Commercial Medical Escorts - Blog - Senior 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 Real ID Act to Pose Challenges for Many Travelers <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Since 911, America has seen an increase in airport security and the process by which passengers need to follow in order to travel within the United States and abroad. These changes came about to increase safety and security for US Citizens, and the US government is continuing to work on making sure our safety is a high priority.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">At Commercial Medical Escorts (CME), safety is also our number one priority. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of care, while keeping patient safety at the forefront of each and every decision that is made. We look into the safety of not only the patients, but also our escorts that serve on each mission around the world. As changes are made surrounding airline safety as well as travel requirements we ensure they have the most up to date information.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Since 2005, the US Government has slowly been implementing and enforcing a variety of new rules to traveling to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act. Beginning in 2016 there is a select group of states in which residents will be required to travel with a passport, even on domestic travel. Currently the following states that will follow under these guidelines are:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Massachusetts</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Minnesota</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">New Hampshire</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Louisiana</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Wisconsin</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">New York</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">American Samoa</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">The driver’s licenses and state IDs from the aforementioned states above are not compliant with the Real ID standards and this is why they are requiring those residents to travel with their passports. While all of our <a name="OLE_LINK2"></a><a name="OLE_LINK1"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;">nurses, physicians, paramedics, and travel companions </span></a>carry passports, this is not the case for all Americans.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>It does not appear to be clear as to why the states above do not meet the requirements, but the US government believes this is a vital component of our national security framework that needs to be complied with at all levels.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">According to the Department of <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief">Homeland Security’s guidelines</a> on enforcement of the Real ID Act,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government ‘set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.’ The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.  The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">States and other jurisdictions have made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the last number of years. As a result, approximately 70-80% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act’s standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver’s licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before. </span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">Individuals holding licenses from noncompliant jurisdictions will need to follow alternative access control procedures for purposes covered by the Act.  As described below, enforcement for boarding aircraft will occur no sooner than 2016.”</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Under the final phase, which will begin "no sooner than 2016," residents of "non-compliant" states will no longer be allowed to present state-issued driver's licenses as identification for air travel, but instead will be required to present "alternative forms of identification – such as a U.S. Passport." It is up to those states that are not in compliance, working with the federal government, to come up with a solution to this problem.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Implementation of REAL ID has been repeatedly delayed over the past 10 years to provide additional time for states to comply, and it is possible that further extensions could be granted. DHS has promised that before this final phase is implemented, it "will conduct an evaluation to inform a fair and achievable timeline. The date for implementing Phase 4 will be set after the evaluation has been complete; this phase will occur no sooner than 2016...DHS will ensure the public has ample advanced notice before identification requirements for boarding aircraft."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Given that not being able to use a driver's license to board an airplane for domestic travel could prove extremely disruptive to residents and travel businesses in the non-compliant states.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">CME will continue to monitor this situation as it impacts our nurses, physicians, paramedics, and travel companions, but also the patients and their family members that we bring home. Prior to any transport, our team ensures that we check all travel documents to ensure you have all the necessary documents to ensure a smooth journey back to your home.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:09:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e Winter Travel Season-- Top 10 Ski Resorts <p>Summer is coming to an end and winter will be just around the corner. Individuals choose to go on vacation and holiday year round. Whether it is a weekend getaway or a weeklong exploration, vacation is an opportunity for people to relax and do some of their favorite activities. The winter season brings opportunities for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowboarding and skiing around the world.</p> <p>Vail, Colo., is the top ski resort in the U.S., according to members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), while Whistler in Canada is the best for skiing outside of the U.S.</p> <p>Vail was chosen by 23 percent of those surveyed mainly because it is a large ski area with plenty of accommodations, has different skill levels and has the right ratio of social activities to skiing to keep clients happy. Several agents said their choice of Vail was based entirely on the feedback from their customers, with one saying “my opinion doesn’t matter; my clients ask for Vail and return to Vail more than any other ski resort.” </p> <p>Following Vail were:  Aspen, Colo. (15%); Park City, Utah (10%); Breckenridge, Colo. (9%); Steamboat Springs, Colo. (6%); Beaver Creek, Colo. (3%); Snowmass in Aspen (2%); Telluride, Colo. (2%); Keystone, Colo. (2%); and Jackson Hole, Wyo. (2%).