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Travel Update 9-15-15

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We want you to be in-the-know on what’s happening around the world in travel-related news so here’s the latest travel update.  Enjoy!

 

Travel Update for Airlines

Airlines Not Playing Nicely

Travel Update - Airlines

Travel Update – Airlines

Well the good ol’ days of airlines re-booking other carriers’ customers has ended today. Delta and American Airlines no longer have an interline ticketing and baggage agreement in place. This means travelers will not be able to enjoy the convenience of having these two carriers offer the option of re-booking on behalf of the other.

 

Can’t We All Just Get Along

It seems American was doing all the re-booking for Delta without the benefit of reciprocation.  So the parties over. Starting today, no flight segments operated by Delta and American on the same ticket. However, tickets purchased prior today, will still be honored.

 

United Wants to Entertain You

Well, they want you to be able to entertain yourself. So, they have initiated a new program called, “Flyer Friendly”, which includes FREE movies and popular TV shows, including HBO. By downloading the United app or by clicking the United.com website 24-hours prior to your flight, you’ll be able to determine what amenities are offered on your flight.

 

It’s About Damned Time

Who wants to be bored while flying cross country?  All you do is wonder how much closer you are to getting off the plane. Now, your time will fly by (pun intended) with streaming, from your own personal device of more than 125 movies, including children selections. Through their partnership with VEVO, music videos are also available too but unfortunately, there’s no room to bust a move. You’ll have to be content to just lip sync.

Don’t want to wait until your next flight? Then check out United Entertainment Choices now for a list of available movie titles.

 

But Wait, There’s More

Another reason to download the United app-it’s ability to navigation easier throughout the airport with better maps.  Passengers flying out of or connecting in one their hubs

  • Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles
  • New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington

will also be able to take advantage of a new self-booking function, in case of a delay, flight cancellation or missed connection.  But I’m sure you’ll NEVER need this capability, right?! Apple IOS devices are available currently with an Android version to follow shortly.

New Club at SFO

Delta has redesigned their Sky Club at the San Francisco airport.  If this is how you role, then you’ll get to enjoy a lounge twice the size as the prior one. The 9,000 square feet upgrade is conveniently located behind the security-check point, allowing for easier gate access. Plus, there are plenty of extras to make the wait pleasurable while the back-of-the-plane stiffs jockey for a seat in the cattle-call lounge.  A self-service espresso machine, two shower suites, a nice selection of premium cocktail choices, as well as craft beers, Greek yogurt, morning bagels, hot soup and salads. Ah, the good life!

 

Travel Update – Health Concerns

Hand, Food & Mouth Disease Strikes Asia

Travelers heading to the Far East should be aware that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta is continuing a Level 1 Warning for travelers to Asia. The warning, issued earlier this year applies to Singapore and Japan. According to the World Health Organization, Singapore has reported approximately 18,000 cases of hand, food and mouth disease. Japan also has had a serious outbreak.

If you are traveling with small children, especially those under the age of 5, they are the most susceptible to contracting the disease. Another good reason to not take a long-haul flight with a child. What should you look for?  Symptoms include fever, mouth blisters as well as a rash.  At this time, there is no vaccine available so take precautions. the CDC advises the following common sense advise:

 

Precautions
  1. Just like your mother told you, wash your hands often.
  2. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if good old soap and water aren’t available.
  3. Keep your hands off your sister, as well as your own face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth.

This may be yet another great reason to purchase travel insurance prior to leaving home.

 

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Traveler News

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Travel Updates and Alerts

For the week of July 28, here’s the latest traveler news and hot topics for the leisure and business traveler, ranging from cruises to airlines to destinations to resorts and hotels. Enjoy!

Cruise News
UNESCO World Heritage  Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Vietnamese officials have issued a temporary ban on overnight, as well as day cruises on Halong Bay due to flooding.  The region was hit with the worst flooding in 40 years.  According to the press, at least 14 people have died and another three are missing due to the floods.

Many tourists in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay have been stranded on more remote islands.

 

 

WindStar Cruises has introduced a new, all-inclusive vacation for Panama and Costa Rica itineraries. With WindStar, you sail on the extraordinary in a country club environment. This special offer includes:

  • FREE Shore Excursions
  • FREE Beverage Package
  • FREE Gratuities
  • FREE Private Events

You’ll also get FREE, unlimited Wi-Fi so you can share all of your exciting travels as they happen with family and friends.

