible enough so it can fit into any odd space available between roller bags in the overhead bin.

2. Organize

Reducing stress, even a little bit, can make a world of difference when traveling for business. This means, organizing your carry-ons before you leave the house. Everything from your computer to charging cables should have a designated place.

3. Arrange For Things Ahead Of Time

There is nothing worse than getting to your hotel and having to pay thirty dollars a day for WiFi. Luckily, in today’s digital age you can arrange for alternative access ahead of time. Buy an international data plan for your mobile device so that when you get to your destination, you can use it as a hotspot for all of your working needs.

4. Bring Portable USB Chargers

Almost every airport is equipped with charging stations now but you’d be surprised at just how many people overlook using them while they’re waiting for their flight. That’s why bringing a portable USB charger or battery pack is an absolute must. There is nothing worse than getting stuck somewhere without a means of communication, especially when you’re on business. Most international hotels do not come equipped with electrical outlets, so a USB charger that connects to your laptop will suffice.

5. Create an in-flight routine

You won’t believe how many people I see rummaging through their bags before take off, looking for all the things they need for in-flight distraction. Packing a separate bag (one that fits in your carry on) is so much easier! Pull your small bag out of your carry on, and stow your carry on away in the overhead bin. Instead of frantically looking for those glasses, or earphones, you have everything you need in one place.

6. Keep with a Sleeping Pattern

If you’re flying a long overnight flight, it’s important to keep with your regular sleeping pattern. Before boarding perform your usual bedtime rituals like, brushing your teeth, putting on comfortable clothes etc.

7. Eat healthy

One of the downfalls of Travel is not being able to stick to your normal diet. Staying away from heavy foods, and even alcohol can be a huge factor in making your business travel more bearable.

8. Use a car service

Use a professional car service to chauffeur you to and from your hotel, business meetings and everywhere in between. Smart Cars services over 500+ cities nationwide, so that you can request a ride from virtually anywhere.

9. Earphones and Headphones

With the increasing popularity of mobile entertainment devices, there is almost always something that you can plug into. Always have a set of earphones or headphones so that you can block out unwanted noise, and focus on entertaining yourself on long flights.

10. Get Carded

Traveling a lot can come with perks, if you know where to find them. Signing up for an airline affinity card can bring many stress-free benefits like priority boarding and free checked luggage. Not to mention, every time you fly, you rack up points towards more air miles (with certain cards).

Traveling for business is not always an easy (or fun) task but, with the help of these 10 Essential and Practical travel tips you can make your journey a little more bearable, and a lot less stressful.

Which Travel tips have you tried? Share with us in the comments below!

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
Read More
30 2017 Mar

How Travel Trends Will Impact Your Business This Year

  • by
  • Comments Off on How Travel Trends Will Impact Your Business This Year
  • posted in Travel

The state of business travel is often a strong indicator of the overall U.S. economy. In 2016 we saw a decrease in business travel, but in 2017 things are starting to look promising once again.

2017 Travel Trends

A poll, conducted for Airlines Reporting Corporation by the Business Travel News Group, reported the following business travel outlooks for 2017:

  • About 70 percent of those polled expect their organization’s air spending to increase, while 30 percent expect spending to decrease.
  • About one-third of those polled expect air spending in their managed travel programs to increase by 2 to 5 percent this year, while 11 percent expect less than a 2 percent rise.
  • More than 20 percent of respondents expect air spending increases of 8.1 percent or more in 2017.
  • Of those who expect spending declines in their travel programs, most predicted modest reductions of less than 5 percent.

Source: ARC/The BTN Group online survey of 63 travel manager respondents

With both business travel and costs set to rise this year, Travel Managers will become more lenient on spending — and getting back to business per usual.  This also means, that more than ever, Travel Managers need to be aware of the current 2017 Travel Trends.

A Few 2017 Travel Trends

Digital Wallets:

Digital wallets like Apple Pay reported a growth of one million new users per week. For Travelers, Digital wallets mean the convenience they need in a sometimes inconvenient setting — business travel. With digital wallets, travelers can pay for in-flight movies, lunch at the airport and request a Smart Cars ride to your hotel or anywhere else, with the touch of a finger.

Sharing Economy:

As part of our new “Sharing Economy” travel companies are integrating more of a tech-savvy approach for their users convenience. Like many other touch and go apps, Smart Cars servicing 500+ cities nationwide has an online and mobile reservations system. Other tech-based firms like Airbnb and TaskRabbit are making business travel easier than ever!

