Beginning in January, 2018 some experts are predicting a massive number of passport applications to start hitting the system. 10 years ago the United States started requiring passports for travel to Mexico and Canada which resulted in millions of new passports being issued. As you hopefully are aware passports have a 10 year life, thus all those millions of new passports now need to be renewed. The State department, who is in charge of issuing passports, is encouraging people to try to renew their passports before the end of the year with hopes that it will prevent a major backlog of applications.
Six-month passport rule may prevent people from traveling internationally –
Many people I talk to are not aware that a lot of foreign countries do not let you into their country if you have less than six months left before your passport expires. This is called the six-month rule and is quite common in many countries around the world. Please take the time if you are traveling in the next 12 months to check your passport to see that it does not expire within six months of your expected travel, otherwise you might be faced with the unfortunate circumstances of missing your flight. This is another great reason to use a professional travel advisor who will keep your passport information and advise you when it needs to be renewed.
Hello from Chicago –
I am writing you today from the windy city of Chicago. I have a four-day business meeting here and once again I have found that the best way to get from the airport to the city is by using the train system to travel downtown. For five dollars you can ride all the way downtown and save almost $50 on a taxi or Uber ride. And during rush hour periods you not only save a lot of money you save a lot of time waiting what can be hours in stop and go traffic in a taxicab.
United Airlines to soon offer passengers on overbooked flights the ability to bid on price to get bumped –
Starting in October United Airlines will begin testing a new system that will allow passengers who have reservations on flights that are overbooked to bid on how much compensation they would except to take another flight. Delta Air Lines launched a similar program almost 2 years ago. They send notifications to passengers on oversold flights so they can bid via text. The new electronic program that United is planning will introduce almost an auction effect into the process of oversold flights and seats. The good news is that most of the major airlines today are doing a very good job of not bumping as many people as the industry has in the past. CLICK HERE to read more.
Will Uber be banned from London? –
The regulators in London announced recently they are not renewing Uber’s transportation license that is set to expire at the end of September. Uber is fighting back and said they will appeal the decision. The taxicab union in London is very powerful and they are trying to do everything that they can to keep Uber and other ridesharing companies out of their turf. Maybe if the taxi companies spend as much time and money on trying to improve their service as they do on attorneys to try to prevent the competition, everyone would be much better off.
Reserve your spot on our amazing Hawaii tour now! –
Our “Aloha Hawaii” is back by popular demand and taking off this coming February 15th-24th. If Hawaii is on your bucket list and if you need a break from the dark and cold winter, then do not hesitate to secure your spot. The tour is once more hosted by our friends and native Hawaiians, Mailani Veney and AniAni Gwen, who will share all their local ins and outs during this amazing 9-day tour, which also includes a 7-day cruise to Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. Call our friendly Group Department at 402-435-8888 or email us at GroupDepartment@executivetravel.com for more details and to sign up. To see the full tour program CLICK HERE. The tour is filling fast; do not hesitate!
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