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American responds to scheduling glitch, says flights should be covered

A computer glitch at American Airlines accidentally allowed too many pilots to take vacation time over the Christmas holiday leaving about 15,000 flights scheduled between Dec. 17 and the end of the year without a flight crew. Officials at American Airlines say they are working with pilots by offering them 150 percent of their pay to cover the flights. The carrier expects to have the problem resolved very soon and without major impact to travelers.

DHS grants more REAL ID extensions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) most recently granted compliance extensions to Missouri and Guam, leaving just four states and four U.S. territories still under review ahead of the next REAL ID compliance deadline coming in January. Under the current federal mandate, citizens from any state or U.S. territory that is not considered REAL ID compliant or has not been granted an extension would have to use a different form of government issued identification such as a passport, passport card or military ID to fly on domestic flights starting January 22, 2018.

At the time of this report, the following states and U.S. territories are still under review: Louisiana, Michigan, New York and Rhode Island along with American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

In regards to extensions for the remaining pending states, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) manager of government and industry affairs, Genevieve Strand said, "Based on our current understanding of the political landscape and the extension process, we are cautiously optimistic that the DHS will continue to grant state extensions in short order and that we will not see widespread travel disruptions come January 2018."

However, advice for travelers from the above mentioned pending states remains the same: monitor the DHS website (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id) for updates on compliance/extension status and, to avoid any worries or potential disruption, consider getting a passport or passport card.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.

Coming soon: Airlines to switch locations at LaGuardia

As a reminder, as construction work continues at New York's LaGuardia Airport, several airlines will be switching locations on December 9.

American Airlines will move flights currently operating out of Terminal C to Terminal B, where the carrier will consolidate its operations, eliminating the need for passengers to take a time-consuming shuttle bus to transfer between Terminals B and C.

Delta shuttle flights, which currently operate from Terminals A and C, will be consolidated into Terminal C. Delta will also continue to operate flights from Terminal D.

JetBlue and Alaska Airlines will move from Terminal B to Terminal A.

Budget carriers Frontier and Spirit Airlines will also move out of Terminal B. However, flight operations for these two airlines will be split into two terminals with check-in counters and departures moving to Terminal C, while arriving flights will come to Terminal D.

Passengers should prepare for the changes by allowing extra time to arrive and transit the airport. For more information please visit http://laguardiaairport.com/lgaonthemove/.

Brazil to offer electronic visas

Citizens from the United States and Canada will soon be able to obtain a Brazilian visa electronically under a new program being launched in early 2018. Travelers simply apply online and the consulate will return the e-visa via email typically within five business days. There is no need to visit the consulate to obtain an e-visa.

The $40 fee for U.S. passport holders for the new e-visa is significantly less than the cost of getting a traditional visa through the consulate. Travelers will present a printed or digital image of the Brazilian e-visa to their airline to board their flight to Brazil. The e-visa will be valid for two years but for only a maximum of 90 days per year. The e-visa will be available starting Jan. 25, 2018 for U.S. citizens and on Jan. 18 for Canadians.



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ADELMAN HOTEL COLLECTION

Adelman offers fast track to Gold with Hilton Honors

Adelman customers can now earn Gold status in the Hilton Honors loyalty program in just four stays. Clients simply need to register using the special link www.hiltonhonors.com/Adelman and then book via Adelman and complete the four stays within 90 days of registration.

In addition to extra benefits such as free Wi-Fi and the ability to choose your room at check-in via the app, Hilton Honors Gold members also receive 25 percent more bonus points on every stay, space-available room upgrades and complimentary continental breakfast.

Contact your Adelman travel consultant for more information.



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ADELMAN VACATIONS

Experience spectacular scenery and incomparable luxury when you hop aboard the Rocky Mountaineer!

Adelman Vacations would like to invite you to experience the splendor of the Canadian Rockies by joining us on our Adelman Discoveries train tour with Rocky Mountaineer. This special trip departs Sept. 16, 2018. You will be whisked away in luxury to witness the change of seasons and diverse scenery ranging from fertile fields to piney forests to towering mountain peaks as you travel in comfort to the intriguing and beautiful towns of Kamloops, Lake Louise and Banff and more.

Adelman's Andrea Bateman personally experienced the Rocky Mountaineer adventure.

"The train trip was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the breathtaking scenery and saw plenty of wildlife including long-horned sheep, elk, eagles and even some bears" said Andrea. "The train was a great way to comfortably take everything in. Seating was spacious, views and meals were fabulous, plus the staff was very knowledgeable and entertaining. They were always on hand to help with smiles on their faces."

Andrea gazes out the crystal clear domed windows on the Rocky Mountaineer

The train tour also included plenty of time for guests to explore each destination. On their way to Lake Louise the group stopped at the Columbia Ice Fields for a fascinating tour of the glacier, which was accessed by taking a special Ice Explorer vehicle.

"The glacier tour was great, and the guides were very knowledgeable," Andrea said. "We also enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant, which offered a lovely outdoor patio with beautiful views."

Andrea also really enjoyed her overnight stay at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This grand hotel offers spectacular views of the lake with the mountains in the background.

"Be sure to check the hotel's notification board for a listing of daily activities such as complimentary guided hikes, bonfires and more," Andrea recommends. "The hotel's pub is another great spot to check out-very lively with people of all ages, including locals. It was a lot of fun."

Travel through the breathtaking Yoho National Park was another trip highlight for Andrea. Stops included the stunning Emerald Lake, which gets its brilliant color from years of the glaciers pulverizing the rock into the waters. They also took a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, plus they enjoyed other awe-inspiring sites including The Natural Bridge and Spiral Tunnels along with many picturesque waterfalls, streams and interesting rock beds.

