Hello from Aruba –

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I am writing you this week from Aruba, deep in the southern Caribbean. Aruba was not affected by hurricane Irma so you can expect it to be very popular this winter as the other islands rebuild. I am staying at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Aruba. They offer amazing service and some people will be surprised to learn they have casinos in Aruba with one at this hotel. If it weren’t for the long travel time it takes to fly here from the Midwest (7-9 hours) this would be a great alternative to traveling to Las Vegas for those tired of the glitter gulch.

Southwest Airlines announces big fall and winter airfare sale –

Almost like clockwork you can bet that just after Labor Day each year Southwest Airlines (almost all airlines match these fares) will offer a big airfare sale to fill seats during the fall and winter. They say they offer fares as low as $49 one way however when I checked their prices only about 2 out of 100 cities can you find $49 fares. Despite the hyperbola, you can find many one way fares for under $100 which is a very good deal. To take advantage of this airfare sale you must book by Sept 21. A 21-day advance purchase is required and blackout dates apply. This sale is valid for travel in the Continental US until March 7, 2018. Call one of our friendly travel advisors (402-435-8888) and let us help you find the perfect getaway.

Here are the winners and losers from hurricane Irma –

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families affected this week by the massive hurricane Irma. Here is a simple list of who took the worst damage that you may want to avoid this fall until they have time to repair things and those destinations who saw minimal to no damage. The biggest winners of all were Miami and Fort Lauderdale along with Orlando. These three are the kings of tourism in Florida and they all came out with minor damage. Places like Jamaica, Grand Caymen and Aruba came out very positively. Mexico will be a big winner this winter. Unfortunately the west coast of Florida took a beating and will take months to recover. The big losers in the Caribbean include St Martin, Barbuda, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, St Thomas and many small islands throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The Florida Keys took a massive hit and we think may take a year to recover.

Using Delta’s “Miles and Cash” program is almost a joke –

Several years ago Delta Airlines offered what they claimed was a wonderful idea called “Miles and Cash”. This program allowed people with not enough frequent flyer miles to pay for part of the trip with miles and part with cash. For the past year I have been checking to see what the cost of using this program was and every time found it to be an extreme disappointment. For example a flight from Omaha to London using miles is 60,000 miles plus $181 in fees. The “Miles and Cash” program is 45,000 miles and $461 in cash. Basically Delta is saying by paying $280 more we will save you 15,000 miles. This is not a very good deal in my humble opinion.

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