Digital Keys:

A recent partnership between Google Maps and the Hilton brand have made choosing a room with a view easy as pie. Google maps even displays street views of each room.

Smartphones will also be apart of your digital key experience. Your smartphone can now lock and unlock your hotel room doors.

These 2017 Travel Trends are just among a few that the new year will roll out. While travelers can expect more personalized experiences, Travel Managers can expect proliferation of technology innovation to offer to their employees, clients, and even themselves!

Which 2017 Travel Trend are you most excited about? Share in the comments below!

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
20 2017 Mar

6 Home Security + Maintenance Tools for Frequent Business Travelers

  • by
  • Comments Off on 6 Home Security + Maintenance Tools for Frequent Business Travelers
  • posted in Travel

No one wants to be pre-occupied with the safety of their house or belongings while traveling for business. Luckily, there are tools and services to increase your homes safety and provide you with the peace of mind you need to focus on your job without concern of what you’re leaving behind. Here are 9 security and maintenance tools for frequent business travelers.

1. Alarm Systems

This may seem like an obvious tool but it’s the most underutilized. A professional, remotely monitored alarm system is one of the best and most effective ways for deterring theft. Alarm Systems monitor every aspect of your home. Every nook and cranny can be watched. These systems even notify law enforcement if there’s a break in which minimizes overall risk. An added bonus to Alarm Systems, is that they monitor fires, carbon monoxide and even other safety hazards!

2. Remote Monitoring

In today’s tech savvy world, remote monitoring takes protecting your property to the next level. Devices like the Nest Cam allow owners to check their house with use of an app — from anywhere in the world. The app detects movement and activities, even saving 30 days of previous records. Remote monitoring not only gives you peace of mind but it’s also a great way to monitor house sitters, family members and pets inside your home.

3. Video Doorbell

Like remote monitoring, video doorbells are also a new advancement in home security. Video Doorbells alert you when there is someone at your front door by way of app. You can see them and even respond to them as if you are inside your home. For added security measures, you can also record visitors.

3. Parcel Drop Box

If you’re like me, and travel for business frequently you probably do a lot of shopping online. A parcel drop box is for when your orders arrive while you’re away on business. These are great solutions to protect your latest delivery from theft.

4. Safe Deposit Box

A Safe Deposit Box is another great tool to protect your belongings while you are away on business travel. If an intruder should get into your home, all of your precious items will be safe guarded inside a theft-proof safe deposit box. For added security, consider using a safety deposit box at your personal bank.

 

5. Electrical Timers

One of the biggest deterrents of theft is making your house look like you’re still living in it. Electrical timers on lights will give the appearance of a lived-in house by turning lights on and off at certain times of the day.

6. Pet Feeding

Automated pet food and water systems can be very effective and cost effective when leaving your pets home while you’re away. Pet feeding can deliver pre-measured dry pet food and water to your pets.

Take a few simple steps like the ones listed above, will give you peace of mind while you are away on business.

Which tool will you use when you’re on business travel?

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
7 2017 Mar

6 Effective Tips For Working On A Plane

6 Effective Tips For Working On A Plane

If you're like us, then you know that working while traveling is hard. With these 6 effective tips, you'' be working on a plane like the professional you are.
To some people, travel means a vacation from all things work related but, for many people, in-flight time is just another day at the office. Most people, like me, actually get more work done on airplanes because there are no office distractions. So to help fellow business travelers like myself, I thought i’d share a few tips to effectively working on an airplane.

If you're like us, then you know that working while traveling is hard. With these 6 effective tips, you'' be working on a plane like the professional you are.

1. Book Flights That Offer Wi-Fi
Yes, more and more planes are offering Wi-Fi but, to be safe, find out which planes have Wi-Fi before booking. You can find this out on many major travel websites or you can check out this article by Gizmodo that not only tells you which airline’s have Wi-Fi but also ranks their service for you.

2. Get a Tablet or a Keyboard
One of the biggest challenges of working on an airplane is not having enough space to type on your Laptop or Tablet. As a way of solving this, consider a a Tablet that comes with a keyboarder grab an external keyboard at your local computer store.

3. Upgrade to a Row With More Room
As you can tell (from tip number 2) space is a real issue when working on an airplane. Luckily, you have a few options to better prepare. Economy or comfort rows usually have the space one needs to adequately work without feeling cramped. If those aren’t options, taking an aisle seat can make a world of difference!

