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Discover the newest option for a classic southern-style getaway
Experience southern charm at its finest at the brand new Montage Palmetto Bluff. This highly anticipated luxury resort is an expansion of an award-winning 20,000-acre development, which is nestled along The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy and the May River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Adelman's Andrea Bateman had the pleasure of attending the "Grand Debut" of the new Montage at Palmetto Bluff just prior to the Labor Day weekend.
"The Montage Palmetto Bluff is full of Lowcountry charm and elegance," Andrea notes. "There are huge live oaks covered in Spanish moss, marshes full of wildlife, scenic walking paths and bike trails, along with multiple tree houses and fire pits spread throughout the grounds."
Guest can take advantage of a wide array of upscale amenities and activities such as a Jack Nicklaus golf course, shooting club, several swimming pools (one of which is adult-only), a boat house with stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and other fresh or salt water vessels, a racquet club, an equestrian center and full service spa.
In addition to charter fishing and dolphin watching excursions, Montage Palmetto Bluff also offers sunset cruises aboard its fully restored yacht, Grace. Originally built in 1913, Grace can also be rented for private use. For those dreaming of a romantic destination wedding, the Montage offers two picturesque chapels right on site. The Montage also offers a variety of other options for corporate meetings, retreats or other private events.
Guests will also enjoy an array of dining experiences. From exquisite fine dining to traditional southern favorites including a Lowcountry oyster boil at one of the resort's many fire pits, Montage offers something to suit everyone's palette.
Andrea, who was very impressed by her experience at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, said "I could go on and on about how magical this resort is!"
If you would like to know more about this great new vacation experience, call an Adelman vacation consultant at 800-749-7116, or visit our website at
Experience the beauty and history found in the heart of Europe from a new perspective
There's still time to join us on the 5-star Charles Dickens for a glorious cruise on the Rhine River!
Over the course of this 8-day cruise, which departs October 19, 2016 you will discover the legendary splendor of the Rhine, considered one of Europe's most important waterways. On board an exciting new ship, cruise through four countries (the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland) from Amsterdam on the North Sea to Basel in the Swiss Alps. The romantic Rhine landscape with its gently rolling vineyards and picturesque river banks will not fail to impress.
For additional information or questions, contact Adelman Discoveries at 1-800-749-7116 and ask for Brian Garrison.
It's time to be inspired
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 15th and join us for our fall travel show at our Milwaukee headquarters. Visit with our Vacations counselors, meet our travel vendors and enter our drawing for a chance to win some great travel prizes which include a three night stay at an AMResort, two Delta Air Line tickets or $300 vacations voucher from Delta Vacations.
Airlines around the globe prohibit usage of Samsung's Note 7 smartphone
After multiple reports of Samsung's new Note 7 smartphone catching fire because the lithium batteries inside the phone are overheating, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority issued a warning advising passengers not to turn on or charge their new-model Samsung phone while onboard any aircraft. In addition, the Note 7's are not to be checked in luggage. Airlines and governments around the world have taken this warning and have issued their own ban on using or charging the Samsung Note 7's inflight.
Samsung has issued a global recall, asking all purchasers to return their Note 7 smartphones immediately. However, due to concerns that some consumers will ignore the recall notice, reports say that Samsung is planning on pushing a software update that will limit charging to 60 percent. There have been no reports at this time that the planned software fix will affect the current air travel restrictions on the device.
New entry requirements for Canada start Sept. 30
Travelers flying to Canada will be subject to some new documentation requirements depending on their citizenship. The new rules are part of Canada's Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), which was first implemented in 2011. Prior to the new rules, citizens from some countries were allowed to travel to Canada with only a passport. These foreigners will now have to obtain an eTA, which is valid for up to five years, before they can board a plane bound for Canada. An eTA can be applied for online through Canada's department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp. A $7.00CAD application fee applies. U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa are exempt from these rules.
In addition, effective Sept. 30, Canadian citizens with dual citizenship will no longer be allowed to fly to Canada using their foreign passport. They must use their valid Canadian passport. Permanent residents of Canada are required to obtain a valid Permanent Resident Card or a Travel Document, as well as their passport, in order to board a plane to Canada.
More information on required documentation for travel to Canada can be found at http://cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.
American recently expanded the number of domestic fare classes that are eligible for corporate discounts. The new structure immediately applies to all customers that have corporate contracts with American. Airline officials believe that corporate customers will see significant savings as a result of the new structure. In addition, they will get credit for more volume.
To better align with oneworld partner carriers and to reduce the number of mishandled bags, American has changed its through-checked baggage policy. American will no longer check luggage to a traveler's final destination if the customer is holding separate tickets issued in separate reservations. In order for a customer to receive through-check services, all travel must be on the same ticket/in the same reservation and all travel must be on American Airlines, American Eagle or any oneworld airline or their affiliates.
American just launched new flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong. The new service is American's fourteenth route to Asia Pacific. Then, starting Dec. 15, American will offer daily flights between Phoenix and Santa Fe and daily seasonal service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Kona. American also announced plans for new flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Rome and Amsterdam, and from Chicago O'Hare and Barcelona, all starting next May.
