Adelman Travel Newsline
A unique look at America, past and present, at West Point Military Academy
As Memorial Day approaches and we take time to remember those who have died in service to our country, why not consider planning a visit to some of America's historic military sites. Deana Crouch, Adelman's Director of Vacation Sales, recently took a weekend trip to West Point Military Academy and its surrounding area.
Located about 90 minutes north of New York City, a public tour* of West Point offers a fascinating look at the history of the facility from its beginnings in 1778 during the Revolutionary War to modern times of the United States Military Academy. You will be able to see Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, Battle Monument and The Plain. Extended tours take visitors to Fort Putnam, which provides panoramic views of the Hudson River and Highlands, or West Point Cemetery where visitors will hear fascinating stories about some of the great personalities associated with West Point. The Visitors Center and West Point Museum also offer an interesting and informative look at the academy and cadet life.
Using Morristown, NJ as a base, Deana also enjoyed the area's other points of interest such as the picturesque Old Mill, quaint shops and unique dining options, including Pied Piper Pies, which features an interesting selection of pot pies. Deana also took a short hop over to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This outdoor lovers' paradise offers more than 100 miles of hiking trails along streams, ridges, and mountaintops. The park also features abundant wildlife, waterfalls, hemlock forests and rhododendron ravines along with historic villages, structures, and landscapes from the valley's colonial past.
*For information on West Point public tours and current identification requirements needed for entrance into West Point please visit http://www.usma.edu/visiting/SitePages/Home.aspx
Culture, castles and culinary delights: Travel tales from Ireland
In the first of a three part series, Adelman vacation consultants share highlights from their travels throughout Ireland
Adelman's Marilyn Fare and Lisa Bright recently discovered the many delights of Dublin. According to Marilyn, "Dublin is one of the liveliest capitals in Europe plus there are many fascinating historical sites too." Lisa and Marilyn explored the many points of interest, shopping opportunities and Irish ambiance on and around O'Connell and Nassau Streets, two of Dublin's main thoroughfares. They visited Trinity College and saw the historic Old Library and the Book of Kells, an extravagantly illustrated manuscript of the gospels, which are widely considered a wonder of medieval Europe and one of Ireland's finest national treasures.
Marilyn and Lisa also enjoyed the Temple Bar area, which is known as the cultural quarter of Dublin. Originally a slum, the neighborhood has become home to a number of artists' galleries and small businesses. Presently, the Irish Film Institute and the Temple Bar Music Centre are among several cultural institutions tucked away in this district's narrow cobbled streets.
No trip to Dublin would be complete without a great meal and some iconic drink. Marilyn notes, "We really enjoyed dinner at Fallon & Byrne Restaurant, which is a proud winner of the Irish Restaurant Award and the Restaurant Food and Wine Award. Not only can you experience a fantastic meal at the restaurant, Fallon & Byrne also features an extensive food hall where you can find fine artisan foods of every kind." Then, considered a must-do in Dublin, Marilyn and Lisa toured the Guinness brewery. This famous traditional stout beer, often referred to as the "meal in a glass" has been produced from the St. James's Gate Brewery site since 1759. After hearing interesting stories about the history of this famous Irish drink and seeing how it is brewed, Marilyn says, "Be sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar, which offers great panoramic views of the city."
In the next edition of the Travel News Line, Marilyn and Lisa will share their experiences out in the beautiful Irish countryside.
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Security screening wait times continue to be an issue at many airports
Passengers continue to be unduly impacted at airports across the country while the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines and airports are all scrambling to ease long security wait times. Suggested solutions have included increasing overtime for existing screeners, asking airlines to eliminate checked baggage fees, and implementing a security screening reservation system similar to Disney's FastPass, which is currently being used at Montreal's Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.
While the idea of doing away with checked baggage fees would be popular with travelers, that option seems unlikely to be implemented. Airlines are very resistant to the idea of cutting off this lucrative revenue source. Plus they point out that Chicago's Midway Airport, home to Southwest Airlines, which is known for its generous luggage policies, is still experiencing significant security screening wait times.
The Department of Homeland Security and the TSA recently outlined a ten-point plan to reduce wait times while ensuring that a high level of security is maintained. Elements of the plan include approving more overtime for existing screeners, speeding up the hiring process for new screeners, using more K-9 teams, continuing to encourage enrollment in PreCheck and expanding the PreCheck program to include more airlines. Most recently Aeromexico, Cape Air, Etihad and Seabourne were added as eligible PreCheck airlines.
Airports and airlines are also working to help alleviate security wait times. More airports including Atlanta' Hartsfield-Jackson, Charlotte's Douglas International and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are looking at hiring qualified private security companies under the TSA's Screening Partnership Program. Currently, 22 airports in the country now use private screeners. Airlines and airports are also providing extra workers at checkpoints to help with peripheral duties such as directing passengers or moving bins so TSA officers can focus on the screening part of the process.
As many of these solutions will take time to implement, travelers are still urged to arrive at the airport earlier as security screening delays are expected to persist in the short term. Travelers are also still highly encouraged to enroll in PreCheck (https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply) or Global Entry (https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry) as a way to expedite their screening experience.
American recently announced a series of product expansions and enhancements for its customers. Joining other carriers, American said it will launch later this year its own ultra-low-cost, no-frills airfares aimed at budget minded travelers. American is still finalizing the details, but the rock-bottom basic economy fares are expected to be very restrictive, may not allow pre-assigned seating, access to upgrades, or other amenities that come with higher priced tickets.
