Millennials Aren’t Worried About Security Queues; Just Safety

Over 90 percent of travelers think that airport security lines longer than 10 minutes are unacceptable. To avoid long security lines, 740,000 travelers are now enrolled in the TSA’s “Precheck” program. Travelers deemed as “low risk” that pay $85 and undergo a background check can move through an expedited security screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints. This screening allows passengers to keep their belts, lightweight jackets and shoes on and keep their laptops in their carry on bags while moving through the security screening process.

A Harris Interactive survey done in March found that of all age groups, millennials (which represents travelers aged 10-32 in this survey) were most concerned about the safety issues that could result from “PreCheck.” Those in favor of PreCheck argue that it allows TSA to spend more time reviewing passengers who may present a higher risk, who have not already been deemed safe.

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Upgraded Seats for Non-Elites

What should you do if you don’t have elite status, but want to try and sit in an aisle seat in the exit row, economy plus or receive a coveted first class upgrade? Here are the top tips from the Frugal Travel Guy:
1. Fly with someone who has elite status.

2. Check 5 days, 3 days and 1 day before departure for better seats.

Travelers with elite status receive complimentary upgrades to first class at different intervals. As those travelers are upgraded, their previously booked seats open up.

3. Check 24 hours before scheduled departure.

If they haven’t been taken, exit rows, bulkhead seats and other select economy seats that are typically blocked for elites or passengers needing assistance will open up (usually) within 24 hours of departure.

4. Ask a check-in/ticket agent when you’re checking a bag at the airport.

The person behind the computer has the power to move you around in your booked cabin. Don’t necessarily look for an upgrade to first class, however, agents can look at the entire seat map and at an absolute minimum, may get you seats closer to the front or seats that bump your boarding from Zone 4 to Zone 2.

5. Ask a lounge agent.

If you’ve got lounge access, you can try again here.

6. Ask the gate agent.

She’s your last hope before you get on the plane, but also likely the only person that can make any changes to the flight the last 45 minutes before scheduled departure. The gate agent is likely also the only person to bend the rules when it comes to putting you in first class or economy plus seats at no charge. It isn’t a guarantee, but they have the power to do almost anything to secure the safe, on-time departure of a flight—including moving passengers around to ensure the comfort of other passengers.

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Resolve to Travel More in 2015? CNN Lists the Top 10 Destinations

Getting ready to plan your first trip for 2015? CNN’s top 2015 travel destination is Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, where 20 million visitors will gather for Expo 2015.

Other destinations on the list include Belgium, the Bahamian Riviera, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, the Danish Faroe Islands (one of two places in the world that will witness a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015, when the moon passes between the earth and sun, plunging daylight into darkness), Argentina,  two of Southeast Asia’s most important waterways: the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers, Singapore and Australia.

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>Where are you spending New Year’s Eve this year? According to an Infographic the Huffington Post ran looking at travelers on a state-by-state basis, the majority of New Year’s travelers from 45 states are heading to Vegas, with Miami, Punta Cana, Cancun, Boston and Chicago each topping the charts for a single state.

We wish all of our readers a happy, healthy and well-traveled 2015!

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