4. Buy a Wi-Fi Pass
Most people buy a day or flight pass for in-flight Wi-Fi, but as a business traveler, it may save you time and money if you travel more than once per month. You can buy one on Gogo, an internet provider of all the major domestic airliners.

5. Bring an Extra Laptop Battery or Power Station
While many major airports now have docking stations for all of your devices, in-flight is a different story. There’s nothing worse than opening up your Laptop or Tablet ready to work only to find that you have no battery. This is why investing in an extra batter pack is definitely worth your while.

6. Purchase a Privacy Screen Protector
If you don’t want your neighbors to get a glimpse of all your important documents or emails then purchase a privacy screen protector. These things were literally designed so that only the person sitting directly in front of the screen can view it — not your neighbor!

Need chauffeured transportation to and from the airport and during the rest of your travel? We service over 500 cities, worldwide! Book our Corporate Travel services now.

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
2 2015 Dec

Simple Exercises and Stretches You Can Do Anywhere

Get moving with these simple exercises and stretches. Being stuck in the office, in a plane or in a car is a chronic complete for business professionals and can cause a lot of physical problems over time. Studies show that movement during periods of stress not only improves focus and clarity but relieves tension and improves mood. All good things for a busy day at the office! A recent article on Forbes.com noted that, “According to a survey by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, nearly 50% of adults in the U.S. admit that they don’t engage in the suggested 30 minutes, five days a week of moderate physical activity or the suggested 20 minutes, three times a week of vigorous activity. In short, about half of Americans don’t get the physical exercise they need.”

Luckily there are simple exercises you can do right now at your desk, in the airport or in a town car to help you improve your body’s flexibility and strength with in just a few minutes:

  1. Improve your posture! Your body functions better when you have good posture. Your back feels better, your feet don’t hurt, your neck has less tension, Etc. when you position yourself in the correct way while seated for long periods of time. Adjust the height of your chair to a 90-90-90 position; feet flat on the floor, hips bent at a 90-degree angle, back supported with your lower back flat against the back of your chair. Hunching forward will cause spasms, headaches and all kinds of other problems. This isn’t so much an exercise as just setting you up for success!
  2. Stretch! Stretching is a great way to relieve tension, improve blood flow and therefore boost brain function! Try a neck stretch: touch your ear to your shoulder and hold it there, then gently switch sides. Another great one is to stand in a doorway, hold the door frame on each side and walk forward until you feel a stretch across your chest. Also just reaching up with both arms and then doing a slight bend to the left and then the right from your chair is a great simple relaxing stretch.
  3. Avoid carpal tunnel syndrome with this important stretch. Stand at a desk or other low service and with your arms straight, place your palms on the desk with your fingers pointed toward you, lower your body slowly until you feel the stretch (it’s not far). Hold it for 15 seconds and repeat it several times throughout the day.
  4. The “Magic Carpet Ride” works your core and arms. Sit in a chair with your legs crossed and your feet on the seat. Then place your hands on the armrests, suck in your gut and raise yourself a few inches above the seat, using your belly, muscles and hands. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat five times.
  5. For lower-body strength, try the “Wooden Leg.” Sit in a chair. Extend one leg out straight in front of you. Hold for two seconds. Then raise it up as high as you can and hold it again for two seconds. Repeat with each leg 15 times.

For some more intense muscle-building exercises you can try at the office we found a great article on Men’s Fitness. Remember, just because you can’t be at the gym all day doesn’t mean you can’t move. Try these simple moves and share them with coworkers and friends. A little movement throughout the day improves your sleep, stress level and overall well-being. To your health road warriors!

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
25 2015 Nov

The Fastest Way through Customs is With Mobile Passport

  • by
  • Comments Off on The Fastest Way through Customs is With Mobile Passport
  • posted in News, Travel

International business travelers take note of mobile passport! After a 15-hour flight the last thing you want to do is hang out in super long customs lines, but we are going to let you in on a little secret… there is a completely free way to bypass the lines at immigration and customs when re-entering the U.S. at select airports—and all you need is your smartphone!

The secret is really no secret at all, but instead a downloadable app available to both iPhone and Android users via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store that allows users to enter their passport and travel information, submit it electronically, and generate a receipt to show at customs and immigration checkpoints. It’s called Mobile Passport and this super slick technology eliminates the need for traditional forms and waiting in long lines.

