Commercial Medical Escorts - Blog - Budget Travel Our CME blog will keep you aware of what is going on within the aero medical transport industry and the latest news for Commercial Medical Escorts. http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 2.0.0.36 en-GB http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/opml.axd http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/syndication.axd My name Commercial Medical Escorts - Blog 0.000000 0.000000 Orlando Hits Record High in Tourism Again <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";">Orlando is practically in the back yard of Commercial Medical Escorts, just under three hours away from our company headquarters. The U.S. has its own charms and hot spots to visit but there are two places that tourist seem to be very fond of. Both New York and Orlando happen to bring in the largest amount of tourist out of the many other places in the United States, but only one can reign supreme. So which city is it that tourist are picking as their “to go” place? As it turns out, Orland happens to be on top of the hierarchy when it comes to being the center of tourism here in the U.S.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">According to Visit Orlando, a whopping 62 million tourist visited the Florida city during 2014 in hopes of having a good time, which, according to Orlando Sentinel, is “That is more people than the populations of Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, and Delaware, combined”.</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">  </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Although this isn’t too much of a surprise, as Orlando did open up a few more attractions, including Universal Orlando’s diagon alley, from the Harry Potter series, for those of you who are unfamiliar. </span><span style="color: #444444; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">George Aguel, the President and CEO of Visit Orlando, said “This historic milestone is the latest testament to Orlando’s leadership in tourism.” He continued to say “It’s a tribute to the steadfast commitment and continued investment by our tourism community, the special brand of service that greets our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">This wouldn’t be the first time that Orlando has broken this record. In 2013, the record was broken with an astonishing 59 million people, and again New York coming in second place. More so, Orlando was able to break another record in 2014. Apparently, they were able to sell 32 million room nights, which amounted to over 200 million, the largest that the Orange County has ever seen. Mayor Teresa Jacobs commented “The impact of tourism on our community is remarkable and, in fact, the travel and tourism industry is the largest generator of jobs and economic impact for our region...”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Although New York did have something to say in response to the victory. Chris Heywood, an official at NYC & Co., said “We congratulate them on those numbers,” It seemed like a friendly enough thing to say, but he continued to say “We're thrilled to be the number one destination for international visitation. That is a market that stays longer and spends more money.” This just happens to be the case. New York, while not the top when it comes to general tourism, leaps bounds over everywhere else when it comes to international tourist, leading with a 12.2 million people, and Orlando only having half that amount.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Even so, it is a great achievement to be the leading in the total amount of tourism coming into a place. If anything, it might be a good idea to start planning a trip, just to see what all the fuss is about.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Sources:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/officials-orlando-top-us-tourist-destination-2014-30174715" target="_blank">http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/officials-orlando-top-us-tourist-destination-2014-30174715</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2015/04/orlando-becomes-first-destination-to-surpass-60m.html" target="_blank">http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2015/04/orlando-becomes-first-destination-to-surpass-60m.html</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/tourism-central-florida-blog/os-orlando-visitation-record-2014-20150409-post.html" target="_blank">http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/tourism-central-florida-blog/os-orlando-visitation-record-2014-20150409-post.html</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.travelweekly.com/North-America-Travel/Orlando-breaks-visitor-record" target="_blank">http://www.travelweekly.com/North-America-Travel/Orlando-breaks-visitor-record</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.ibtimes.com/orlando-surpasses-new-york-most-visited-us-city-1574621" target="_blank">http://www.ibtimes.com/orlando-surpasses-new-york-most-visited-us-city-1574621</a><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"> </span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/26/Orlando-Hits-Record-High-in-Tourism-Again.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/26/Orlando-Hits-Record-High-in-Tourism-Again.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -1200 Budget Travel Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/26/Orlando-Hits-Record-High-in-Tourism-Again.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b Loyalty Programs Among Hotels and Airlines Attract Travelers <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Now we all know that hotels seek to give their customers the best in customer satisfaction. As one enjoys their visit and the services offered, one is more inclined to return to that hotel, even prioritize it over many others. Yet hotels strive for more than just excellent services in order to win over the hearts of their customers, such as hotel-loyalty plans. This actually ends up being extremely important, as it increases each customer’s experience and satisfaction with that brand. Thus, like all things, hotels seek to improve and strive to be the best they can be in this regard</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">J.D Powers took a survey of the change in satisfaction with different Hotel Loyalty and Rewards and it turned out that Hilton HHonors and Delta Privileges ended up being a tie for highest ranked satisfaction in their programs. To start, this survey looks at many different part of these loyalty plans, such as how easy it is to redeem points, how easily can one earn points, customer service, and even the rewards themselves. After looking into all of this, J.D. Powers was able to find that the overall satisfaction with these programs had increased from 676 in 2014 to 701 in 2015, along a 1000 point scale. The satisfaction score for Delta and Hilton HHonors both ended up being 727.