|Many people do not realize how much risk they are taking when they book a ticket on a budget airline to fly during the holiday season. The problem with budget airlines is that when they break down or have weather problems no other airlines will back them up and provide their customers with alternate flights. So if you fly on Allegiant, Spirit, Southwest, and other low fare carriers and they have a mechanical problem or flight delay that keeps them from flying because the pilots have run out of flying hours you are stuck and have to wait until the airline has empty space to rebook you. During the holiday travel season, the airlines run 100% full on most flights. This means you might have to wait 4 or 5 days to find an empty seat. Compare this to flying on a major airline such as United. If they cancel a flight they will try to get you on another one of their flights however, they have reciprocating agreements with Delta and American to get you home if the other airlines have seats. You might be O.K. to be stuck for an extra 5 days in sunny Phoenix in the winter but what about if you are stuck in Fargo, ND?
3 of every 10 hotel rooms goes empty every night –
The hotel industry is enjoying a very strong year again this year as hotel rates have been rising and occupancy rates are on the rise in most cities. Hotels continue to struggle with feast or famine as one day they are full and turning away guests and the next they are almost empty. Most people don’t realize that the average occupancy rate for the U.S. is approximately 70%, which means 3 of every 10 hotel rooms goes empty every night. This is why there is such a swing in hotel rates and why there are so many websites that offer so many different hotel rates. The good news for consumers is that in the past 3 years with low-interest rates, hotel developers have built hundreds of new mid-scale hotels around the country which add to the number of rooms and puts more price pressure on the hotels to fill rooms. The more flexibility you have the greater options you have to find great hotel prices.
American Airlines has a really cool map that shows you where you can travel with your frequent flyer miles –
American Airlines has put together a really easy way for you to figure out how to use your frequent flyer miles. The map lets you put in how many miles you want to use and the dates you want to travel. It will show you all the cities you can travel to and then you just select the city and the flights. It also allows you to check to see business class seats are available in the advanced search option. Three cheers to AA for making it easier to use your frequent flyer miles.CLICK HERE to see the map.
I actually purchased airline miles last week –
Generally speaking, the offers that airlines make this time of year to purchase miles are not a good deal. The only exception I have seen to my rule is the one American Airlines made on Black Friday. They offered to sell 270,000 miles (enough to redeem for two business class tickets to Europe) for $4425. This is a good deal as a business class ticket to Europe can range from $3200 to $8500 round-trip. It takes about 115,000 miles to redeem for a free round-trip business class ticket on AA in low season. This was a very good deal.
Denver, Orlando, and Phoenix rated best U.S. airports, New York Airports the worst –
According to the Wall Street Journal, the newspaper rankings “scored the 20 largest U.S. air depots in 15 categories, from on-time reliability to longest walk. The rankings are designed to reflect what matters most to travelers, including categories like security-line wait times, Wi-Fi speed, average Yelp scores for restaurants, average fares, Uber cost to the local convention center, rental-car taxes and fees, number of nonstop destinations and market dominance of the largest airline.” CLICK HERE to read more.
We have secured 20 spots at the Unique Passion Play in 2020! –
I am excited to invite you to join us on a most unique journey, September 23 – October 3, 2020. Executive Travel offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow the Passion Play 2020, held only every ten years, in the small village of Oberammergau, Germany. We start in the Bavarian capital of Munich, home to century-old buildings, numerous museums and an unforgettable Oktoberfest, which we also have secured tickets to. Salzburg is on our map and we will be enjoying the “Sound of Music” tour and region before we continue to elegant Vienna, known to music lovers as the birthplace of the waltz. Our journey ends in Budapest where we will explore the vibrant streets and historical sites. This trip is led and guided by our favorite tour guide, Hildrun Mathies. Do not hesitate to sign up. This tour is limited to 20 travelers and will fill fast! To learn more, CLICK HERE, call or email our friendly group department at 402-435-8888/GroupDepartment@
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