Author: Louise StrongDate of Trip: November 2006PROLOGUE: NCL treated me like a goddess and a family member all throughout the week on the Norwegian Jewel. They must have known I needed some R and R, some TLC, excellent dining, great activities, good dance music, fabulous ports-of-call, the opportunity to make new friends, and most of all, to laugh. This cruise will go down in the books as the best yet. GETTING TO THE NORWEGIAN JEWEL: I originally booked the lowest level category balcony and was upgraded to the highest level balcony for the same price. About one month prior to 11/19/06 I received the phone call for an upsell to a penthouse suite. Once I saw the suite was in front of the ship I immediately said yes. I flew into FLL on 11/18/06 and knew the week was going to be great when my luggage was the third and fourth suitcases to come through the belt! For 18 dollars I shared a van with seven others going to various places. One lady was my superhero. She goes on cruises for free … [Read more...] about How I Spent Thanksgiving Week on NCL’s Jewel
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If, God forbid, you’re ever in a city where’s there’s a terrorist attack or you’re about to travel to one, then hopefully you will find this information helpful. Here’s what to do in a city where’s there’s been a terrorist attack. Obviously this is easier said than done. But losing your cool isn’t going to help, especially when clear heads are needed. Remain calm and if you’re in a place that’s secure, then stay there. If not, then go to the closest one. Once the terrorists have been found, detained, arrested, killed, or have cowardly blown themselves up, realize that the city is way safer than it was before the attacks. The governments will likely bring in thousands of officers, agents, and military, so don’t panic. Social media is making it increasingly easier to let friends and family know you’re safe. Naturally, your loved ones are going to be freaking out when they hear the news. If you are safe make sure to … [Read more...] about What To Do in a City Where There’s Been a Terrorist Attack
SINGAPORE - Chubb launched a travel application for the first time in the Asia Pacific to help employers adequately prepare and support employees on business travel. Called Chubb Travel Smart, the application provides peace of mind since it is integrated with emergency assistance 24/7 with the touch of a button. "Chubb Travel Smart has been developed to help employers better fulfil their duty of care obligations. With the added component of an online dashboard, risk, HR and security managers can locate and send messages and alerts to business travellers anywhere in the world. Chubb Travel Smart is part of our suite of Group Accident & Health solutions tailored for organizations to protect their employees," said Glen Browne, Executive Vice President, Accident & Health, Asia Pacific for Chubb in Asia Pacific. Kevin Bogardus, General Manager, Chubb Insurance Company Limited added, "The launch events in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou increased local awareness of Chubb's expertise … [Read more...] about Chubb launches travel app for business travellers
Visa shares five simple money management tips to help travelers make the most out of their travel budgets. The tips come from travel research conducted with more than 7,500 travelers from across Asia Pacific on how they managed their holiday budget and spending while overseas. 1. Plan your trip and travel budget ahead of departure. To avoid unexpected surprises on the road, there are a number of steps that cardholders can take. For example, by doing some basic research, they can work out a travel budget and identify the more costly activities or purchases so the price doesn’t come as a surprise. Also, cardholders should inform their card’s issuing bank prior to departing to avoid any disruption to their cards and should memorize their PIN number. As an added measure, cardholders could set up automatic bill pay for their credit card and make sure they havesufficient funds in their debit account. According to Visa travel research, travelers take an average of 14 weeks to plan … [Read more...] about Visa offers holidaymakers smart money management tips for the travel season
More and more frequent travelers are turning to mileage-management services to track their account balances. But deciding on the best service from among the many available can be tricky. We take a look at the leading mileage tracking Web sites and rate each in the categories most important to frequent travelers.“Not all that can be counted counts, and not all that counts can be counted.” — Albert EinsteinAl was a smart guy, no doubt about it. But when it comes to miles, he didn’t have a clue.We are a species of number crunchers. Record-keeping is in our blood. From money to marmosets, if it can be counted, we’re going to keep tabs on it. And there are few places where this trait can be seen more clearly than in the sphere of mileage collection.In the early 80s, the task of tracking miles was a relatively easy one. But as hotel, car rental and credit card companies entered the loyalty game, creating programs of their own, and partnerships proliferated, this … [Read more...] about The Best Mileage Managers
Friends, the year is drawing to a close.It has been a strange one, full of changes and uncertainty. Yet as we reflect on it, let us not forget that 2002 has also had its share of triumphs. Despite our grumblings, justified or not, our beloved programs continue to survive, and continue to demand our loyalty.To that end, we have borrowed from a holiday tradition in an effort to put the year in perspective. Without further ado, and with humble apologies to the late Charles Dickens, our story begins.Once upon a time old Scrooge sat busy in front of his computers monitor, scowling at proposed changes to his frequent flyer program. It was cold, bleak, biting weather, but not so frosty as the old man’s disposition when he pondered the change fees, award-level increases and rule adjustments so grievously thrust upon him in the past year.It was bad enough that his flight home had been three hours late. Now Tiny Tim was hitting him up for an award ticket to Vegas.“Humbug!” he … [Read more...] about Frequent Flyer Scrooge — We visit the Ghosts of Programs Past, Present and Future
Supposedly “an exceptional travel and savings program offered by the most recognized hotel brand in the hospitality industry”, Hilton Select entitles you as a member to special benefits designed to deliver cash back and savings — whether you are at home or traveling. As a member, you receive discounts on rental cars and cruises in addition to significant savings on dining, entertainment and “so much more”……but is this “exceptional travel and savings program” really worth joining as a member?For an annual membership fee of $399.00 per year, you are entitled to the following benefits:Cash back of five percent at participating hotels in top travel destinations in the United States — This is paid on a quarterly basis; and that is not the only restriction or disadvantage. Please refer to the summary of this article for more details.Bonus 5,000 Hilton HHonors … [Read more...] about Hilton Select: An Exception Travel and Savings Program — Or a Waste of Your Money and Time?