REAL ID Act Extensions from Homeland Security

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security granted an extension, of up to 1 year, to states not in compliance with the REAL ID Act. The states are: Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and American Samoa.

Delta Adds Additional Security for Minor Travel

The Real ID Act increases travel security.

Homeland Security Gives States a Pass on Real IDs

Concerns that travelers from New York and three other states would need to use passports instead of driver’s licenses as airport ID have been postponed, at least temporarily.

With a 2016 deadline approaching and four states plus American Samoa still not in compliance with the new minimum standards of the federal Real ID system, the Department of Homeland Security yesterday issued them a one-year extension.

Without it, travelers from New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and American Samoa would not have been able to travel on an airplane or cruise ship with their state-issued driver’s licenses.

The Real ID system was created by an act of Congress, in keeping with recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, that set standards of the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses. The last phase of its enforcement was supposed to kick in by 2016.

This extension guarantees that New Yorkers will be able to use their driver licenses or ID cards as they did before, a New York Department of Motor Vehicles spokesperson said in a statement.”DMV continues to work with DHS to ensure all New York State licenses and non-driver IDs remain acceptable for REAL ID purposes.”

New York

New York residents can head off future concerns by applying for an Enhanced Driver’s License that meets REAL ID standards. They are available now at DMV offices, for a $30 fee.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire was granted an extension by Homeland Security, “as a result of ongoing legislative efforts to bring the state into compliance,” the state’s House of Representatives said in a press release. Its House will vote on a bill in January to bring it into compliance.


Louisiana’s extension came earlier in the week and was announced by State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson and U.S. Senator David Vitter last Friday. Gov. Bobby Jindal has been unwilling to bring the state up-to-code with the REAL ID requirements because of the “extra layers of bureaucracy” it will require.


While Minnesota’s ID is already not sufficient to enter several federal buildings or nuclear power plants, the extension will still allow its residents on domestic flights and cruises without the need for a passport. Worries in Minnesota about the new requirements have come from private concerns over what the new act will do.

Rep. Peggy Scott and Sen. Warren Limmer have voiced their concerns that the new IDs will allow the federal government to keep track of a resident’s whereabouts, even though Homeland Security has denied that since the act was passed.

This story is from Travel Market Report.

Delta’s Operational Performance Commitment

Delta understands that today’s importance of time, so they have focused on making sure their corporate customers are able to keep their commitments and get to the meeting on time by delivering reliable operations and on time performance.

Delta Sky Deck

Delta's Sky Deck at the JFK Airport

The Sky Deck at Delta Sky Club at the new JFK Airport

Delta is number 1 for:

  • On time arrivals
  • The fewest cancellations
  • The fewest customer complaints among U.S. global airlines.

This level of operational excellence shows their dedication to getting corporate travelers where they need to go and when they need to be there.

To further demonstrate their commitment to operational excellence, Delta Air Lines has just announce the next big first for their business customers Operational Performance Commitment (OPC).

OPC compensates your company if Delta’s operational performance falls below both American Airlines and United Airlines in controllable delays and completion factor for a full calendar year.

Compensation is based on the number of controllable delays and cancellations your eligible travelers experience during the calendar year, and the final compensation amount is based on Corporate Sales Agreement (CSA) fulfillment rates.

The best part of OPC is that it provides partnership value beyond your CSA, so there are no additional documents to review or sign.

To learn more about OPC, please request more information. In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out to us for details on how OPC can benefit your corporate travel plan.

Delta Adds Airline Security for Minors

Delta is adding additional requirements to further enhance the airline security for unaccompanied minors. Parents or guardians making reservations for these young travelers will be asked set up a Personal Identification Number and an emergency contact for each reservation.

Airline Security for Minors

Delta’s new terminal at JFK airport.

Once the Personal Identification Number or PIN is created, when the customer calls Delta, the PIN must be provided before updates or changes will be made to the following information in the reservation:

  • To Be Brought By (TBBB) – The parent or designated adult who will check-in the UMNR.
  • Delta requires that the name and contact information for this person is in every UMNR reservation.
  • A valid government-issued ID must be presented and Delta’s airport personnel will verify that the identification matches the name listed as TBBB at check-in.
  • To Be Met By (TBMB) – The parent or designated adult meeting the child at the destination.
  • Delta requires that the name and contact information for this person is in every UMNR reservation.

Call 800-325-8847 for assistance may be used by travel agents or customers who have questions regarding Delta’s UMNR program.

A valid government-issued ID must be presented and signature captured of the person meeting the child. Delta will not release the child to anyone other than the person(s) named in the reservation. Please note: The PIN will not be required to pick up the unaccompanied minor.

