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Planning on Airline Travel in 2016? The rules are about to change in these 4 states

Monday, 25 January 2016 06:51 by Admin

Before 9/11, airport security could be considered relatively lax and the screening process rather quick. Any person who has flown since then, however, can easily tell you this is no longer the case. Separate x-ray bins for computers, shoes, bags, electronics, and jewelry; secondary screenings and metal detectors; and a ban on items that contain more than 3 ounces of liquid. For travelers in 2016, this process is going to become even more cumbersome, as Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York state-issued ID cards will no longer comply with federal standards starting in 2016. Minnesota and New York will be offering the option of an enhanced ID card while residents apply for the standard state-issued ID cards that comply with federal law for an additional $30.

According to state licensing centers, there have been over 9 million drivers licenses issued in the aforementioned states. What does this mean for the occasional traveler that resides in one of these four states? In all likelihood, this means that, unless one purchases an enhanced state-issued ID card when they file for their driver’s license or original ID card, they must use their passport for all domestic airline travel. The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) will also be accepting passport cards and passport books, which cost $55 and $135 respectively. Fortunately, this law will not apply to US children under 18 years old, and the laws are not extremely rigid in every state. A primer:

Louisiana: The state was granted a waiver so that residents can continue using their state-issued IDs until October 10, 2016. It is unclear what will happen after this date, however, as there has been tenuous political disagreement between the state legislature and governor.


Minnesota: All Minnesotans need a passport book or card by January if they want to fly domestically. The federal government has not granted them an exemption, as they have other states.

New Hampshire: The state was granted a waiver that lasts until June 1, 2016. Like Louisiana, there is widespread political disagreement within state government regarding how to proceed.

New York: New Yorkers do not need a passport book or card, but they will need one soon. The state was granted a waiver so that people with standard state-issued IDs could continue using them for the time being.

 

For travelers from these four states, it would be best to plan ahead and purchase a passport card or passport booklet, but a hefty price tag may deter potential buyers. Regardless of state, Airport Parking Connection only requires a state-issued ID as identification verification. 

Off the beaten path travel destinations

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 07:36 by Admin

Summer is almost over, which means vacations and fun in the sun are coming to an end (tear). There are a ton of fun destinations in the country that perfectly encapsulate the American experience. Some of the best summer travel destinations remain out of the general public’s radar, so here are a few you may not have heard of that make for great quick getaways.

Monterey: California’s First City

Nestled along California’s central coast, Monterey exemplifies California’s rich history. Originally the capital of Alta California from 1777 to 1846 under both Spanish and Mexican rule, Monterey had California’s first theater, public building, publicly funded school, public library, printing press, and newspaper. Over the years, the city has attracted everyone from artists and writers to fisherman, and remains a constant reminder of California’s past mixed into a modern way of life.

With such a deep-rooted culture, Monterey County has a wide variety of attractions that the whole family can enjoy. For those interested in California’s history, Monterey has several museums and over thirty preserved historic buildings. One of the most notable attractions is the National Steinbeck Center, a museum and memorial dedicated to the late great author John Steinbeck, who lived in Monterey and nearby Salinas and wrote numerous novels set in the county.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest in North America, is home to jellyfish, stingrays, sea otters, and a ton of other native species. Even outside of the aquarium, visitors are greeted by a wealth of marine life, including sea lions, harbor seals, bat rays, and dolphins.

Wine Country: Grapes Galore

It’s easy to miss out on this hidden gem. Wine Country is just north of the bustling city of San Francisco and generally consists of the combined counties of Napa, Mendocino, and Sonoma, though some references include parts of Lake County.

If you love fresh air and beautiful scenery, nothing gets much better than Wine Country. A long way from the hot, sandy beaches of the California coast, Wine Country is known for an expanse of green vegetation with rolling, grassy hills, trees, and wildflowers.

