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Business trip to Boston? Fitting in a little sightseeing is a must.

Boston.

It’s like a little bit of Florence with flecks of New York, sprinkled with some Seattle and spread out on the pages of a history book.

Aside from the timeless architecture and cobblestone streets lined with window boxes stuffed with flowers of every vibrant color—there is a story to go with all of it.

From Paul Revere to Ironside to the Boston Celtics to the Red Sox, there is history everywhere. (Granted the Celtics and Red Sox fall within the more recent history of Boston. But did you know that Babe Ruth started with the Red Sox before ending his career in New York?)

I would recommend staying downtown in the middle of it all. Don’t rent a car; the streets are impossible to navigate if you aren’t familiar with them. Just take a city bus tour. Then you can circle and listen and learn, and you can easily jump off to explore for a bit and then jump back on to get to the next stop. You can also follow the freedom trail—a  two to three mile trail marking 16 historical points. There are also bikes for rent and of course you can simply walk around aimlessly to take it all in.

You must also bring your appetite. The food in Boston is authentically Italian and the streets are filled with the scents of simmering oregano, melted mozzarella, and fresh baked bread. It’s as delicious as the portions are abundant. Oh, and for dessert Mike’s Pastry’s is a MUST. His freshly made cannolis are built as big as everything else in Boston and decorated with several toppings to choose from. But do plan on standing in line; one of the only crowded spots in Boston is Mike’s Pastry’s.

Needless to say, Boston is one of my favorite places and it’s a city everyone should experience.

 

 

 

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AirPortal and Concur: A partnership that fuels the takeoff!

concur and christopherson business travelSynergies can create amazing results. We, at Christopherson Business Travel, know this first hand, having partnered with Concur and leveraging the power of our own internally developed AirPortal® software platform. Fulfillment matters.

As shown in this article, current cost cutting and technology trends are creating a great environment for Concur, providing 35% growth in 2011 and outpacing that number in 2012. CBT ripens that environment by combining Concur with AirPortal® and the expertise of the 12th largest (and fastest growing) TMC in the country. CBT customers must agree, having fueled Concur transaction growth by 157% in 2011 and 169% YTD in 2012, more than quadrupling Concur’s own growth.

The combination of Concur, AirPortal®, and CBT means only one thing: 3… 2… 1… TAKEOFF!

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TSA Carry-On Rules: A Helpful Reminder

TSA carry-on rules - reminders for business travelersMy husband, an inexperienced traveler, recently encountered a situation on his flight to Anchorage that got me thinking about what exactly is allowed in carry-on luggage. Granted, his was an innocent oversight, but the situation nearly caused him to miss his flight.

Did you know that having nine unsecured, improperly packed, and unclaimed bullets/ammunition in your possession is not allowed, and that having ten (a full magazine) will cause a “TSA delay” plus violations that can result in state and local prosecution as well as civil penalties of up to $2,000. Well, luckily my husband only had nine tucked away in the corner of his bag. They were quickly confiscated and he was still able to make it to his gate.

Ten years ago we all probably had the list of what is and isn’t allowed in carry-on luggage memorized, but with time we have a tendency to forget or become careless. The TSA provides a list of prohibited items that I found informative. For example, did you know that you can pack scissors in your carry-on luggage? As long as the blade is shorter than four inches they are allowed. Screwdrivers and other tools are also allowed if they are seven inches or less in length. Even ice-skates are allowed in your carryon luggage.

On the TSA website you can also refresh your memory of the 3-1-1 carry-on rules, which state that each passenger is allowed one 1 quart sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag with liquid containers not to exceed 3.4 ounce bottles.

Reviewing the TSA website to refresh your memory will not only make traveling a much better experience for you, but also for those behind you in the airport security lines.

And don’t forget to check the corners and pockets of all your luggage to eliminate any items that may cause delays at security check points.

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TSA Carry-On Rules: A Helpful Reminder

TSA carry-on rules - reminders for business travelersMy husband, an inexperienced traveler, recently encountered a situation on his flight to Anchorage that got me thinking about what exactly is allowed in carry-on luggage. Granted, his was an innocent oversight, but the situation nearly caused him to miss his flight.

