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Welcome to the January edition of bta first’s newsletter

Every month, we deliver concise, useful information and tips & trends from the world of travel. We hope you enjoy reading this issue’s features.

Yours sincerely, bta first travel ag
 
 
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  Topics of this issue
New: Even faster access to the "out of hours" Emergency Service from bta first
Stricter ESTA procedure for entry into the USA
The Lufthansa Group's cheapest fare classes: We have them ...
Germania in a difficult economic situation
Travel plans always in your vest pocket - with the bta MOBILE App
Government Shutdown - the consequences for travel to the USA
 
 
 
  New: Even faster access to the "out of hours" Emergency Service from bta first  
 
 
 
 
   
Outside our business hours, customers of bta first travel have access to a service centre specialising in business travel services (subject to a fee). Calls are now directly transferred to a fast-track line. Any callers in front are automatically skipped.
You don't have access yet? Contact your bta first selling point for further information...
 
 
 
 
 
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  Stricter ESTA procedure for entry into the USA  
 
 
 
 
   
From now on, ESTA approvals will no longer be issued in real time, i.e. immediately. The ESTA application must now be made at least 72 hours before entry into the USA.  >click here for the application form
 
 
 
 
 
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  The Lufthansa Group's cheapest fare classes: We have them ...  
 
 
 
 
   
Since the beginning of the year, the Economy 'Light' and Business 'Flex' fare classes of Lufthansa Group Airlines are no longer offered via the Global Reservation Systems. To this end, we were the first Swiss business travel provider to introduce a direct technical connection so that we can continue to offer them all options in the future. Contact your bta first sales office for further information. Your bta first selling point will advise you competently and neutrally.
 
 
 
 
 
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  Germania in a difficult economic situation  
 
 
 
 
   
According to media reports, the well-known German airline Germania, which also serves a large number of destinations from Zurich, is in an economically difficult position.
For this reason, bta first has decided to offer flights from Germania only upon express request and under its own responsibility.
 
 
 
 
 
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  Travel plans always in your vest pocket - with the bta MOBILE App  
 
 
 
 
   
You don't know our app yet? With bta MOBILE, you can keep track of your trips at all times, receive relevant push messages and check in with just a few clicks. The app is available for free download for Android and iOS. >More information can be found here...
 
 
 
 
 
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  Government Shutdown - the consequences for travel to the USA  
 
 
 
 
   
The government shutdown has a significant impact on public life in the USA, but does not mean that the entire federal administration has been paralyzed. The fact is, however, that airport operations are also impaired, as some departments are understaffed. This can lead to longer waiting times, but has no influence on the safety of travel to the USA, which is still fully guaranteed.
We recommend that you observe the following:
- Allow sufficient time for check-in & security checks at airports
- Delayed take-off/landing times and flight delays are may happen
- Avoid short/minimal transfer times
- Please note that baggage handling may take longer than normal
 
 
 
 
 
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