Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Insight Vacations Offering Free Companion Airfare

Insight Vacations Insight Vacations is helping guests make their travel dreams more affordable by offering free airfare for companion travelers on select European Vacations.  For a limited time guests who book trips to Europe between June 30 and September 25, 2016, will receive free airfare for their traveling companion.  Solo guests and triple travelers will receive ten percent off their airfare. 

 Guests can choose from a list of popular tours including premium Europe and Britain itineraries, as well as Insight and Uniworld’s “Europe’s Finest” combined cruise-tours.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Contest: Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Givaway

In celebration of Royal Caribbean's new ship Harmony of the Seas, which will make its U.S. debut in November 2016, the cruise line is holding a new contest.  The Ticket to Adventure contest allows travelers to win a seven night Caribbean cruise for four on board the Harmony of the Seas, a GoPro Hero4 camera, cash gift cards and more.

harmony of the seas 
Harmony of the Seas is the worlds largest cruise ship with the capacity of 5,497 guests and spans 16 decks with seven neighborhoods.  

To enter travelers must visit the Ticket to Adventure website at www.royalcaribbean.com  through October 1 and enter the code “PARKINGTICKET.”

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Royal Caribbean Summer Family Getaway Sale

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is offering families affordable 3, 4, or 5 night getaways to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.  Families of four can cruise for just $50 per person, per day.  Families can enjoy all the amenities of cruising including fine dining, amazing, theatrical shows, dive-in movies and tons of more fun activities all while in a beautiful topical paradise.   

Empress of the Seas
Empress of the Seas
Majesty of the Seas
3 or 4 Night Bahamas
Departs: Port Canaveral, Florida

Enchantment of the Seas
3 or 4 Night Bahamas
Departing: Miami, Florida

Empress of the Seas
4 Night Bahamas
5 Night Western Caribbean
Departing: Miami, Florida         

(pricing only applies when booking for a family of four in a quad room)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Flights Resume to Istanbul

Flights have now resumed to normal at Istanbul’s
Istanbul, Turkey
Ataturk International Airport after last weeks attempted coup.  However several nations have issued travel advisories for those considering travel to Turkey. 

With the airport closing during the attempted coup, thousands of passengers were stranded.  Frightened and confused passengers fled to the airport with the sounds of explosions in the distance, trying to get out of the country.  It was a chaotic scene with people running around panicking. 

While foreign carriers have resumed normal operations to Turkey, American carriers are prohibited from flying into the country by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Many countries are urging their citizens to exercise extreme caution when traveling to Turkey and the U.S. Department of Stat has urged citizens to reconsider travel to Turkey at this time.  While Canada is telling its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the country.    

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Airlines Luxury Amenities

It seems like every time we turn around airlines are finding a way to cut out any little bit of comfort passengers have left on flights.  But you’ll be happy to know that some airlines have come up with creative ways to offer its passengers a little luxury at 30,000 feet, for a fee of course. 

It all begins at the airport.  Several airports are now offering a special service to those people
Singapore Airlines Suite
Singapore Airlines Suite

who don’t want to have to hang out with “regular” people while waiting for their flight.  Los Angeles, for example, has a private facility where special clients can wait for their flight and when it’s time for them to board a shuttle will bring them to the main terminal and quickly board them on the plane.  All this special service can be yours for just $1800. 

If you are an important passenger Airlines such as Delta and American will even transport you between terminals via luxury vehicles such as Porches and Cadillac’s. 

Emirates Airlines Showers
Emirates Airlines
Once in the air things get even more creative.  Singapore Airlines features private suites on its A380-800 aircraft.  The suites have sliding doors that offer passengers privacy.  They also have separate beds and sitting areas and meals are served on Wedgewood china.

Hate sleeping in your clothes?  No problem, Air China and British Airways both provide cotton pajamas to first and business class passengers on long haul flights. 

Emirates Airlines actually has a shower in first class in case you want to rinse of that plane funk before you reach your destination.   They also have a standup bar for first class passengers. '

And for complete, over-the-top luxury in the sky, Etihad Airways offers a 125 square foot
The Residence
The Residence
suite called "The Residence" complete with a living room/sitting area, 32 inch television, a bedroom with a bed large enough for two, a private bathroom as well as a chef and butler.  The service if available on their A380 Airbus long haul service to Abu Dhabi and will set you back $32,000.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Overwater Bungalows Jamaica

Sandals new overwater bungalow, Royal Caribbean resort in Montego, Jamaica will be
Montego Bay, Jamica
opening up on November 15, 2016.  These Tahiti inspired bungalows offer guests pure luxury which is immediately apparent as they are greeted by their personal butler upon arrival at the resort and who is there to make sure there stay is an unforgettable one. 

The over-the-water bungalows each have their own infinity pools, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower and floating water hammock.  The bungalows also feature glass bottom floors and king size beds.  With all this luxury and pampering right at their fingertips guests will never want to leave their rooms. 

Over-the-water Bungalow
But if you want to snag a stay in one of these bungalows you will have to plan ahead as there are only 5 bungalows and they are booked well in advance.  And the cost, a seven night stay in October will cost you a little over $20,000.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

American Airline's Charging Baggage Fee's Per Leg of Flight

I recently spoke to someone who traveled on American Airlines and who told me they were charged baggage fee's for each leg of their flight.  Both their departing and returning flights had long
baggage fee's
stopovers so they had to pay the $25 per bag luggage fee twice on each flight for a total of four luggage fee's per person.  Costing each person $100 in baggage fee's for the trip.  

I contacted American Airlines to inquire about why they had to pay twice for their baggage when their bags were checked all the way through to their destination.  This is what they had to say:

Thank you for contacting American Airlines. Specifically, we charge $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag. The charges apply for travel within the United States and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
When a customer has a stopover lasting 12 hours or more, the baggage fee will be charged at the originating point of the trip, as well as at the stopover point.
Assessing charges for checked baggage was a difficult decision but reflects the reality of our business. The cost to the airline to transport baggage is substantial and the checked bag charge helps to offset that expense. We have "unbundled" (created separate pricing for) many of our services in order to keep our fares competitive. This also allows our customers to only pay for those services which they are utilizing. At this time, we have no plans to eliminate the baggage charges. We hope to have our customers' understanding as we work to remain competitive.
There are some exceptions to the checked bag charge policy. To view the specifics, please go to AA.com. For your convenience, you may also click on the following link:www.aa.com/i18n/utility/baggageExceptions.jsp.


Kellie Reagan
Customer Relations
American Airlines