Starwood Announces Mobile Keyless Check-in

Starwood Hotels and Resorts is announcing a new mobile, keyless check-in capability. The technology will allow guests to securely check-in and open their room door all with a smartphone. According to Starwood, that means no more lines, stopping at a front desk or kiosk or fumbling with hotel keys.

The technology is being piloting in early 2014 at select Aloft hotels with a planned rollout in Aloft and W Hotels in 2014. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members can opt-in to learn more and for opportunities to participate in the pilot program at

This is one of a series of innovations Starwood is launching as part of a multi-year investment in digital and mobile technology to cater to digitally-savvy guests and provide a personalized experience online and offline.

American and US Airways expand codeshare

We are excited to announce an expansion of our codeshare, which provides customers  with access to 6,500 daily flights to more than 275 destinations. These
additional codeshare flights are now available for booking for travel starting
Feb. 6. This phase expands codeshare to all flights across the combined global
network, except for a select few countries due to regulatory requirements.
American and US Airways expect to codeshare on every international flight in
these markets by the end of the first quarter. Our press
outlines more details about the codeshare.

Through this codeshare, you can easily combine select flights operated by each
airline on a single itinerary. Please continue to check in for flights and
conduct business with the airline operating your flight, just as you have
always done. For more information and a full list of countries to be rolled out
over the coming weeks, please visit

Additionally, US Airways will join the oneworld alliance on March 31,
2014, which will offer customers an even greater range of destinations, airline
choices, and mileage earning and redemption opportunities.

Automated Passport Control Launched at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Seattle – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Port of Seattle) announced the installation of Automated Passport Control (APC), an expedited customs entry process that will allow arriving eligible international passengers to clear customs more efficiently, while still ensuring the same high standard of safety and security.  This partnership between CBP and Sea-Tac Airport will help travelers move more quickly through the CBP inspection process by allowing entry of passport information at a self-service kiosk.

Sea-Tac is the latest airport to implement the self-service kiosks, which are currently in use in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Montreal, Miami, and JFK-New York.

Automated Passport Control does not require pre-registration, is easy to use and maintains the highest levels of protection when it comes to the handling of personal data or information.  As a result, international travelers (U.S. and Canadian citizens) will experience shorter wait times, less congestion, and faster processing upon arrival at Sea-Tac.

Instead of filling out a declaration card and taking their travel documents to a CBP officer, passengers who are eligible and choose to use Automated Passport Control can proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection passport-control area.  Travelers will follow the on-screen instructions to scan their U.S. or Canadian passport, answer the customs declaration questions using the touch screen, receive a receipt confirming their information and proceed to the CBP officer to finalize processing.  The kiosk allows up to four people residing at the same address to be processed together.

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