Travel Resources

Travel Resources

TeleTravel provides a summary of elite programs and resources to ease and expedite your travel experience

 
Global Entry Program


Here's the deal. Global Entry participants are put in with Trusted Traveler/TSA PreCheck/Known Traveler -- but not vice versa. So, for frequent international travelers, Global Entry is the best solution -- it speeds you past security on the outbound portion of your trip AND helps you get through customs faster when you re-enter the US

There is a $100.00 processing fee and you must arrange an interview (about one hour long) at an international airport near your home.
GLOBAL ENTRY

TSA Pre✓™

If your travel is mostly domestic, TSA PreCheck may be the best solution for you.

TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening initiative that is expanding to airports across the country. Implementing a key component of the agency’s intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA Pre✓™ enhances aviation security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer to participate to expedite the travel experience.

It's $85.00. You can sign up on-line.

TSA PreCheck

FAQs


Who is eligible for TSA Pre✓™ ?

The TSA Pre✓® program membership is open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Who is NOT eligible for TSA Pre✓™ ?

TSA may determine that an applicant is not eligible for the application program based on analyses of the following:

a) Interpol and other international information, as appropriate.
b) Terrorist watchlists, other government databases and related information.
c) Any other information relevant to determining applicant eligibility or an applicant’s identity.

Who is NOT eligible for TSA Pre✓™ ?

TSA may determine that an applicant is not eligible for the application program based on analyses of the following:
  • Interpol and other international information, as appropriate.
  • Terrorist watchlists, other government databases and related information.
  • Any other information relevant to determining applicant eligibility or an applicant’s identity.

What are the benefits of expedited screening?

Some passengers could qualify for expedited screening through U.S. airport security checkpoints via designated screening lanes. Additional potential benefits may include:
  • Keeping shoes on
  • Keeping 3-1-1 compliant bag in carry-on
  • Leaving laptop in bag
  • Leaving on light outerwear/jacket
  • Leaving belt on
At no point, however, is this program an entitlement. Passengers are always subject to random, unpredictable screening measures.

Eligibility for Trusted Traveler Program


Trusted Traveler program members must provide their membership number (PASS ID) in the "Known Traveler Number" field when booking reservations or enter it into their frequent flyer profile with the airline. The Trusted Traveler membership number will enable TSA's Secure Flight System to verify that the traveler is a legitimate CBP Trusted Traveler and therefore eligible to participate in TSA's program.

Find your Trusted Traveler's membership number by logging into your Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account. The membership number is listed toward the bottom of the page. The membership number is also on the back of Trusted Traveler cards

International and Customs Information


Travel internationally and move quickly through CBP processing: Global Entry
Travel between the U.S. and Canada: NEXUS
Travel into the U.S. from Mexico via land: SENTRI
Import commercial shipments between the U.S./Mexico or U.S./Canada quickly through CBP Processing: FAST

Managing My Trusted Traveler Program Membership(s)
Apply for a Trusted Traveler Program: GOES
Activate Card: Activation
Manage Your Account: GOES


High Exchange Rates and Low Fees For Currency Exchange


https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/exchange-currency-paying-huge-fees/

It is worth shopping around before you exchange currency while travelling. Rule of thumb is banks charge approximately 8 percent to change dollars to euros or other foreign currency. Currency exchange booths such as Forex or Travelex at the airport, charge around 15 percent. If you must change cash in Europe, the postal banks inside post offices usually have the best rate.

WHERE TO EXCHANGE CURRENCY BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Your Bank or Credit Union

Many banks, including the large institutions listed below, offer currency exchange to their customers. You may be able to order currency at a branch location or by phone or online for pickup at a branch. Sometimes this service carries a fee.

Cash Through a Currency Converter

A number of websites sell foreign currency and deliver it to your home. Exchange rates here are less favorable, and the delivery charges will further eat into your funds.

Airport Kiosks or Stores

Convenient, yes — you can’t miss them. A good deal? Hardly ever. These should be a last resort for emergencies. Exchange rates are poor, and fees are numerous and high.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE AIRLINE RULES FOR YOUR TICKET

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2016/04/14/airline-passenger-rights-canceled-flight/82985344/
April, 2016

'But my flight was scheduled to leave at 8PM, it's 10 o'clock and I'm still waiting!' Airline ticket rules are varied and complicated. Often travelers are unaware of hidden restrictions when their flight is cancelled, delayed or overbooked. Will the airline offer a hotel or meal voucher? Will you receive a refund on your ticket? Is your seat assignment guaranteed? 
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