Did you know that having nine unsecured, improperly packed, and unclaimed bullets/ammunition in your possession is not allowed, and that having ten (a full magazine) will cause a “TSA delay” plus violations that can result in state and local prosecution as well as civil penalties of up to $2,000. Well, luckily my husband only had nine tucked away in the corner of his bag. They were quickly confiscated and he was still able to make it to his gate.

Ten years ago we all probably had the list of what is and isn’t allowed in carry-on luggage memorized, but with time we have a tendency to forget or become careless. The TSA provides a list of prohibited items that I found informative. For example, did you know that you can pack scissors in your carry-on luggage? As long as the blade is shorter than four inches they are allowed. Screwdrivers and other tools are also allowed if they are seven inches or less in length. Even ice-skates are allowed in your carryon luggage.

On the TSA website you can also refresh your memory of the 3-1-1 carry-on rules, which state that each passenger is allowed one 1 quart sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag with liquid containers not to exceed 3.4 ounce bottles.

Reviewing the TSA website to refresh your memory will not only make traveling a much better experience for you, but also for those behind you in the airport security lines.

And don’t forget to check the corners and pockets of all your luggage to eliminate any items that may cause delays at security check points.

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United Airlines Discontinues Pr-Boarding for Families

Families traveling with small children on United Airlines are no longer able to preboard as they have in the past. United recently instituted a new policy wherein families with children, who aren’t flying first or business class, now have to board with their ticketed boarding groups. The airline adopted the policy last month “to simplify the boarding process and to reduce the overall number of boarding groups,” says United spokesman Charles Hobart.

United claims that the boarding process has continued to run smoothly despite the change. This move comes as airlines are now beginning to charge fees to board early and sit in certain areas. US Airways and American Airlines have also adopted this policy.

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Ancillary Travel Fees

ancillary feesThe growth of ancillary fees in all categories of travel, especially air travel, has captured the attention of the traveling public as well as policy makers.

Since these fees broadly affect both business and leisure travelers they have received attention in industry publications, business journals, and popular media. Congressional testimony and calls for additional legislation and agency rule-making have ensured that the debate over fees has implications for public policy questions as well as for business operations.

Although airline fees have been the focus of much of the public discussion, the issue is broader than just airlines. The hotel and car rental industries have also seen changes in their pricing structures that have incorporated add-on services and ancillary fees.

For example, I recently received an email from a customer who was frustrated by the fact that the taxes and fees for his car rental exceeded the combined daily rate for a four-day rental–a shocking discovery most of us have experienced throughout our travels.

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Andavo Featured in Salt Lake Tribune’s Lifestyle Section

The president of Christopherson Business Travel and Andavo Travel (the vacation division of CBT), Mike Cameron, was featured in a Salt Lake Tribune article recently, titled:

Salt Lake travel agent talks 2012 trends

By Tom Wharton
Published May 24, 2012

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50% off SLC Airport Parking thru Christopherson Business Travel

We have great news for Christopherson Business Travel customers in Salt Lake City for 2012!

By showing your Christopherson Business Travel Itinerary, travelers will now receive 50% off all parking services at the Diamond Airport Parking lot located at 50 S. Redwood Road.

parking rates for Christopherson clients

 

 

 

Diamond Airport Parking offers the following benefits:

  • 4 minutes from the Salt Lake City Airport
  • Open 24 Hours a Day 7 Days a Week
  • Free 24 Hour Shuttle
  • Free Car Wash
  • Free Newspaper
  • Free Baggage Assistance
  • Free Bottled Water
  • We Care Program:
    • Retrieve Keys locked in Car
    • Inflate a flat or install a spare
    • Jump start a dead battery
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Delta Air Lines to Sell “Economy Comfort” Through Travelport’s Travel Agent Reservation Systems

We applaud Delta for their recent decision to sell “Economy Comfort,” their premium Economy product which provides more leg room, through Travelport’s global distribution system (GDS).  The agreement will create Economy Comfort booking access later this year for travel agents who use their reservation systems. We, at Christopherson, currently use two of Travelport’s GDSs: Worldspan and Apollo.