</p> <p>Whistler, Canada, was chosen by 18% of respondents for its proximity to the U.S., beauty and good accommodations. Said one agent: “It is easy for Americans to reach and the village has lots of things for families to do.”</p> <p>Rounding out the top 10 international ski resorts are: Zermatt, Switzerland (15%); St. Moritz, Switzerland (11%);  Innsbrook, Austria (8%); Chamonix, France (4%); Banff, Canada (3%); Davos, Switzerland (3%); Val d’Isere, France (3%); Kitzbuhel, Austria (3%); and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (2%).</p> <p>As you start to plan your winter vacation, consider some of the key winter locations that boast 300+ inches of snow a year. Many of our nurses will travel to these winter destinations to bring your loved ones home via commercial airline. Our escorts sometimes will pick up a patient in 80 degree weather and return them to a climate in which the weather is below 20 degrees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>This is the nature of the business and their suitcase is always packed for dramatic climate changes.</p> <p>We encourage you to engage in those winter activities that you love the most, but please ensure you consider safety when going down those triple diamond trails. We suggest all travelers purchase travel insurance and be aware of your surroundings. Safe travels this upcoming winter season.</p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/03/Winter-Travel-Season-Top-10-Ski-Resorts-in-the-US-Abroad-.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/03/Winter-Travel-Season-Top-10-Ski-Resorts-in-the-US-Abroad-.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:57:00 -1200 Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/03/Winter-Travel-Season-Top-10-Ski-Resorts-in-the-US-Abroad-.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 Beware of Tourist Scams When Traveling Abroad <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Summer is the season for our medical escorts to be traveling to/from Europe on a weekly basis. Although Commercial Medical Escorts moves patients in and out of Europe throughout the year, summer is the most favorable time of year for travelers to see the Amalfi Coast of Italy, the heart of Paris, and the other magnificent destinations throughout Europe. Pictures and stories depict Europe as a great place to visit, but as a tourist CME reminds you to be cognizant of your surroundings and stay away from “tourist traps”.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">U.S News reports the top ten European cities as:</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Rome</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Paris</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">London</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Florence</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Barcelona</strong></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Amsterdam </span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Prague</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Berlin</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Venice </span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Vienna</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Of these top ten destinations, three of the cities are in countries where tourist scams are most prevalent. Spain is the number one ranking country in Europe known for tourist and holiday scams. Italy and France follow close behind. Every day travelers to these areas have a high chance that they could become a victim of one of these scams. Some of the most common scams include pickpockets, over-charging taxi drivers, charging a hidden tourist tax at hotels, street vendor tactics, and street crime.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">In an article written by Hugh Morris from The Daily Telegraph, he provides statistics from a study which travelers were scammed: <br /></span></p> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;" border="0" cellpadding="0"> <thead> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Rank</strong></span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Country</strong></span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Percentage of Individuals scammed</strong></span></p> </td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 1;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">1</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Spain</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">21.5</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 2;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">2</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">France</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">14.8</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 3;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">3</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Italy</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">10.2</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 4;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Turkey</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">8.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 5;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">5</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Austria</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">8.1</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 6;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">6</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Greece</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7.5</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 7;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Belgium</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 8;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">8</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">UK</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">5.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 9;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">9</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Armenia</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 10; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes; height: 3.5pt;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">10</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Cyprus</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4.4</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> CME strongly encourages our nurses and physicians to take necessary safety precautions when traveling abroad. Our operations team does a full safety review of each destination to ensure our escorts are aware of the safety protocols and current social environment at each location. