Adelman Travel Newsline
With winter almost behind us, now is the time to start thinking about all the spring and summer magic awaiting you at Disney World and Disneyland. Some of the special events just around the corner include Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival, which runs until May 17, special Star Wars Weekends taking place mid-May through mid-June and Disney's "Coolest Summer Ever" which starts June 17 and features characters from Frozen along with a special sing-a-long show and fireworks extravaganza.
Planning your Disney dream vacation takes much more than booking a hotel and buying a park pass. Should you rent a car or is Disney transportation your best bet? How about a meal plan? It is convenient and can save you money. Do you know about Disney MagicBands and the Disney app? Adelman's team of Disney specialists are available to help you wade through all the options while providing expert advice. Our consultants not only continue to educate themselves on all things Disney, many have extensive firsthand knowledge of the parks as well. For example, Adelman's CJ Crow will be taking her 20th trip to Disney this May. She would love to share her expertise and insider tips with you.
In addition to our highly knowledgeable advisors, Adelman offers other unique ways for our customers to learn about Disney. For example, every year, Disney Historian Stacia Martin visits some of our Adelman Vacations locations. Through her unique sketching and storytelling talents, Stacia amazes and inspires our guests as they contemplate a magical visit to the Magic Kingdom.
Now is the time to let our Disney Vacation experts help you plan your Disney getaway. Currently there are several great packages and pricing specials available. For example, if you book by March 28, you can take advantage of a 25 percent discount being offered on select Disney packages for visits before June 15. Disney also has special pricing through its Kid-Sized packages. Again, you must book by March 28. For more information give CJ or one of our other vacations advisors a call at 800-749-7116 or visit our website www.adelmanvacations.com.
BUSINESS TRAVEL BRIEFS
Airlines continue to commit to capacity control
After hitting a record high average load factor of 83.4 percent on domestic and international routes, according to figures recently release by the Department of Transportation, airline officials say they remain committed to keeping strict control over capacity levels in 2015. While consumers are looking for a drop in fares due to low fuel prices, airlines are looking to use disciplined capacity control practices to maintain or possibly raise fares as demand for air travel continues to be strong. Some airlines have said they will reduce fuel surcharges to reflect current costs, but industry observers believe those changes will likely be absorbed into new fare levels.
A recent forecast issued by Airlines for America projects air travel volume this spring to reach its highest level in seven years. So, regardless of fare levels, tight capacity control during a period of high demand means travelers should book flights well in advance for the best selection of times and routes as planes will continue to be very full.
Uber for Business launches customizable policy controls
To make their transportation product more usable for corporate customers, Uber has unveiled customizable policy controls that allow corporate travel administrators to set day, time and pick-up location parameters for "pre-approved" trips. Uber specializes in connecting riders with drivers via an app, giving those who need ground transportation another alternative to renting a car or taking a standard taxi. Uber's business platform already offers central billing options and a dashboard for administrators, but plans are underway to add additional controls in the coming months.
American is bringing its B767 aircraft with fully-flat business class seating to flights between New York-JFK and Manchester, England. Available starting Mar. 29, American will be the first carrier to offer the full-flat seating on this route. American's B767 also features a 1-2-1 configuration in its business class cabin.
Delta Air Lines
Delta recently lowered the number of miles needed to redeem one-way award travel. Previously redemption levels started at 12,500 miles. Now travelers can obtain award travel starting at 10,000 miles. Delta also expanded the number of partners that SkyMiles members can use to redeem awards, plus members will earn Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) with Delta's partners. Retroactive credit for qualifying MQDs will be given to members dating back to Jan. 1 of this year. For more information please visit http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/news-and-updates.html.
Starting Mar. 25, Japan Airlines will be able to place its code on select TAM Airlines flights to Brazil and within Brazil. Members of JAL's Mileage Bank frequent flier program will be able to earn and redeem miles on code share flights.
Lufthansa is restructuring its fare system. The new three-tiered system will be available this summer for travel this fall. The lowest fare level will have no checked luggage allowance, no rebooking and no advanced seat selection until 23 hours prior to travel. The other two fare tiers will offer an increasing level of amenities.
Officials at United said the airline will be re-banking its operations at Chicago O'Hare this month. Under the proposed plan, United expects an eight percent decrease in the number of departures offered but says capacity will increase by 10 percent as they will bring in larger aircraft. Airline officials also say banked schedules allow for shorter connections times. However, industry analysts say the banked system means that weather and other delay situations can cause more significant disruptions since flights are scheduled to arrive and depart in a shorter period of time.
Next merger milestone on the horizon
In April, the US Airways Dividend Miles program will come to an end as American will move to fully integrate it with the AAdvantage program. Miles and elite-qualifying activity earned in the Dividend Miles program will be automatically transferred into new or existing AAdvantage accounts.
Travelers who are already members of both programs are advised to link their accounts now (see below.) American will be providing members an AAdvantage Integration Look-Up tool to assist with finding new numbers.
American is also advising customers who are thinking of booking award travel or want to request mileage upgrades to do it now as American will need to disable Dividend Miles accounts a few days ahead of the transition.
After the loyalty programs are merged, it's important to remember that US Airways and American will still operate as two separate airlines for much of 2015. For more information on the combined loyalty program please visit www.aa.com/aadvantage2015.
To link your Dividend Miles account to your existing AAdvantage account, go to
www.aa.com/matchmyaccounts. You will need to have both account numbers handy when going through the linking process. To ensure that both accounts are successfully linked, review your personal information to make sure your full name, date of birth, email, personal and contact information are up-to-date and match in both accounts.
Holiday Inn Express: A next-generation guest experience will be unveiled at Holiday Inn Express locations in Europe. Among the upgrades, rooms will be outfitted with smart TV's that allow guests to stream their own media from a personal device or use log in apps such as Netflix using the hotels Wi-Fi, which is included in the room rate.
Hilton Worldwide: The new "Meet with Purpose" program is now available. The initiative has two components: "Mindful Eating" which offers healthy options and encourages planners to minimize food waste; and "Mindful Meeting" with promotes sustainability through prudent resource usage and efficient energy practices.
Marriott International: Hotel officials said Marriott will double its presence in Europe by 2020. Most of the growth will be with the Courtyard and Moxy brands. Marriott also announced that it will begin rolling out Apple Pay this summer starting with 11 locations including Ritz-Carlton, Edition and Marriott brand hotels.
Online Booking: It's time to do your spring cleaning
With spring in the air, it's time to get into that annual clean up mode. Have you checked your online traveler profile lately? It's a good idea to periodically review your traveler profile in your booking tool to ensure that it still contains everything you want included in your reservation.
Are all your frequent flyer numbers up-to-date? Don't forget to amend your profile if you are assigned a new American AAdvantage number as part of the merger with US Airways Dividend Miles as mentioned above. Also don't forget to check your car and hotel loyalty numbers.
Have any of your phone numbers, email addresses or travel preferences changed? Clean out all the old information and make sure new details are added. If you need help, contact your Adelman corporate travel consultant for assistance.
Visit our Web site at www.adelmantravel.com for more travel information, resources and unique services including corporate travel management and vacations.
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