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">As the study was going on, several observations were made. For one, it turned out that reviews, awards, and online ratings seemed to help drive the satisfaction of these programs for its members as opposed to just word of mouth. What also aided in the growth of members satisfaction was the ability to earn points from purchases of goods and services. Yet one big factor which even helped people decide which program to sign up with was the convenience of the location compared to where these members planned on going.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">It’s not hard to see why Delta was tied for first in ultimate membership satisfaction. For simply being a member, one earns the benefits of priority check in and wait list, express checkout, and free high-speed internet access with one’s stay. Yet the benefits continue to grow as one’s membership increases, including getting up to $500 credit for platinum plus members to spend on guest rooms, events, meetings, and dining.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">Hilton has its own set of rewards as well, which was ranked equal to Delta, including complimentary access to fitness and health centers, every fifth night free, having a second guest stay free (assuming you’re a diamond member), and much more.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: small; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The loyalty rewards program has certainly boosted the overall amount of satisfaction that hotel program members have toward the brand they are loyal to, so if you aren’t part of one of these, it may be a good idea to change that quite soon, so long as you do your homework in what works best for you. We recommend speaking with your travel agent to ensure you are enrolled in all the programs available to you as a traveler. Our escorts are constantly flying to different parts around the world and those mileage points on preferred carriers can add up to a complimentary ticket, gift cards, and other great perks that the travel partners use to keep you coming back to their hotel/airline for future travel.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hotel Rewards Programs Sources:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" href="http://www.hotelsmag.com/Industry/News/Details/57626" target="_blank">http://www.hotelsmag.com/Industry/News/Details/57626</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" href="http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/index.html" target="_blank">http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/index.html</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" href="https://www.deltahotels.com/Delta-Privilege/Member-Benefits" target="_blank">https://www.deltahotels.com/Delta-Privilege/Member-Benefits</a></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/21/Loyalty-Programs-Among-Hotels-and-Airlines-Attract-Travelers.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/21/Loyalty-Programs-Among-Hotels-and-Airlines-Attract-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:11:00 -1200 Budget Travel Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/21/Loyalty-Programs-Among-Hotels-and-Airlines-Attract-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a Luxury Living: The Most Expensive Cities in the World <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">For the most part, we all enjoy traveling; whether that involves venturing into an unknown part of our surroundings or setting course for a foreign and mysterious country altogether, people like to travel. Yet there is always that one place that is just so great we often take the time to sit back and wonder how wonderful it would be if we had actually lived there. What would it take to live there comfortably and could it actually happen? Well, if you were thinking of living in one of the cities about to be mentioned, you’d better talk those plans over with your wallet. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">The Economist Intelligence Unit came out with a survey listing the top ten most expensive cities in the world, and for those of you wondering, New York was 26th on the list. In fact New York is set as the base standard that other cities are compared to. At the very top of that list is Singapore in Asia. Singapore is a stand-alone city-state and because of this, it has to gain its resources, including electricity and water, from other neighboring countries. This can get very expensive, leading to higher utility cost. The transportation costs are also close to triple what it takes to get around NY. Not to mention the higher grocery prices and clothing prices, which is 50% more than that of New York. With all that to keep in mind, it’s no wonder why Singapore made top of the list two years in a row. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Another city on the list is Seoul, South Korea. While Seoul ties with Singapore when it comes to clothing expenses, what make this city really difficult to live in are the high prices for everyday food items. Fashion you could go on without, but food happens to be a pretty important part of our everyday life. Using the dollar to show the difference, a single kg loaf of bread in Singapore would go for roughly $3.50, while the same loaf of bread would cost an average of $13.00 in Seoul. This alone sets Seoul up for being a really expensive place and maybe even difficult place to live in. If you can’t afford to eat then you might as well not worry too much about the other necessities either. When CME has done transports to Seoul, the escorts have experienced and can relate to this cost difference when it comes to getting a meal before their transport. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Standing on its own when representing Europe, Paris is the only European country to make it into the top ten list. With its generally high living expenses all around, the only thing you can look forward to are the relatively cheaper prices of alcohol and tobacco, and while that’s a lot of people’s dreams, it would be ideal if you at least had an apartment to enjoy such luxuries in. When it comes to arranging accommodations in Paris, hotels are priced relatively well compared to other areas of the world. Of course seasons depict different rates, but CME definitely sees a significant increase in costs when it comes to ground transportation. A sedan transfer in Germany that would be $125 could be more than double in Paris. