Now that school is starting- Let the travel deals begin! – 

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Every year the travel industry launches some fantastic travel vacation deals once school starts in the fall. Historically the 90 day period after Labor Day is called the shoulder season and is a slower season for travel. The airlines, hotels and cruise lines historically offer great deals to try to fill up empty seats and rooms this time of the year. Some of the lowest prices of the year can be found if you can travel in the coming months before December 15. Call one of our friendly travel advisors (402-435-8888) and let them find you the perfect vacation getaway.

 

The fall is also the time to use your frequent flyer miles – 

If you have a bunch of airline frequent flyer miles flying after Labor Day is a good time to try to redeem them. I recently checked on flights from Omaha to London in October and found frequent flyer coach seats for as low as 60,000 miles round-trip on United and American. Even business class seats could be found for as little as 120,000 miles. If you have miles, use them this fall or winter.

 

Free stopover offered by Turkish Airlines is starting a new trend – 

One of the new travel trends I see this year is airlines starting to offer a free stop-over at their international hub airport that allows travelers an additional perk for their journey. Turkish Airlines is offering a one-night free hotel stay for economy class travelers or two-night free 4-star hotel accommodations for business class travelers transiting their new Istanbul hub. This is a really good deal and I think will continue a trend of travelers doing short destination immersions along their trip.

 

Comfort Inn and Suites is fast becoming a great business traveler option – 

Choice Hotel, the mother ship for Comfort Inns and Comfort Inn and Suites, is making a major push to remodel all their 1614 properties and become a strong business traveler product. These guys want to compete with Hampton Inns and other limited service, mid-scale brand hotels offered by Marriott such as Four Points, Fairfield and Courtyard.  By the end of 2019, all their properties should have a facelift. If you are a business traveler on a budget take a look at the new Comfort Inns and Comfort Inn and Suites. They will make you and your wallet smile.

 

When will all-inclusive hotels expand into the United States? –

Anyone who has traveled to the Caribbean or Mexico knows that one of the most popular vacation options is staying at an all-inclusive resort. These resorts include all your meals and drinks and many other tour amenities. For years I have been screaming about the giant opportunities available in the United States for hotels to offer all-inclusive options. Marriott now appears to be testing the water with all-inclusives as they are building two new Ritz Carlton Resorts in Mexico that they will start offering all-inclusive options. My hope is that the giant hotel chain will someday soon try to test the market in the U.S. Keep your fingers crossed. I think Phoenix would be a natural location for their first all-inclusive property.

 

Do you ever dream that a live person would answer the phone when you call a company? –

Remember the good old days when you would call a company and a friendly voice would answer the phone and direct you to the appropriate person to help? Nowadays every phone system is press 1, press  2, press 0… This drives me crazy. Well, Executive Travel has a mission to have every caller be able to call our office and talk to a real person without having to press 1,2 or 0. Business travelers who call our office will be helped by one of our corporate travel advisor teams and if they are not available as they are on another call they are automatically directed to our friendly receptionist, Nancy, whose mission is to try to answer every call on the first ring. We want every call to Executive Travel to be answered by a friendly person on the other end of the line. We also have a new feature called “hold my place in line”. When all our agents are on the line helping customers you can now simply just confirm your phone number and when our agents get off the phone they will call you back ASAP. I love this service!

 

Join Women of Nebraska in an escape to the Old South this March! –

Back by popular demand, our cool women-only travel concept “Women of Nebraska” is returning to the Historic South, March 8-14, 2020. Join our small-sized group from Charleston to St. Augustine, travel back in time and enjoy the hospitality of the Old South. A few of the highlights include a boat ride to Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were heard, a horse-drawn carriage tour, an afternoon tea and tour at Mrs. Davenport’s, relive the days of swashbucklers at Pirates’ House Restaurant, trolley tours and did I mention Southern cooking? Travel Solo or two-by-two, join our pair-and-share program and secure your spot today by calling Beth and her team, (402) 858 0033, or email GroupDepartment@executivetravel.comCLICK HERE to see the detailed tour brochure.

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