Travel News

Google Throws Their Hat into the Travel Business
Google is getting into the travel market and not everybody is happy.  Other travel sites such as Expedia, Travelocity and Kayak fear that Google will have the resources and the smarts to be bigger and better than the rest.  Which is good news for consumers.  Google’s goal is to cater more toward the consumers who are price conscience.   Now that there’s some serious competition for these online travel mega-sites maybe we will see some decent prices.

American Airlines New Curb Side Service
American Airlines is expanding its curbside check-in to all departing passengers bound for an international destination, including those that require a visa check.  The service will be available at 31 airports by the end of November, and the best part is there is no fee for this service.

Cunard to Start Onboard Wedding Service
Cunard is finally getting into the wedding business.  Beginning next spring, guests will be able to say their “I do’s”  on the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth.  The ships, which are currently registered in England, will be re-registered in Bermuda because according to English law all weddings must be performed at a location that is publicly accessible.

London’s Gatwick Airport Goes High Tech
London’s Gatwick Airport  became Europe’s first airport to deploy iris scanners as part of the screening process for departing passengers.  There are now 34 automatic e-gates in its south terminal.  The system is designed to help passengers to get through the ID check and security in 5 minutes or less.