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> The USTIA provides the following tips to prevent common scams when traveling:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Once you have arrived, here are some top travel scams you want to be on the lookout for:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><br /> 1. <strong>Credit Card Confusion</strong> – You’re relaxing late at night in your hotel room after a long day. The phone rings, and the clerk at the desk explains there has been a mix-up on your paperwork and credit card number information.  They would like to read the credit card number to you to verify that it’s correct.  They provide you with the last 4 digits of your card number and ask you to verify that it’s correct (it won’t be).  After you explain the number is incorrect, they sound confused and ask you to read back the entire number. Once you read the entire card number they claim to have found the form and all is well. You’ve just been scammed!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do When The Phone Rings: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Never give your credit card information over the phone from your hotel room.  </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Go downstairs to the hotel registration desk in person should any “questions” arise in regards to your reservations or payment details.  </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>2. Taxi Cab Scam</strong> – You’re standing in the hotel’s official taxi line waiting. Suddenly you hear “taxi?” and turn to see a nicely dressed person motioning for you to leave the line. You notice the 15 people waiting in front of you and think bypassing the line might be a good idea; after all, you’re in a hurry! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Do not take the offer! Scam artists are known for posing as taxi drivers. Accepting a ride risks more than your wallet, and you might become a victim.  Once you are in the car, these con artists may take you to a deserted area and then assault and/or rob you of your luggage, money and other valuables. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do If Approached: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">All official taxis should have the car number and company plainly visible on the outside. Check for it – if you don’t see it, don’t accept a ride. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Visibly examine the rate “sheet” and/or the meter when you get into the car. This may keep the driver from getting any ideas about hiking up the per mile rate after you’ve started toward your destination.  </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you’re unsure about where and how to catch a proper taxi, check with your hotel concierge for a recommendation. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>3. Helping Hand</strong> – Walking in a crowded tourist attraction, you suddenly find you’ve been bumped and food or drink spilled on your clothes. The kind stranger who jostled you offers to lend you a helping hand to clean up. While helping you, the stranger also helps him or herself to your wallet.  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Stay alert in a crowd! Any attempt to divert your attention or jostle you should be treated as a pick pocketing attempt. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Divide up any money that you are carrying between your pockets, socks, shirt, wallet and any other areas you can think of. It is unlikely that a thief will be able to reach all the different areas where your money is stored should you be targeted.  </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4<strong>. The Deal of a Lifetime</strong> – This one may happen prior to departure!  These scam artists will offer you hotel or other accommodations in a travel hot spot for a ridiculously low price. The goal is to relieve you of your money as quickly as possible. To do this, they might offer you a “bonus” or a “prize” for purchasing. Typically the prizes sound great, but are not as advertised.   </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <br /> What to Listen For:</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Time sensitive Offer – “only good for next few minutes…” </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Warnings - “you can’t tell anyone about this!” or “only one package is available...” </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Verbal pauses - “ahs” and “ums” </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you are approached, do not agree to purchase without first verifying that the company is legitimate. In the U.S., you can do this by inquiring about the company’s liability Insurance. Any legitimate company should have liability insurance. If not, it should be a red flag that things aren’t on the up and up. Remember, if a trip seems too good to be true, offers too many prizes or bonuses or is below market cost, then it probably isn’t a legitimate offer.<br /> <br /> If possible, use a credit card when paying for your tickets, hotel, car rental and attraction fares. This ensures you can dispute any charges if you do get scammed without actually being out money from your bank account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Be smart when you travel. Make sure you purchase travel insurance and always know your surroundings. Commercial Medical Escorts believes safety and security is the number one priority and so should you!</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:45:00 -1200 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=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 CME Offers Advice to Help Keep Summer Travelers Cool <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Recent headlines are full of reports predicting that this summer will be a record-breaker when it comes to airline passengers being bumped from their flights. For many, the prospect of being bumped is frustrating at best, and for those who are unaware of their rights, the results can be maddening, not to mention costly. Add to that ever-changing security rules and new passport requirements and summer travel can seem daunting. With this in mind, CME has prepared a list of tips to help summer travelers stay calm, cool and collected. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Airline Bumping: What You Need to Know</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">To avoid being bumped:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Get an advance seat assignment. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Check-in online. If you do not have an advance seat assignment, or you want to change your seat assignment, check-in online. Most airlines allow you to do so within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available when checking in online.