Yesterday we listed the most popular posts aimed at travel managers and travel buyers. Here’s a look at the top five stories of 2014 for travelers on CWT Savvy Traveler:
Back in August we wrote about the new Mobile Passport app, launching that month for U.S. travelers and Canadian visitors to the U.S. who were entering the country at Atlanta. It’s the first mobile app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to securely submit passport information and declaration forms.
As of this writing, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the only airport at which the app can be used. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection website still says it expects to expand to more airports.
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• My PreCheck application experience
• Navigating the PreCheck lane
• Where you can apply
The expansion of PreCheck into many U.S. airports and up to 45 percent of travelers receiving the expedited screening made this a hot topic in general in 2014.
If you haven’t heard of the PreCheck program and you are a U.S.-based traveler, check out the links at right to learn more. If you travel more than a few times a year, it’s worth the expense, which is $17 a year over five years.
This was a top item of interest for travel managers and travelers in 2014, and what we wrote had information of use to both parties. There are several things that business travelers should consider before booking accommodations through Airbnb. We take you and traveler managers through the pros and cons of the service when it comes to safety and security, consistency and service, and the impact on a company’s travel policy.
The U.S. passport will get you into 172 countries without requiring a visa, and the Canadian passport will get you into 170 countries. But that 172 number is not the highest — three countries’ passports are even more powerful, according to an infographic we spotlighted earlier this season.
Of course, none of those things is as impressive as the one thing we learned this winter that a Canadian passport can also do, right?
With the popularity of healthcare wearable technology such as FitBit and Nike Fuelband, wearable technology is here to stay. Wearable technology that could benefit travelers include the watches or the glasses that have recently come on the scene. And that’s what we wrote even before Apple announced Apple Pay and the Apple Watch at its September announcement.
We’ll continue to track trends of interest to travelers and provide travel tips into 2015 on the CWT Savvy Traveler blog. Keep an eye out for what’s new and thanks for reading!