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Others on the list included Osio, Zurich, Sydney, Melbourne, Geneva, Copenhagen, and Hong Kong (Which was tied with Seoul). If you’re really considering a move to one of these cities, it’s highly recommended that you consult your financial advisor to make sure that your bank can take the amount of pressure being placed on your funds. Otherwise, just enjoy your stay and let it be a happy memory that you can cherish in your comforts of your affordable abode. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">At CME, our nurses and physicians travel to all points of the world. They use currencies from dollars to pounds to euros to yen depending on their destinations. Of course anywhere you travel do will encounter tourist traps with inflated prices, but as you venture out to local areas you soon find out why some of these cities are recognized as some of the most expensive cities in the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Sources: </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/singapore-most-expensive-city-for-living-seoul-most-expensive-for-food-1.2263545"><span style="color: #0000ff;">http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/singapore-most-expensive-city-for-living-seoul-most-expensive-for-food-1.2263545#</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/04/most-expensive-cities-world_n_6793688.html"><span style="color: #0000ff;">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/04/most-expensive-cities-world_n_6793688.html</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2977215/World-s-expensive-cities-revealed-Singapore-tops-charts-again.html"><span style="color: #0000ff;">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2977215/World-s-expensive-cities-revealed-Singapore-tops-charts-again.html</span></a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/02/Luxury-Living-The-Most-Expensive-Cities-in-the-World.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/02/Luxury-Living-The-Most-Expensive-Cities-in-the-World.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=37a78fdc-e484-4550-af31-c46647976021 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:16:00 -1200 Budget Travel Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=37a78fdc-e484-4550-af31-c46647976021 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=37a78fdc-e484-4550-af31-c46647976021 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/02/Luxury-Living-The-Most-Expensive-Cities-in-the-World.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=37a78fdc-e484-4550-af31-c46647976021 Marriott International Continues to Expand Across North America <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2015%2f1%2fmarriot-logo.jpg" alt="" width="307" height="307" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Commercial Medical Escorts has entered into its Caribbean and Canadian travel season. While we transport patients worldwide throughout the year, we definitely can identify and see trends in the different destinations throughout the year. It is very common for our office to move several patients a week back to different parts of Canada including Ontario, Albert, Quebec, and British Colombia.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>When our escorts typically overnight in Canada one of the major hotel brands that is commonly use is the Delta hotels. However, a recent agreement with a major US hotel chain means changes among upscale hotels in Canada.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Throughout Canada, the Delta brand has a total of 38 hotels. Marriott International saw Canada as a breakthrough in a market which they do not 100% dominate. When individuals stay at hotels throughout Canada, Marriott International is not the first hotel that comes to mind. However Delta, is a brand that is recognized throughout the Canadian market and Marriott saw that as an opportunity for brand success.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">    </span>This major acquisition will increase Marriott International hotel count to 120 in all of Canada. Delta Hotels currently has approximately 10,000 rooms. This acquisition will make Marriott International the largest full-service hotel company in the country.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Throughout the last decade we have observed a variety of large acquisitions within the hospitality industry. The airline industry being one of the biggest players in acquisition has demonstrated the positive and negative effects that it has on consumers. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> </span>Marriott has been aggressively seeking acquisitions to improve its expansion throughout the world. Many companies that expand too quickly find themselves unable to meet their demand, but that doesn’t seem like the future for Marriott. Marriott International has been expanding aggressively so that they can maintain a strong presence in attractive regions throughout the world. Other recent acquisitions include acquiring Protea Hospitality Holdings in Africa and Moxy Hotels in Italy.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;">When selecting hotels for our escorts to stay in, we consider a variety of things similar to things consumers should consider when making their own hotel reservations. The Internet has become a great resource for individuals, but it isn’t always the most accurate. With today’s technology, hotel pictures can also be deceiving or embellished to look better than they really are. We strongly encourage you to utilize Trip Advisor to read up to date reviews or consult a travel advisor. Marriott is a well-known brand, but as you enter into different countries American brand hotels are not always available. Be smart, research your destination and ensure the hotel meets your needs, but is also in a safe area.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; font-family: Arial;"><br /></span></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2015%2f1%2f171532LOGO.jpg" alt="" width="334" height="334" /></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/28/Marriott-International-Continues-to-Expand-Across-North-America.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/28/Marriott-International-Continues-to-Expand-Across-North-America.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=1c1c8e4b-a6e4-4239-bc79-ab4b0695996e Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:18:00 -1200 Budget Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=1c1c8e4b-a6e4-4239-bc79-ab4b0695996e 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=1c1c8e4b-a6e4-4239-bc79-ab4b0695996e http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/28/Marriott-International-Continues-to-Expand-Across-North-America.