Business Travel

A Gift For Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up May 13th, it’s a great time to plan a getaway for the mom in your life or give her a gift that she can use to plan her own trip.

mothers day travel gift

A weekend in Quebec City will give mom the charms of France without a trip across the ocean. Take a tour around the walls that surround old Quebec and spend time in its cafes, shops and historic buildings. The iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel has a spa package available year-round that’s perfect for a day of pampering.

Travel Ideas for Mom

For moms who love live performances, plan a trip to the Spoleto Festival the USA in Charleston, South Carolina. The festival, which runs from May 25th to June 10th, has an eclectic lineup of music, dance, theater, and opera.

Founded in the 17th century, Charleston’s cobblestone streets are fun to explore. Browse the four-block City Market and try restaurants serving up the best of Southern cuisine.

Cruise Ideas

If mom loves a cruise, several lines, including Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, offer shorter three-night trips to the Bahamas from ports in Florida. To get a taste of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Holland America Line has an overnight cruise that leaves from Vancouver, Canada, on Mother’s Day and arrives the next day in Seattle.

New York

A weekend trip to New York City is always a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Treat mom to afternoon tea at one of the city’s iconic luxury hotels. Or take her to the New York Botanical Garden, where there’s a Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party May 13-14, with brunch, music, and activities for the whole family.

Of course, flowers are a traditional Mother’s Day gift. If your mom loves flowers and gardens, take advantage of the dollar’s increased strength against the British pound and plan a trip to London for the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society, it showcases the best in garden design.

San Francisco

Give mom a fun, relaxing weekend of sightseeing in San Francisco and pair it with a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train. The 3-hour Mother’s Day ride travels past California’s vineyards and comes complete with a multi-course gourmet meal that includes, of course, a wine tasting.

If your mom loves fine arts, take her to see perhaps the most famous mother on canvas. Whistler’s Mother, a portrait of his mother, Anna, painted by James McNeill Whistler in 1871, is visiting the Art Institute of Chicago through May 21. Stop by and admire it, along with the rest of the museum’s treasures, after a Mother’s Day brunch and cruise on Lake Michigan.

For the mom who enjoys planning her own trips, give her a gift card for a cruise line, hotel chain or airline that she can use to design her dream vacation. Hotel cards can often be redeemed for dining, a spa treatment or a round of golf in addition to a stay.

Connecting Online While On Vacation

While a vacation offers a chance to unwind and get away from the daily routine, many travelers want to stay connected online when they’re away from home. Some do for work, others simply out of preference.

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Travel Study, Staying Connected is Important

A study by Travel Leaders Group fond that about 94% of nearly 2,900 U.S. consumers polled have taken or will take at least one trip for leisure this year. But 62% of those travelers make it a point to check work emails and or voicemail while they’re on vacation. And staying connected is increasingly a necessity for travelers.

Only 37.7% said that they never check in with work, compared with 51.1% in 2014.

Accessing the Internet

Travelers may have trouble getting online in some more remote wilderness or mountainous areas. For example, the National Park Service advises visitors to Yellowstone that wifi service is limited and may become overwhelmed in the summer by the number of users.

But there are plenty of places across the United States and around the world where you can stay connected, whether you need to check in with work, check on a family member or simply wish to share photos and experiences with friends and family.

Connecting on a Cruise


For example, cruise lines have been working to upgrade their internet capability. Packages and costs vary, but your travel agent can offer advice on getting the best one for your needs. Just remember that the connection speed may not always be as fast at sea as it is on land.

Royal Caribbean boasts that its wifi service, called VOOM, is the fastest Internet at sea, thanks to satellite technology that targets each specific ship, rather than trying to cover a wide expanse of ocean.

Passengers can use smartphones, tablets and laptops to text and email, as well as share photos on Facebook and Instagram, stream music and movies and video chat via FaceTime or Skype.

Norwegian Cruise Line has 24-hour Internet cafes, or passengers can use their own laptops.

Crystal Cruises offers an hour of complimentary Internet access per person per day for deluxe stateroom and penthouse passengers on the Symphony and Serenity.