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Don't be late. If all else fails, get to the airport early. Some airlines reserve a portion of their seat assignment inventory for airport check-in. If you are denied a seat assignment at check-in, put your name on the "standby" seat assignment list.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you are bumped or wish to take advantage of airline's request that you give up your seat:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know the lingo. Voluntary bumping occurs when a passenger with a confirmed seat assignment agrees to give up his seat for negotiated compensation. It is not regulated by the DOT. Involuntary bumping occurs when an airline forcibly bumps a paid passenger from a flight because it has been oversold. The DOT regulates compensation for involuntary bumping.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know what questions to ask. If you volunteer to give up your seat in response to an airline offer of a free ticket, it is important passengers ask about restrictions. Ask about expiration and blackout dates, such as holidays.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know your rights. If you are involuntarily denied boarding, and substitute transportation is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to your one-way fare to your final destination, with a $200 maximum. If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (twice the cost of your fare, $400 maximum).</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Navigating Security</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Remember 3-1-1. New regulations limit the amount of liquids passengers can take through security in their carry-on luggage to travel-size toiletries of three (3) ounces or less that fit comfortably in one (1) quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag and the one (1) bag per passenger must be placed in the screening bin. Items purchased after clearing security may be brought on-board. (Visit TravelSense.org to learn about restrictions in Canada, the U.K. and the European Union.)</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Traveling Internationally?</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Better get a passport. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires a passport or other accepted document for all air travel from within the Western Hemisphere for citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory (Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) do not need to present a passport.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Plan (way) ahead. The U.S. State Department's Passport Services unit is experiencing a major backlog in processing applications. Rather than taking four to six weeks, routine applications or renewals are now taking 12 weeks. Even expedited service takes about three to four weeks. And, because the service uses a centralized system, travelers cannot get their documents faster by submitting applications directly to a regional processing facility. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">At CME, our nurses and physicians experience many of these travel challengers on a daily basis when traveling. CAMTS requires all of our medical staff to have travel insurance and we also encourage all travelers to have it. Depending on the type of policy you have, you may be entitled to a variety of benefits when situations such as those described above. Safe travels this summer!</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:59:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 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 Senators Aim to Lift Cuba Travel Restrictions <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Since the 1960’s the United State’s relations with Cuba has been tenuous at best. Starting with President Eisenhower as a partial trade embargo, John F. Kennedy would enforce the embargo on Cuba, restricting both trade and travel to the island only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. After about 50 years of waiting, President Obama would step in and decide to try and fix our relationship with our not so loved neighbors. Even though the trade embargo is still in place, there is a chance that we’ll see be able to visit the island for those summer vacations in the near future. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">On January 29th, a bill was introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators which would allow American citizens to travel to Cuba. Supported by four democrats and four republicans, including Jeff Flake, Patrick Leahy, Jerry Moran, Dick Durbin, Mike Enzi, Tom Udall, John Boozman, and Sheldon Whitehouse, the “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015” would nullify any regulation to both travel and transactions during one’s stay in Cuba. If you’ve ever been curious to try a cuban cigar, or you’ve been craving them since the 50 year schism, there’s a chance you’ll be able to try one soon. “Americans simply ought to have the right to travel wherever they want to unless there's a compelling national security reason,” said Republican Senator Jeff Flake. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">While this is a big step in the right direction, it follows President Obama’s efforts to lessen the restrictions that were already in place. New rules, put into place by the Obama administration earlier that month had allowed for some exception to travel to Cuba, so long as you fit into one of 12 categories with authorization to travel, which include religious and humanitarian reasons. Yet they did not allow for casual travel to Cuba at this time. This bill would work to change that. More so, under the new bill, the president would not be able to make restrictions on traveling to Cuba or on any transactions that may occur while on travel, not including instances of war or if there may be dangers towards American travelers. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Though it should be said the bill isn’t really being welcomed with open arms. There have been several statements made against any attempt towards building relations with Cuba, including those by Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez. “We should not aspire to help the Castro regime fill the coffers of its military monopolies with the dollars of American tourists, while the Cuban people still struggle to make ends meet and are forced to labor under the oppressive conditions dictated by their government,” Menendez commented. Republican Senator Carlo Cubelo also said “Lifting the tourism ban would infuse the Castro dictatorship with billions of dollars, which it would use to more aggressively oppose U.S. interests in our hemisphere and to further repress the Cuban people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">One thing these embargos set out to do in the first place was try to coax Cuba into adopting practices of human rights and democracy. Yet Sen. Flake states “We’ve tried this current policy that we have prohibiting travel for about 50 years, and it hasn’t worked, so it’s time for something new.” The argument goes that in allowing Americans to travel to Cuba, not only would they obviously bring currency into the country, but would hopefully bring over these ideals to the Cuban people.