Alongside the refreshing hillside scenery are rows upon rows of grapevines. Wine is the keyword here. The area hosts over 400 wineries, many of which offer complementary wine tastings and winery tours. The unique terroir of the area makes for a great opportunity for sommeliers and amateur wine enthusiasts alike.

Glacier National Park: Crown of the Continent

The United States is known for its many majestic national parks and monuments, from Grand Canyon to Yosemite to Yellowstone. Glacier National Park is one of the country’s most underrated national parks, facing low visitor counts each year, but it remains one of the most expansive parks in the country.

Located in Montana along the Canadian border, Glacier National Park comprises over a million acres, including parts of two mountain ranges and over 130 named lakes. The pristine natural ecosystem makes it a perfect home for over a thousand species of plants and hundreds of animal species, most notably the mountain goat. A few things to experience in the park include:

·         The Going-to-the-Sun Road, completed in 1932, is the only road that crosses through the park, passing over the Continental Divide. Spanning 50 miles, the road passes through the park’s interior, winds around mountainsides, and gives visitors some of the best views of northwest Montana.

·         One of the least crowded sections of the park, the North Fork presents visitors with views of Bowman and Kintla Lakes, a homesteading site, and the opportunity to see and hear some of the park’s rare wildlife.

·         Considered the heart of Glacier National Park, Many Glacier treats visitors to views of massive mountains, sparkling lakes, glaciers, hiking trails, and tons of wildlife. This area is especially popular amongst hikers with a web of trails radiating in all directions. A hiker could take a different trail every day for a whole week and still not cover all that Many Glacier has to offer.

·         Logan Pass is one of the most popular areas for visitors, and with good reason. Fields of wildflowers carpet Logan Pass, surrounded by Reynolds Mountain and Clements Mountain. Beautiful, vibrant glacier lilies sprout all across the meadows. The area hosts excellent hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.

If you’re looking for a summer travel spot outside of your normal repertoire, consider Monterey, California’s wine country, or the majestic Glacier National Park. Dig a little deeper to find even more of America’s hidden gems. Don't forget to reserve your airport parking online with Airport Parking Connection!  Enjoy!

PHX Int. Airport Now Offers Discounted Pre-Paid Parking Options Online

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 01:57 by Admin

Airport Parking Connection is excited to announce its newest partnership with  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport! The Phoenix Airport is one of the top 10 busiest airports in the U.S. as well the 27th busiest in the world serving over 40 Million passengers each year. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, PHX is now  one of the first major airports in the U.S. to not only offer its customers(no apostrophe) onsite airport parking via pre-paid online reservations, but    to discount their terminal garage parking nearly 50% off the daily drive up rate with a pre-payment.  

Phoenix Sky Harbor’s forward thinking offers its customers both convenience and savings. By partnering with Airport Parking Connection, PHX Airport has created an easy to find and use reservation process by implementing APC’s reservation system directly onto their website with amazing discounts to help kick this new partnership off with a BANG! So hurry and join in on the savings and convenience by booking parking for your upcoming trip out of Phoenix Airport at: skyharbor.com

 

If you are curious which terminal you should book parking reservations for based on the airline you are flying , try PHX’s find a spot program to find the best up to date parking options and availability based on your needs -truly another shining example of the Phoenix Airport’s creative thinking and exceptional customer service.

You may also reference the airline by terminal list for the Phoenix Sky Harbor Int. Airport below:

Terminal 2:

-          Alaska Airlines

-          Great Lakes Airlines

-          United Airlines

Terminal 3:

-          Hawaiian Airlines

-          Sun Country Airlines

-          Jet Blue Airlines

-          Spirit Airlines

Terminal 4:

-          American Airlines

-          British Airlines

-          Southwest Airlines

-          US Airways Airlines

-          West Jet Airlines

-          Aero Mexico Airlines

-          Air Canada Airlines

-          Delta Airlines

-          Frontier Airlines

-          Volaris Airlines

 

 

The Return of Quik Park Los Angeles

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 02:20 by Admin

Attention LAX APC fans, Quik Park Los Angeles is opening its doors for business again! Quik Park is currently accepting new reservations for their brand spanking new garage located closer to the airport than ever before at the Radisson Airport Hotel located at 6200 West 98th street, Los Angeles CA, 90045 just a couple blocks from LAX. If a brand new clean garage located close to the airport wasn’t enough, Quik Park is planning to install some state of the art equipment that will help make you, the customer’s total experience an easy and enjoyable one!  