In The City

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City centers usually offer good cell phone reception with few dead spots and are a great choice for travelers who need to get online easily. They also tend to be more wired for wifi.

Just be sure to look into an international data plan from your cell phone provider if you’ll be traveling abroad.

Almost every hotel, whether it’s in a city or resort area, will provide wifi. Some chains offer free access for guests who belong to their rewards clubs, or they may offer it for specific brands within the chain.

Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide provide free wifi to all guests on an unlimited number of devices.

Fairmont Hotels are even compatible with Virtual Private Networks, which offer users a secure, encrypted connection. Even most airports offer wifi connections, so you can stay connected while waiting for takeoff.

If staying connected while on vacation is a necessity, your travel agent can recommend the accommodations that will work best for you.

Deem@Work For Business Travel

Deem@Work is a online cloud-based application of travel, expense, and purchasing tools that will help keep your cost down.


Deem @ Work Mobile Demo

Deem @ Work mobile makes online booking simple and easy.

You can see all your air options and preferred suppliers on one page, a seat selection page and there are filters for nonstop flights.

Hotels and car rentals are just as easy with images and maps included.

Maybe the best part is the ease of reporting expenses. Simply take a picture of an invoice on your phone and send it digitally and you can check all your expenses online to make sure everything is registered correctly.

Using Deem At A Trade Show Event

See how easy it is to book your air, hotel and car when using Deem online booking tool.

You can personalize your airline seating, hotel room all while staying inside your company’s travel policy with your corporate negotiated rates.

From ordering your trade show packages and booth setup, Deem will also manage where and when your equipment should be picked up and delivered. Deem will also notify you of discounted dining offers that will automatically be applied to your account so there are no coupons and codes to remember.

At the end of the trip submitting your expense report is simple and easy.

Ticket Exchange with Deem@Work

Managing your online ticket exchanges is simple with Deem@Work. One page will show all your expenses including penalties, taxes and the cost of the new ticket.

Simplify Travel with the Deem App

Deem@Work web application makes it easy to sync your travel itinerary directly into your business calendar and there are options to compensate different time zones.

Online Approval for Travel with Deem

Travel managers can easily set automated approval policy and delegate approvals for those itineraries that fall outside of the travel policy.

Talk with a travel consultant to find your best online solution.

Delta Air Lines Modern Design from Alessi & Ga Tech

Delta Air Lines forms new relationships with Alessi and Georgia Tech.

Video: Delta In Seattle

Delta has invested $15 million in facilities at SEA-TAC to improve the travel experience with modern design. From providing power ports to offering expanded ticket counters, Delta made flying more convenient and enjoyable.

Delta Bring Modern Design to the Skies

Expect a new design in First class in 2017. Delta Air Lines decided to refresh and enhance its onboard serviceware in Delta One and First Class, it looked to the renowned network of designers at Alessi to create a signature line featuring a new modern design and functionality.

Delta One and First Class will see the product of Delta’s tie-up with Alessi come to life on board in 2017.

The partnership brings together the stylish and contemporary designs that made Alessi a celebrated and iconic brand with Delta’s efforts to redefine the in flight experience through innovation.

We understand every aspect and detail of the travel experience matters to our customers, said Robyn Klein, Delta’s Managing Director – On Board Services. Working alongside the talented and creative teams at Alessi, a design house that continues to set the standard for innovative and unique design, we’ll bring to the airplane an uncompromising level of elegance and service that builds on Alessi’s renowned design inspiration.

The enhancement to Delta’s serviceware comes as the airline continues to make evolutionary and meaningful enhancements to the experience it offers on board, including partner chef-created menus that reflect local and seasonal flavors made with fresh ingredients sourced from independent purveyors as well as a wine program curated by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.

The key to a truly memorable in-flight service and culinary experience starts with the very product the food is served on, said Paolo Cravedi, Alessi’s Managing Director of USA and Canada. We are creating for Delta’s customers a bespoke and inspirational line of plates, glasses, flatware and service products that sets the tone for the delicious and thoughtful approach the airline has taken with their on-board food and beverage offerings.