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">Overall, the decision lies with congress. Should this act pass, it would mean a huge leap towards ending the diplomatic wall that’s been standing for nearly half a century. It would also mark the beginning of a growing relationship between the two countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; 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 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/29/cuba-bill-lift-travel-restrictions/22518811/</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;"><a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/299/all-info">https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/299/all-info</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr664/text</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/01/29/254894/bill-would-end-all-restrictions.html</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt;">http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2015/01/29/bipartisan-senators-want-you-to-be-able-to-vacation-in-cuba/</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/03/14/Senators-Aim-to-Lift-Cuba-Travel-Restrictions.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/03/14/Senators-Aim-to-Lift-Cuba-Travel-Restrictions.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=606fe85c-0d64-4b25-9f20-38b423879684 Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:01:00 -1200 Senior Travel Travel Stories Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=606fe85c-0d64-4b25-9f20-38b423879684 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=606fe85c-0d64-4b25-9f20-38b423879684 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/03/14/Senators-Aim-to-Lift-Cuba-Travel-Restrictions.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=606fe85c-0d64-4b25-9f20-38b423879684 Understanding the Tarmac Delay Rule <p>Every day we have nurses, physicians, and patients traveling to different parts of the world via commercial airlines.  We arrange travel for our clients on more than twenty airlines and in a single day we can have more than ten transports occurring simultaneously.  With this data, one can only imagine the number of delays that can occur since we are using commercial airlines. It is one of the challenges CME and other medical escort companies face however; it is one challenge that cannot be avoided. Sky Cap Corp, our in-house travel department, works tirelessly to ensure appropriate connection times for our escorts and patients, but one can never tell what type of delay may occur on daily basis due to weather, mechanical, air traffic, or even a strike by an aviation union. CME is fortunate that Sky Cap Corp is continuously monitoring our flights to ensure seamless transfers and if a delay is going to affect a transport a backup plan is in place.<br /> <br />If you are traveling alone or made your own arrangements you may be left out in the cold “figuratively speaking” in an event of a delay or cancelled flight. As a passenger it is important for you to understand your rights and what airlines are and are not responsible for. Recently the Transportation Department fined Southwest Airlines $1.6 million dollars for violations of the tarmac delay rule that occurred during a snowstorm in January 2014. But do you know that the tarmac delay rule is and what rights you have?</p> <p><br />The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings issued an announcement in 2011 that outlined the tarmac delay:<br /> <br /><em>A reportable tarmac delay is a tarmac delay at a large, medium, small, or non-hub U.S. airport that lasts for more than three hours. The 3-hour limit begins when passengers no longer have the option to get off of the aircraft, which usually occurs when the doors of the aircraft are closed. However, if an aircraft is at the gate with the doors open, and passengers are not allowed off the aircraft, the time limit would start at the point when passengers were no longer permitted to deplane. If the flight that experienced the reportable tarmac delay is reported under the Airline Service Quality Reports required by 14 CFR Part 234, the data for that flight should be reported under Part 234 instead of Part 244.</em><br /> <br /><em>In the final rule, we state that covered carriers should file Part 244 reports for any reportable tarmac delay of “three hours or more.” This standard is inconsistent with the tarmac delay contingency plan requirements under Part 259 and the existing reporting requirements of the Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), both of which use a “more than three hours” standard. We intend to correct this inconsistency in a future rulemaking to make it clear that carriers do not need to file a report for a tarmac delay of exactly three hours. In the meantime, as a matter of enforcement policy, we will accept reports under Part 244 that meet the “more than three hours” criteria. For additional information, please refer to BTS Accounting and Reporting Directive No. 303A, issued on August 12, 2011.</em><br /> <br />Europe has a similar policy in place in regards to tarmac delays as well. Keep in mind though, delays due to weather does not require the airline to provide any particular compensation to passengers affected by weather related delays. Within the European Union, if a plane is boarded and sits on the tarmac for more than five hours, passengers will have the right to demand to be let off. If the tarmac delay is more than an hour, the airline must provide air conditioning, use of toilets and water.<br /> <br />In reference to recent events surrounding the Ebola virus the tarmac rules do not apply. In the event that a passenger on board an aircraft is suspected to have Ebola or another serious contagious virus or illness, passengers may be held on the plane to ensure health and safety policies are followed. No fines will be assessed to the airline. A safety relation or security related reasons are the only incidents that may exempt an airline from the hefty fine.