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

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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
President
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.

Request a quote for your next meeting or event.

Delta’s new Flights & Starbucks in Flights

Delta In Flight Serves Starbucks Coffee

Delta begins brewing Starbucks coffee on board all of its flights around the world. Starbucks Coffee The move continues Delta's effort to partner with high-quality, like-minded brands in an effort to enhance the overall traveling experience for customers.

Delta will serve Pike Place Roast and VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf in recyclable co-branded cups.

With the expanded partnership with Starbucks, Delta and Delta Connection partners will serve Starbucks coffee on more than 5,000 flights per day.

Delta Opens Exclusive Arrivals Lounge at London-Heathrow

The Arrivals Lounge offers a number of amenities tailored to suit customers arriving in London from overnight flights. Customers are invited to freshen up in one of eleven private showers featuring amenities by New York's Malin+Goetz and take advantage of on-site butler services including clothes press and shoe shine.

Meanwhile, multiple breakfast offerings are available including Starbucks Coffee, lighter fare such as fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt and cereals and prepared to order a la carte items. Wifi is available throughout the Arrivals Lounge, plus a business center and a selection of the day's newspapers. Staff are also on hand to assist with any future Delta travel plans.

"The Arrivals Lounge is a unique offering in the Delta portfolio and re-affirms the importance we place on London Heathrow," said Perry Cantarutti, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. "This new arrivals facility, when combined with multiple premium departure areas, Delta Sky Clubs and shower facilities offered throughout the Delta system, reinforces our commitment to London and the premium traveler."

BusinessElite customers also have private car access to the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Wing on departure at Terminal 3, which enables them to go from car to Clubhouse in less than 10 minutes. The pre-booked service allows passengers to use the Private Security Channel, beating the queues and leaving more time prior to boarding.

Delta to Fly Boeing B717 on West Coast Shuttle

Delta Air Lines will introduce Boeing 717 aircraft on eight of the 15 daily flights between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports in June, offering 40 percent more seats on its hourly nonstop Delta Shuttle.

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. "Our Delta Shuttle on the West Coast is designed to connect Silicon Beach to Silicon Valley and make doing business between Los Angeles and San Francisco easier, more enjoyable and more productive," said Ranjan Goswami, Delta's vice president of Sales – West. "As we continue to grow in Los Angeles, upgrading to fuel-efficient 717s on a majority of our daily Shuttle flights is a logical next step in strengthening our position in this important market."

Delta launched its hourly nonstop Delta Shuttle product from Los Angeles to San Francisco in September 2013, adding a California perspective to its long relied-upon New York-based Shuttle.

The mainline 717s seat 110 passengers and offer access to power from every seat. The remaining seven daily West Coast Shuttle flights will continue to be operated by Delta Connection partner Compass Airlines using 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft.

All Shuttle flights offer access to First Class and Economy Comfort seating and feature wifi service, as does nearly every domestic Delta flight out of Los Angeles.

In December, Delta introduced regional craft beers to bring local options to customers on domestic flights. Delta's West Coast Shuttle features beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, Calif.) and Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, Calif.). Customers flying the Delta Shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco also enjoy:

  • Check-in as close as 30 minutes prior to departure
  • Dedicated check-in counters exclusively for Shuttle customers
  • Gates located near security
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • Complimentary onboard snacks provided by Luvo, a California-based lifestyle food brand, offering great-tasting, good-for-you food
  • Complimentary beverages in-flight, including craft beer and wine in all classes of service

The 717 upgrade on the West Coast Shuttle is the latest in a series of investments in Los Angeles by the airline. Last month, Delta announced plans to begin daily nonstop service to Shanghai in July. Pending foreign government approval, seasonal service from Los Angeles to Managua, Nicaragua, will also begin this summer.

These new routes build on Delta's expansion of international and domestic service from Los Angeles in recent months, including London-Heathrow in October; Dallas and Austin, Texas in November; and Vancouver, Canada in December.

