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Loews Hotels & Resorts' loyalty program to include expedited security membership

24 Sep, 2012 By: Elliott Mest
 


According to the Washington Post, the top-tier members of Loews Hotels & Resorts' loyalty program can receive free membership to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s expedited immigration program, Global Entry. Guests using this service access an automated kiosk to scan their passports and fingerprints, answer the customs declaration questions and proceed with a receipt to the exit.

‘‘To be the first hotel brand to offer this service demonstrates that we understand the needs of travelers, especially those who travel frequently for business,’’ Paul Whetsell, CEO and president of Loews Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement.

In order to apply for Global Entry, applicants must submit a detailed travel history and other personal information to the government online, then experience an in-person interview with customs officials at an airport. The cost for five years of service is normally $100, but Loews is proposing to refund that fee for platinum members of its YouFirst loyalty program. Hotel guests earn platinum status after 10 stays in a calendar year.

Global Entry members also can partake in the PreCheck expedited screening program as offered by the Transportation Security Administration. Precheck allows travelers to pass through airport security without taking off their shoes, removing laptops and liquids from bags or taking off belts and light jackets.

According to the Los Angeles Times, TSA PreCheck is offered at 25 airports for frequent travelers on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. The program allows low-risk, frequent travelers who volunteer background information to use expedited security lines.

Topic : Loews Hotels, PreCheck, Global Entry
External Source : Washington Post, Boston, Los Angeles Times
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