This is the first time Alessi’s signature modern designs will appear in flight with a major airline. Over the next several months, Delta’s service teams, in collaboration with designers from Alessi will carefully ideate, design and test the new serviceware in flight before rolling them out in mid-2017.

The products will complement cabin improvements Delta recently completed on board, including full flat-bed seating with direct aisle access in Delta One which feature Westin Heavenly Bedding, a modern and recently enhanced TUMI-designed amenity kit and skin products from Malin + Goetz. All Delta customers are treated to a wide variety of entertainment options and meticulously thought-through details in service and amenities offered throughout the aircraft.

Alessi has a long history of innovative, stylish and functional design. Their independent designers have created a wide range of unique products, many of which are featured in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including several at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The Italian design group also calls famed architects like Frank Gehry, Michael Graves and Naoto Fukasawa among the most influential in its portfolio of designers.

Delta’s broader brand transformation extends beyond the service and products it offers on board. The airline earlier this year teamed up with clothing designer Zac Posen to create a timeless uniform collection for the airline’s flight attendants, airport customer service agents and other employees. And recently, Delta began investing in system-wide renovations and enhancements to Delta Sky Clubs, featuring improved food and beverage options.

Delta Foundation Invest $5M in Ga Tech

Delta Air Lines is creating a collaborative research center at The Georgia Institute of Technology where the airline, through a $2 million grant, is funding projects to enhance its operations and the customer experience.

About The Delta Air Lines Foundation

The Delta Air Lines Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1968 to enhance Delta’s charitable giving. The Foundation is focused on the key areas of health and wellness, arts and culture, education and diversity. Foundation contributions are unrestricted, allowing recipients to use funds where they are needed the most.

Delta is seen as an innovator in the aviation industry. A commitment to constant improvement has driven the company’s success, leading to accolades such as being named to Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 Most Admired Companies.

This space enhances Delta’s 86-year commitment to industry-leading firsts, like pioneering the use of a hub and spoke system in 1955, being the first U.S. airline with motion graphic maps in the cabin showing the aircraft’s position and route in 1992 and launching the first mobile baggage tracking app in 2011.

At Delta we are continuously seeking to improve and elevate our operations and the customer experience, said Gil West, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Delta. This facility is the first of its kind for the domestic aviation industry. Tapping into the bright minds at Georgia Tech is an opportunity to gain new perspectives and approaches across Delta for changes that will advance our business now and for years to come.

The collaborative space is designed to promote business enhancements and innovation through research that centers on the way people and products interact. The facility provides:

  • Co-development and collaboration with Delta business and technology teams, Georgia Tech research staff and students from various colleges within the university.
  • Delta-led project development with the ability to vet concepts and ideas to understand business impact and value, assessing feasibility in the work environment.
  • Dedicated space for experimenting in a safe framework away from the operation to facilitate evaluating, envisioning and prototyping in a quick, iterative manner.
  • Immersive opportunities to share a holistic view of Delta’s business operations with top-tier talent looking for collaborative, challenging work environments.

Already in development, the research facility began taking shape when Delta secured a five-year lease for the 6,500 square foot space at 75 Fifth St. in Atlanta’s Midtown district. The airline is enhancing its ability to pioneer cutting-edge programs and technological advancements, looking to improve areas like service recovery, customer experience and customer satisfaction.

“Delta Air Lines and Georgia Tech have a rich heritage of working together in everything from research to hiring our co-ops and graduates. We are delighted that Delta’s collaborative research center will provide even greater opportunities for Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff to work with this outstanding global airline,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson.

The venture is planned for early 2016, making Delta the newest tenant of the Centergy building, a development housing corporate innovation hubs and startups, among others, and part of Georgia Tech’s innovation neighborhood at Technology Square.

As part of The Delta Air Lines Foundation’s mission to support education, the Foundation has committed a $3 million multi-year grant to the Georgia Tech Foundation for the Georgia Tech Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility (AMPF) located at 555 14th St. in Atlanta’s Midtown district. The AMPF establishes Georgia Tech as the national leader in advanced manufacturing with a collaboration of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Interactive Computing.

About Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the nation’s leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

It offers degrees through the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

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.