Travel Security Update August 2005.

 
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New policy allows travelers to make last-minute changes. A new American Airlines policy will allow travelers to change their flight plans at the last minute and get a confirmed seat on a different flight. The airline will charge a small fee for the service. Previously, travelers who wanted to change their plans had to fly "standby," which did not guarantee they would get a seat. Sep 29, 2005

American Airlines offers lifetime lounge memberships. American Airlines is offering lifetime memberships to its airport lounges for $5,500. American has not offered lifetime entry to the lounges, which feature work stations, copiers and fax machines, since 1997. Sep 14, 2005

Airlines send rescue flights to New Orleans: American Airlines landed a Boeing 757 on the single usable runway at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Airport Tuesday. The plane rescued more than 100 airline employees and stranded travelers. Southwest Airlines sent a similar rescue flight Wednesday, and a Delta Air Lines jetliner flew in Thursday. The airport still has no power for runway or navigation, so all flights must take place during the day. Sep 2, 2005

Portaga debuts new Travel Manager Web interface. Portaga and agency partner Atlas Travel International last week launched the new Portaga Travel Manager. The application uses a Sabre Web interface to let travelers create and change air, hotel and car bookings through Microsoft Outlook.

Sep 19, 2005

Boston airport to launch reserved parking program. Logan International Airport in Boston is readying a program that will let travelers reserve a parking space in advance. The reserved spaces will carry a premium price, be within short walking distance of the terminal and are expected to be available beginning in January. Sep 15, 2005

New Dallas terminal features art, hotel, Wi-Fi access. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport recently unveiled its new Terminal D, a 2 million-square-foot facility used by international passengers. The 28-gate terminal features Wi-Fi access, a Hyatt Hotel and large sculptures, paintings and multimedia displays. Sep 7, 2005

Few service problems expected on Delta, Northwest. Travelers should expect few problems traveling on Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines in the next few months, writes Tom Parsons, publisher of Bestfares.com. The two airlines filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. He noted travelers holding tickets should check with the airlines to make sure their flight has not been...

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