This is an important step in the ongoing discussion between airlines and the GDSs, on how to distribute their ancillary products and services. Last year, I wrote a post about this very discussion titled “The Airline Ancillary Fee Conversation
Needs to be Redefined,” wherein I stated that, “Realistically we should only be talking about the GDS technology that is required at the time of booking.” This important announcement to sell Economy Comfort through Travelport supports that view. Thanks Delta!

“Customers today can purchase Economy Comfort directly with Delta at delta.com, through a Reservations agent or at the airport via a kiosk or ticket agent,” said Wayne Aaron, Vice President – Marketing Programs and Distribution Strategy at Delta. “Partnering with Travelport broadens the availability of this popular product to Travelport-affiliated travel agents. We are always willing to work with partners like Travelport who bring value to the distribution chain and can deliver our product on a cost-effective basis.”

Economy Comfort features three to four inches of additional leg room across Delta’s fleet of two-class aircraft. On long-haul international flights, the seats also have up to 50 percent more recline than standard economy class seats.

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United Airlines Offers New Non-Stop from Denver to Tokyo

United Airlines will begin daily nonstop service from Denver International Airport to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in early spring 2013, after more than a decade of Denver’s efforts to land the route.

Click here for the full story.

 

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Which Airline Credit Card is Right for You?

Have you been considering an airline credit card? You really can’t get through an airport terminal anymore without seeing the advertisements or being asked by an airline employee if you’d like to sign up for their branded card. “Earn 25,000 miles just by signing up … that’s enough miles for a free ticket!!” Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall the last time I redeemed 25,000 miles for a free ticket.

My advice? Don’t get drawn into the card just for the initial free miles you’ll receive when you sign up. Look into all the benefits and interest rates, and pick the one that is right for you.

For example, the Delta Gold SkyMiles® card by American Express® has a $95 yearly fee, which is waived the first year. This card offers one free checked bag for up to 9 people on your booking. The card will essentially pay for itself if you and a companion were to take just one trip a year and each check a bag. It also offers priority boarding, which means you should be able to find that coveted space in the overhead bin before the majority of passengers board the aircraft.

If United Airlines is your choice, they have similar benefits with their MileagePlus® Explorer Card by Visa®. United also includes two complimentary day passes to the United Club® every year. The airline clubs are a great place to wait for your flight. You can relax a bit, and avoid the crowds at the gate.

Hotels, and even Disney, also offer their own branded credit cards so you can earn points for room nights and travel packages. So be sure to check out all the benefits before signing up.

You can compare most cards by visiting CreditCards.com.

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2012 Business Travel Survey

UTAH BUSINESS | JUN 4, 2012

2012 Business Travel Survey

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World Travel Warnings

Remember the television series Lost in Space?  The one where a robot was always warning the Robinson family when danger was about to happen. Well, if that Robot were our warning source today for travel, repairs would probably be frequent due to the robot’s arms constantly waving!

But these days (in lieu of the robot) you can go the TSA website and immediately find countries where strong travel warnings have been issued.

Travel warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. This leads the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or, at the very least, consider the risk of traveling to that country. A travel warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

The countries listed after the jump meet those criteria. Simply click on any country to find out why it’s not a good idea to travel there. Travel warnings will continue to be noted until the US Government feels it is safe to delete them from this list.

Mauritania 05/24/2012

Saudi Arabia 05/18/2012

Lebanon 05/08/2012

Algeria 05/04/2012

Iran 04/27/2012

Cote d’Ivoire 04/23/2012

Burundi 04/18/2012

Eritrea 04/18/2012

Mali 04/09/2012

Niger 04/06/2012

Kenya 04/04/2012

Chad 03/29/2012

Yemen 03/27/2012

Israel, the West Bank and Gaza 03/19/2012

Syria 03/06/2012

Nigeria 02/29/2012

Colombia 02/21/2012

Mexico 02/08/2012

Pakistan 02/02/2012

Iraq 01/19/2012

Congo, Democratic Republic of the 01/12/2012

Sudan 01/11/2012

Philippines 01/05/2012

Central African Republic 01/04/2012

Republic of South Sudan 12/22/2011

Afghanistan 12/01/2011

Guinea 11/04/2011

Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of 11/03/2011

Libya 09/22/2011

Somalia 08/19/2011

Haiti 08/08/2011