Emergency contact information for the minor

Please note: The PIN is not required when requesting assistance with seat assignments or addressing basic information such as fare rule or ticketing questions, etc.

Existing UMNR Reservations

Some reservations may have been created prior to the PIN requirement. For this scenario, when a customer contacts Delta to update or add the above required information, the customer will be asked to create a PIN at that time.

If the customer has already added TBMB/TBBB information the customer will be required to validate key information about the reservation prior to creating the PIN.

The security PIN should only be shared with those individuals who have access to the UMNR reservations in order to update and change the UMNR’s TBBB or TBMB information as noted above. No changes to this information will be permitted unless the individual is able to provide the PIN to Delta or is able to validate certain information about the reservation.

The Unaccompanied Minor Program is required for all children 5-14 years old when not traveling in the same cabin with an adult who is at least 18 years old or the child’s parent/legal guardian. The program is optional for children 15-17 years old.

The Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) birthdate is used to calculate the UMNR’s age on the date of travel, and to validate the itinerary. If the UMNR is under 18 years of age, check-in will be inhibited until the information is validated at the airport.

The requirements for minors under the age of 18

Passengers who are travelling with only one of the parents or legal guardians must have a notarized letter with authorization from the other parent or legal guardian.

A passenger travelling alone or accompanied by someone other than the parents or legal guardians must have a notarized letter with authorization from both parents or legal guardians.

Judicial authorization will be required for travel of Brazilian citizens under 18 if accompanied by an adult that is not a Brazilian citizen and resides abroad, provided (i) such adult is not the parent/legal guardian of the minor o the minor, though born in Brazil, does not have Brazilian citizenship.

Documentation Requirements for Brazil

Brazilian citizens under the age of 18 and traveling without both parents must present additional documentation in order to depart Brazil.

Security for Minors under the age of 18

Minors who are travelling with only one of the parents or legal guardians must have a notarized letter with authorization from the other parent or legal guardian.

A minor travelling alone or accompanied by someone other than the parents or legal guardians must have a notarized letter with authorization from both parents or legal guardians.

For Airline Security, authorization will be required for travel for citizens of Brazil under 18 if accompanied by an adult that is not a Brazilian citizen and resides abroad, provided (i) such adult is not the parent/legal guardian of the minor o the minor, though born in Brazil, does not have Brazilian citizenship.

Convention Centers & Event Centers in Koln Germany

Few event locations in Germany offers more space.

Many event locations are close to downtown with easy accessibility to all modes of transport. Ten motorways and the ICE station connects to Köln and is adjacent to Messe / Deutz.

Tanzbrunnen Park

Tanzbrunnen Koln - Event Center

Tanzbrunnen Park is located on the banks of the Rhine with outdoor & indoor stages for concerts and theater plus a beach club, Tanzbrunnen is for company celebrations in small or large group events including product presentations or gala events and open air concerts with up to 12,500 guests.

Flora and Botanical Garden

Flora Koln event center

Whether a gala with 650 participants, a party with up to 1,500 guests or a wedding celebration with the family and good friends – the Flora Köln offers the ideal ambiance for every event.

Dinner Events at Koln Zoo

Koln Zoo dinner event

Cologne Zoo, well-known far beyond the city limits for its diversity of species and for its ideas. One of the best event locations in the midst of the wild animal kingdom.

Business Event Rooms at the Presidente Intercontinental

Presidente InterContinental resort in Cozumel offers a wide selection of international culinary creations for large, as well as small, meetings and incentive groups.

Business Group Setup

Setup for business meeting

Setup for business meetings

Corporate Event at the Coral Ballroom

Corporate meeting event

Corporate meeting event at Presidente InterContinental 

Coral Ballroom


Coral Ballroom at Presidente InterContinental

Dinning Area

Dinning area

Dinning area at Presidente InterContinental resort in Cozumel

The variety of world class menus coupled with the resort’s variety of unique indoor and outdoor venues make the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel a versatile destination for meetings.

Air Canada Updates their Carry on policy

Starting on May 25, 2015 at Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and expanding progressively to other airports throughout the month of June.

Air Canada

Air Canada

Air Canada is enforcing their carry on bag policy.

Air Canada will staff check-in and security checkpoints to quickly confirm and tag your carry on bags that meet Air Canada’s existing carry-on dimensions as approved. This will make it easier and safer to stow your personal items on board, may help reduce wait times at security, and will help avoid flight delays caused by larger bags being checked at the gate.

Air Canada’s carry-on requirements have not changed but the process has. It is extremely important for you to communicate this new procedural change to any of your travelers who will be travelling on Air Canada effective May 25, 2015 so that they are not inconvenienced by the time they arrive at the gate with their carry on.

Please allow extra time for check in!

