AA Files for Bankruptcy - what does that mean to you?
American Airlines is currently operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is not uncommon and many airlines have operated under Chapter 11 for years.
This doesn't mean that American Airlines is going out of business. Chapter 11 just means the company has a chance to restructure its debts. Delta, Northweast and US Air all went through bankruptcy and it did not effect passengers.
Be aware that you cannot buy travel insurance to protect your monies on an airline in Chapter 11. So all monies paid to AA could potentially be at risk if they were to go to Chapter 7 liquidation and discontinue flying. It is a risk you would need to be willing to take and we recommend not booking trips on AA too far in advance with non refundable monies.
Changes in Mexico Law regarding using US Dollars in Mexico
With the objective of limiting and controlling the movement of American Dollars CASH within Mexico, the Mexican Government recently passed a new law which comes into force across the country on 14th September 2010. Businesses will only be able to accept a maximum of $100 USD CASH per transaction - but the number of transactions per customer are not restricted. Certain businesses may not be able to, or may choose not to accept American Dollars CASH for any purchase at all (this may include shops etc).
TSA advises all passengers to register their international trips with the State Department
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Our goal is to encourage all U.S. citizens travelling or residing abroad to let us know their contact information so that, in an emergency, you maybe contacted.
Registering here also allows you to receive any new alerts issued by the US Government on your destination.
What about those new airport scanners?
As a travel professional, we feel very strongly that security for passengers is the first priority. Read more about the new procedures and your rights.
Important Notice Regarding New TSA Flight Requirements
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that it will require full name (as it appears on their government issued ID), date of birth and gender for all passengers traveling on or after November 1, 2010 regardless of when the reservation was booked. Failure to provide this information could result in a reservation being refused by the airline.
CURRENT US CITIZEN PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS
Update on Checked and Carry - On Baggage Policies
Please note that many airlines today are charging for all checked luggage you may take onboard. It is important to check your airlines policy prior to flying to insure compliance. Fees range from no charge for the first bag (Southwest allows 2 free per person currently) to as much as $50 for the first bag, and up to $100 or more for a second or oversized bag. There are all kinds of exceptions to these fees, especially for certain classes of frequent flyers and military personnel. These fees are cumulative and are double for round-trip travel. They are subject to change and were accurate as of December 2009.
Detailed baggage allowance information is available on all routes and ticket classes for over 100 airlines! All of the information you need to avoid expensive airline luggage fees is provided along with helpful airport specific links.