 

Destinations

At long last, Americans can travel direct to Cuba. Through the revised, people-to-people program, we can send you to our frozen-in-time Caribbean neighbor. We sell several land and sea-based itineraries including:

  • Culture of the Afro-Cuban, 7-days
  • Charming Colonial Cities, 9 days
  • Cultural Exploration, varies
  • Hidden Gems, 9 days
  • Land & Sea, 10 days
  • Grand Coast to Coast Tour, 17 days

If you would like to be one of lucky few Americans during the past 50 years to visit Cuba, Call Us Today. We have a bucket list, Cuban vacation designed with your interests in mind.

 

Lush Hawaii

Lush Hawaii

With perfect year-round weather, Hawaii is always a great vacation choice. But now the stakes just got hotter. The luxurious, oceanfront Wailea Marriott Resort and Spa has a new special starting at only $996 per person.

When you book before August 15, 2015 and travel between August 22 – December 21, 2015, you’ll receive:

  • 5-night Garden View Room
  • 5-days Midsize Car Rental
  • All Applicable Taxes

We’d be happy to book this romantic getaway or honeymoon for you and your sweetheart.  Give us a call for full details.

Airlines

Lot Polish Airlines announced plans to expand its presence in America.  They are adding flights from New York and Chicago, headed to Warsaw. This will be welcome news for many travelers heading to the region to disembark on  river cruises.In addition, the airline will start flying to Tokyo in January.

 

Thinking about heading “Down Under”?  Well it just got easier.  American Airlines will begin non-stop service between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia on the Boeing 777-300-ER. The “Triple 7″ has in-seat entertainment, international Wi-Fi, AC power outlets, USB ports and most importantly, added legroom.  This arrangement came about as a result of a partnership with Quantas.  The first flight from LAX will depart on Dec. 17, 2015.


 

 

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Airline News 7-6-15

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Airline News from Delta and American

Airlines News and Updates

Airlines Poise for Summer

Here’s the latest airline news and updates for the week of 7-6-15.

 

Airlines Accused of Collusion

This past week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has alleged collusion within the airlines industry, resulting in artificially higher airfares.  According to the Associated Press, the DOJ accuses the airlines of limiting the number of seats, which is leading to higher prices. This is a particular concern given the increase in summer travel. This comes at a time when the airlines have seen a doubling in their profit markets of more than $30 billion.

Spain Controllers to Strike

Spanish air traffic controllers have announced an industrial strike action scheduled July 11th, 12th, 26th and 26th for three hours each day. Travel to and from Spain will be impacted. The strike is a reaction to sanctions handed down to 61 air traffic controllers who had previously participated in a strike in 2010.

 

American Airlines

Going Down Under Just Got Easier

Pending regulatory approvals, American Airlines and Qantas Airways plan to expand their joint business by adding new service between the U.S. and Australia. New routes between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Sydney Airport (SYD), operated by American Airlines, and between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and SYD, operated by Qantas.

More Flights to Australia

According to these OneWorld Partners, services will initially operate on peak days and ramp up to six times per week in January 2016.

Delta

Expands Coast to Coast

Starting in November, Delta will expand cross country service from New York JFK with an additional LAX frequency and upgraded service between New York JFK and San Francisco.
On flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles, Delta will increase service from nine to ten daily peak day flights, with four flights operated with Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft.

Goes Turkey

Delta will begin offering daily service between New York JFK and Istanbul this month for the summer.

Direct Flights to Provence

Joint venture partners Delta and Air France will offer year round nonstop service between Nice and New York JFK. The flight is the only service to link the French Riviera region to
the United States nonstop.
 Source: NewsLine

Major Changes for Minors

Effective, June 22, 2015, children traveling alone as unaccompanied minors must be booked by directly contacting the American Airlines Reservations department. This policy change only impacts newly booked reservations and if you are unclear of our policies and restrictions related to unaccompanied minor travel, one of the AA representatives will be glad to answer your questions.

 

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Travel News 6-29-15

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Princess Heads to South America
Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

Christ the Redeemer in Brazil

Here’s some of the latest travel news for cruisers and those traveling internationally.

Crown Princess will be Princess’ largest ship ever to sail a full season of cruises to South America. It has added cruising itineraries sailing the southernmost tip of South America and the Chilean Fjord. You’ll get an opportunity to visit the amazing cities of Santiago (Valparaiso) and either Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires . There will be nine (9) departures during the season.

Crown Princess will offer cruises around Cape Horn on 14- and 33-day itineraries, including overnight calls in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Lima (Callao) on select departures. Crown Princess will sail between two continents and cross the Equator on an Andes and South America cruise featuring Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica with an optional overland tour of Machu Picchu.

Contact us if you are interested in any of these itineraries.