Air Canada Carry On Size Rules

  1. Standard article: 9”x 15.5”x 21.5”
  2. Personal article: 6”x 13”x 17”

If Your Carry on bag Is Not Approved

If a piece of your carry-on baggage needs to be checked, AC will be happy to help with that at check in.

If you get to security and need to check a bag that exceeds allowable size limits, not to worry. AC will give you a special card that will get you quickly back to a check-in agent, and then on to your departure gate.

As a reminder, Air Canada policy allows for two pieces of carry–on, one standard and one personal article:

All the airlines will be stricly inforcing their carry on rules.
See all the rules here.

DoubleTree Corporate Meeting & Events Room

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Washington DC

The Washington DC hotel features a modern business center and nine meeting rooms. Host an elegant reception or a wedding in 6,700 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space.

Boardroom Meeting Area

Business meeting room

Corporate meeting room at the Doubletree in Washington DC

Dinning Area

Dinning area

Dinning area

Corporate Events

Corporate meeting and teaching room

Corporate meeting and teaching room

Outside Patio

Patio for outside events

Patio for outside events in Washington DC

Overview of the Concur Platform

Find out how to integrate the Concur Platform with your system by using Concur’s APIs. Here’s a brief overview of the ecosystem designed to help bring your solutions to your travelers and your worldwide travel program.

Delta Comfort+ Medallion Policy Changes

Dear Fellow Travelers:

Below are changes coming March 1, 2015 with Delta’s rebranding of classes regarding medallions and economy comfort plus.

Below is quick snap shot of the changes.

Delta Comfort+ Medallion Differs from Economy Comfort

No changes for Diamond & Platinum
Gold Medallions are most impacted by policy change (complimentary booking window at 3 days vs. time of booking for domestic itineraries.)

SM Tier Current
Economy Comfort Policy
March 1st
Delta Comfort+ Policy
Diamond At time of Ticketing At time of Ticketing
Platinum At time of Ticketing At time of Ticketing
Gold D: At time of Ticketing
I: 50% disc at time of ticketing
3 days prior to departure
Silver D: Free during check-in window
I: 25% disc At time of Ticketing
1 Day prior to departure
Programs can change without notice.

For GOLD and SILVER for domestic travel the time frame above has changed to get a complimentary seat.

However for international, travelers now get it for FREE at time frame above instead of paying at a discounted rate.

As always if travelers want to purchase these seats outside of the time free they may at the regular rate.

Hope this helps. Please share and let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you

Terry W. Brennan
Williamsburg-Travel Leaders
A Member of the Tzell Travel Group


Meeting & Event Locations in Regensburg Germany

Regensburg offers offers many historic rooms for business meetings, seminars, presentations and private company events at UNESCO World Heritage listed locations.

Regensburg Germany Business Meetings

Regensburg Germany UNESCO Meeting and Events centers

Regensburg Germany UNESCO Meeting and Events centers.

Venues can range from boats, to medieval rooms, port-side premises or modern meeting options at various hotels.

Whether it be classicist meeting rooms in the Regensburg Convention Center, the former Thon-Dittmer-Palais or the former grand Dollingersäle halls from the 16th century, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg has the right venue for any occasion.

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall in

Meeting room at Old Town Hall in Regensburg Germany

Located in the Old Town Hall, the two grand Dollingersäle dominated the town as early as the 16th century. The hall’s stone vaults create a medieval atmosphere, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in Regensburg’s historic past. The large hall is joined by a smaller one, primarily used for receptions. The large room can accommodate 100 people for a standing reception and 80 for banquet seating.

Salzstadel Meeting and Events Room

Meeting and event room at Salzstadel

Salzstadel meeting and event room in Regensburg Germany

The Salzstadel premises delight visitors with their vibrancy and ambiance – an impressive combination of historic backdrop and subtly modern interior decor. Apart from a presentation room with separate foyer, the building also features two large meeting rooms, the Brück-Saal and the Kräncher-Saal, which can be used for exhibitions, as well as other events, e.g. talks, receptions, workshops, weddings etc. The larger meeting room can easily handle 200 people for a standing reception and 140 for banquet seating.

Regensburg Convention Center

Regensburg Convention Center Bar for corporate meetings and weddings.

Reception area at the Regensburg Convention Center will be opening in 2016 or 17

Dating back to 1888, the industrial monument situated in the new Marina Quarter is particularly distinguished by the so-called “Zollingerhalle”. The convention center hall, was named after its special, UNESCO World heritage listed ceiling, designed by architect Friedrich Zollinger. In order to make the most of the Zollingerhalle’s unique atmosphere, the ceiling will be extensively restored and visible throughout the entire hall. In this way, yet another heritage listed building in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Regensburg will be available for conferences, meetings and events.

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