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=1c1c8e4b-a6e4-4239-bc79-ab4b0695996e JetBlue Gives You Less <div><span lang="EN"> <div> <p><img style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2014%2f12%2fjetblue+charges.jpg" alt="" /></p> Jetblue Airlines and Southwest airlines appear to be the only two US Carriers that still allow passengers to travel with one checked bag free of charge. For travelers, this is a luxury considering every other airline charges a fee for a checked bag and those rates van vary among carriers. But is Jetblue shifting their philosophy and joining the reins of their competitors by adding baggage fees to their products?</div> <div> </div> <div>JetBlue Airways recently made the decision to charge for checked bags in the upcoming quarter after pressure from analysts advising them to align their fees with their competitors. When we asked our travel agent how he thinks this will affect passengers he stated, A lot of individuals still look to JetBlue and Southwest because of the first bag checked for free however, that is primarily your travelers who dont travel frequently. Most individuals who travel frequently have status with one or more of the airlines, or have a credit card that pays for the first checked bag to ultimately it will not affect them. The decision to charge for bag fees was not a single decision made by JetBlue Airways. This shift comes with other changes including fare structures, legroom in economy class, and plane configuration.</div> <div> </div> <div>As mentioned earlier, these decisions were driven by a Wall Street viewpoint to increase the maximum revenue potential for JetBlue Airways. In regards to checked bags, JetBlue plans to introduce a fare structure that will be three tiered based on the number of bags the guest has. Similar to other airline programs, the higher fares offer more flexibility and increased number of frequent flier points to be earned. Just a small increase for the airline will drive approximately 65 million in additional revenue for 2015.</div> <div> </div> <div>Along with the fare structure change, JetBlue is reconfiguring their airplanes to add additional seats. This is another attempt to add additional revenue to their sales portfolio. However, this will affect the customer experience with a decrease in seat pitch. JetBlues current seat pitch is 34.7 inches. However after the planes new configuration the seat pitch will decrease to 33.1. The average traveler may be disgruntled by this change, but JetBlue will still lead the industry with the largest seat pitch. On the A320s the increased number of seats will go to 165 whereas they could have increased it to 180. JetBlue believes in the customer experience, but also realizes its place in the industry. In the USA alone we have seen the number of major domestic carriers decrease year over year due to bankruptcy and mergers. JetBlue is attempting to find a medium between making the numbers profitable, and also meeting the needs of their customers.</div> <div> </div> <div>When JetBlue Airways first introduced these changes, the first thought from consumers was negative, but that is because the change hasnt been fully processed by the traveler. They have decreased the seat pitch, but they are still ahead of all their competitors. They are beginning to charge for bags, but they still will have fares that include a first bag checked for free. JetBlue is leaving the decision up to the customer as to whether they add a fee to their flight or choose a fare in which it is included. These fares are scheduled to begin in early 2015.</div> <div> </div> <div>Southwest will soon reign as the only USA carrier to include the first checked bag free of charge. While Southwest may see this as an opportunity to acquire a share of JetBlues customer’s who oppose the fee; it will be interesting to see if these changes actually shift customers to look at Southwest as their new carrier of choice. When travelers look for an airline ticket there are a variety of factors that are considered including fare cost, baggage fees, destinations, seat comfort, in-flight entertainment, etc. A small change like this may not mean a loss of business for JetBlue, but instead, additional revenue that was sitting on table.</div> <div> </div> </span></div> <p> </p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/16/JetBlue-Gives-You-Less.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/16/JetBlue-Gives-You-Less.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:27:00 -1200 Budget Travel CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/12/16/JetBlue-Gives-You-Less.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=da8d6a67-afcf-4625-9316-a6fc6da556a4 Commercial Medical Escorts Urges Online Travelers ‘Think Before You Click’ <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Despite media hype pitting travel agents against the Internet, travel agents continue to embrace the Web as a valuable source of travel information and encourage their clients to take advantage of it. However, <strong>Joseph McNamara, President </strong>of <strong>Sky Cap Corp </strong>advises consumers to exercise caution before buying travel products online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">"Buying travel on the Internet is not for everyone," says <strong>McNamara.</strong> "Consumers have to know what to ask and when to ask it or they could end up wasting hundreds of dollars and countless hours on a trip that fails to meet their expectations."</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">As part of its continuing mission to provide useful travel information for its clients, <strong>Sky Cap Corp </strong>addresses many of the common concerns and questions consumers face when considering buying travel online.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Should consumers use the Internet to plan a trip?</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial;"> "Absolutely," said <strong>McNamara</strong> "But the key word here is ‘plan’. The Internet is a great source of information about destinations, hotels, attractions, local transportation and weather and more. However, the Internet often doesn’t provide the detail and depth travelers need to prepare a complete itinerary." Travelers should always consult a professional travel agency such as <strong>Sky Cap Corp </strong>before making any travel purchase. This is one of the reasons why Commercial Medical Escorts is so successful with travel arrangements for our patients.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Do consumers get the lowest airfare from a travel Web site? </span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Not always. Most "bargains" sold on the Internet are usually for limited times and are highly restricted, forcing some travelers to change their itineraries to include a "red-eye" flight or layovers. Some sites that allow consumers to perform a search for the lowest price don’t include discounted consolidator air tickets. While other Internet sites do offer these tickets, traditional travel agencies offer the same discounts, in addition to valuable customer service and expertise.