Delta Air Lines
Delta said it will expand its service to Asia by adding new flights between Atlanta and Seoul's Incheon International Airport starting June 3, 2017. Additionally, Delta is expanding its codeshare agreement with Korean Air to provide greater access throughout Asia and the Americas.
After Delta said it was moving its flight operations from Terminal 4 at London Heathrow to Terminal 3 to be closer to joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic, the carrier followed up by saying it will close its arrivals lounges in both T4 and T3. Eligible customers will instead be able to use Virgin Atlantic's Revivals arrivals lounge as of Sept. 20. The Revivals lounge is located outside the arrivals area of T3 and features a wide variety of amenities including shower facilities, spa treatments, cooked-to-order breakfast and much more.
Eligible passengers traveling on Lufthansa will be able to take advantage of expedited security screening through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's Precheck program. Lufthansa is the first European airline to be included in the PreCheck program. All Lufthansa passengers who are enrolled in Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri or the TSA PreCheck program will be eligible to use PreCheck security lanes.
Elite frequent fliers are now able to fly standby on same-day flights on Southwest. To take advantage of this new perk A-List and A-List Preferred members will have to ask the customer service agent at the airport. This option is not available using Southwest's automated check-in kiosks. In addition, it will not be extended to non-elite passengers flying with an eligible elite traveler, even when they are on the save reservation.
Hotels continue to be targets for payment card data breaches
Several hotel companies have recently reported payment card breaches at some of their properties, which may be compromising customer data. Some of the latest victims include Kimpton Hotels & Resorts, Denver-based Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Washington-based Noble House Hotels & Resorts and HEI Hotels & Resorts, which has locations in ten states. These follow a similar rash of Point-of-Sale (POS) malware infections in recent months at major hotel chains including Hilton, Hyatt, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Trump Hotels.
Security experts note that hackers are not just attacking hotel chains but the POS companies themselves, leaving many other retail outlets at risk. ATM's and gas stations have also seen an increase in attacks through the use of devices called skimmers, which steal data when a user swipes their bank or payment card. Authorities from Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin have all reported an uptick in skimmers being found at gas stations while new high-tech periscope skimmers, that connect directly to the ATM's internal circuit board to steal card data have been found in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Texas.
As card data theft continues to be a growing problem, groups such as the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) are calling for Congress to pass national data security standards for merchants and retailers. However, consumers must be on guard now to protect themselves. See the Travel Tips section below for ways to protect your money when you travel.
ADELMAN HOTEL COLLECTION
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Designed with business travelers in mind, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts offer a variety of preferred amenities to help guests stay productive, connected and rested. Business services such as free Wi-Fi and secure wireless printing, fast and fresh meal options, fitness facilities and modern, well-appointed guest rooms all provide a premium package that is also cost-effective. Plus, customers who book the Adelman rate will receive 250 bonus IHG Rewards points for stays at any of the more than 400 Crowne Plaza locations worldwide.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant
Located at the foot of the Copper River Bridge between the award winning beaches of Isle of Palms and Historic Downtown Charleston, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant provides southern charm and hospitality to business and leisure travelers alike. This hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast and wireless Internet, an outdoor saline swimming pool, comfortable guest rooms and executive suites with triple sheeted "Simply Smart" bedding and other in-room amenities. Adelman customers will also receive 250 bonus IHG Reward points when booking the Adelman rate.
Protect your money when you travel
Be careful about where you get your cash or make your payment
Use ATMs or card reading payment devices that are in a bank or at a manned POS in a retail outlet or are otherwise under close surveillance as those units are more protected from potential tampering compared to remote stand-alone units. Don't use devices that seem to have loose parts or have after-market-looking devices which read your card's information.
Use a chip card and choose vendors that have switched to chip enabled readers
While the United States is catching up to the rest of the world with regards to the usage of chip and pin payment cards, some financial institutions and retail outlets have been slow to adopt the new technologies. Chip cards are safer than magnetic strip cards but only if just the chip end is inserted into the card reader and not swiped. Many retail outlets still only offer swipe readers, which compromise the added security the chip card is supposed to provide.
Use credit, not debit
Use a credit card instead of a debit card for all transactions when traveling as credit cards offer stronger legal protections if cards are lost, stolen or otherwise compromised.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi
While it might be tempting to use public Wi-Fi to surf the web in order to save money on access fees or to avoid going over your phone's data limit, you could be putting your finances and personal information at risk. Hackers have ways to infiltrate Wi-Fi connections to intercept the information you transmit. Cellular signals are harder to crack so you face lower risk. However, make sure your phone is password protected and that apps for financial accounts have strong passwords with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
Sign up for account alerts
Most bank and credit card companies offer an option to sign up for email or text alerts so you can be notified of possible fraudulent activity on your account. These alerts can help shut down fraudsters faster should your accounts become compromised. Note, be sure to advise your banking institution and credit card companies that you are traveling as their more sophisticated monitoring systems will flag transactions made outside your regular geographic area.
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