Longer Airport Security Lines Ahead, American Going From 24 Hour Holds To Refunds, Alaska Apologizes...


What a week! So much news, so much travel frustration and so many new policies. Today will be nothing short of fiery here on GSTP, and we'll start you off with some interesting tid bits to keep you informed. Some good news, some bad...

American Switching From 24 Hour Hold To Refund...But...

American Airlines was the only US airline which adopted the free 24 hour hold policy over the free 24 hour refund policy. They've now, effective April 1 shifted course to the 24 hour refund, allowing any ticket purchased outside of seven days to be refunded in full within 24 hours of purchase, no reason needed. If you wish to hold, you still can! You can pay a modest sum to put a ticket on hold for up to seven days, locking in an excellent rate while you firm up plans! Enjoy.

Longer Airport Security Lines Ahead...

In case you haven't noticed, and you definitely have, airport security lines are getting longer. United just came out warning customers that they can officially expect longer screening times, especially at Newark Liberty Airport. I see this as a systemwide problem, as airports look to tighten up security following the tragic, cowardly Brussels attack. Arrive early, book a lounge to pass the time and just come in expecting a wait. 

Alaska Offers Bull**** Apology, Attacks Bloggers...

Here comes the fire. Alaska responded to ViewFromTheWing yesterday, offering official response on the no notice devaluation of Emirates "free flight" awards. Their reason? People like me have taught you to use your miles, and they don't like that. In fact, they call it "travel hacking", more on that later! 

Virgin America Release New Risquee Logo?

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a pair of ? You can draw your own conclusions as to Virgin America's new logo. It's worth a look. All I know is that I'd love to trade jobs with whoever got paid thousands and thousands of dollars to draw a pair of balls next to the Virgin America name. All in the name of April fools of course...