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From family beach fun to cultural opportunities, discover the diversity of St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Adelman's Kelly Clay recently spent an intensive educational weekend in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area. "My experience in this area of Florida was fabulous!" Kelly exclaims. The beaches are absolutely gorgeous with fine white sand." The area offers many options for families with children of all ages, plus it offers great restaurants and entertainment along with many cultural opportunities.
Kelly stayed at two different hotels and toured an additional 15 properties during her stay. Some of her favorites included Sheraton Sand Key, Sunset Vistas, Sirata Beach Resort, Barefoot Beachfront Suites and the Bilmar Beach Resort. The Tradewinds Island Grand is especially great for families. Besides its beautiful beachfront, it offers a wide variety of kid-oriented amenities such as paddleboating, a floating waterpark, the High Tide waterslide, bungee trampolines, mini-golf, poolside "dive-in" movies, dedicated craft and activity centers and so much more.
During her visit, Kelly toured the Salvador Dali Museum, which offers a rich look at the career of the famous Spanish artist. Kelly also went to the Morean Art Center, which features the unique works by the famed glass blower, Dale Chihuly. According to Kelly, "some of the Chihuly pieces were simply phenomenal." Kelly's tour also included a stop at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This facility is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine animals. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is also the home of Hope and Winter, the dolphin stars of the movie Dolphin Tale. Kelly said "it was fun to see the dolphins that I've heard so much about for so long."
For the foodies in your travel party, Kelly recommends Sloppy Joe's in the Bilmar hotel, which features a two-tiered deck on the beach that is great for viewing the sunset. Kelly also enjoyed the Clear Sky Café, SHOR Seafood Grill and Marchand's Bar & Grill.
Also be sure to plan a stop at Pier 60, a 1,080-foot fishing pier and recreational park, with a bait house, telescopes and six covered pavilions. The Pier 60 bait house offers a complete line of fishing tackle, souvenirs, drinks and snacks, as well as rental equipment. Pier 60 also features one of largest beach playgrounds on the gulf. "Sunsets at Pier 60," a Clearwater Beach tradition, offers a variety of crafts and entertainment from 6 - 9 p.m. each night and is a great way to celebrate sunset at the end of a busy day.
For more information or help planning your perfect St. Pete's beach getaway, or for assistance with any of your other vacation needs, contact Kelly Clay or any one of our experienced Adelman Vacations Consultants at 800-749-7116 or visit our website at www.adelmanvacations.com.
DOJ launches airline collusion investigation
The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that it is investigating potential "unlawful" coordination among airlines in relation to capacity, which reportedly has been used to drive the cost of air travel up. The DOJ sent "civil investigation demand" letters to several U.S. airlines, which asked them to provide documents related to how they determine capacity on their flights. Officials at the major airlines all said they will cooperate while noting that capacity is at a post-recession high. However, those conducting the investigation say that capacity was nearly flat from 2010 to 2014 even though the economy grew by 2.2 percent. During that time, airfares rose by 13 percent according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Southwest and Delta reach a temporary agreement at Dallas Love Field
Southwest said it would allow Delta to continue to fly out of Dallas Love Field while the two airlines work to reach a long-term agreement in the courts. Delta, which has operated out of Love Field for years, found itself being squeeze out due to a series of deals between several other carriers and the city of Dallas. Before the temporary agreement was reached, Southwest was seeking court approval to boot Delta from the airport. Delta said it would not vacate its gates while it continued to work with the courts on an equitable solution.
EU votes to end cellphone roaming charges
The European Union (EU) approved a series of new rules that change how mobile and wired Internet services work in the 28-member region. Part of the changes outlaw mobile roaming charges within the EU and forbid providers from giving preferences to some types of online traffic.The new rules will be implemented in phases. Beginning April 30, 2016, telecom operators will not be able to charge more than 5 Euro cents per minute to people with European mobile service who make calls while in other EU countries. There will be a maximum charge of 2 euro cents to send text messages and 5 euro cents for every megabyte of data that is downloaded. By June of 2017 cellphone roaming fees will be fully banned.