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Are tour prices cheaper online?</span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial;"> Usually, no.<strong> </strong>Although many wholesale tour operators maintain Web sites, they don’t offer discounts there. <strong>Sky Cap Corp </strong>can help clients choose the tour that’s right for them and in most cases save the client as much money if not more.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Is the Internet a good source for hotel discounts? </span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Although several hotel chains offer discounts on their Web sites, duplicate promotions are usually available offline. Hotel discounters have sites as well, but the best deals usually come from chain-sponsored promotions and parallel deals offered through<strong> </strong>your local travel agent. These experienced travel agents can also help clients find hotels at locations most convenient for them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Other common consumer concerns about buying travel online include issues of security, cancellations and customer service. It is particularly important for those planning trips involving groups, young children and the disabled to seek the help of a travel agent. In addition, today’s consumers are increasingly seeking unique, customized trips that often require the assistance of a skilled travel professional. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">"The bottom line is that smart travelers know their time, money and travel dreams are too important to be left floating in cyber-space," said <strong>McNamara</strong>. "And the customer satisfaction that comes with a travel agents’ hard work, expertise and quality service will never go out of style. We are there for our clients before, during and after their trip."</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/09/18/Commercial-Medical-Escorts-Urges-Online-Travelers-‘Think-Before-You-Click’.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/09/18/Commercial-Medical-Escorts-Urges-Online-Travelers-‘Think-Before-You-Click’.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=0b7bb04c-589e-48fa-9033-f6a2b673fce8 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:38:00 -1200 Budget Travel CME News Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=0b7bb04c-589e-48fa-9033-f6a2b673fce8 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=0b7bb04c-589e-48fa-9033-f6a2b673fce8 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/09/18/Commercial-Medical-Escorts-Urges-Online-Travelers-‘Think-Before-You-Click’.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=0b7bb04c-589e-48fa-9033-f6a2b673fce8 Airline Travel Remans the Safest Form of Travel in the World <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">The Ebola virus outbreak, the political unrest in Israel, and the storms surfacing around Hawaii in the past several weeks may have travelers questioning the safety of air travel during this time. While there may have been different passenger plane crashes and other critical situations surround air travel, airline travel still is the safest form of travel in the world.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">At Commercial Medical Escorts we primarily transport patients around the world on a commercial airline however, we also have completed a variety of medical evacuations by train, ground transportation (limo and ambulance), and even by boat. When travelers read the newspaper or watch the news and listen to air-related travel situations their views of air travel sometimes change. There were three (3) passenger planes that have crashed in July, but when you look at each of these crashes they are were the result of different circumstances. One was due to typhoon on Taiwan, one was shot done over Ukraine, and another one was due to stormy weather. When we look at travel by car on a daily basis, the crash investigations throughout the country vary and the rate is significantly higher than traveling by air.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Some individuals will hold onto their belief that flying is dangerous, but there are safety facts and statistics that will prove that belief is not 100% accurate. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Dr. Arnold Barnett, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a researcher that has studied the field of commercial flight safety. He found that over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994, the death risk per flight was one in seven million. This statistic is the probability that someone who randomly selected one of the airline's flights over the 19-year study period would be killed in route. That means that any time you board a flight on a major carrier in this country, your chance of being in a fatal accident is </span><strong style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">one in seven million</strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">. It doesn't matter whether you fly once every three years or every day of the year.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">When an individual gets into a car to go to work every day there are safety guidelines that the operator is supposed to do including checking the air pressure in the tires, check the fuel and fluid levels, check your lights and signals to ensure they are functional, and make sure emergency equipment is functional. Do you do this? How many drivers to you think actually do this every day? Individuals fear the possibility of a plane crashing, but </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; color: #262626;">the flying public may not understand how precisely-engineered each piece of critical avionics must be in order to satisfy FAA regulations for a "safety of life" application</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; color: #262626;"> and the rigorous process each plane goes through prior to leaving the gate. Aviation and national security expert Carl Rochelle states, “The most dangerous part of your airline flight is the trip to the airport.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #262626; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Safety is our top priority at Commercial Medical Escorts and to ensure you are safe while traveling alone we recommend the following safety tips:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Fly on Nonstop Routings</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Most airliner accidents happen during the takeoff, climb, descent, and landing phase of flight, so the easiest way to reduce your chance of getting in an accident is to take fewer flights. If you have a choice, and there isn't much difference in price, flying nonstop would not only reduce exposure to the most accident prone phases of flight, but it will probably take quite a bit of time off your trip too.