With the dreary forecast of rising airfares and additional and increased ancillary fees, I was pleasantly surprised to read that hotels are coming to the rescue. I recently saw that two hotel chains are offering a program in which they reimburse you for your checked baggage fees. The Kimpton hotel chain and Intercontinental Hotels are offering programs for a limited time that allow you to submit proof of fees for reimbursement. There are some restrictions and minimum night stays, but this is a great way to recoup some of your expenses and enjoy a little extra spending money. Check out their websites for additional information!
Who says business travel products have to be all-black and boring? If you haven’t shopped for travel products at Flight 001, get thee to their website ASAP. Their tagline is “modern and innovative travel products” and I love how they organize shopping on their website by “pre-flight, in-flight and arrival” products. I have gotten many a Christmas present checked off my list by shopping at this site.
Pre-flight is colorful, fun luggage; functional toiletry holders; funky passport covers; retro luggage tags, etc. In-flight is crazy patterned neck pillows; eye masks; travel games; and my personal favorite – the Red Eye Pak, which includes a Flight 001 eyemask, soft ear plugs, lip balm, 1 LA Fresh hydrating lotion towelette, 1 LA Fresh Dental Refresher, chiclets for popping your ears, and a bookmark – all packaged in a reusable clear zip-top pouch. Arrival products are maps; small, light-weight umbrellas; adapters and more.
Delta Airlines has announced a major change in its frequent flyer program. The airline eliminated the expiration date on miles, claiming that loyalty should not have an expiration date. They are the only U.S. airline to offer this incentive, and it will be interesting to see if the other airlines will respond. Miles can still be redeemed for a number of different products, including airline tickets, car or hotel stays, and online auctions. Within other airlines’ frequent flyer programs, miles can expire in as early as one year.
Frequent flyer loyalty has tremendous benefits for the corporate traveler who flies frequently. Travelers can qualify for expedited check-in, free checked baggage, complimentary upgrades to first class, and reduced or no fees for making flight changes. These perks can really expedite the travel experience and save some costs that can quickly add up.
Click here for more information on Delta’s frequent flyer program.
Christopherson Business Travel is seeking a full time business travel Account Manager with proven business to business account management experience to support our rapid growth and market expansion nationwide.
This position requires strong organizational and communication skills. Evidence of the ability to interact effectively with executive level, procurement staff and travel managers. Excellent written, and negotiation skills along with the ability to effectively utilize Microsoft Office suite. Position will include account managing small- to mid-tier level clients and is an in-office position. We are looking for candidates currently living in either Denver or Salt Lake City (no relocations, please).
Position is salaried and is negotiable based on experience.
Please email resumes to Greg Ross at email@example.com by February 21, 2011.
With so many travel apps coming to the marketplace, I wanted to recommend a couple of my favorites:
TripIt: Fight updates, gate information, database for frequent traveler programs… and by signing up through Christopherson Business Travel, you’ll get a reduction in price!
All Subway HD: This site is great for international travel. It lists detailed maps of many of the underground systems.
Boingo: Service provider app which enables unlimited wi-fi at selected airports, hotels and other venues (more than 200,000 worldwide).
Gate Guru: Great for long layovers (when you’re stuck with weather delays). Gives detailed maps of where to find the best restaurants, stores and services in your airport terminal.
Seat Guru: Recommends the best seats based on your flight’s specific aircraft (you don’t want to be stuck by the lavatory on an nine hour flight across the pond – I promise).
Christopherson Business Travel is pleased to sponsor the Concur Fusion 2011 Conference in Las Vegas, from February 15-18. Christopherson has been a partner with Concur for over three years, and our team of online specialists are amazing at implementing and servicing our Concur Travel clients.
Christopherson will have a vendor booth at the tradeshow, and we invite all attendees to stop by and enter to win an Apple iPad.
We are looking forward to a great time, great education, and networking at Concur Fusion 2011. Hope to see you there!