 

Delta and Aeromexico To Join Forces

Grupo Aeromexico and Delta have filed an application with the Mexican Comision Federal de Competencia Economica (Federal Economic Competition Commission) for a Joint Cooperation Agreement on flights between the United States and Mexico.

Subject to the required economic competition authority’s approvals, the airlines expect to offer an expanded network, enhancing routes and schedules, concurrently increasing opportunities to co-locate and invest in airport facilities by improving gates, lounges and the overall connecting experience, Grupo Aeromexico said in a statement announcing the application. Additionally, the airlines will increase joint sales and marketing initiatives.

Source: TravelAgent Central

 

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Mexico

The Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Watch for Mexico, particularly Tulum. Please go to the CDC website for more information if you are traveling to this area or contact your travel agent.

 

Yachting the Riveria

WindStar Cruises has a wine cruise departing on Oct. 13, 2015 for the French and Italian Riviera.  The 7-day cruise departs from Nice and disembarks in Rome (Civitavecchia).  Call us, your WindStar Specialist at 619-944-5202 to book this relaxing yachting lifestyle cruise and receive exclusive amenities.

 

 

 

 

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Cruise News

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Cruise News – April

Here’s an update on the latest in cruise news. River and ocean cruise lines have been busy lately.

 

Carnival
Gay with Jennifer Hudson in Cozumel

Gay with Jennifer Hudson in Cozumel

Carnival Cruise Line has announced summer and fall 2015 artists’ lineup for its Carnival Live Concert Series.  Recently, The Band Perry, BOSTON, Lionel Richie and Heart were added to the lineup.

The spring series, which kicked off last month, included performances by Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson and Styx.

Concerts are held in the ships’ main theaters, which accommodate a guest capacity from 900 to 1,300.  Concerts are held while the vessels are docked in one of three ports of call: Cozumel, Nassau and St. Thomas.

 

Repositioning Ships

Carnival Cruise Line will be increasing capacity by 34 percent on 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises from their Port Canaveral terminal. Their newest class of ships will commerce 7-day Caribbean voyages beginning 2016.

In October 2016, Carnival Valor will replace the Carnival Victory’s 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises from Central Florida. Valor will be the only ship operating 3- and 4-day cruises.  She has undergone the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade.

On November 27, 2016, The Carnival Magic will embark on a 12-day Carnival Journeys. These cruises are part of new Space Coast, departing from Galveston. Featured ports will include Cozumel; Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; Cartagena and Santa Marta, Colombia; Aruba, and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos.

 

Disney Takes to the River

Adventures by Disney has partnered with AmaWaterways to launch river cruise itineraries. Beginning summer 2016, Disney will have four sailings on the Danube River.

The new itineraries will take place on board the new, 170-passenger AmaViola. The new ship is being built with family-friendly design elements in mind, including six sets of connecting staterooms. Additionally, the ship’s suites have pull-out sofas that allow them to sleep three or four. Finally, Adventures by Disney plans to sail the ship at a faster pace than is common for river cruises, allowing for more time in a destination; and fewer restless children.

 

Royal Caribbean

The Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest Quantum-class ship, arrived at the Southampton Cruise Port on April 15.  Anthem of the Seas will begin her inaugural spring and summer season with sailings from her Southampton homeport. The itineraries are throughout Europe, including the Mediterranean. In fall 2015, the Anthem will head across the Atlantic to her new home at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New York HarborThen, she will head for itineraries in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

 

A Foodie’s Delight

Gourmet Dining for the Foodie

Gourmet Dining for the Foodie

The Anthem of the Seas will be a foodie’s dream. Gourmands will love the all-new Dynamic Dining experience.  Guests can choose from a selection of 18 restaurant concepts, including five complimentary main dining restaurants.  There’s also an option to choose between Dynamic Dining Choice, which allows guests to decide when, where, and with whom to dine each evening.  For those diners who prefer the more traditional experience,  the Dynamic Dining Classic is available still.

 

Sick on the High Seas

During its most recent sailing, which ended in San Diego on April 13th, 99 guests and one crew member on board the Celebrity Infinity experienced gastrointestinal illness. The culprit was believed to have been the norovirus, according to Celebrity Cruises.

Upon arriving in San Diego,  the Celebrity Infinity crew began an extensive and thorough sanitizing of the ship, as well as the cruise terminal.  This was designed to help prevent any illness from affecting the subsequent sailings.

 

Guests Should do Their Part

However, the cruise lines cannot prevent illness by themselves. It is critical that guests use the hand sanitizers the cruise lines have distributed throughout the ship. Also, guests should wash their hands frequently and instruct their children to do the same. If you are sick, you should notify the staff immediately so they can provide you with aid and help prevent the spread of illness to other guests.