Happy and Safe Travels APC Fan's!

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TRAVEL EMERGENCY 3W’s! What do you do - Where do you go - Who do you contact?

Friday, 19 April 2013 02:07 by Admin

It is with an angry and broken heart that I am writing this- as I hear and read these horrific reports of Monday’s Boston Marathon Bombings along with the Baghdad Bombings that killed some and injured many. While I am beside myself as you may be too wondering what kind of evil is consuming our country/world today with these recent unsought massacres, rogue attacks and terrorizing bombings, I ask: “what would I do?”

In some of the news reports relating to Boston I kept hearing how people could not get a hold of loved ones to see if they were ok or vice versa via cellular networks. Others resorted to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, etc. to reach out. Able bodied locals were able to navigate there ways to safety, but what about the masses that were visitors? Reports of participants and supporters that had traveled afar to be part of the events were suddenly in a more vulnerable state than locals, they were not only devastated by what had just happened but completely lost and out of their surroundings. Luckily they were still in the U.S. what about those out of the country? What about being completely out of your element, out of your country, different laws, language barriers, foreign geographical locations and experiencing a “Travel Emergency”. This would prompt me to ask myself these TRAVEL EMERGENCY 3W’s after the initial what just happened?!

What do I do?

Where do I go?

Who do I contact?

In a Travel Emergency, what is the protocol? Are there centralized locations to go to for further instructions, an emergency number aside from 911, is this posted in plain site for visitors, or are they debriefed of such protocols upon arrival? It seems as though these unforeseen tragic circumstances are becoming more of a trend and at that I say, “we must mobilize to be prepared in the best way possible!”

My advice: Get to know your surroundings and there emergency protocols.

LOCALS: Contact your city/county and see what systems are in place and get connected and share this with your family and friends, establish a plan to get to safety and meet up in a designated area.

VISTORS: No matter where you’re traveling to if it’s out of your surroundings, get educated and be prepared! Research your destination, see if they have specific locations, numbers, etc. to go to in case of an emergency, plot and save those in your smart phone, device or notebook. Make sure to share this as well as your accommodations info. with a trusted source from your hometown that may be able to help others contact or track you in a case of emergency.

Examples of helpful systems in place- Upon doing some research I’ve found different ways that Govt., State, County and City entities have put systems in place just for this purpose. Most heavily rely on a landline, internet or satellite connection, but prove to be very effective. As a local to some of these I never even knew these existed so please check with your local community and GET PREPARED TODAY!

Govt. Emergency Website: Source for Travel Emergencies and Crises: Travel.State.Gov - A Service Bureau of Consular Affairs/U.S. Department of State http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1212.html

City/County Websites- San Diego Emergency Websites: http://www.sdcountyemergency.com/ http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/oes/

SD Emergency App- Though this seems more directed towards natural disaster preparedness “the App can be customized to address any emergency situation, it’s an informational platform”- William Smith, County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services), some of the APP features that would help any extreme emergency are: • Maps • Get involved (where your help may be needed) • Shelter locations • Social Media • Latest News stream http://www.readysandiego.org/SDEmergencyApp/?nomobileredirect=true

As humans we have a “fear of the unknown”, while we may not be able to predict what can happen, we can harness that fear and have better control of it by being prepared to handle any situation in any surrounding. Unfortunately in our world today it seems as though “being prepared” is necessary and becoming a way of life. Instead of just earthquake and fire drills our children have terrorism drills and security with special ops training. I don’t know what is going so wrong with the world today, but I know we can’t live in fear, instead live in the state of mind “We won’t stand down!”