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The hottest thing in beach vacations... overwater bungalows

Traditionally thought of as a South Pacific exotic pleasure, hotel resorts are now bringing the concept of overwater bungalows to the Caribbean and Riviera Maya in Mexico. Karisma Hotels & Resorts will be opening Mexico's first overwater bungalows on Sept. 1, 2016 at their award-winning, adults-only El Dorado Maroma Beachfront resort.

Uniquely situated just off sugary white sands and surrounded by brilliant turquoise waters, the luxurious overwater Palafitos bungalows offer extraordinary ocean views along with stunning sunrises and spectacular sunsets. In addition, guests will enjoy the Palafitos' unique glass-bottom floors along with direct ladder access to the ocean, oversized decks with lounge chairs, a private infinity pool and outdoor shower, and an indoor Jacuzzi for two.

The Palafitos also offer unparalleled service starting with full on-demand butler service available to cater to your every need including pre-arrival requests, unpacking assistance, activity reservations, delivery of complimentary amenities such as reading materials, refreshments and so much more. Guests in the overwater bungalows will also enjoy in-bungalow full breakfast daily, pre-dinner gourmet bites and drinks and dressing service before dinner.

A team of Adelman Vacation specialists learned about these magnificent tropical oases on a recent visit to Karisma's Riviera Maya properties, which include the El Dorado Maroma, along with El Dorado Royale, El Dorado Casitas Royale, and El Dorado Seaside Suites, plus Generations Riviera Maya and several Azul Hotels by Karisma.

According to Adelman's Jelica Lazic, "The properties themselves as well as their landscaping were absolutely beautiful to say the least. And the rooms at the properties were fantastic too with plenty of space and elegant furnishings." Jelica was very impressed with the service as well. "We were treated like royalty," Jelica notes.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts are also well known for their award winning gourmet experiences. Guests can choose from a variety of unique dining venues or can enjoy a private in-room dining experience. Drinks are elevated and elegant and meals are crafted from sumptuous ingredients including fresh vegetables and spices grown in Karisma's greenhouse located at the El Dorado Royale. Karisma's Gourmet InclusiveŽ program also caters to guests with special dietary needs including those with food allergies or that are gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian.

Does complete pampering in a luxurious and unique tropical paradise sound like the vacation that you so deserve? Then a Karisma overwater bungalow may be perfect for you. Contact one of our experienced Adelman vacations specialists for help planning your getaway by calling 800-749-7116.

Discover big savings while discovering the world

For a limited time Holland America Line is adding up to $2,000 worth of value added benefits for bookings on select cruises departing between January 2017 and April 2018.

Known for its compelling and exotic worldwide itineraries along with its extensive list of activities and enrichment programs, Holland America also offers award winning service and elegant dining aboard some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea.

Through this valuable offer, customers will receive a Signature Beverage Package, Pinnacle Grill Dinner, reduced cruise fares for friends and children, and a 50 percent reduced deposit. Suite guests will receive an additional $200 internet credit along with prepaid gratuities.

Contact your Adelman Vacations consultant today for more information on this great savings opportunity.

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American Airlines

American will launch an expanded version of its Spotlight in-flight entertainment system on all domestic flights. Passengers will be able to choose, free of charge, from over 160 movies including 50 new releases, 300 TV programs, more than 700 music selections and 20 games. On flights with Wireless Entertainment, complimentary premium content will be available to any passenger with the American Airlines mobile device app.

Delta Air Lines

Delta announced that it will expand service from Boston. New daily service to Nashville will commence Nov. 6, 2016. Beginning mid-December, Delta will increase flights to Orlando to three daily trips year round. Saturday-only nonstop flights to Montego Bay and Punta Cana will launch Dec. 17, 2016. Then, beginning Feb. 17, 2017, a new Saturday flight to St. Thomas will be available. Delta also revealed that on June 8, 2017, it will add two daily flights to San Francisco, plus it will add more service to Milwaukee and Seattle. Delta officials noted that by the end of 2016 it will be the only U.S. global carrier to offer first class seating on every flight to and from Boston.

Delta also revealed plans for an all-suite Business-class cabin. The new Delta One all-suite cabin will consists of 32 suites each with a full height sliding glass door on each. Inside the suite passengers will find a fully lie-flat seat with memory foam-enhanced comfort cushions, dedicated storage compartments, and customizable ambient lighting among other elevated features. Delta One suites will be launched first on the carrier's Airbus A350 aircraft on flights between the U.S. and Asia starting in the fall of 2017.