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Choose Larger Aircraft</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Currently, aircraft with more than 30 passenger seats were all designed and certified under the strictest regulations. Also, in the unlikely event of a serious accident, larger aircraft provide a better opportunity for passenger survival. If you review AirSafe.com's list of fatal airline passenger events by aircraft model, you'll see that larger aircraft models tend to have better survival statistics.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Pay Attention to the Preflight Briefing</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Although the information seems repetitious, the locations of the closest emergency exits may be different depending on the aircraft that you fly on and seat you are in. Some passenger safety briefings include a few words about the position to take in an emergency landing, and AiSafe.com has put together a video below that goes into much greater detail, showing six common crash positions.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Keep the Overhead Storage Bin Free of Heavy Articles</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Overhead storage bins may not be able to hold very heavy objects during turbulence, so if you or another passenger have trouble lifting an article into the bin, have it stored elsewhere. A heavy bag falling out of an overhead bin can cause a serious injury, so if one is above your head, try to move the bag or change your seat. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Keep Your Seat Belt Fastened While You are Seated</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Keeping the belt on when you are seated provides that extra protection you might need to help you avoid injuries from flight turbulence.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Listen to the Flight Attendants</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">The primary reason flight attendants are on an aircraft is for safety, so if one of them asks you to do something like fasten your seat belts, do it first and ask questions later. You can also take other steps to improve your safety and comfort in the cabin like wearing comfortable clothes. You should also get up a walk around on longer flights to help avoid problems like deep vein thrombosis.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Don't Bring Any Hazardous Material</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">There are rather long lists of hazardous materials that are not allowed, but common sense should tell you that you shouldn't bring gasoline, corrosives, poisonous gases, and other such items on the aircraft unless they were allowed by the airline and shipped in a proper container. While the list of banned materials is too long to remember, you should take the time to find out about the most common prohibited and hazardous items you should not bring on board.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Let the Flight Attendant Pour Your Hot Drinks</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Flight attendants are trained to handle hot drinks like coffee or tea in a crowded aisle on a moving aircraft, so allow them to pour the drink and hand it too you.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Don't Drink Too Much</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">The atmosphere in an airliner cabin is pressurized to about the same altitude as Denver, so any alcohol you consume will affect you more strongly than at sea level. Moderation is a good policy at any altitude, and in the air limiting your drinking is a good way to reduce the chance of an air rage incident involving you or someone else. Also, you may want to find out more about the long-term effects of alcohol abuse.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">Remain Calm</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">In the unlikely event that you are involved in an emergency situation such as a precautionary emergency evacuation, follow the directions of the flight attendants and flight crew and exit the aircraft as quickly as possible.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Tips courtesy of AirSafe.com</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/08/17/Airline-Travel-Remans-the-Safest-Form-of-Travel-in-the-World.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/08/17/Airline-Travel-Remans-the-Safest-Form-of-Travel-in-the-World.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=2544ea9c-1404-4a29-9cd5-a1bf1e3214d6 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:10:00 -1200 Budget Travel Senior Travel Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=2544ea9c-1404-4a29-9cd5-a1bf1e3214d6 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=2544ea9c-1404-4a29-9cd5-a1bf1e3214d6 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/08/17/Airline-Travel-Remans-the-Safest-Form-of-Travel-in-the-World.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=2544ea9c-1404-4a29-9cd5-a1bf1e3214d6 Hottest Domestic and International 2014 Summer Destinations <p><span style="color: #262626; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The summer is coming to an end, but there is still time to enjoy some of the hottest travel destinations of 2014. Orlando and Las Vegas are the top two most popular summer destinations according to the 2014 Hot Spots for Summer survey. Orlando came out on top with a 17 percent share of responses and Las Vegas maintained the second spot with 14 percent.</span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;">“Orlando and Las Vegas remain on top as affordable, family-friendly and fun destinations," said Zane Kerby, ASTA President and CEO. "They are also the type of destinations where a travel agent can enhance your trip from helping navigate Orlando’s theme parks, to making sure you pick the right Vegas hotel that matches your unique needs."</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;">Following Orlando and Las Vegas, the other top ten domestic cities are Miami (4 percent), San Francisco (4 percent), Los Angeles (3 percent), New York City (2 percent), San Diego (2 percent), Honolulu (2 percent), Washington DC (2 percent) and New Orleans (2 percent).  New Orleans is new to the list, moving Seattle out of the top ten.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;">While remaining at the top, Orlando and Las Vegas have been slowly decreasing in response share for several years, as have most of the other top ten destinations. Ten years ago the top ten destinations represented 75% of the responses, and today it represents 51 percent. This year, over 100 different domestic destinations received at least one vote as a hot summer destination, reflecting the consumer trend for more unique vacation experiences.