Bits: Global Entry dates in London, Aer Lingus launches Philadelphia, ‘UK resort fees’ attempt blocked

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News in brief:

Global Entry mobile enrolment event at the U.S. Embassy in London

In order to make travelling from the UK to the US easier, British citizens have been able to register for Global Entry since December 2015, making it possible for them to use the ‘fast-track’ entry kiosks at major airports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is hosting another enrolment event at the U.S. Embassy in London.

Until 3rd May 2018 UK citizens can attend interviews at the embassy.  These are usually only available at U.S. locations.

Our article on the UK interview process is here. Opening times and fees are on this website. Note that the U.S. Embassy has moved to 33 Nine Elms Lane in Vauxhall.

Pay strict attention to the list of items which are not allowed into the building.  The embassy does not offer storage facilities so you face having to walk to the nearest pub or corner shop and offering them £5 to look after your laptop ….

Aer Lingus launched direct flight to Philadelphia

Aer Lingus has launched its 14th direct transatlantic route from Ireland. The newest addition to the flight network is a direct service from Dublin to Philadelphia which had its first flight over the weekend.

The service will operate four-times weekly to begin with and will increase to a daily flight from 18th May.

In May Aer Lingus will also launch a direct transatlantic route to Seattle.

Trump Turnberry resort fee

Resort fee at Trump Turnberry in Scotland?

It looks like the Trump Turnberry golf resort has – luckily – failed in its plan to introduce ‘resort fees’.

You may remember our recent article on how this annoying practice is now taking over in New York.

Guest had been reporting a £20 fee per night per room fee to cover wifi, the swimming pool, in room coffee machine and other amenities. Unfortunately Trump Turnberry is located in Scotland and not the United States and thereby under UK law is obliged to disclose all necessary charges at the time of booking.

After this article in the Independent, the hotel seems to have dropped the fees.  (Warning  – the link includes an auto-playing video with Simon Calder in it …..)

The hotel website is here and my review of Trump Turnberry is here.

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  1. I like Simon Calder but he does have a voice suited to literature.

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