Travel without a Real ID in 2018 will be challenging for 10 states

REAL ID Federal Enforcement Act passed by Congress in 2005 “set standards for issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses”.  This is going to be enforced in early 2018.  I am sure these 10 states will do something.. just no idea what yet?

Source: Home Land Security – https://www.dhs.gov/federal-enforcement

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January 22, 2018

All non-compliant states/territories will be subject to REAL ID enformcement at TSA checkpoints

I have started to see posters pop up in airports.  Basically you are going to have a bad day (I’m sure something will be done) if you try to use a drivers license from these states

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  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

REAL ID compliant Alternative IDs

This assumes your states haven’t gotten with it

  • Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
  • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

Source: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

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Travel: Marriott new renewal expiration date

I just got my status renewal email for Marriott Platinum Elite.  Yes, I hit 75 nights already this year. Lots of travel.   What I found interesting is the expiration is June of 2019 not Jan 1st of 2019.  I wonder if this is due to the planned SPG integration next year.

As with all the travel and uptempo business year my apologize for the lack of posting.  I have a huge backlog that I will start hitting publish on soon.

 

Travel: Thanks Again – More points for zero change

Hi all,

As many of you know I like to earn points for things I already do while traveling.

While chatting I realized that many of you have not heard of Thanks Again.   Short version is any money spent at airports can earn you frequent flyer miles.  All you have to do is signup (link below) add in credit cards select airline rewards program… then get points.

Most frequent earning for me is airport parking.  Secondarily, if I have points on an airline that is expiring I switch my redemption to show activity 😊 United, Jet blue, virgin, American points expire after XX months of inactivity.  Delta miles don’t expire.

 

Referral Link

https://member.thanksagain.com/web/guest/member-enrollment?inviteRefId=C67B551E0204488523C81CE33E753FAE

American Airlines: Upgrade Policy for domestic flights changed March 10 to use Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD)

Hi all,

Just a quick note.  American Airlines changed the domestic upgrade policy on March 10 2017.  Previously, it was Status followed by date of booking.  So book first and get upgraded first.  This didn’t really reward the late booking business travelers who spent the most.  As of March 10th Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) now take a roll in figuring out where you land on the upgrade list.

I do not have all the details yet but I am sure those will leak out on the awesome travel blogs soon enough.

Marriott.com Too Many Redirects and Access Denied on landing page

From time to time the http://www.marriott.com website appears to die.  The errors may show for login or on search.

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Google, Firefox, and Chrome all state “Too Many Redirects”.   This means the cookies have become stale and are causing issues.

The easiest solution is to remove the cookies for the effected website.

Chrome

  1. Open Chrome
  2. chrome://settings/cookies
  3. Search for the website that is having issues
  4. marriott-redirect-2
  5. Remove all shown
  6. Done
  7. Reload the page .. should still give you the error. Reload forced CTRL+F5 (this reloads without using local cache)

Chrome Cookies Location

Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings > Cookies > All Cookies and Site Data
%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cookies

Safari: “Could not open the page, too many redirects”

This might happen if you visit a page that’s been set to open another page, but the next page is instructed to go back to the original page.

This issue can be caused by the website you’re trying to view. Safari might be able to open the website at a later time, when the website’s redirect problem has been corrected.

This issue can also happen if redirect information has been cached after it’s no longer needed. In some cases, removing related cookies and cache in Safari can resolve repeated redirects:

  1. Safari, choose Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click the Privacy icon to view Privacy settings.
  3. Click the Details button that appears under the Remove All Website Data button.
  4. Search for the name of the website that you are trying to view.
  5. Click the Remove button.
  6. Close the Safari Preferences window.

If the issue continues, repeat the steps without searching for a specific website. Click the Remove All Website Data button to remove all of your cookies and cache files. If this does not resolve the issue, contact the owner of the website you’re trying to view for additional help.

Power on AA Planes: Tales of an Energy Zombie

While walking through airports it is fun to watch Energy Zombies scanning walls and seats looking for power.  Beware the Energy Zombie with a low battery looking for a hit of energy.  The unfocused shuffle until they see an open socket no matter where it is located then the desperate surge to plug in before anyone else.

I am going to focus on American Airlines planes with power so you can land with full charge.  Tools you’ll want from a professional Traveler:

  1. High AMP DC adpater with two USB ports (Think car cigarette adapter)
  2. Two USB cables (one at least a meter in length)
  3. AC power block with high AMP rating

That’s it.  You have these 4 items you can take advantage of power on all the planes.  Even seats that have two adapters.

32B – Airbus A320 Sharklets

Every seat has a screen 110v AC power (international multi plug) and USB 0.5 amp (slow charge) right below the screen

MD80 – Dirty 80 (2×3 seating)

Between seats is a DC plug (think car cigarette lighter).  You’ll need to bring your own USB Adapter.  Side note two USB port 1.0 A 5v DC adapters are cheap.  The real trick is check the AMPs.  The higher the AMP the faster you’ll charge.  Repeating myself because it is worth it.  Also these adapters are great for rental cars.

757-200, 767, 330-200, and 330-300

The old US airways planes tend to have power in first class the extra space seats only.  Keep in mind some of the older planes won’t have power so this is a hit an miss section!

737-800/900 (3×3 seating)

Shared Universal AC power in seats.  This means two per side of row so be nice and share with your fellow travelers

CRJ/CRJ700/CRJ200/ERJ

NO POWER!  Become an Energy Zombie

 

Little Green Light woes?

Green light means power is available.  I know right?  The reason I am calling this out is some older planes while tethered to the gate will have power.  However as the boarding process is completed and before the engines start power will drop out.  To start it again you will need to unplug and replug in but only after the engines have started.  Also on some older planes especially 15v DC connections you can draw to much power with bigger electronics and the green light will drop out.  You’ll need to lower the draw on your device and keep fiddling.  To lower power, for example, on a tablet turn off extra apps until you can get the device to charge effectively.  Keep green!

 

American Airlines Executive Platinum – So close and yet 2016

I travel for work… a lot.  It is a surreal experience to do a trip where you leave early in the day fly across the country and return home the same day in time for dinner with your family.

With just over a week left in the year I am 4 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) away from a status with American Airlines (AA) that I have never achieved before.  Executive Platinum (EP). I look forward to EP as it is a status you cannot get with a credit card nor status challenge.  2017 AA is also introducing a new mid tier called Platinum Pro (PP) that slots in perfectly between Platinum and Exec platinum like the Porsche Cayman.  Of note you cannot qualify for PP in 2016.

Why do these two levels matter to me?   AA is the largest airline in the US and they hand out status like candy.  This is very frustrating for those of us who fly for work.  I am always looking for ways to reduce stress and save time.  Professional travelers and there are a lot on AA in Austin, efficiently go through TSAPre Check, board quickly, pack appropriate luggage, sit quickly, and leave the plane quickly.  All of these mean everyone has a better experience.  Those who get the status via a credit card travel infrequently and are just not as fast.  This increases stress.

Oh well, one more trip to go this year and I will see if my loyalty is justified in 2017.  If not, I may become airline agnostic and fly direct whenever possible.  We shall see!

Happy and Safe Travels!

 

Oh for those keeping track of TLAs.  Today’s post has the following

  • EQS
  • AA
  • EP
  • PP
  • TLA – Three/Two Letter Acronym