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Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured topic.

CLEAR is a service both René and I love. Many Delta flyers — not just elites — can take advantage of fairly significant CLEAR discounts!

For some strange reason, on the mileage run side of the blog, I keep finding good deals to fly to Dallas (oh yeah, it could be because of the Centurion DFW). But the other fun reason is a chance to visit HardEightBBQ in Coppell, Texas just outside the DFW airport. I really like their brisket but shipping a “block” home is a bit on the expensive side. So that begs the question, can you simply bring one home with you? Yep, but it takes some effort and planning. I would, as soon as you place your meal order, ask them to get an uncut brisket and start to ice it down and wrap it up for you for transport. The next thing you need is a insulated bag and preferably one that is as water proof as possible. Oh and the bag has to be large enough to hold a…

 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel TSA Lines Are Out of Control If you have traveled domestically on airlines in recent weeks, no doubt you have experienced significant lines at the TSA security points in the airports.  Delays have gotten so bad that some airports (Chicago’s O’Hare, for example) have been advising passengers to arrive three hours early for their flights to make sure they have enough time to traverse the security checkpoints. Editor’s Note: A timely follow-up to René’s earlier post on wait times at Chicago, which by the way I had no knowledge of him doing. That just illustrates how important this dilemma is and how it is ‘top of mind’ for today’s airline travelers. The lines in the Atlanta airport became even worse after that airport temporarily closed one of its security checkpoints.  The Terminal South line closed earlier this month as the airport plans to re-open it…

Last week SFO airport was in turmoil over a TSA scan of a potential bomb. Was it a bomb? No, it was an oxygen tank for an elderly lady. Before your head starts spinning and thinking all the things I did, like – “what, didn’t she pack it? She didn’t know what was in her own bag?” etc etc etc! Why do I say this? All of a sudden I had a flashback. Before I tell you what happened, let me say that “understanding” is very much a perspective thing. While I get those who feel first class is for those over 18 and the kiddo ghetto in coach is for those who buy a cheap ticket, I also get those who say if I pay or burn my points, the kid has the same right to be up in the nose of the plane. I also admire and respect…

Several years ago when my wife and I were still newlyweds and checking in for our return flight home from Sweden the agent suddenly discovered a problem. My wife’s passport was issued in her maiden name, but the award ticket she was traveling on was issued in her married name. The agent said this was not the same person and said my wife could not fly! Fortunately, my wife had had her passport amended to her married name and it became a simple matter of showing the agent the last page in the passport and then all was well. What if you accidentally misspelled your own name on your skymiles account and didn’t notice until after a ticket had been issued? What could you do? It might surprise you to find out that most of these sorts of problems have been alleviated with the advent of TSA’s Secure Flight program.…

Today’s post is more than just DELTA related and let me tell you if you ever travel internationally, you need to get GOES or Global Online Enrollment System  (Click on the link and then hit the “Watch” button for a video). The fee for this service is $100 for 5 years (basically $20 per year/ per person). What do you get for this? When you get off your long, international flight, and an airbus 380 has just unloaded say 500 people in front of you, and the lines are up to an hour long in customs, what do you do? You simply bypass this and go to one of the GOES kiosks and scan your 4 fingers, your passport and look up at the camera in the kiosk. Next you fill out the customs form on screen (you don’t have to do it on the plane like everyone else) and…

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