New York Celebrates Japan Week

Japan Week is a promotional tourism event organized by Japan National Tourism Organization that will be held in Grand Central Terminal February 18-20, 2015.

Delta Offers Daily Service between JFK and Tokyo

Delta will be an exhibitor at the event to promote its convenient daily nonstop service to Tokyo-Narita. The service is operated using Boeing 777 aircraft. As on all of Delta's trans-Pacific flights, the Tokyo – Narita service from New York – JFK features full-flat bed seats in BusinessElite – each with direct aisle access.

Delta's BusinessElite service includes a five-course gourmet meal, paired with a wine menu curated by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. The in-flight experience is completed with Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, which includes exclusively designed pillows and comforters, as well as Tumi amenity kits with products from Malin+Goetz.

The flights also feature Economy Comfort seating and in-flight on demand entertainment in every seat throughout the aircraft, including an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games.

Delta’s New York to Iceland Service Returns

Delta Air Lines will once again be offering nonstop daily flights between Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport for the 2015 summer season.

Starting May 2, the U.S. airline has scheduled a Boeing 757 aircraft on the route, which is operated in conjunction with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France and KLM.

“Figures from the Icelandic Tourism Board show that there was an almost 30 percent rise in the number of U.S. visitors to Iceland in 2014 compared to the previous year,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Delta is proud to help facilitate this growth while also allowing increased choice for Icelanders travelling to the U.S., with improved facilities at New York-JFK and over 60 convenient onward connections to destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Delta’s Iceland services feature up to 24 seats in a premium cabin with a wide range of dining options. Customers flying in Economy Comfort, Delta’s premium economy service, benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Economy class seats, as well as priority boarding. Throughout the aircraft, all passengers will have access to on-demand in-flight entertainment.

As one of Delta’s hub airports, New York-JFK has a number of amenities for passengers, including multiple food and retail outlets. Terminal 4 has recently been extended by 11 gates, allowing for streamline travel for those connecting at New York-JFK. Terminal 4 is also home to Delta’s largest Sky Club, featuring an open air Sky Deck rooftop terrace and specially-selected food and beverage options. All business passengers enjoy complimentary access to the Sky Club.

Popular Flights Return in 2015

Delta is pleased to offer the return of popular seasonal services in 2015, including the following:

  1. Atlanta – Barcelona seasonal service resumes June 1
  2. Los Angeles – Managua seasonal service begins June 5
  3. New York-JFK – Nice seasonal service resumes March 28
  4. New York-JFK – Shannon seasonal service resumes May 1
  5. New York-JFK – Prague seasonal service resumes June 1
  6. New York-JFK – Istanbul seasonal service resumes June 16
  7. Minneapolis-St. Paul – Honolulu seasonal service begins Oct. 25 More

Delta Air Lines

Delta Confort+

Delta Air Lines Confort+ Seatng

SkyTeam Opens Luxurious new Exclusive Lounge in Sydney

The latest in the growing collection of SkyTeam Exclusive Lounges recently opened its doors at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport. In this luxurious new facility, travelers can unwind in comfort.

The Sydney Exclusive Lounge provides everything needed from complimentary internet connectivity and delicious snacks and beverages to a wellness center and a lush, green botanical wall.

New Air France Medium Haul Offer in Europe

Air France recently introduced a new medium-haul offer on flights within Europe with two classes of service compared to three.

In addition to a fuller range of flexible fares to better meet the needs of business travellers, the inflight product is enhanced with new leather seating and more generous and higher quality meals.

KLM'S Leading Dutch Chef Jonnie Boer

KLM will serve meals created by the leading three-star Dutch chef Jonnie Boer in World Business Class on flights departing from Amsterdam between January 22 and October 26, 2015.

KLM continually invests in its inflight products. For example, the World Business Class cabin interior was completely revitalised across the Boeing 747 fleet. And the Boeing 777-200 fleet is currently being updated with a new cabin interior in both World Business Class and Economy Class.

