National Cruise Vacation WeekIf you’ve been thinking about taking a cruise, but didn’t think you could afford it – you may want to reconsider it next week.  The week of October 20-27 is National Cruise Vacation Week and most of the major names in the industry – like Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, and Princess Cruises – are participating by making you an offer you can’t refuse.  They’re all extending special offers like on-board credit, a percentage off the current cruise fare, complimentary cabin upgrades, reduced deposits, two-for-one cruise fares, free pre-/post-cruise hotel nights, and spa credits.  If you’re interested in staying in-the-know on what many call “The World’s Largest Cruise Sale,” you can register to receive cruise news and specials from participating cruises lines.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Southwest Airlines is set to participate in the TSA security pre-check program starting in mid-November.  TSA Pre-Check allows airline passengers who have gone through a screening process to use a faster dedicated security screening lane at airports. Those cleared to use the TSA Pre-Check security lane typically do not have to remove shoes or take their laptops and liquids from bags. Belts and light outerwear also do not have to be removed for security screening.
  • O’Hare International Airport has opened a second new runway that officials say will begin to ease the Chicago hub airport’s congestion and eliminate the flight delays that have a ripple effect across the country. Of the nation’s 29 busiest airports, O’Hare ranked dead last in on-time departures throughout the first seven months of this year, with only about 67 percent of flights taking off on schedule, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Wrestling to rip-off those sticky paper airline luggage tags could become a thing of the past.  British Airways has started customer-trials of new re-useable digital bag-tag.  The personalized electronic tag eliminates the need for a new paper version every time you fly.  It’s currently being tested by passengers flying in and out of Heathrow’s Terminal 5.  BA’s electronic bag-tag can be used by passengers who have their booking details sent to their smart-phone using the British Airways app.  Perhaps we’ll see this technology come to the U.S. sometime soon?