Insight Newsletter - January 2014

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American Airlines and US Airways Merger

Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently tried to block it, the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is now final and complete, creating the largest airline in the world. Long-predicted in the U.S., this is the last of the big airline mergers, bringing the number of major carriers from nine down to four (Delta, United, American and Southwest).

The DOJ agreed to the merger once the airlines agreed to release some coveted slots or gates at seven major airports, most notably at Washington Reagan Airport and New York’s LaGuardia.

Worried about how this will affect your travel plans? 

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Welcome to Sydney International Airport (SYD)
SydneySydney Kingsford-Smith International Airport is one of Australia’s most important pieces of infrastructure. As the international gateway and an essential part of the transport network it connects Sydney to 46 international, 23 domestic interstate and 28 regional destinations.

The airport is conveniently located a mere five miles from the city center and six from major tourist attractions.
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Marriott Improves Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Security Check Experience

Security CheckAs all frequent travelers know, the experience of clearing security at the airport can be anything but relaxing. The Dallas/Ft. Worth airport - in partnership with SpringHill Suites by Marriott, SecurityPoint Media and the TSA - has embarked on a three-month pilot program in an effort to create a passenger-friendly ambience rather than a sterile, ‘prison-like’ atmosphere in the security area.

Lounge seating and screens displaying real-time waiting times have been installed at the entrance to DFW’s Terminal E, E18 security search zone. The waiting area has been furnished with vibrant lighting, stylish décor and wall art while relaxing music plays in the background. Once you’ve cleared security you can collect your belongings in a comfortable “re-composure” area, featuring furnishings from SpringHill Suites.

“SpringHill Suites delivers stylish spaces that allow guests to relax and refresh, and the idea was to extend that same hospitality to the airport security area, where so many travelers’ journeys begin” said Craig Fowler, Marriott International’s Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Select Service Brands. “We hope travelers will enjoy the unexpected and pleasant surprises they’ll experience in what can often be a stressful environment.”

It’s hoped that the project will be a huge success and more airports will implement innovative ways to improve the passenger experience in the security area.

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Kensington AbsolutePower

A frequent problem while traveling, is the scarcity of electrical outlets available to charge your multiple electronic devices, whether in the airport or in your hotel room.

There’s a handy gadget – the Kensington AbsolutePower charger – that offers the perfect solution. This 10.6 ounce charger provides 100 watts of power and is capable of charging your laptop, tablet and smartphone, all at the same time.

The charger has a laptop output port, a micro-USB port for your phone (along with a USB/microUSB adaptor) and a regular USB port for your tablet. It has the ability to switch between 16V and 19V depending on your notebook’s requirements and you can use it anywhere in the world as it allows 100V – 240V input (as long as you have the appropriate adaptor).

Carry this handy little gadget with you and it no longer matters if your hotel room only has one electrical outlet. Available from Kensington for $119.99.

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