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Monday January 22, 2018  |  Archived News

Real ID Is Coming...Eventually

Screen shot of State of California Department of Motor Vehicles web site, REAL ID Frequently Asked Questionos page, with page-tear effect on right side and the bottom

You may have heard about the new requirement for commercial plane travel. U.S. residents boarding planes will be required to show an identification card compliant with the federal REAL ID act.

Examples of a valid ID include a passport or a driver’s license issued by a state where the license is compliant. Driver’s licenses previously issued in California are not compliant. Flying travelers from California will be able to obtain a new, compliant license or ID card from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

The good news is that California (along with numerous other states) has been granted a temporary waiver for enforcement of the requirement. Californians have until Oct. 1, 2020, to obtain a compliant ID.

You can get a head start now, though. On January 22, the DMV started issuing the Real ID-compliant cards.

To obtain the card, you’ll need documents to show proof of identity, proof of residency, etc. The California DMV has an informative REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions on its website.

For more information, including the compliance status of other states, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID webpage.

Special Offers

Stanford Travel logo and slogan: Stanford Travel Your Travel Ally

In addition to Stanford-negotiated rates, and agents trained specifically to aid SU travelers, here are some recent special offers:

United Airlines: Emergency name changes, corrections, unused ticket extensions. For assistance reach out to Egencia at 877-219-1159. (A $25 Egencia transaction fee will apply.)

Alaska Airlines: Complimentary upgrades (subject to availability). You’re eligible for upgrades starting 90 minutes before departure. If you’re upgraded, Alaska will email you or let you know at the gate.

Upgrades are available on these routes:
From San Jose to Burbank, Los Angeles and San Diego; and from San Jose or San Francisco to Orange County.

Delta Airlines: Priority boarding, regardless of loyalty status level. The boarding number will appear on your boarding pass after check-in.

To be eligible for the offerings, bookings must be made through Stanford Travel and airline loyalty numbers must be stored in traveler's Egencia profile.

New Look
for Egencia

Photo of Nidhi Bhutani, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery - winner of the most recent drawing for a roundtrip main cabin ticket on Delta

The Egencia site now has a new look, which will allow for faster searches and an improved user experience.

Things to like about it:

  • Upcoming trips and unused tickets shown on the home page
  • New messages section with important alerts and program details
  • Hotel loyalty points highlighted during booking and available for filter
  • Streamlined checkout page
  • Mobile responsive design that displays on any screen size

What do you think? You can offer your thoughts on the Feedback tab.

Ban on
'Smart' Luggage

Photo of a silver hardcase luggage with a smart phone plugged into USB port built in the luggage and more cables connected to other electronic devices

"Smart" luggage bags—with features like USB ports—are being banned by airlines, out of concern that the lithium ion batteries they contain could cause fires.

Several major airlines have announced they are banning the bags, and other airlines are expected to follow.

The airlines may allow the smart luggage if the batteries are removed. However, some bags don’t offer that option.

So, heads up: if you have a smart bag, check with your airline before trying to board; or just use that old Samsonite you picked up at the garage sale.

A Chance
to Say HI!

Image of the text 'ALOHA' among beautiful red flowers and green palm leaves, a rectangular white frame around the flowers, leaves and Aloha

If you book a Stanford business trip on Egencia by April 30, you will be eligible to win two roundtrip economy class tickets on American Airlines to Hawaii.

Travelers and their travel arrangers both are eligible for the drawing.

Congratulations to our most recent drawing winner: Rosalyn McCambridge from the Department of Geophysics won a roundtrip economy class ticket on American Airlines to anywhere in the continental United States, including an Admiral Club day pass.

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