Embark on an unforgettable journey across the unspoiled Peruvian mountain tops on Ker & Downey’s Trek to the Lost City: Luxury in the Andes. This 12-day trip begins in the Sacred Valley where you acclimate to the mountain air and experience the ancient allure of Ollantaytambo before setting off on foot with professional guides. Hike for five days through the picturesque Andes, welcomed to luxurious lodges by night and isolated vantage points by day, with Machu Picchu and historic Cusco the final destinations on your remote path.
Hotel Monasterio derives its name from its original purpose as a 16th century monastery. Though the architecture of the hotel, indicative of the colonial period, has not been significantly altered, the hotel features entirely modern facilities, helping to make Hotel Monasterio one of the finest hotels in the world.
Here we are, caught in what seems to be an endless series of major storms sweeping across the United States disrupting our best laid travel plans. In the past 6 weeks, we have seen 6 major storms pummel the Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard. They have caused closures of major airports from Boston to Atlanta to Dallas Ft. Worth and thousands of flights to be canceled or delayed. What is a traveler to do to avoid these issues? If they are unavoidable, how do you minimize their impact?
First: to avoid them as much as possible, fly nonstop and early in the day. This will reduce the chances of something going awry, especially if you are flying out of a hub city. Airlines have more aircraft and crews at a hub than elsewhere in their system. Unless the hub is shut down or heavily impacted by the storm, your aircraft and flight crew is likely to be there, ready to go.
Second: if you have to connect, pick airports that have better track records for operating year round. Examples would be Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis and even Dallas Ft. Worth. These cities by virtue of their geographic location tend not to shut down or suffer from major delays as often as airports that are located in the Upper Midwest.
Third: try not to schedule your flights for Sunday night/Monday mornings or Friday afternoon. Fewer travelers fly on other days of the week and so there is less competition for the seats on the aircraft that are actually flying.
Fourth: remain flexible. If you are in New York City and a major snowstorm hits, check to see how far south the storm’s impact is being felt. If it isn’t impacting Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington, take the train from New York to one of these cities and fly out of their airport. If all of the airports along the Eastern Seaboard are closed or seriously impacted, consider taking the train to a point west, such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland or Chicago and fly from there. Yes, it will cost you some time. However, it shouldn’t take as long as a couple of days stuck in NYC while the airlines work through the backlog of passengers.
If you find that you have already arrived at your destination and then the storm hits shutting everything down, call your agent at Christopherson Business Travel. Ask your agent to find and book you a room as quickly as possible. Rooms go quickly and those that wait tend to find themselves sleeping at the airport. One big advantage of using Christopherson Business Travel is we are an affiliate of BCD and participate in their hotel program. This gets us special rates and last room availability at over 2000 hotels worldwide.
Hopefully these tips will help you avoid having your travel plans impacted by winter weather. The agents at Christopherson Business Travel are only a phone call or email away and will be happy to use their extensive experience to help you get where you need to be.
Delta announced a major investment in its international fleet with plans to introduce a premium economy section – “Economy Comfort” – on all long-haul international flights in summer 2011. The new seats will feature up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Economy class seats.
The product, which is similar to upgraded Economy services currently available on flights operated by Delta’s joint venture partner Air France-KLM, will be installed in the first few rows of the Economy cabin on more than 160 Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft by this summer.
Customers who have purchased an international Economy ticket on Delta will be able to choose Economy Comfort seats for an additional fee of $80-$160 one-way through delta.com, kiosks and Delta reservations beginning in May for travel this summer. Complimentary access to Economy Comfort seats will be available to all SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallions; up to eight companions traveling in the same reservation with Diamond and Platinum Medallions; and customers purchasing full-fare Economy class tickets. Gold and Silver Medallions will enjoy 50 and 25 percent discounts on the Economy Comfort seat fees, respectively.
“Just as Delta is investing in BusinessElite, which is among the industry’s most competitive premium products, it makes sense to offer enhancements to our Economy Class service that provide additional comfort,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network Planning, Revenue Management and Marketing. “Economy Comfort is one of many elements Delta is committed to delivering to our customers as part of a more than $2 billion investment we are making in the air and on the ground to improve the customer experience and position Delta as a leader in customer service.”