The blue green waters near Natural Bridge, Yoho National Park

Andrea especially loved her stay in Banff.

"Banff is a very pristine mountain town located within the national park," Andrea said. "It is very walkable and offers gorgeous views at every turn."

In Andrea's opinion, Banff is also a great town for foodies because it is full of excellent restaurants.

Andrea soaks up the scenery by the waterfalls along the Bow River, Banff Springs

If you would like to experience the splendor of the Canadian Rockies contact Andrea or one of our other experienced vacations advisors. They can provide you with additional details on our Adelman Discoveries Rocky Mountaineer tour, September 16- 23, 2018, or they can help you build your own customized independent trip. Simply call at 800-749-7116 or visit our website at http://adelmanvacations.com/escorted-tours.

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ADELMAN Meetings and Incentives: NEWS FROM THE ROAD

Adelman Meetings and Incentives is "On the Road Again" to Los Cabos, Mexico; Monterey, California; Florence, Italy; Amsterdam and Paris to name a few stops. Most recently, our Event Team ventured to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ideal for your next meeting, incentive and exposition, Dubai receives more than 15 million visitors every year, making it the fourth most visited city in the world. Two-thirds of the world's population lives within an eight-hour flight. Over 200 nationalities are represented in Dubai, which creates a dynamic city where ideas exchange freely along with a wide range of restaurants that will suit any pallet.

With more than 680 hotels, Dubai offers a wide variety of budget, standard and premium hotel options. The area is rich in experiences and adventures ranging from high-octane skydives to luxurious yacht cruises and comfortable sea plane rides. Dubai is a center of both old and new, providing the cultural Arabic traditions as well as today's modern environment.

Dubai is a must-see city to experience

Please contact Doug Wheeler at Adelman Meetings and Incentives at dwheeler@adelmantravel.com, or at 858-456-9092 to learn more about dynamic meeting and incentive destinations for your next program.

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AIRLINE BRIEFS

Air Canada

Elite members of Air Canada's Altitude loyalty program will receive complimentary access to GoGo Wi-Fi. Altitude Elite 75K status members will get a six-month unlimited use pass, while 100K status members will receive a one-year unlimited pass.

Air Canada also said its new Signature Suite lounge will open on Dec. 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The lounge, which offers sit-down dining as well as other amenities, will be available for passengers traveling in business class on international routes.

American Airlines

American is adding service to Canada. Among the new offerings, additional flights between New York's LaGuardia and Toronto will commence Feb. 15, 2018. On May 4, travelers will be able to fly from Chicago O'Hare to Vancouver and Calgary. Extra flights will also be added from Philadelphia to Ottawa and from Washington D.C. to Toronto on May 4. All new service will be on sale starting Dec. 4, 2017.

American also said it is replacing its small turboprop aircraft with 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jets on its flights out of Tweed-New Haven Connecticut. Airline officials note, "This upgraded service represents an improved and more seamless passenger experience for our customers."

British Airways

New boarding procedures are being implemented at British Airways starting in December. On short-haul flights, business-class, oneworld Emerald and Executive Club Gold passengers will be called to board in Group 1. Group 2 will include oneworld Saphire, and Executive Club Silver. Oneworld Ruby and Executive Club bronze will be invited to board in Group 3. Standard coach passengers will be in Group 4, while those paying the cheapest fare will board last. Long-haul flights will board similarly except first class passengers will be included in Group 1, with business class passengers being moved to Group 2. Premium economy passengers will board with Group 3.

Delta Air Lines

New Delta One service will be added on various long-haul domestic flights starting April 1, 2018. The new routes include Atlanta-Honolulu, Boston-Los Angeles, JFK-San Diego, JFK-Seattle and Minneapolis-Honolulu. Delta One will be added to Delta's JFK-Las Vegas route on May 1. Delta will also offer complimentary day of departure upgrades to all Medallion members. The upgrades apply to all domestic flights.

In other news, the US Department of Transportation approved Delta's proposed joint venture with Korean Air. The agreement still needs approval from the Korean government, but will give the two airlines a combined network covering more than 290 destinations in the Americas and 80 in Asia.

For a record-setting seventh year, Delta was named best airline in Business Travel News' annual survey of corporate travel managers and agents. Delta not only earned the top score in every category by a healthy margin, but it also improved its own score over last year's in every category.



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AIRPORT REPORT

Dallas/Fort Worth

Two new lounges, the Bubble Zone presented by Coca-Cola, in Terminals A and E are now available to travelers. Access is free of charge. The airport also added a new 24-hour, 53-space parking lot where people picking up travelers can wait for up to two hours. New shops are also available in all five terminals.

Los Angeles

Five new automated screening lanes are now available at LAX, which will reduce wait times at security check points by allowing five passengers to place items in trays at one time. The airport plans to add nine more lanes in the coming months.

Washington Dulles

Effective Dec. 4, the Virginia Department of Transportation will launch dynamic rush-hour tolling for non-HOV traffic across nine miles of I-66 between U.S. 29 in Rosslyn, Virginia and the Capital Beltway (I-495). Dulles airport traffic will no longer be exempt from the highway's HOV rules.

In addition, when I-66 tolling is active, E-ZPass will be required in the vehicle. If you are driving a rental car, verify your toll-paying options with your rental car company. For more information visit http://www.flydulles.com/iad/vdot-tolling-i-66-inside-capital-beltway.

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