The greatest innovations in travel often involve replacing clunky, antiquated systems with tech driven modern solutions. Today we’re seeing some very “light” tech, some heavy mileage cutting and a cool new booking site to chase the Airbus A380. Here are the most interesting travel stories of the week…

United To Trial Automated Security Lines…

If you’ve traveled in the United States lately, you know that the TSA is a **** shambles. Security lines are out the door, mistakes are constantly made, it’s a problem. In an attempt to enter the 21st century (a bit late) we’re now seeing airline “trial” automated gates, where up to 5 people can load security trays at the same time, and trays are automatically returned to the front of the line. Pardon me, but how isn’t this already happening everywhere? Anyway, the new bin system will roll out at Newark shortly and hopefully will be in airports everywhere (replacing TSA agents) soon…

American Cuts Mileage Earning On Partners…

As American Airlines goes revenue based, it seemed inevitable that they would change the rates at which people earn American miles while flying on partners. Sure enough, American is greatly cutting rates to earn AAdvantage miles while flying on partners, with many airlines going from earning a full mile per mile flown, even on discount tickets, to earning as little as 1/4 of a mile per mile flown. In line with revenue based systems, you earn more than 1 mile for premium or business and above tickets, and often less than a mile for a basic economy ticket. Miles are essentially awarded for how much you pay. If you’d been hoping to credit a partner flight to American, you now only have until August 1st until the new changes take affect and you’ll more than likely earn less miles, unless of course you’re up front. Even then you may still. If your flight takes place (not booked) after August 1st, you’re out of luck…

Airbus A380 Dedicated Site…

A380 fan? Been dying to grab a flight on the big bird but haven’t been able to track one down? Airbus has created a dedicated site showing you all the A380 routes in the world as well as prices and booking info. It’s essentially a massive fan site and a very smart branding move to make airline customers seek out their own product. In this case, the product is a giant whale of an airplane. Check out the site HERE.