<br /> <br />In the recent incident with Southwest, the assessed fine was much higher than previous incidents recorded by the DOT. The DOT advised this was due to the large number of passengers and flights that were affected. Southwest claimed that is was due to a shortage in staff, and the DOT advised there should be an appropriate amount of staff available as a contingency plan in the future to prevent this from happening again. Weather was a factor in this particular incident, but the DOT is making it very clear that they are serious about their rules and regulations. Southwest’s fine was more than the total amount of fines that have been issued since 2009 (5.24 million).<br /> <br />As a passenger on a commercial airline it is critical to understand that the tarmac delay rules don't just impact what happens when you're onboard a flight that's stuck at the gate. Airlines are required to post flight delay information on their websites for every domestic flight. You can even visit www.flightaware.com to see the statistics of on time arrival for a particular flight. You can compare delay trends flight-by-flight (and airline by airline) to lessen your chances of a lengthy delay.<br /> <br />If you are subject to a tarmac delay, we encourage you to call the airline or check their website to get information on filing a formal complaint. To learn more about the new federal tarmac delay rules, visit http://airconsumer.dot.gov/, the official site of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings.</p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/18/Understanding-the-Tarmac-Delay-Rule.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/18/Understanding-the-Tarmac-Delay-Rule.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:42:00 -1200 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=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/18/Understanding-the-Tarmac-Delay-Rule.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=9cad0119-0c09-41fe-90f7-666d55f9fe9c Travel Outlook for 2015 from ASTA <p>Our in-house travel department has shared with CME some outlook on travel this upcoming year, 2015. CME works closely with our travel department to ensure we are providing on the best travel arrangements for our clients. Our travel department has extensive knowledge on the medical assistance industry as well as travel. As our travel department is partnered with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), he has advised us that ASATA has set an aggressive agenda for 2015 in its mission to be the lead advocate for travel agents who, in turn, are the strongest allies of the traveling public. The agenda includes action at both the federal and state levels, continues work begun in 2014 and adds new initiatives that support free and unfettered world travel.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;"> <br /> “ASTA is the only industry organization with the know-how, the staff, the resources and the alliances to effectively defend the interests of travel agencies across the country,” said Sky Cap Corp President and CEO Joseph McNamara. “This was reflected in our work in 2014, a banner year for ASTA advocacy that saw us leverage our unique strength as an association before the U.S. Congress, the White House, federal agencies and all 50 state legislatures in the fight to keep the retail distribution channel strong and thriving for years to come.”<br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">The Association’s advocacy priorities for 2015 include:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Ensuring Transparency in the Cost of Air Travel:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> ASTA will work to ensure that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) landmark rulemaking on airline ancillary fees provides agents and consumers full access to airline ancillary fees and the ability to purchase the complete air transportation product; and will fight airline efforts to insert the so-called Transparent Airfares Act overturning DOT’s full-fare advertising rule into “must-pass” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation in Congress.</span></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Reducing the Regulatory Burden on Travel Agents:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> ASTA will fight against proposals in Congress and at the DOT that will require agents to make new and unwarranted disclosures to consumers during airline ticketing, such as one in a 2012 law requiring notification that the aircraft their client is flying on may be sprayed with insecticides.</span></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l6 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Fighting Oppressive Taxation:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> ASTA will continue to oppose any state proposals to apply new taxes to agency fees and other income, including proposals to subject service industries such as travel agencies to state sales taxes, and to apply state and local hotel taxes to hotel “intermediaries” such as agents. At the same time, ASTA will work with its car rental partners to enact federal legislation to preempt state and local governments from imposing discriminatory taxes on car rentals.</span></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Cuba Travel:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> Building on the recent agreement reached between the U.S. and Cuban governments to ease long-standing restrictions on trade and other interactions between the two countries – including those preventing American citizens from travelling to Cuba – ASTA will work with President Obama, Administration officials and the U.S. Congress to ensure that Americans are free to travel to Cuba without constraint from their own government. While working toward a full repeal of the travel ban, the Association will petition the Administration to expressly permit any travel agent to book travel for Americans lawfully entitled to travel to Cuba under the new regulations called for by the President in late 2014.</span></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l5 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Travel Facilitation:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> ASTA will support the expansion of “Trusted Traveler” aviation security programs, such as TSA’s PreCheck and CBP’s Global Entry, and will ensure that agents have a voice and active role in their implementation. On the international side, the Association will support the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, which will streamline visa processes for “inbound” travelers and help the U.S. recapture its historic share of worldwide overseas travel. </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">The highlights of ASTA’s advocacy work during 2014 include:</span></p> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo6; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">White House Meeting:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> In March, ASTA secured a first-ever meeting in the White House to brief President Obama’s advisors face to face on the value of the travel agency channel to both consumers and to the small business-driven national economy.