Today we are going to look at the different classes of service and how they relate to seat assignments. The three main classes of service are Coach, Business Class, and First Class. Since Business and First Class only have 1 type of seating, we are going to focus on Coach which can have many types of seating. [Read more…]
I am seeing a disturbing advertising trend happening on Facebook and other social sites. That trend is, what I consider misleading information, not by the airlines, but by the third party sites that sell airline tickets.
I saw an ad on Facebook by one of these sites that while true, was very misleading. The ad stated “Roundtrip air to Maui for $129 per person.” This is an unbelievable deal until you click on the site and did the research where the actual flights were $129 per person roundtrip from Honolulu to Maui, not roundtrip from the mainland to Maui as the ad would try to lead you to believe. [Read more…]
There is a lot of great information on the Internet but there is also a lot of questionable information on the Internet. Can you tell the difference? When it comes to travel, we can and will help you sort through the amount of mind numbing information that is available and we will get you the lowest legitimate price for the vacation, Honeymoon, or Destination Wedding that meets or exceeds your criteria. [Read more…]
What I want to do is not dwell on what happened with the airlines last week, I think we have discussed that to death but I want to address a glaring problem I saw during all the discussion. The issue is with, what from a purely legal standpoint, is the airline responsible for when situations like this occur. First, lets look at who owns the airline seat. When you pay for a seat on any airline, you are just renting that seat from the airline but ownership of that seat and what can be done with that seat still belongs to the airline. Secondly, lets take a look at overbooking. Even though the situation that happened was technically not an overbooking situation, it is legal for all airlines to overbook by a certain percentage. The Government allows this because on virtually every flight there are no-shows and cancellations.
We always get questioned about safety when traveling to Mexico. I think it is a valid question given the exposure this topic has gotten from the press. Let’s start by saying that Mexican Tourism from the U.S. has increased by 12% in 2016 for a total of over 12 million travelers from the U.S. visiting Mexico in 2016.
In this post I want to talk about something I am seeing more and more on the Internet and on Social Media. This is the proliferation of companies advertising travel Deals for unheard of prices. I have seen prices such as $399 per couple for 5 nights in a 5 star all inclusive resort.
This month we are going to discuss something that has confused mankind for years, airline pricing and scheduling. I will try to explain these things in layman’s language.
This months travel tip is a discussion of something we have covered before. It is determining how the actual rating of a resort is developed. I want to re-discuss this because I am seeing an alarming number of 1 and 2 star resorts being rated at 4 & 5 star resorts. This can have a huge impact on the type and quality of your vacation and resort choices.
I wanted to cover a topic that that I am seeing a lot more in travel today. That is the situation where a client arrives at a resort only to find that the quality of the resort has been misrepresented on various websites online, including the resort’s own website. This is created by the fact that ratings are so subjective and, once you get outside of the U.S., ratings can be anything the resort wants published and ratings are not regulated.
A new situation has been quietly increasing with hotels. This is the addition of ancillary fees added on top of the room rate. These are known by a number of different names, the most common being “Resort Fees”. They are additional fees that cover amenities at the resort whether you use them or not. They cover things like parking, pool towel service, use of tennis courts, use of the pool and beach. This has been standard practice in places like Hawaii for a number of years but they are now being extended to other hotels and resorts in the U.S. They are not going away but you need to be aware of them when booking hotels and resorts. When you get a room rate make sure you understand what that rate includes and what if any additional fees or taxes the hotel or resort may charge.