New VIP baggage service is not worth the $29.95 fee –

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I recently received an email from United Airlines prior to an upcoming trip offering a new VIP service that would deliver my checked luggage to my hotel, business or residential address at my destination city for a $29.95 fee. I only use carry-on luggage when I travel so this did not appeal to me but I decided to do a little more research to see if I was missing something. Sure enough, hidden in the fine print is that in addition to the $29.95 fee for this service you still have to pay a baggage fee of $25 for this service. Add the two fees together and this new service will cost you $54.95 to deliver one bag to your hotel when you arrive at your destination. You still have to schlep your luggage to the airport and check it in. The VIP service only takes your bags to your hotel, business or residential address within 40 miles of your destination airport with delivery estimated within four hours of your arrival time. If you want to the most hassle free (and cheaper) way to send luggage from door to door simply use FedEX or UPS. They can do it often for even less money. CLICK HERE to read more about this new United service.

12 great ways to use your smart phone camera when traveling –

My iPhone camera is my best travel resource. I use my iPhone to take pictures of almost everything when I travel. For example, instead of keeping all those receipts for meals I simply pull out my iPhone and click a picture and send it to the accounting department rather than stick the receipt in my wallet. Here are some other ways you can use your smart phone when traveling:

2. Take a picture of your taxi cab number before you get into the cab (I always forget when I get out). This is a safety valve in case I accidentally leave something in the taxi.

3. Take a picture of your car at the airport parking lot. This is an easy way to remember where your car was when you parked it.

4. Take a picture of your rental car. I rent so many cars that I can’t remember what type of car or even color of the car I rented.

5. Take a picture of your meeting agenda. Many meetings today have meeting apps, however they still give you a binder full of agenda’s etc. I just take a picture of the agenda on my phone.

6. Take a picture of your luggage. If it is lost it is easy to show the airline rep what it looks like.

7. Take a picture of your hotel room number. This is an easy way to remember your room number.

8. Take a picture of your credit cards (front and back). This is an easy way to have all the info if lost or stolen.

9. Take a picture of your passport – If you travel internationally often you have to fill out forms and this is easy way to access your passport info without having to find it and pull it out.

10. Take a picture of the restaurant business card that you ate at. This will let you share with friends when they ask for a recommendation of a place to eat (or not eat)

11. Take a picture of the wine bottle – If you find a great wine be sure to snap a picture and save it.

12. Take a picture of business cards – Many people use a business card app but I take a picture of the business card along with a picture of the person. You can then add their picture to your address book.

Thank you all for 30 wonderful years –

This week we are celebrating Executive Travel’s 30th Anniversary. Thirty years ago I walked into the public library and found a book with the title, “How to Start a Travel Agency”. I read the book and said to myself, “I can do that”. And the rest is history. I am amazed at how fast the time has flown. When I thought about the idea of how many companies are able to survive this long I was shocked to learn that 96% of all business fail in 10 years or less. That means we are one of the amazing 4% that have not only survived but are thriving. All of this of course would not be possible without the support and consideration of our great customers, employees and friends. I am so blessed to be able to come to work every day and work with such an amazing team committed to serving our wonderful customers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Steve

October and May are best two months of the year to travel –

The weather is crisp and clear, the summer crowds have all gone home to school and work, and the prices are much lower as travel demand slows. Also if you travel using your airline miles this is a great time of the year to find seats to fly using your miles. If you are looking for some great vacation ideas and prices please call one of our friendly travel advisors at 402-435-8888 and they would be happy to help.

Our ALOHA HAWAII tour and cruise is selling out! –

If you have Hawaii on your bucket list, then do not hesitate to join our wonderful, native Hawaiian tour host, Mailani Veney, on an unforgettable trip to Hawaii this coming March 23rd to April 1st. Only 8 spots are left on our nine day tour which includes a seven day cruise on the “Pride of America”, the newest ship cruising the Hawaiian Islands. Join us and Mailani as we discover Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai, an active volcano, blue, green and black beaches, waterfalls, and an unparalleled history and lifestyle including celebrating with the locals at a traditional luau under the stars. Contact us now to secure your spot. Call Terri at 402-458-9858 or email us at groupdepartment@executivetravel.com to sign up. To see the full tour program, CLICK HERE! Mahalo!

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