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Celebrate our 30th anniversary... save $30

This year Adelman Travel is celebrating our 30th anniversary. One way we are marking this milestone is by offering our current corporate customers a $30 credit toward the purchase of vacations booked through one of our Adelman Vacations travel consultants. Valid throughout 2015, this special promotion can be obtained by simply calling 800-749-7116 and mentioning code Adelman30 when booking a vacation.

Did you get engaged on Valentine's Day?

Now is the time to start planning your WeddingMoon

Romance means different things to different couples, but the idea of easily combining your wedding with a once-in-a-lifetime trip for you and your guests is very appealing to many of today's busy couples. A destination wedding/honeymoon has many advantages. It is often easier to plan and can cost less than a traditional wedding and honeymoon. Whether you prefer a beautiful beach, a lush vineyard or a breathtaking mountaintop, your setting options are limitless. Many locations specialize in helping couples create their own customized and unique experience.

For eight years running, St. Lucia has been named the World's Leading Honeymoon Destination in the World Travel Awards. Its exotic landscapes and dramatic backdrops provide spectacular settings for tying the knot. With a great mix of activities and wealth of memorable attractions, the island also provides all the right ingredients for your magical event. All-inclusive specialist Sandals has received numerous accolades for its stress-free, personalized and very romantic WeddingMoon packages in St. Lucia, as well as at its other resorts throughout the Caribbean.

Whether you are traveling by yourselves or with family and friends, Adelman Vacations' destination wedding and honeymoon specialists can help create your dream experience. We also offer a honeymoon/destination wedding registry at http://www.honeymoonsido.com, which gives your family and friends the opportunity to share in the creation of your special memories.

For more information contact Adelman Vacations at 800-749-7116 or at vacations@adelmantravel.com.

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BUISNESS TRAVEL BRIEFS

Improving the arrival process

The Obama administration announced new initiatives aimed at improving the arrival process for those coming into U.S. airports. Inbound travelers will benefit from 340 additional passport control kiosks, which will be added at busy international airports. These kiosks have been shown to not only speed up the arrival process for those who are eligible to use them, but others also benefit from fewer people in the standard lines.

Plans were also unveiled for new technology that allows passport and customs information to be entered on mobile devices instead of the old fashioned paper forms. Government officials also said "in order to create a best-in-class international arrivals experience" other action plans will be implemented at the 17 major U.S. airports that receive nearly 74 percent of all inbound international travelers.

United to launch major changes to its MileagePlus program

Instead of earning points based on mileage flown, United's MileagePlus program will soon reward its members based on dollars spent. As previously reported, under the new system that becomes effective March 1, ordinary fliers will receive five points per dollar spent while Premier members will earn up to 11 points per dollar. While travelers may come out ahead on a few routes, industry analysts say the new system will generally make it harder for travelers to accrue points and earn rewards, especially since United is not adjusting its award levels. Members should note that award points will still be calculated using the base fare, which is before taxes and fees. Mileage flow will still be used when calculating Premier status.

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AIRLINE UPDATES

Alaska Airlines

Alaska announced it will start selling a new preferred seat product later this year. Travelers wanting extra legroom along with a free drink and priority boarding will need to purchase these amenities at rates ranging from $15 to $50 based on the length of the flight. Alaska will also offer a "preferred economy" section on some of its Embraer E-175 aircraft.

American Airlines

Passengers traveling between Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O'Hare will soon be able to do so aboard American's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The Dreamliner, which will make its debut with American on May 7, features 28 fully lie-flat seats in business class along with other state-of-the-art amenities. American will use the aircraft between Dallas and Beijing on June 2. It will also launch Dreamliner service between Dallas and Buenos Aires starting June 4. American will bring the Dreamliner to other routes as it continues to take delivery of the new aircraft later this year.

In other news, American is warning that it has detected a new round of phishing emails that are being sent to some customers. While it did not give specifics on this latest email scam, American does provide examples of various types of phishing emails at www.aa.com/phishing. American is also reminding travelers that it does not solicit personal information through email. If customers receive such an email they should delete it.

Delta Air Lines

Delta will introduce new nonstop service between Milwaukee and Boston starting June 5. The service will feature CRJ-900 dual-class jets that offer 12 seats in first class along with 12 economy comfort seats and 52 regular economy class seats.

Japan Airlines

With oil prices remaining low, Japan Airlines said it will reduce its fuel surcharges for tickets issued on or after April 1. New surcharge levels depend on the route and where the ticket is issued.

Jet Blue

Passengers with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will be able to use Apple Pay for onboard purchases on select flights. Jet Blue expects that all of its flights will be able to support Apple Pay by June.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest announced it will join other carriers in offering mobile boarding passes via Apple's Passbook app. The carrier also revealed the nine new cities it will serve out of Dallas Love Field. They include: Charleston S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Memphis; Milwaukee; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle/Tacoma, Sacramento and San Jose, Calif.

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FEATURED ARTICLES

New app to enhance the hotel experience

Instead of picking up that 1980s-style phone in your hotel room to order room service, arrange for a wake-up call or have the valet get your car, you will soon be able to use a new app to make these requests.

Set to officially launch in early March, MobileSuites is a concierge-style app that will allow travelers to conveniently communicate with hotel staff before or during their stay. Guests will be able to review room service menus and then place an order, schedule transportation (cabs, valet parking etc.), make spa or restaurant reservations along with housekeeping or other custom requests.

MobileSuites creators say they currently have approximately 1,200 participating hotels across North America including properties from big chains such as Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood. They expect to more than double their coverage in the next six months. MobileSuites also plans to add more services, such as hotel check-in, over the coming months. For more information visit http://www.mobilesuitesapp.com/.

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AIRPORT REPORT

Dallas/Fort Worth: The airport launched its new "Happy + Healthy" initiative to bring attention to its many amenities aimed at improving the traveler experience. Visitors can take advantage of its mile-long walking path, yoga studio, spas and interfaith chapels. Plus the airport's 150 restaurants are focusing on healthy menu options. On Tuesdays during the campaign, the airport is handing out free fresh fruit and granola bars to passengers.

Miami: Advanced wireless is now available within the airport thanks to a system upgrade by Verizon. The system enhancements enable more users to simultaneously connect to the Internet, send texts, download content etc. at new peak speeds.

Minneapolis/St. Paul:The airport unveiled plans to add three new gates at Terminal 2. An employee parking lot at Terminal 1 will be made available to travelers and concessions will be upgraded. Plans for a new hotel that would connect to the airport are also underway.

Sacramento:American will move from Terminal B to Terminal A effective Feb. 24. The move will put American operations closer to US Airways' facilities.

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TRAVEL TIPS

Should you hold two valid US passports?

Did you know you can apply for a second valid US passport? US citizens who travel frequently or visit certain destinations may find it very helpful to have a second passport. While valid for only two years, a second passport can allow you to obtain visas for an upcoming trip while you are out of the country on a current trip. Possessing a duplicate can also reduce your risk of being stuck if your passport is lost or stolen.

To apply you will need a letter to the US State Department detailing your reasons for needing a second passport. Visa and passport expeditor Travisa can help. For more information visit http://passports.travisa.com/PassportRequirements.aspx?PassportTypeID=SP&PartnerID=TA.

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