 

Source: Travel Agent Central

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Short & Sweet Travel News

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Travel Updates

Airlines Announce Restrictions

Airline Travel News

Here’s some travel news you can use to either save money or plan vacations.  Enjoy!

Cruise News

Book a Norwegian Cruise with us by Oct. 14th and receive 10% Cash Back as a shipboard credit. Go wild in Alaska. Visit history in Europe. Sway to the island rhythms in the Caribbean.

  for your exciting vacation and get money back.

 

Carnival Cruise Line has announced a new marine-themed program called Camp Ocean on its fleet of 24 ships. The family-friendly cruise line has created this new program for children ages 2 to 11. The ocean-inspired activities include educational games and creative arts opportunities.

 

New Flights to Los Cabos

Soon it will be easier to head south of the border. In December, two new flights will commence on Delta Airlines from San Diego and Seattle to Los Cabos. There’s also a new nonstop flight from JFK just in time for a winter escape.

 

Ebola *
  • A federal official told CNN that airports in the United States will begin taking the temperatures of arriving passengers who have flight itineraries originating from West African countries where Ebola is concentrated. The screenings are expected to begin this weekend or next.
  • A nurse’s assistant in Spain is the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa in this current outbreak.
  • The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died, according to the Dallas hospital where he was being treated.

 

*Source: Nexion

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Travel News June 6th

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What’s Going On in the World of Travel

Here’s some of the latest travel news for the week ending June 6th.   Below I share information on  travel trends, hot destinations, your favorite hotels and other interesting tidbits to keep you in the loop on travel.

Get Ready for World Cup Soccer

 

FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

Costa Cruises plans on showing live TV broadcasts of the FIFA World Cup Soccer Championships taking place in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th. All 14 ships in their fleet will broadcast the matches. There are planned shipboard activities to coincide with the various matches.

 

 

 

 

Hot European Destinations

Riga, Lithuania

Riga, Lithuania Hottest European Destination

The hottest trend for European travel is the Baltics. The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have seen record growth in tourist arrivals over the prior three years.  Each state is expected to host more tourists over the next ten years.

If you are looking for an authentic European cultural experience, then hop a plane to Lithuania. Riga, the capital was recently designated the Cultural Capital of Europe.

Source: The World Travel & Tourism Council

 

All-inclusive Resorts

All-inclusive Beach Resort

All-inclusive Beach Resort

The all-inclusive resort concept has gained a huge foothold on the American traveler. Across all demographics, travelers consider the all-inclusive resort an “extremely /very desirable” attribute.

Gen-Xers are the most enthusiastic followers of all-inclusive travel at 65%. They are followed by Millennials (60%), then Baby Boomers (53%) and lastly by Matures (48%) who seem less enthralled with the idea.

 

Source: MMGY Global Portrait of America Traveler

Love is in the Air

A Couple Holding Hands

A Couple Holding Hands

Approximately 92% of couples plan on taking a romantic getaway in 2014. Yes, 2014 is a year for lovers as only 78% of couples planned escapes in 2013.   So why the increase? It’s all about love. The primary reason cited for wanting to hideaway was simply “We are in love”.  Ahh, ain’t that sweet?!  Another 23% will be getting out of the town to celebrate an anniversary or birthday.

Taking some time away from the kids was cited as the reason by 5% of couples. And speaking of kids, the survey didn’t include an age breakdown but let’s hope there isn’t a baby boom next year as a result of all this lovey, dovey.

Source: TripAdvisor

 

Health & Fitness while Traveling

Remaining Active when Traveling

Remaining Active when Traveling

If you lead an active, healthy lifestyle sometimes travel can throw a monkey trench to your fitness plans. I know many people who run half and full marathons, take Spin classes or practice a daily fitness routine. For these fitness conscience folks, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide hopes to provide you with a seamless transition for your exercise routine when away from home.

Their Eat & Move Well Program is geared toward the fitness conscience. RunWestin has local running maps for clients to maintain their training regimen. The SuperFoodsRX menus pair foods that are nutrient rich and naturally low in calories.

One of the most contentious travel issues is sleep. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep. The Heavenly Bed service offers custom mattresses, down duvets and 250-thread count sheets to help make the transition of sleeping away from home to hotel easier.

There’s also a Feel Well program designed to awaken the senses with signature treatments.   I think the revitalizing rain shower would do wonders to get you “up and at em’ “ come morning.

Note: The Starwood Hotels & Resorts includes Westin, Meriden, Four Points, W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton, element, The Luxury Collection and A Loft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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