Adelman Travel Newsline
South America and cruise travel are the hot ticket at Milwaukee's Lakefront Festival of the Arts
Once again, Adelman was a proud sponsor of Milwaukee's premier art festival, the annual Lakefront Festival of the Arts, which was held June 19-21. Adelman participated in the event by hosting a vacation travel booth throughout the run of the festival. The Adelman team was joined by representatives from Regent Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises. Delta Air Lines provided giveaways including two roundtrip tickets on Delta and a $300 gift certificate good towards a Delta Vacation.
With beautiful weather this year, the attendance was great, said Adelman Vacations' Amy Kemper. "It was so much fun visiting with all the attendees who stopped by our booth." According to Adelman's Director of Vacation Sales, Deana Crouch, "Visitors were interested in a wide variety of destinations, but the hottest travel topics on peoples' minds were River Cruises, Alaska & Mediterranean Cruises and travel to South America.
Adelman Vacations is answering the demand for today's top destinations with two very special travel options:
Danube River Cruise: Join us on Adelman's exclusively chartered luxury river cruise aboard the five-star Amadeus Elegant. This seven night cruise/tour departs October 6, 2015. For more information please visit http://adelmanvacations.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Adelman-Discoveries-Danube-River-Cruise-Sales-Flyer-2015-2.jpg.
Peru Splendors: Adelman's Deana Crouch is hosting a special journey to experience some of Peru's most famous archaeological treasures. There will be plenty of time to enjoy Peru's rich history and many gastronomic delights. Our Peru Splendors adventure takes place November 8 - 15, 2015. For more information please visit http://adelmanvacations.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Adelman-Peru-Flyer-Deana.pdf.
Our professional Adelman Vacations travel consultants are ready to help you plan your trip of a life time. Give us a call at 800-749-7116 or visit our website at www.adelmanvacations.com.
United to pull out of JFK, Delta gains slots
United Airlines announced it will leave New York's JFK airport effective Oct. 25, 2015. Customers seeking transcontinental service on United will have to use Newark instead. As part of this move, United will give its JFK slots to Delta in exchange for some of Delta's slots at Newark. Delta said it will use the new JFK slots to further strengthen its position as a leader at JFK. With the additional slots at JFK, Delta will be able to add an extra daily flight to and from Los Angeles and use larger, two-aisle planes on three of its daily flights to San Francisco.
Haneda route now belongs to American
American announced that it will offer daily year-round service between Los Angeles and Japan's Haneda airport this fall. Currently, operating rights at Japan's Haneda airport are strictly regulated. The U.S. Department of Transportation had awarded one of the four prized routes to Delta with American being named next in line. Last week Delta said it will cede the route authority saying that the Seattle-Haneda flight is "not viable under current regulatory and market conditions." Delta will officially end service between the two airports on Sept. 30. American said it will use a Boeing 777-200 aircraft to operate its new flights between Los Angeles-Haneda.
Free Wi-Fi for HHonors members but only if booked through approved channels
Hilton Worldwide revealed plans to add free Wi-Fi at all 12 of its brands to the host of amenities available to members of its HHonors loyalty program. Diamond-level members will receive complimentary premium Wi-Fi where available. Other HHonors members will receive standard Wi-Fi free of charge.
There is a catch however. In order to receive the free Wi-Fi benefit and other HHonors program amenities, members must now book through an official Hilton booking channel such as a Hilton website, app or reservation center. NOTE: reservations made through an IATA-accredited travel agency such as Adelman still qualify for HHonors program benefits. Bookings made through other third-party sites will not be eligible for HHonors perks.
American plans to introduce service between Dallas Fort Worth and Quito, Ecuador starting Dec. 18, 2015. If it receives regulatory approval, American will operate five roundtrip flights a week between the two cities. American will also debut new daily service between Los Angeles and Sydney, Australia in December and hopes to launch service between Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand in 2016.
Delta Air Lines
Delta just launched daily flights between Atlanta and Zurich. The carrier will use its 767-300ER aircraft on the route. On the domestic side, Delta said it will initiate new service between Los Angeles and Tucson beginning Dec. 19.
In other news, Delta began the process of moving some of its operations into its newly remodeled facilities in the A Concourse at Tulsa International Airport. Delta had been operating out of the B Concourse while renovations were underway. The carrier expects to be fully moved in to its new facilities by July 1, but until then, Delta will operate out of both concourses.
Starting in September, business passengers traveling between Washington Dulles and Seoul, Korea will have the option of flying in Korean's Prestige Suites. The new Prestige Suites business class service offers 22.5 inch seats with privacy panels, an ottoman and state-of-the-art entertainment.
Korean also announced that it is expanding its code share agreements with Air France and Alitalia, which are also members of the SkyTeam global alliance. Korean also unveiled plans for new code-share service with Brazils' GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligents.. The expanded cooperation will give customers even more opportunities for seamless travel worldwide.
More hotels move to flex check-in/out
As today's traveler looks for greater convenience and more personalized service, an increasing number of hotels are answering the call by giving their customers more flexibility when it comes to check-in and check-out times. Some hotels have even implemented new policies where guests are given access to the room they have reserved for a full 24 hours for each night they are booked, meaning they can check in and out any time they wish instead of being limited to the traditional 4 p.m. arrival time and 11 a.m. check out time.
In many cases better technology is allowing hotels to implement these guest-friendly new policies. For example, new apps allow customers to easily communicate with the hotel in regards to planned arrival and departure times so the hotel can better juggle their room inventory. While industry experts expect this trend to expand, there are still some hotels such as limited-service brands that likely won't make the change because of the many staff and technology challenges involved.
ON THE ROAD
Avis Europe introduces "Late Return Fee"
Starting July 1, 2015, Avis Budget Group will assess a "Late Return Fee" on select European rentals, including negotiated corporate rate rentals. The 10 Euro surcharge will be assessed on a daily basis for each day the car is kept after the booked return date. The fee applies only when the traveler does not advise Avis that they need to extend their rental before the scheduled return date. Avis officials say the purpose of this fee it to encourage travelers to advise Avis of their plans so the company can better manage fleet inventory. The fee is totally avoidable if the traveler simply notifies Avis in advance of their change in plans.
A-list Apps: Save time and money with Gas Guru
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, finding a convenient gas station with good prices in an unfamiliar city or on your way back to the airport can be a challenge. Gas Guru will help you save both time and money as it locates gas stations by price near your current location. You can also search by city or fuel grade.
Use Gas Guru in its map mode or you can view search results in a list mode that can be sorted by price or distance. This free app is reportedly easier to use compared to other gas-searching apps. Plus, Gas Guru has also been found to be more accurate as it uses data obtained from the Oil Price Information Service instead of relying on users to report gas prices.
Do you routinely visit a specific destination? Gas Guru's handy bookmark feature allows you to save information on stations that may be convenient for you to use on your next trip.
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