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;">When asked about 2014 state destinations, Florida again topped the list for the 2014 summer season with a 23 percent response rate. Rounding out the top five state destinations for summer travel are Nevada (13 percent), California (12 percent), New York (11 percent) and Hawaii (11 percent). As with the cities, the percentage share of responses is down for the top states, except for Hawaii which had modest growth in response share.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;">Do you have more than a few days free this summer? Are you looking to travel abroad? London and Rome as the two most popular summer destinations according to the annual Hot Spots for Summer survey. London received a 9 percent share of votes followed by Rome with an 8 percent share.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;"> Over 150 cities made the hot list, with the top ten cities accounting for 37 percent of the responses. Beyond the typical tourist cities, travel agents say they are also planning many trips to many unique destinations like Yerevan, Armenia and Johannesburg, South Africa for this summer with both cited by agents as hot locations.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;">In addition to London and Rome, Paris (8 percent), Cancun (5 percent), Punta Cana (3 percent), Barcelona (1 percent), Riviera Maya (1 percent), Amsterdam (1 percent), Madrid (1 percent), and Montego Bay (1 percent) round out the top ten international cities. Amsterdam and Madrid are new to the top ten pushing out Venice and Athens.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; color: #262626;">For countries/regions, Italy remains at the top with an 18 percent share of the votes. Mexico (11 percent) moves up to second place after two years in third and fourth place. The other countries/regions in the top five include France (11percent), United Kingdom (11 percent) and the Caribbean (8 percent). The same five countries/regions have remained in the top five for over eight years and represent 61% of the votes.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #262626; font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Commercial Medical Escorts utilizes a travel agent to make all their travel arrangements. We believe this adds cost savings to our clients, the most up to date travel information, and an educated individual in the area of medical escorts. We encourage travelers who would like to experience these hot spots to find a helpful travel agent who specializes in the destinations that they dream of visiting.</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/08/09/Hottest-Domestic-and-International-2014-Summer-Destinations.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/08/09/Hottest-Domestic-and-International-2014-Summer-Destinations.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=d3d20cff-8534-40bf-b3ff-661ac3c0070b Sat, 09 Aug 2014 03:03:00 -1200 Budget Travel Travel Agent Travel Stories Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=d3d20cff-8534-40bf-b3ff-661ac3c0070b 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=d3d20cff-8534-40bf-b3ff-661ac3c0070b http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/08/09/Hottest-Domestic-and-International-2014-Summer-Destinations.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=d3d20cff-8534-40bf-b3ff-661ac3c0070b Traveling with Kids Made Simple <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Trying to get that last minute family vacation in before kids return to school? Family vacations can create long-lasting memories and fun learning experiences for parents and children alike. But traveling with children can sometimes be a test of preparedness- and of patience. We have created a list of suggestions to help make the sometimes daunting task of preparing for a trip with the kids manageable and fun for the entire family. </span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">We suggest the following tips when traveling with children:</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">BEFORE LEAVING: </span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"> </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Build excitement</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Start a countdown calendar with perhaps a photo or illustration of the destination. Let kids pack their own bags. Decide what type of clothing (preferably loose and comfortable), but allow them to choose their favorites and to pack a special toy. In a carry-on bag, pack some hard candies and gum, hand wipes, tissues, books, paper, markers in a small, tightly sealed plastic bag and perhaps a surprise toy for each child. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Protect yourself</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Update immunizations for the entire family. If traveling abroad, check with public health authorities for advisable additional vaccines. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">TRAVELING BY AIR</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"> </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">At the airport<strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">:</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Allow for extra time. </span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Give yourself plenty of time to check-in and in between connecting flights. Be sure to have a safety plan in case anyone gets separated at the airport. Discuss where to meet and what to do. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Make a flight plan</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Review screening procedures with children before entering security checkpoints so they will not be frightened by the process. Also, all child-related equipment must go through the X-ray machine. To speed the process along, remove children from their strollers/infant carriers and collapse/fold the equipment so it may be examined or put through the machine. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">On the flight: </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Take a seat</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Bring a child/infant seat on board that meets current safety standards and is not more than 16 inches wide. The Federal Aviation Administration recommends that children weighing less than 40 pounds be placed in child/infant seats. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Get assigned</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Getting your seat assignment in advance can help ensure families are seated together. If a flight is full and you cannot obtain seat assignments in advance, advise the airline personnel at the airport. The airline may need to ask other passengers to change seats so children are not seated apart from parents.