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Thursday January 26, 2017  |  Archived News

First Class!

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"There are two classes of travel," wrote Robert Benchley, "first class, and with children."

Stanford Travel is offering the opportunity for you and a companion to leave the kids behind and fly first class on American Airlines to any of its destinations in the continental U.S., Mexico or Canada.

Travelers and travel arrangers who book a flight, hotel or car on Stanford Travel's Egencia site through the end of March will be eligible for a drawing for the two first-class tickets.

>> Access Egencia from your computer or laptop (Traveling for SLAC? Go to Stanford SLAC Travel.)

Congratulations to Dion Burns of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Dion won the drawing in our previous promotion for a ticket to Hawaii on Delta Airlines.


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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have merged. In the official announcement (link removed), the two carriers with distinctively different styles proclaimed, "Like bacon on a donut...we're an odd couple that works well together."

With the merger, Alaska also announced enhancements to its mileage plan, allowing plan members to book award travel using fewer miles.

A Couple Tips

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  1. If you book travel for non-Stanford employees, be sure you have a Guest Account in your Egencia profile. Email Stanford Travel to request a guest account. If you book for another Stanford employee, ensure that they can access their reservation in Egencia by booking in their profile as their arranger (not in a Guest account). The Quick Reference Guide has instructions on getting permission to arrange travel for other employees.
  2. If you arrange travel for someone else or yourself, be sure that all Egencia profiles are completed, with emergency contact information as well as loyalty program numbers. This will ensure that the travelers receive the carrier benefits they're entitled to.

JetBlue Benefits

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To celebrate Stanford's partnership with JetBlue, the airline is offering free Mosaic Status through 2017 for the first 250 travelers who register. To register, log onto Stanford Travel no later than Feb. 28, and click on the Free JetBlue Status link on your Egencia home page. (You'll find it in the "Flight messages from Stanford University" section.)

Mosaic Status offers special benefits through 2017, including unlimited waived change fees, priority boarding, two complimentary checked bags and free spirits onboard. JetBlue also offers free Wi-Fi on every flight.

Feeling Squeezed?
Here's Relief

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You may have heard about new "Basic Economy" fares offered by several airlines, including United, Delta, American, and Frontier. These fares do not include "ancillary" features that many travelers consider essential, such as pre-assigned seat assignments or the ability to store luggage in the overhead bins.

Stanford's policy regarding the lowest available airfare includes ancillary airline fees, and SU travelers are not required to choose the Basic Economy Fares. Therefore, these fares are not offered by Stanford Travel Egencia and do not need to be included in the fare comparison documentation for expense reimbursement.

Additional information on the Stanford Low Airfare policy can be found on the Air Travel Policy page.

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