On Monday, Delta Air Lines started testing offering free inflight Wi-Fi on 55 flights to customers for a two week period to determine if they will be the second U.S. airline (JetBlue was the first) to offer free onboard internet service. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that this test run works as this would be a major service enhancement for customers. Three cheers for Delta for leading the way. CLICK HERE to read more.
Passport Alert: Your Passport “Expires” 6 months before it expires-
Many people do not realize that some countries will not allow you into their country if your passport is set to expire within 6 months of your date of entry. Some countries use 3 months and others use 6 months. The bottom line is that if your passport expires within the next 12 months you had better start the process of getting it renewed so you don’t find that perfect Italian get-away only to find out you can’t go because your passport is on its last legs. The U.S. State Department has a cool web site you can visit to see how many months your passport must have before you can enter the country. CLICK HERE to see.
Airfares to Europe skyrocket above $2000 RT this summer –
This is the busy season for air travel around the globe. I have been checking for airfares to the big European cities and find that airfares on many days of travel are over $2000 for a round trip coach seat even with a 21-day advance reservation. Wow! That is about 25% higher than I remember two years ago.
The average European hotel charges about 20% VAT tax that you can get refunded –
Many people do not realize that European hotels add a VAT (value added tax) to the cost of the room that can be refunded back to Americans when they travel. This is big bucks folks. There are some requirements of what information you need to provide to validate the refund but individuals that take the time to collect the receipts and fill in the forms could enjoy a nice little bogey. Businesses can also take advantage of reclaiming VAT but almost everyone uses a third party service that specializes in VAT reclaim. CLICK HERE to read a good article on VAT services.
The biggest mistake people make is putting off traveling until they retire –
In my thirty plus years in the travel business, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people tell me that they delayed traveling until they were retired but when retirement came around their health had failed to the point where they could not travel. How sad. That is why I always tell people to travel right now as you never know when your health issues (or those of your spouse) will keep you from traveling. No one’s work is so important that you can’t take two weeks a year to dream big dreams and visit new parts of this great big world. We would be happy to help you build your travel bucket list. Call one of our friendly vacation advisors today at 402-435-8888.
Delta Air Lines offers a way for travelers to reclaim their status –
Frequent travelers who have had a life-changing event that prevents them from traveling for a period of time and thus lose their Delta elite status (free upgrades, advanced boarding, etc) will now be offered the opportunity to regain that status under a new program announced several days ago. This is a wonderful new program that I hope other airlines will match as it will surely go a long way to maintaining goodwill from some of the airlines’ best customers. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Please attend our FREE and informative Travel Nights this week –
Join us tonight, May 14th at 6 PM at Executive Travel (1212 O Street Lincoln, NE) to learn all about our exceptional journey to Israel and Jordan this September. CLICK HERE to RSVP (free parking information included).
On Sunday, May 19th at Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S 56th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506, Women of Nebraska will present our women-only tours to Italy, Israel & Jordan, and Ireland at 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM and finally at 6:30 PM couples can enjoy the presentation of the upcoming Passion Play 2020 tours. CLICK HERE to RSVP for all the exciting presentations on Sunday. We are looking forward to seeing you!