California Issued 2.3 Million REAL ID Drivers Licenses & ID Cards Using Insufficient Verification Standards


Travelers with standard drivers licenses issued by various U.S. states will soon require a new Real-ID document if they wish to fly domestically and California has apparently already issued 2.3 Million such documents accepting insufficient documentation.

Individuals can apply new and also upgrade their current ID / Drivers License to the new REAL ID which comes with a designation on it while non compliant ID’s include the notion “Federal Limits Apply”.

Six-foot-long Pipe Pomb Found And Defused Near Sri Lanka’s Colombo Airport

Sri Lankan authorities have found and defused a six-foot-long pipe bomb near the Colombo International Airport following a wave of Easter Sunday bombings in the country.

The death toll of the bombings has in the meanwhile risen to 290 as of Monday, and 24 arrests were made in conjunction with the terrorist attacks.

Reader Question: Big Booking Mistake Cost $75 Nonrefundable Processing Fee From FlightHub – Is That Legal?


We’ve got a Reader Question which actually stems from a friend of mine who made a giant blunder during a flight booking through OTA FlightHub and ended up paying dearly for it.

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Visa Waiver Eligible Travelers Going To Europe & Schengen Countries Will Require ETIAS Electronic Travel Authorization From 2021


The European Union (EU) has officially announced an ESTA equivalent system of an Electronic Travel Authorization, called European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), which will apply from 2021 onwards.

It will require the currently 60 nationalities that are visa waiver eligible to apply ahead of their journey in order to be able to board their flights or enter the Schengen area countries.

Thailand Extends Visa on Arrival Fee Exemption For Tourists From 21 Countries Including China & India

Thailand will be extending their Visa on Arrival Fee Waiver for tourists from 21 countries and regions, including China, India who can enjoy the visa-on-arrival fee exemption until late April this year.

The cabinet approved a proposal to waive VOA fees from January 13th to April 30th 2019 in a bid to attract foreign tourists during Chinese New Year and the popular Songkran Festival.

Sayonara: Japan Will Charge 1000 JPY Departure Tax Starting Next Monday, 7th January 2019


From next Monday onward Japan will be charging a departure tax of 1000 Yen which will be charged to each international departure in order to fund tourism related expenses.

The ‘Sayonara Tax’ for departures will apply to both foreigners and Japanese travelers and incorporated in the ticket charges collected by the airlines similar to the already existing taxes and fees.

Happy Thanksgiving & Safe Travels From The LoyaltyLobby Team!

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It’s Thanksgiving Day again, one of the busiest travel periods in the United States that comes with both stressful situations but also good shopping opportunities in the travel sector.

Many hotels, airlines and their loyalty programs will have deals in the coming days so after having a nice turkey dinner in the circle of your family maybe you should look out what they have in store this year.

Is Your ID Ready To Fly? Many U.S. Domestic Travelers Are Soon Unable To Use Their Standard Drivers License To Pass Airport Security!


With the final step of the implementation of the federal ‘Real ID Act‘ in the United States, travelers with standard drivers licenses issued by various U.S. states might soon require another ID document if they wish to fly domestically.

Individuals can also upgrade their current ID / Drivers License to the new REAL ID which comes with a designation on it while non compliant ID’s include the notion “Federal Limits Apply”.

The Worlds Stinkiest Fruit Holds Up Passenger Plane Until Cargo Gets Unloaded From Aircraft

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A passenger plane loaded with two tonnes of Durian (also known as the worlds most stinkiest fruit) was delayed for over an hour after passengers revolted as the stench went from the cargo hold into the passenger cabin.

Durian is a very popular fruit in Southeast Asia and has many fans who love the flavor yet the smell of it can indeed be hard to endure, let alone two tonnes of it.

Are Airport Vending Machines The Worst Place To Buy a Local SIM Card Upon Arrival?

In order to save international roaming fees many travelers seek out a local SIM card when traveling abroad and airports / vendors have reacted in offering them from vending machines in the arrivals area if local laws permit.

Prices can vary greatly and it often doesn’t even make sense as it’s so expensive that you can just as well use a roaming option.

U.S. Switches Back From Daylight Savings Time – Reminder From Airlines To Check Departure/Destination Time


The U.S. has just switched back (Nov 4th) to Standard Time from Daylight Savings Time and apparently airlines had experienced troubles with customers missing their flights in the past so many of them reminded this year to check the time carefully.

The departure times will remain the same but there might be a discrepancy with your airlines original schedule that was received when making the booking though in theory there shouldn’t be.

Thailand Introduces ‘Special Lane’ At Immigration To Select Chinese Visitors From Other Arrivals


Following a few unfortunate incidents and media reports of problems with Thailand Immigration lanes where Chinese visitors got into arguments with other travelers the immigration bureau has now opened Special Lanes for Chinese Citizens.

The counters which have been declared as ‘VIP Lines’ are obviously anything but – instead of privileged treatment they are designed to keep the order in the immigration area and prevent rowdy behavior.

Three Chinese Shoppers (Smugglers) Battle Each Other Inside Duty Free Shop At Seoul-Incheon Airport


Yep they did it again! There is a large thirst for Duty Free products from South Korea among mainland Chinese travelers who then smuggle these goods into the country and sell at a big profit and they made headlines for all the wrong reasons again starting a brutal fight inside one of Incheon Airports Duty Free Shops.

Three of these ‘shoppers’ or smugglers as I prefer to call them got totally out of control and video footage shows a man stomping on a woman’s head after she went to the floor following an initial fight with another female competitor.

Is Your Flight Too Hot Or Too Cold? Flight Attendant Union Introduces App To Track Temperature Trends

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Flight Attendant unions have unveiled a new called “2Hot2Cold” to track and report uncomfortable temperatures on flights which is now available for download in the app store for both iPhone and Android.

The data will apparently be used to develop a study and lobby the Department of Transportation for a general guideline on cabin temperature.

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