What’s more, KLM has been serving World Business Class meals created by leading Dutch chefs for several years now. KLM continues to invest in its service on board by working with leading chefs and sommeliers. Past menus have been created by Sergio Herman, Richard Ekkebus, Mario Ridder and Richard van Oostenbrugge.

Hotels offering Free Wifi, Business Travel

More Hotels Offer Free wifi with Extras

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts is giving travelers the one thing they’ve said they want the most: free wifi.

hotel wifi

Starting February, all guests at Hyatt hotels worldwide receive free wifi on an unlimited number of devices in both guest rooms and public spaces.

You won’t have to be members of Hyatt’s loyalty program. Nor will they have to book directly with the hotel rather than a third-party site like Expedia or Travelocity.

Hyatt believes the move “doesn’t just help travelers. It helps us just as much,” Kristine Rose, vice president of brands for Hyatt, wrote in a blog item. “We can’t continue to differentiate and innovate our guest experiences when we’re charging some guests for the technology that powers future improvements.”

Hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott have given free wifi to guests at their less-expensive properties while charging for it at their premier brands.

Starting next month, Starwood Hotels and Resorts will offer complimentary wifi in rooms and public areas to all Starwood Preferred Guest members, and those with Gold and Platinum status. The guests will have to book directly through Starwood channels such as its website or mobile app.

Marriott Rewards members will receive free wifi in Marriott Hotels, Renaissance and JW Marriott. Members will be able to pay $5 to $7 a day, depending on the market, for premium bandwidth. The upgrade will be free for Gold and Platinum elite members. Wifi is free in the lobbies of all Marriott International brands.

Hilton offers complimentary wifi to all Hilton HHonors Gold and Diamond members. Several Hilton brands also offer free standard wifi to guests. In 2014, Hilton started a new system that lets guests purchase premium Internet starting at $3.95.

InterContinental Hotels Group, ICH, offers free wifi to its Rewards Club members. Premium service is also available for a fee at select properties.

Wifi Policies at our Major Hotel Chains

  • IHG: Free wifi for all Rewards Club members.
  • Hyatt: Free for all guests. Premium wifi available for a fee (Free for Diamond and Platinum Hyatt Gold Passport members).
  • Marriott: Free for all Rewards members. Premium wifi available for a fee (Free for Fold and Platinum elite members).
  • Hilton: Free wifi for all Hilton HHonors Gold and Diamond members. Premium wifi available on a tiered pricing system.
  • Starwood: Free wifi for all Starwood Preferred Guest members. Premium wifi free for SPG Gold, Platinum, and Partners.

Demands of Business Travel

Where some of us dream of a day at the spa for relaxation, Peggy Fucci looks forward to boarding a plane and traveling thousands of miles to meet with a potential customer.

A long flight to Europe gives her time to take in a movie, clear email and read a magazine without interruptions: “It’s peaceful. My phone doesn’t ring. It’s me time.”
Yesterday’s road warriors have evolved into today’s global gladiators who are not just taking the red-eye across country for business, but across hemispheres and time zones.

They are shaking off jet lag to meet with clients across continents and mastering ways to use extended flight time to their advantage.

Avoiding lost luggage, delays and travel mishaps takes know-how and planning.

Whether she’s off to Sao Paolo or Beijing, Fucci takes only a carry-on, a prepacked, wheel-in-any-direction bag that she refers to as her miracle suitcase. Fucci has found a driver in most international cities with whom she can leave her suitcase and rush straight to meetings.

Most crucial, she has gained global clearance, allowing her to breeze through security checks and bypass long lines. She also uses airline apps to check ahead on her mobile phone for flight delays. “Between that and traveling light, I can gain at least an extra 30 minutes to an hour at home with my family,” she says.

For international travelers raising children, balancing work demands with the family’s needs takes extra coordination. Embracing technology and using international data apps help.