United Airlines

United is making changes to its MileagePlus frequent flyer program that will become effective on Oct. 6, 2016. Among the updates, awards will be priced on a one-way basis. Two or three one-way awards can be combined to form a round-trip or multi-city itinerary. United is also revising its fees for changing or canceling an award ticket. For complete details please visit

In other news, United has updated its Android app to allow users access with a fingerprint scan instead of typing out a password. The app will notify users of the change but the information can also be found under the app's settings.

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Denver International Airport

Finding a place to charge your electronic devices should now be easier at the Denver airport since nearly 10,000 power outlets and USB ports have been installed. The power units, which feature two standard 120-volt electrical plugs and two USB receptacles, are available in virtually every public seating area in all three concourses.

London Heathrow International Airport

The newly renovated American Airlines arrivals lounge is now open in Heathrow's Terminal 3. Among the extensive upgrades to the facility are 29 private showers and a valet pressing service. Travelers will also enjoy enhanced meal options in the upgraded lounge. Then, Cathay Pacific said it expects to open its new first and business class lounges at Heathrow in September.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Members of the Clear expedited security screen program will have the option to use iris and fingerprint scans at new screening terminals unveiled at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. By using Clear's new terminals, members can bypass the long lines other travelers must wait in to have their ID and boarding pass checked by TSA agents. Clear currently has locations in 16 airports across the country and expects to increase that number to 24 by the end of the year, which includes all of Delta's major hubs. For more information on Clear, please visit

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Airlines experiment with upgrade auctions

As airlines wrestle with what they consider inefficiencies in the current upgrade system, many are experimenting with the concept of auctioning off upgrades instead of simply giving them away or charging a flat fee, which means upgraded seats on certain flights could remain unused if passengers consider the fee to be too high.

International airlines have made the most use of this free-market option. According to Plusgrade, which offers auctioning services, participating airlines will advise Plusgrade which flights have upgrades available. Plusgrade will then notify passengers with tickets booked for these flights about the upgrade auction and what bidding parameters apply such as minimum bid, required increments etc. Passengers who place a bid will typically find out within 72 hours of departure if their bid was successful.

U.S. domestic carriers have generally resisted the practice, but American and Delta have reportedly run a few test auctions. Virgin Airlines is testing an auction effort for flights departing from Las Vegas through the SeatBoost app. These auctions take place at the gate, with bids available in $10, $30 or $50 increments depending on the seat.

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Marriot-Starwood merger delayed again

At the request of Chinese regulators, Marriott said it would give the country more time to review its planned merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. China is the only country yet to clear the planned merger. Marriott and Starwood maintain that their planned union poses no anti-competition issues in China. The 60 day extension will further delay closure for the deal, which hotel officials originally expected to be complete by the end of June.

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Spending money abroad: What you should know

Because there are different costs associated with how you pay for items overseas, it is important to look at your options before you travel in order to determine what will work best for you while keeping costs in check.


Many travelers feel most comfortable having some local currency in their pockets upon arrival. When ordering foreign currency before departure, it pays to do some research as different banks charge different rates and different fees.

Other travelers will wait to get cash when they arrive at the airport of their destination. Most major airports offer several options ranging from banks, to exchange stores, to ATMs. However, before you arrive, visit the airport's website to find out which options are available, the hours they are open and the fees they charge.

Exchange facilities are also often offered at hotels, train stations, bus depots and downtown areas. Just as with getting cash at home, it is important to verify what fees will be changed when using a bank, ATM or other outlet on foreign soil.

Credit/Debit Cards

Some travelers typically use plastic for virtually every purchase they make; however, you must remember when traveling abroad that credit/debit cards are not accepted everywhere. In addition, many payment readers now use chip and pin technology only. If your card provider has not sent you a new chip and pin enabled card yet, contact them well before you travel to see if they can send you one. If they still don't offer the new style cards, consider opening an account with a company that does.

If you have multiple cards, verify the foreign fees associated with each as you may find that there can be a big difference between bank card companies and account types. You can compare foreign fee policies among major credit cards issuers by visiting (

Remember to notify your charge card provider that you will be traveling abroad in order to avoid suspicion of fraud. Obtain emergency contact numbers in case your card is lost or stolen, and always obtain receipts in case you need to dispute a charge.

International currency cards and travelers checks

Companies such as American Express or MasterCard also offer international currency cards that can be preloaded with one or more foreign currencies. These can be especially helpful for those traveling to multiple destinations. As with the other options, verify the fees.

The old standard, travelers checks, are still an option. They provide protection if lost or stolen. However, fewer establishments accept them and there are still fees associated with them.

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