Due to the closure of Terminal 3 at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, Alitalia has temporarily relocated its check-in operations to Terminal 1. Customers should reconfirm their departure information and also allow extra time at the airport.
American announced that it will increase the number of business class seats it offers on some of its New York-London flights. Starting Dec. 17, American will use 777-200 aircraft with a new two-class configuration on two of its three flights between New York and London. The new two-class configuration allows American to offer 45 lie-flat business class seats per flight. American will still offer first class seating on its first evening flight with its three-class 777-300ER aircraft. American's joint venture partner, British Airways will also still offer a first class option. American said the move will help meet the increasing demand for its business class product.
To enhance the customer experience in the airport, American replaced 1,800 of its old check-in kiosks with new and improved units. The new kiosks are more reliable and more intuitive. The passport scanners have also been replaced to reduce wait times. Further, American said that Automated Passport Control (APC) units are now available to serve its passengers flying through New York JFK's Terminal 8.
Now that Terminal 1 at London Heathrow is officially closed, British Airways is instead using Terminal 3 and Terminal 5 for those flights. Passengers are advised to check their departure details to ensure they arrive at the correct terminal. British Airways noted that it is still in the process of upgrading its facilities in Terminal 3. By the end of 2015, it will operate 21 routes out of the enhanced Terminal 3.
Delta Air Lines
In conjunction with its partnership with Air France, Delta will offer the only nonstop service between New York and the French Riviera. The new flight to Nice will operate year-round. Delta also unveiled plans for service between Orlando and Brasilia beginning Dec. 1. Additionally, the carrier said it would resume daily service between Tokyo-Narita and Osaka starting March 27, 2016 as an extension of its flight between New York and Narita. Delta will also launch new service between Atlanta and Eleuthera and Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas starting Dec. 19.
In other news, Delta One customers will now receive updated amenity kits that feature a variety of pampering products. Customers traveling in Delta Comfort+ on long haul international flights will receive a new sleep kit that includes a tooth brush and paste plus an eye mask and ear plugs.
Free first-checked bags are now one step closer to extinction now that JetBlue said it would charge some passengers up to $25 for checked luggage. The move is part of JetBlue's new fare structure, which uses a three-tiered system to differentiate ticket prices and included amenities. The new checked bag fee applies to new reservations. Passengers can save money on checked bag fees by paying them in advance.
Oneworld Global Alliance launches Oneworld Priority
The Oneworld global alliance, with member airlines including American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LAN, TAM Airlines and many more, unveiled plans for its new Oneworld Priority branding program. New signage will highlight the various benefits available to travelers while informing them of where they can find these opportunities within the airports.
Oneworld Priority benefits include priority check-in and security checks, lounge access and expedited boarding.
The new signage will be in place at all of the top 125 global airports within the next year. An additional 1,000 plus airports serviced by Oneworld carriers in 155 countries will receive the new signage within the following 12 months.
ON THE ROAD
A new name and benefits with Avis small business
Avis Preferred members are now eligible to earn flexible points on every dollar spent. Points can be redeemed for complimentary rental days, upgrades, and accessories such as GPS and satellite radio with no blackout dates.
Avis also renamed its small business program. Avis Corporate Awards is now called Avis for Business. Members will continue to receive all the other same features and benefits including discounted rates, reward days, member-only offers and Avis Preferred membership. A dedicated account team will also still be available to support member clientele.
$100 off Global Entry, Sky Club access and more? Are you taking advantage of your Delta Choice Benefits?
Delta's Choice Benefits program for Platinum and Diamond SkyMiles members offers a host of great benefits. Did you know that with your Choice Benefits you can get a $100 voucher to be used toward your application fee with Global Entry? Once you are a member of Global Entry you also become eligible for TSA PreCheck expedited screening privileges.
Choice Benefit members can also receive passes to 50 Sky Clubs worldwide, Diamond members can upgrade their complimentary individual Sky Club membership to an Executive Membership, or members can receive upgrades on all Delta routes and more.
For more information on all the savings opportunities available with Delta Choice Benefits, please visit http://www.delta.com/skymiles/about_skymiles/benefits_at_glance/choice_benefits/
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