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Bring Entertainment.</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"> With new rules and regulations, an iPad or tablet no longer needs to be turned off for take off and landing as long as it is in airplane mode. Bringing one of these that is pre-loaded with movies, educational applications, and engaging activities will keep your children from getting board.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">TRAVELING BY CAR</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"> </span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Get comfy</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Bring pillows and blankets. Stop frequently at rest stops to stretch and make use of restrooms. Play games and make sure the car is stocked with plenty of engaging toys and their favorite tapes or CDs. Most importantly, keep children involved in the vacation process. Save everything collected on vacation - brochures, napkins, ticket stubs - and have children paste them into a scrapbook.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Do your homework</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Plan ahead with the rental company to make sure they offer car seats and installation. If not, you'll have to bring your own in addition to a collapsible stroller. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">ONCE THERE</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"> </span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Plan for down time</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Have a daily schedule planned with some flexible, free time for the family. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial;">Safety first</span></strong></span></span><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1;"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Bring outlet protectors and make a sweep of balconies and bathrooms for any potential dangers. Hide small objects, accessible medications and cleaners children could get their hands on. Familiarize yourself with the hotel's fire and emergency evacuation routes and procedures.</span></span></span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/07/30/Traveling-with-Kids-Made-Simple.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/07/30/Traveling-with-Kids-Made-Simple.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=0b89e836-4398-470f-8c6d-0d5ec7c1a35a Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:45:00 -1200 Budget Travel Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=0b89e836-4398-470f-8c6d-0d5ec7c1a35a 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=0b89e836-4398-470f-8c6d-0d5ec7c1a35a http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/07/30/Traveling-with-Kids-Made-Simple.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=0b89e836-4398-470f-8c6d-0d5ec7c1a35a Fees, Fees, and More Fees <p>Fees for bags, fees for the lounge, and fees for in-flight beverages…the list goes on. Years ago a traveler would purchase a ticket and the sale would be complete. In today’s travel world, the sale is far from complete once you have your airline ticket. Furthermore, some recent announcements show that fees are not going anywhere. For most businesses, once fees are implemented that rarely if never go away. As a traveler, it is important to know the fees that you pay and what they are going to.</p> <p>The bi-partisan budget agreement in 2013 is what is going to be affecting the restructuring of the passenger fee from TSA. Currently the fees that are in place are $2.50 per leg on a connecting flight with a one way cap of $5.00 and a roundtrip cap of $10.00. These fees will now be a flat fee of $5.60 per one way travel and $11.20 for round trip. These fees go to support t a variety of aviation security expenses.</p> <p>While the aviation security fees increase may seem practical and necessary to ensure the safety of travel, those fees are not the only ones being introduced around the world. Venezuela’s largest international airport recently imposed a “breathing tax”. Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas recently installed a new air purification system and for those passengers departing out of CCS, they will have to pay a 127 bolivar per-person tax to cover this new piece of equipment. Essentially they have to pay to breathe clean air as this new system will serve to protect the health of travelers and eliminate bacterial growth. While this is beneficial to the travelers, should this expense be passed on to the travelers? Or should this be an overhead cost that the airport absorbs the expense?</p> <p>Depending on the industry or arena of work, fees are applicable for different situations. Travel agents, including our in-house travel, have a fee for their services. We pay the travel agent for their expertise, knowledge, experience, and guidance. For Commercial Medical Escorts, the cost savings from using our travel agent far exceeds the fees paid. For a long time, American Express Platinum card holders were able to access the Delta Sky Lounge including one guest complimentary. However, as of recently American Express Platinum card holders have to pay a fee of $29.00 for their guest. Complimentary Sky Lounge access for members and their guests was once a benefit of being an American Express Platinum Card Holder, but now it is now another revenue opportunity for the credit card company.</p> <p>When fees are implemented in any industry, it is important that the consumers see where their money is going and that it has a positive effect. Unfortunately most programs around the world that have new fees imposed are unable to effectively explain or show the benefit to the consumer whom is paying the fees. As you continue to travel, it is important to check with your airline of travel to ensure you are up to date with the most recent fees you can be expected to pay. A great resource for this information is:   http://i.slimg.com/sc/sl/graphic/u/ul/ultimate-guide-to-airline-fees_050114.pdf</p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/07/11/Fees-Fees-and-More-Fees.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/07/11/Fees-Fees-and-More-Fees.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=133bcc2f-a73d-4d98-8ddd-0b138e593992 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -1200 Budget Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=133bcc2f-a73d-4d98-8ddd-0b138e593992 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=133bcc2f-a73d-4d98-8ddd-0b138e593992 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2014/07/11/Fees-Fees-and-More-Fees.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=133bcc2f-a73d-4d98-8ddd-0b138e593992