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SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers services like priority check-in and boarding that (at least in theory) will make your airport experience a little easier.
SkyTeam has also announced plans to create Fast-Track lanes at security and immigration in 60 airports around the world. Initially launched early in 2013 at Tokyo Narita airport, Fast-Track security is now available at 39 of those 60 airports, and 21 airports have already implemented Fast-Track immigration. Since I don’t fly SkyTeam often, I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of these new services, but I’d be curious to hear how Fast-Track compares to TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry at US airports.
SkyPriority benefits include:
- Priority check-in areas
- Priority baggage drop off
- Priority service at ticket/transfer desks
- Accelerated security and passport clearance (Fast-Track)
- Priority boarding
- Priority baggage handling
To help flyers navigate the SkyPriority services available to them at different airports, SkyTeam has created the SkyPriority Finder tool. While this tool is touted as being easy to use, it’s mostly helpful if you already have travel planned and want to see what’s available along your route; you can’t just select an airport to see what’s offered. At any rate, since one of the goals of SkyPriority is to provide a consistent global experience, it seems like this search tool should be redundant.
I’d love to hear from SkyTeam elites about whether SkyPriority benefits are useful or just window dressing. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
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