In a different announcement, American said it will grant to its corporate customers free access to the same pre-assigned preferred seating inventory currently available to frequent flyer members. An airline spokesman noted, "It's startling how many corporates don't have status." This new benefit is expected to launch later this summer.
American is strengthening its presence in the Los Angeles market by adding new flights from LAX to Anchorage, Hartford, Jackson Hole, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Omaha, Portland, Ore. and Seattle, along with flights to Durango, Montrose and Vale Colorado. American notes, travelers should check their gates when departing from LAX as they now operate out of multiple terminals and recently renumbered several gates used by American Eagle flights.
American is expanding its Five Star Service concierge product for first and business class travelers to now include 17 of its major airports worldwide. The service can be purchased for airport arrivals, departures and during a connection. Five Star Service must be booked 24 hours before departure. For more information please visit https://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/fivestarservice.jsp.
Thanks to a recently signed deal with inflight Wi-Fi provider Gogo, British Airways will soon offer expanded Wi-Fi service on 118 of its long-haul aircraft. Customers will be able to choose between complimentary basic Wi-Fi access or premium high-speed services for a nominal fee.
Delta Air Lines
On the heels of its recent announcement regarding an improved process for clearing complimentary upgrades, Delta has now unveiled a new policy for complimentary upgrades for SkyMiles Medallion members traveling with a companion. Beginning this fall, both travelers will be able to clear the complimentary upgrade process based on the status of the passenger with the higher status instead of being based on the passenger with the lowest status.
In other news, Delta has reopened Sky Clubs at Dallas-Fort Worth and Nashville International airports. Both clubs feature fresh new looks and upgraded amenities. Delta One and Upper Class passengers at London Heathrow's T3 can enjoy a range of premium services at the Delta Arrivals Lounge or Virgin Atlantic Revivals lounge. Departing Delta One and Upper Class passengers can take advantage of the Upper Class Wing, a 10-minute transfer service from car to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. This free service includes express check-in, luggage concierge and dedicated security screening. For more information please visit http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/where-we-fly/flight-partners/virgin-atlantic-partnership.html.
More than just extra legroom: International-style Premium Economy cabins are coming to US carriers
Following the lead of international airlines such as Air France, British Airways and Japan Airlines, who all offer premium economy service in a distinct cabin, both American Airlines and Delta have said they will launch similar service on wide-bodied, long-haul international flights in the coming months.
The new premium economy product will go beyond a few extra inches of leg room as both carriers will offer this service in a distinct cabin area with new seats that feature greater width and recline, leg rests and other enhancements. Premium-economy customers will also receive other perks such as priority check-in and boarding, upgraded in-flight dining and more.
American said it will begin rolling out its enhanced international premium economy product later this year. Delta will debut its premium economy class on its new Airbus A350 wide-bodies, which are expected to be delivered in early 2017. Other Delta planes slated to get the new service include its A330-200s, and Boeing 767-400s.
ADELMAN HOTEL COLLECTION
Denihan Hospitality Group
Adelman customers are eligible for a discount of up to 18 percent and free Wi-Fi when staying at Denihan Hospitality Group properties. Plus, Adelman travelers staying at The Surrey will also receive a $50 per stay spa credit.
Denihan hotels are currently located in New York City and Chicago and will soon be found in Los Angeles as well. Guests can enjoy the modern residentially-styled appeal of The James, the casual yet upscale Affinia Hotel Collection, luxury independent hotels such as The Benjamin and the Carlton, or its Relais & Chateaux property, The Surrey. For more information please visit http://www.adelmantravel.com/DenihanHotels.asp.
Holiday Inn Philadelphia South Swedesboro
Already a preferred property for many Adelman customers, the Holiday Inn Philadelphia South Swedesboro is now offering 500 bonus points to members of the IHG Rewards program who book through Adelman Travel. This bonus will be awarded for stays through August 31, 2016.
The Holiday Inn Philadelphia South Swedesboro is conveniently located just 15 miles from the Philadelphia Airport and is adjacent to Pureland Industrial Park. Hotel amenities include a full service restaurant and bar, room service, free Wi-Fi and parking, 24-hour business and fitness centers, an outdoor pool plus over 5,000 square feet of flexible event space.
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In case you missed it in your email inbox
American and Delta launch elite status promotionsAs airlines strive to strengthen customer loyalty, both American and Delta have recently launched elite status promotions aimed at targeted travelers. Eligible frequent flyer members should have received an email invitation for these special promotions. However, loyalty program watchers say travelers who don't have the invitation should still try to enroll or call the airline for possible inclusion, especially if you may have missed the invitation amongst the many other promotional emails that routinely clutter many inboxes. American is offering targeted travelers complimentary AAdvantage Platinum status through Sept. 9 along with the opportunity to keep the elevated status through Jan. 31, 2017 by earning a designated number of Elite Qualifying Miles. Eligible AAdvantage members must enroll by June 8, 2016 using promotion code HVC2B. For additional information and to register please visit https://www.aa.com/i18n/disclaimers/promos/get-aadvantage-platinum-status.jsp Delta is giving select customers the opportunity to earn Medallion status levels faster. Eligible SkyMiles members must register by June 30th and then fly the designated number of qualifying round trips within six months to earn higher status levels. More information can be found at http://www.delta.com/mypromos/acelanding.action?offer=consultingfasttrack
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