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. @mkcol says:

    OT: I had a Virgin Holidays “Holiday Lab” survey come through – the long & short of it seemed to be wanting to figure out if I was willing to pay £20 or £40 as a premium, everything else being equal, to travel from LGW rather than LHR or STN.
    They also seemed interested in knowing whether I’d like them to switch service from LGW to LHR.

    • Cate ⛱️ says:

      Interested in paying more to fly into LGW is a bit tongue in cheek given it costs more to land at LHR plus, as Gatwick is open 24 hours you could be flying in any old time. Suggest next time you say No thanks suggest they reduce fares by £20 or £40 ????

      • @mkcol says:

        Don’t you worry, I did decline the offer – being based in Milton Keynes makes me very well connected to other departure airports where I can choose an alternative carrier if needs be.

  2. OT: Is there any FX transfer service that allows me to pay by amex? (no luck with azimo, revolut, transferwise)

  3. Definitas says:

    Sadly, BA do not participate in Global Entry so the significant benefit of TSA Pre-Check is not available on the return flight to the UK. (there is nowhere in the BA system to input your Known Traveller Number issued as part of GE) I recently contacted BA who informed me that there is currently no intention to participate in the scheme. AA and VA both participate so, unless I am using a 2-4-1 I try to use them in preference to BA as it infuriates me to have to go through the full security regime rather than the much simpler, faster TSA pre-check afforded by AA or BA

  4. OT: SPG Card by Amex – I believe that the annual fee is refundable, and if that’s right, is there any time limit? Also, how does the refund work (where do they pay the fee, etc)?

    • Yes a pro rata refund. It shows up up on your final paper statement but you need to call and ask for a cheque or a refund onto another amex card you may hold.

  5. Yes it is refundable and if a refund is below £500 Amex will transfer the money direct into your bank account.

  6. Thanks for the Simon Calder warning in your Turnberry article. I’ve successfully managed to avoid. He and David Learmount (the guy most news agencies go to every time there’s a plane crash) manage to find me reaching for the remote.

  7. Just a heads up Rob, theres OW business flights from Germany to NYC. From MUC, FRA, DUS June, July and Aug. £1,100s.

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

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