Getting a Boarding Pass is Getting Easier
Tight airport security is here to stay, but
technology and new services are providing shortcuts that
may make the trip through the terminal quicker and less
painful. American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air offer Internet check-in
around the clock through Web sites that allow a
passenger to print out the boarding pass at home, in the
office or at any other place where there is a printer
available. United Airlines says it plans to introduce
the print-out capability later this year. American says
its customers can print out two copies of a pass -- one
for the gate agent and one for records or expense
account submission -- beginning 12 hours before a flight
and up to one hour before departure. Please
Contact Us for specific details.
New USAirways Frequent Flyer Award Program
US Airways announces the launch of a new online award travel tool, exclusively
for Dividend Miles members. This new product allows Dividend Miles members to
redeem miles online for system wide travel on US Airways. Members can access the
new tool through the usairways.com reservations system or by logging into their
Dividend Miles accounts. Using a streamlined process similar to purchasing
airfare on usairways.com, members can view and select destinations and award
travel on US Airways-operated flights. A calendar in the tool highlights only
the days on which award seats are available. Upon selecting an itinerary,
members can purchase, express buy or hold award reservations for up to three
days. Members can choose among all published Dividend Miles awards in any class
of service ranging from First Class, Coach Class or Envoy Class, US Airways'
transatlantic business class.
Who Has the Widest Airline Seats?
Consumer Reports Travel Letter, in its annual look at seat comfort, has
found bad news on that front. It said the widest economy class seats it tracked
down were 18 to 18 1/2 inches —a space that is narrower than the average
American filing those seats. There was one exception: All seats offered aboard
Midwest Express flights are 21 inches wide, it said. The widest economy class
seats in other airlines — the ones in the 18-inch range — were found on
American’s Boeing 777s and United’s 767s and 777s, it said.