The app, launched in 2014 by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in partnerships with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is free to download and free to use. Entirely separate from the paid Global Entry program, Mobile Passport boasts a speed and ease that has Global Entry users eating its dust.

For now, use of the Mobile Passport app is limited to U.S. citizens holding a valid U.S. passport, as well as Canadian citizens with a valid Canadian passport. Five airports are currently a part of the program: Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Seattle (SEA), Chicago (ORD), and San Francisco (SFO). The goal is to have at least 20 airports accepting the app over the next year.

Once the app is on your phone, there’s nothing left to do until your plane lands back on U.S. soil at one of the participating airports. When you turn off “airplane mode,” open the app, complete the steps, and you’ll have your immigration and customs clearance ready before even stepping off the aircraft. The profile includes the traveler’s name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. According to CBP, the process is simple: travelers complete the “New Trip” section by selecting their arrival airport and airline, take a selfie, and answer a series of custom declaration questions. Once the traveler submits the form through the app, the traveler will receive an “electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code,” which expires four hours after issuance. Travelers then bring their passport and mobile device with their digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection and be welcomed back into the United States. It’s that easy! Here’s what it looks like:

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
18 2015 Nov

Perk Up! Better Hotel Coffee is Coming

Good news business travelers- better hotel coffee is coming soon! If lackluster coffee at even your favorite hotels has been disappointing you for years there’s something brewing at hotels across the USA that’s really going to perk you up.  According to a recent article on USAToday.com business travelers looking for the perfect beverage to start their day no longer have to settle for instant coffee brewed in old-fashioned pots. Hotels are partnering with specialty coffee companies to upgrade caffeinated beverage options in guest rooms, through room service, at kiosks and in lounges. And it’s about time, considering the ever-growing popularity of Starbucks and other craft brews, hotels have no choice but to offer coffee of equal or higher quality.

Here are some examples of what you will see soon:

  • Fairmont Hotels and Resorts partnered with H.C. Valentine Coffee, a micro-roasting company based in Birmingham, Ala., to provide guests with what Brett Patterson, the company’s vice president of Food and Beverage for the Americas, calls a “farm-to-cup” experience. Most of the beans come from small family farms in Africa and Central and South America.
  • At AC Hotels by Marriott, guests can use a one-cup brewing machine to make Torrefazione Italia coffee. Marriott chose an Italian coffee for the new hotel brand, which originated in Europe. If guests don’t want to drink the coffee in their room, they can head down to the AC Kitchen and make a customized coffee drink from a Nespresso machine.
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts recently expanded its partnership with the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to provide specialty coffee drinks in lobbies, restaurants, lounges and gourmet markets at participating properties.
  • Le Meridien Hotels take their coffee culture so seriously that each property has an in-house Master Barista. The baristas go through an intensive training program. Last November, the company partnered with illy Coffee to name a Global Latte Artist.

According to the USAToday article the importance of coffee is highlighted in a 2015 National Coffee Association USA study, which found that 70% of consumers say coffee wakes them up and gets them going in the morning. And for business travelers who just caught the red eye its even more critical to getting a great start to a busy day.

Hotels also have to offer better coffee making machines. Many hotels are replacing in-room miniature coffeemakers with higher-end machines from manufacturers such as Nespresso and Keurig. Some business travelers say they like the higher-quality machines but worry about how they are maintained.

Also many consumers noted in the study want their coffee to be made in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. About 17% of all coffee drinkers expressed concern about environmental and sustainability issues. That concern tripled among consumers below the age of 39, which include those Millennial travelers coveted by hotels.

Hotels are keeping up with expectations by offering coffee brewed by local companies. Younger travelers, in particular, prefer to eat and drink locally sourced and produced products.

Examples of hotels taking this approach include:

  • Guest rooms at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, are equipped with a French press offering a local Puerto Rican coffee.
  • The Brooklyn Marriott serves fair-trade coffees by DUMBO-based roastery and espresso lab Brooklyn Roasting. Coffee flavors change frequently but include such creative options as the Iris Espresso, a sweet and spicy brew.
  • The James Chicago partnered with Sparrow Coffee, a green and organic micro-roastery.
  • The Wayfarer at the Quin Hotel in New York created its own brand of cold brew coffee with local coffee brewers For Five Coffee Roasters.

