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A New Jet In Town

JetBlue has announced Dallas/Ft.Worth as it's newest destination.  The carrier will start service between Boston Logan and DFW on May 1 with three daily roundtrip flights.  Flights are already available for booking.  

Welcome to town JetBlue!

Continental Drops OnePass In Favor Of Mileage Plus

United Continental Holdings will phase out Continental’s OnePass loyalty program on Dec. 31.

Continental customers will automatically switch over to United’s Mileage Plus program. OnePass members who would qualify for elite-level membership in 2012 will be elite fliers in Mileage Plus.

Chase OnePass credit cards, including OnePass Plus and Presidential Plus, will earn miles and benefits in the Mileage Plus program.

United said it will announce details of the 2012 Mileage Plus in the coming months.

The Middle East Just Got Closer

Emirates Airlines will begin daily nonstop service from Dalllas/Ft.Worth to Dubai on February 2.  This is coupled with additional nonstop service to Seattle beginning on March 1.  Passengers flying Emirates from Seattle and Dallas/Ft.Worth will be able to connect to points across the Far East and Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Africa through the airline's hub in Dubai. Emirates currently flies from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto and New York.

It's Time To Get A Passport

If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean or Mexico, make sure you pack a valid U.S. passport. All U.S. citizens returning by air from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico and Central and South America must show a valid U.S. passport to re-enter the United States. This is a significant change from past policy, where only a driver's license and birth certificate were needed to re-enter the U.S.

This change is mandated by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 1994. According to Homeland Security Acting Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, Randy Beardsworth, "Our goal is to strengthen border security and expedite entry into the United States for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors. By ensuring that travelers possess secure documents, such as the passport, Homeland Security will be able to conduct more effective and efficient interviews at our borders."

If you don't have a passport, keep in mind it takes 6-8 weeks to process a passport, and the busiest season for issuing this document is from January to June. For information on applying for a passport, visit the Department of State website.