In addition to more leg room and recline, customers seated in Economy Comfort will board early and enjoy complimentary spirits throughout the flight. These benefits are in addition to Delta’s standard international Economy class amenities, including complimentary meals, beer, wine, entertainment, blankets and pillows. In-seat power will also be available on aircraft equipped with personal entertainment systems which come with free HBO programming and other for-fee content(1). The seats will be designated with a specially designed seat cover.
Full flat-bed seats on all international widebodies by 2013
In addition to investing in the international Economy cabin, Delta today announced it now plans to install 34 horizontal flat-bed BusinessElite seats with direct aisle access in each of its 32 Airbus A330 aircraft by 2013. With this announcement, Delta now plans to offer full flat-bed seating in BusinessElite on all international widebody flights, or more than 150 aircraft, by 2013.
The new A330 seat, manufactured by Weber Aircraft LLC, will be 81.7 inches in length and 20.5 inches wide, similar to the flat-bed product currently offered on Delta’s 777 fleet. It also will feature a 120-volt universal power outlet, USB port, personal LED reading lamp and a 15.4 inch personal video monitor with instant access to 250 new and classic movies, premium programming from HBO and Showtime, other television programming, video games and more than 4,000 digital music tracks.
Today’s announcements are the latest in Delta’s previously announced plan to invest more than $2 billion in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities through 2013. In addition to adding the Economy Comfort product and offering full-flat bed seats on its entire international widebody fleet, Delta is upgrading its domestic fleet with more First Class seats and in-seat entertainment; adding personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all long-haul international flights; adding in-flight Wi-Fi service to all domestic aircraft with a First and Economy class cabin; and building new terminal facilities for international customers at its two largest global gateways – Atlanta and New York-JFK.
Economy Comfort seating will be offered on Delta’s Boeing 747, 757, 767 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft flying long-haul intercontinental routes between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America (Lima, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago only). Economy Comfort seating is limited and may not be available on all flights. The Economy Comfort Medallion travel companion benefit is applicable for up to eight companions traveling on the same reservation as the Medallion member. Group reservations are not applicable. For companions of Gold Medallion members, fees apply per seat. All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption and travel benefits, respectively.
(1) HBO programming to begin in July 2011 on select aircraft with personal video-screens; In-seat power and personal entertainment being installed through 2013.
TRAVEL MARKET REPORT | FEB 3, 2011
Ancillary Fees Create Budget Nightmares for Travel Managers
On this six-day charitable Cambodia tour, you will not only experience the wonder of Angkor Wat and the rural beauty of Battambang but also have the opportunity to visit and support several local charities. Flying home, you will be left with fond memories of your travels and the smiles of the Khmer people.
Touching down in Siem Reap, you will spend the first three days of our Cambodia package tour visiting the majestic temples of Angkor. With your expert guide, learn about the history and discover the hidden alcoves of monuments such as Angkor Wat, Bayon, Banteay Srei and Ta Phrom.
During your stay in Siem Reap, there are opportunities at every turn to visit a locally-run charity. Among these is The Landmine Museum, where you can learn more about the ongoing efforts to demine the country and support victims of these unexploded ordinances. Sala Bai Restaurant is another fantastic option. By dining here you not only enjoy delicious fresh Khmer cuisine, but also help in the vocational training of underprivileged children.
|6 Days / 5 Nights|
|Year Round / On Demand|
|Available upon Request|
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs. The Cambodia Charitable Tour includes:
- Accommodation in half twin/dbl room with daily breakfast at selected hotels in Siem Reap and Battambang
- English-speaking guide during trip
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Entrance fees for mentioned visits (3 days Angkor pass)
- Tuk Tuk ride for half day during the visit at small circuit in Angkor
- Public regular speedboat from Siem Reap to Battambang
- Transfer by overland from Battambang to Siem Reap