So whether you’re a coffee lover or you just need your morning fix to get moving, your hotel coffee experience should be getting a big upgrade soon! Had a great coffee experience on a recent business trip? Share where you were and what it was with other road warriors on our Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #cupofjoe.

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
11 2015 Nov

Airline Travel is Still the Cost-Efficient Way to Go

airline travelAccording to an article from 10.26.15 on Airlines.org, an airline advocacy website, in the last year airfare has fallen 3.9%, and in August and it was down 7% year over year, making air travel one of the most cost-efficient travel options, in addition to being incredibly safe and convenient. When you are a road warrior business traveler the cost of ticket prices, added fees and ancillary travel services such as chauffeured ground transportation can really add up.

Further evidence of the cost efficiency of the airlines was found when the Department of Justice approved the last four airline mergers. They found that consumers benefit from strong networks, improved efficiencies and new and increased services. After all, airline travel has made the world around us smaller, more connected and far more accessible than even 15-20 years ago.

Because of these mergers and the work the airlines have done to meet customer expectations, the airlines have been able to buy new airplanes, restore and increase air service levels and add new routes, all of which aid business travelers to get where they need to go faster, more consistently and more affordably than ever before.

Over the last 10 years airline competition has increased in many of the major U.S. markets with low cost carrier service being the fastest growing segment of the industry. And competition between the major airlines has led to more routes and better services, directly benefiting you the passengers.

The fact is that airlines are reinvesting an average of $1.4 billion each month into the passenger experience. It’s because of these investments that consumers have options like Wi-Fi connectivity, device chargers, better in-flight entertainment and newer, larger planes. Airlines’ also claim that their improving financial performance continues to bolster the overall U.S. economy which they say is evidenced by the 21 straight months of employment gains and the more than $3.1 billion per month airlines are spending on employee wages and benefits.

holiday charter special chicagoWhen booking your next flights in or out of Chicago, or across the globe (with our well-vetted partner network), don’t forget to also book your customized chauffeured ground transportation with SMART Cars- the expert on business class chauffeured transportation. Book your holiday travel this week and save 10% on holiday charters 3+ hours long!

 

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki
4 2015 Nov

New TSA Precheck Enrollment Center Coming Soon to Midway Airport Chicago

  • by
  • Comments Off on New TSA Precheck Enrollment Center Coming Soon to Midway Airport Chicago
  • posted in Chicago, Travel

TSA-preCheckIf you’re a travel professional (meaning you are on –the-go all the time) then speeding up your passage through the security lines is probably on your to-do list. And as luck would have it for Chicago-based professionals, there is a new TSA Precheck enrollment center coming soon to Midway airport!

If you’re unclear on what this means TSA Pre✓® allows participating flyers to experience a more efficient airport screening process by not having to remove their shoes, light jackets and belts, and by leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.

An important step in the enrollment process requires travelers to visit a TSA application center in person. To make this step even easier, Midway will feature a TSA Pre✓® enrollment center right at the airport from Monday, November 16, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015. The Enrollment Center will be located at Midway in Baggage Claim at the Baggage Service Office near Lower Level Door No. 1, making it accessible to all visitors, including those who do not have airline tickets.

Enrollment Center Hours of Operation:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*The center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thurs., Nov. 26) and the day after (Fri., Nov. 27).

Don’t miss this great opportunity to enroll in TSA Pre✓® — your ticket to a smarter travel experience! Over 150 airports, including Chicago Midway and O’Hare International Airports, have dedicated TSA Pre✓® lanes and 12 airlines participate in the program including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America

The first step is to pre-enroll ahead of time online. Take a minute to visit the pre-enrollment page where you will enter preliminary information and schedule an appointment at Midway.

On the day of your appointment, you will need to bring your documentation proving identity and citizenship status. Please visit http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/required-documentation for a complete list of required documents. If you have a U.S. Passport, that is all you need for identification. You will finish the process onsite at the airport by providing your fingerprints for a background check.

The application fee is $85 and can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within 45 days that is valid for five years. The enrollee should enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel reservations. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.

So if you’re ready to start speeding through security lines and don’t mind a few extra steps up front to make that happen then TSA pre-check may be just the ticket you’re looking for!

Ease your ground transportation experience too by booking your airport transportation ahead with SMART Cars online or by phone (800) 871-7627. We’ll see you soon!

Share this post now!

Share to Google Buzz
Share to Google Plus
Share to LiveJournal
Share to MyWorld
Share to Odnoklassniki