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- EU Travel Authorization System Coming mid 2025
- Delta fixes come changes and adds new entertainment plane system
- Money transfer app pays huge fine
- Is Costa Rica too expensive?
- Is the Mexican Superpeso driving away people?
- And more Expat News
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- EU plans to require travel authorization in mid-2025 – The EU’s long-delayed travel authorization system is now scheduled to go into effect in spring 2025, according to a new timeline adopted by the European Council. The program, called the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) would require visitors to Schengen Area countries to fill out a form ahead of travel that would be used to screen them for security or migration risks. It will apply to travelers between the ages of 18 and 70, will cost around $8 and be valid for two years.
- Delta starts rolling out personalized entertainment
- In the fight for frequent flyers, Delta pulls back SkyMiles changes, and rivals step in – Delta will go forward with its plan to eliminate flying as a metric for obtaining status and instead base Medallion accrual solely on spending with the company. And although less dramatic than previously planned, increases in status spending thresholds and curbs on lounge access will still be introduced in 2024 and 2025.
- Delta Has A New Way To Prioritize Who Gets Upgraded Starting In January – The airline says it now sells 75% of first class seats. That includes low yielding routes where first class rarely sells. On premium routes the percentage is much higher. That includes low yielding days and times. At peak travel times the percentage is much higher.
- Popular money transfer app ordered to pay hefty fine for deceiving consumers – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and it’s why they’re stepping in. They say the mobile app has deceived consumers about the cost and speed of international money transfers by requiring consumers to waive their rights and protections.
- Is Costa Rica Expensive? An Expats Point of View – somethings yes and others no
- Nicaragua Cracks Down on Catholic Groups – Nicaraguan authorities on Tuesday shuttered the local chapter of the Franciscan religious order as well as 16 NGOs, many with ties to Catholic and evangelical churches with which the government has been at loggerheads.
México Expat News
- Is the “Superpeso” scaring away foreign tourists? – The appreciation of the national currency against the dollar made the most popular destinations more expensive, according to Cicotur. The main Mexican beaches received fewer foreign tourists by air during this summer compared to the same season in 2022.
- Mayan Train will be financed by charging 38 dollars to each foreign tourist – residents will not be paying that extra fee
- Update on Mexican Ruins: Unexpected Changes in Prices and Site Closures - November 30, 2023
- 52 Money Saving Travel Tips, US Passport Processing Time are Getting Shorter, Travel + Leisure Destination Of The Year, Thanksgiving In México, Investment Lot Scams, and more Expat News - November 11, 2023
- Secret Of Mexican Malls, What to Know About Tipping on a Cruise, Acapulco Is A Disaster Will Take 12 to 18 months To Repair, AirBnb Extortion, Airlines Are Poaching Top Flyers, and more Expat News - November 4, 2023