</span></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo7; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">IATA NDC:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> The association worked collaboratively with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and other aviation stakeholders to ensure that the DOT’s August approval of IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative was subject to a number of consumer protection conditions designed to protect competition and consumer privacy. Going forward, ASTA will work to ensure that agents’ views and business needs are taken into account as NDC is further developed – as a member of several IATA advisory committees as well as a recently-announced initiative to develop understanding of the impact (e.g., from a business, technology and commercial perspective) of NDC for travel agents.</span></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l8 level1 lfo8; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Hazmat Notification Regulations:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> ASTA was successful in its efforts to rework a burdensome DOT regulation that would have required agents to secure their client’s acknowledgement of complex federal hazardous materials restrictions before issuing an airline ticket. Instead, starting in 2016 the disclosure requirement can now be fulfilled any time prior to check-in, such as by automatically providing it on the passenger’s itinerary. This is a big win for agents, as the original requirements would have added to existing passenger notification requirements travel agents have to comply with regarding code-share flights, insecticide spraying and others issues. These requirements would have saddled the industry with more than $58 million in initial training and programming costs and $26 million per year in ongoing compliance costs. </span></li> </ul> <ul type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l7 level1 lfo9; tab-stops: list .5in;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Travel Insurance Reform:</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";"> Working with a coalition led by the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, ASTA and its members have helped reform costly and complex travel insurance licensing in 31 states. Members’ grassroots efforts – including committee testimony in Colorado (Rich Sattizahn), Hawaii (Rachel Shimamoto, Wendy Goodenow) and Maryland (Larry Swerdlin, Jay Ellenby) – were instrumental in moving this initiative forward. Once in place nationwide, these standards will save agencies thousands of dollars in annual licensing costs while reducing the risk of state fines for non-compliance. Counting only the 31 states that have adopted the standards, ASTA estimates the collective savings for the travel agency industry to be $7.5 million per year thanks to this reform.</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: Arial;">As one can see, having a travel department that has a strong relationship established with the travel industry demonstrates progressive growth and outlook for CME’s operations. CME’s business relies heavily on the travel industry and people traveling around the world. If there is a declining trend in travelers that is something that CME wants to know because it can impact our business significantly. While we do not want people to become ill or injured, we are proactive in demonstrating the importance of travel insurance to travelers around the world.</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/11/Travel-Outlook-for-2015.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/11/Travel-Outlook-for-2015.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=4b7be7c7-3ccc-44ec-88f9-59e292f4f6c1 Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:27:00 -1200 Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Stories Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=4b7be7c7-3ccc-44ec-88f9-59e292f4f6c1 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=4b7be7c7-3ccc-44ec-88f9-59e292f4f6c1 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/01/11/Travel-Outlook-for-2015.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=4b7be7c7-3ccc-44ec-88f9-59e292f4f6c1 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 Honored with Prestigious International Award <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2014%2f12%2fITIJplaque2014.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="800" /></p> <p>Commercial Medical Escorts Inc. (CME), a leader in commercial airline transportation worldwide, has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Medical Provider of the Year Award presented by The International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ). The ITIJ Industry Awards are designed to recognize excellence across the travel and health insurance industry. ITIJ editor-in-chief Ian Cameron said, “It’s the best of the best”. Companies are being recognized by their partners, peers and colleagues from around the globe for their efforts over the past year in providing outstanding contributions to the global travel and health insurance industry.</p> <p>“Commercial Medical Escorts is honored to be the first recipient of this award,” stated CEO Blake Yturralde. “By using well-trained medical evacuation coordinators and medical escorts, CME is able to provide consistent, dependable, and dedicated service that is driven to assisting our clients around the world.”  </p> <p>Intana, a part of the Collinson Group, presented this award to Blake Yturralde, CEO/President on November 13, 2014 before an audience exceeding 700 people from more than 80 countries representing industry leaders in assistance firms, air ambulance providers, international hospitals and cost containment companies. The award ceremony took place at the12th Annual International Travel and Health Insurance Conference (ITIC) in Venice, Italy.</p> <p>Commercial Medical Escorts Inc. was among three finalists nominated by more than 20,000 ITIJ readers. Amongst strong competition, CME’s program was recognized for its outstanding growth and development over the past year with emphasis on our weekly blog educating the public, our in-depth clinical program, dedication to community outreach and education, involvement in trade organizations and overall comprehensive industry knowledge.</p> <p>We would like to thank our operations team, medical team, clients, and service providers for their continued trust and support in CME. Over this past year CME has learned a lot through collaboration, innovation, and success. We are so proud that the travel and health insurance industry sees CME as the trusted go-to resource when it comes to medical escorts. 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