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Month 2012
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New Destinations from Washington

United Airlines will launch daily nonstop service from Washington Dulles to several new destinations in 2012. Among the new routes will be daily nonstop flights to Honolulu stating in June, to Manchester, England starting in May, and to Dublin also starting in June. Canadian carrier Porter Airlines will start service between Dulles and Toronto's convenient Billy Bishop City Airport beginning April 16. Additionally, Germany's third largest airline, Condor, will begin new twice weekly service from BWI to Frankfurt this July. These new routes follow the annoucement by US Airways of new routes out of Washington Reagan National Airport.

(Source: Washington Business Journal, Washington Post, USA Today)

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Forbes Magazine Confirms Why You Need a Travel Agent

"Travel agents are experiencing a rebound" write Larry Olmsted of Forbes. Even with countless travel tools online, travelers are more and more relying on the expertise and exclusive access that comes with having your own travel consultant. Take this advice from Olmsted himself, who travels for a living, and writes about it for a living. The bottom line he says "they know more than you do" Make your New Years Resolution for 2012 to find a great travel agent, you'll wonder why you have waited this long.

( Source: Forbes)

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MacNair Travel Webinar: 2012 Travel Insights and Updates

Please join us for a free webinar on Thursday, February 23 from 12:00 to 1:00PM EST, entitled "2012 Travel Insights and Updates" by Mike MacNair, president and CEO of MacNair Travel Management. Please register here. Webinar and login information will be sent priot to the event.

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United Continental Merger Update

United and Continental are continuing to work towards migration to a single reservation and passenger service system with a targeted implementation fate of March 3, 2012. At the time of migration, United will be moving to one carrier code -UA. Continental Airlines will no longer be available to book as a separate airline and MacNair Travel encourages travelers to book United instead of Continental when possible until the changeover occurs. If you are traveling the weekend of March 3rd, checking in online in advance is strongly recommended to avoid any delays or problems at the airport.

(Source: United Continental)

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What Is 'Premium Coach' Worth?

If you're like many corporate travelers, your company may have cut back on purchasing First and Business class seats for their employees. The new Premium Economy is being offered by many international carriers, and is gaining traction with U.S. airlines. The most common benefit of Premium Economy is the extra legroom, but other amenities may include a wider seat, priority check-in, better food, and an extra baggage allowance. "Your travel policy should address Premium Economy travel. It's usually much more than regular economy, and your travelers who are not permitted to fly business class can have a much more comfortable, productive flight," said Jason Kaufman, Senior Manager for Service Innovation with MacNair Travel Management/ American Express.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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Cost Keeps Many Air Passengers from Using In-Flight Wi-Fi

Steep prices are responsible for the low number of air travelers who avail themselves of carriers' in-flight Wi-Fi despite the large investments airlines put into these services, analysts say. "As more and more Wi-Fi is available in on-the-ground locations -- at the airport, the hotel, the restaurant or cafe -- for free, the consumer expectation is that Wi-Fi will be free even though it's a totally different beast in-flight," said Amy Cravens, a senior analyst at In-Stat. What does your travel policy say about Wi-Fi? What would you be willing to pay for it?

(Source: USA Today)

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PreCheck Expands to New Yorks' JFK Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul

The federal PreCheck program that allows frequent fliers who provide personal data to speed through airport security will expand to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport this year. The program, which is limited to frequent fliers with American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lineswill also expand to airports in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It is in place in airports in Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Detroit, and now Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Business travelers say the program will help them save time. "To me, this is really exciting," said Rick King, a corporate executive. "I don't have to take off my coat. You can through airport security much faster, because you're not a risk."

(Source: Daily News (New York), Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.))

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Delta Will Offset EU Emissions-Trading Fee with $3 Surcharge for Fliers

To help offset the costs of the European Union's emissions-trading scheme, Delta Air Lines plans to levy a $3 surcharge on each traveler Flying between the U.S. and Europe. The EU fee went into effect on January 1st. Delta is one of several major carriers to announce that the added cost of doing business will be passed along to customers.

(Source: Reuters)

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Passengers Eye Other Airlines Ahead of Southwest Air-Tran Merger as Southwest Updates Routes and Planes

A survey by Travel Leaders indicates a shift in carrier preference among AirTran passengers to other airlines as Southwest Airlines prepares to remove business-class seats from flights as part of its merger with AirTran. "Taking away business-class seats from travelers that are on the road all the time, [who] are road warriors, hurts," said Leslie Garner, director of operations at Travel Leaders in Johns Creek, Ga. Southwest Airlines hope to take a bite out of the Delta Air Lines' Atlanta market share as it begins offering service there Feb. 12 following its purchase of AirTran last year. Southwest will add flights from Atlanta's Hartfield Jackson to Norfolk and Louisville starting August 12th. The airline, which acquired AirTran last year will cut flights to White Plains, NY and Sarasota, FL from Atlanta. This is part of the pullout of several Air Tran- served cities. Southwest is also redesigning its cabin interiors to include six more seats, thinner seat cushions for greater comfort, eco-friendly carpeting and brighter colors to modernize its feel. Passengers will still have the same usable space because of less-bulky cushions, and the new seats will feature improved ergonomics for better back support. The redesign will cost $60 million and its scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal/The Middle Seat Terminal blog, VegasInc.com, Fort Work Star-Telegram, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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American Drops 150 Jobs, Two Routes to Cut Costs

AMR Corp. has announced its decision to drop American flights to New Delhi, India, and Burbank, Calif., and to lay off about 150 employees as part of its streamlining efforts. Flights from Chicago to New Delhi will stop March 1, and the route from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Burbank will stop Feb. 9. The airline did not rule out the possibility of closing more routes.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires)

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110 US Airways Express Regional Jets Get First-Class Cabins

US Airways has followed the lead of its competitors and created first-class cabins for 110 of its regional aircraft. The work, which began in September, has been completed, the carrier says. The regional carriers with the new look are PSA Airlines, Mesa Airlines, and Republic Airways.

(Source: Travel Weekly, American City Business Journals/Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C.)

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Vacation Hotspots by Diana Greer, Personal Travel Consultant


    Cunard is on SALE. Take advantage of savings up to $1,400 per person and onboard credits for new bookings. Cunard is sailing from May through December 2012 on classic seven-day crossings, nine-day crossing between New York and Hamburg, and a fourteen day round trip New York crossing. With airfare to Europe so high, sailing is a great way to get there. Cunard offers very reasonable air for the one way return. For cruise schedule and cost on all transatlantic cruises call Diana at 703-650-5260 or email at dgreer@macnairtravel.com.

    Book "The Best of the Best" hotels with Five Diamond Awards for 2012. The luxury hotel market has experienced the best rebound from the recession of any other category of hotels, adding Five Diamond hotels for a total of 126 in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. The longest running Five Diamond hotels are the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and J. W. Marriott Inn at Camelback Resort in Scottdale, AZ. The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Spring WV is a four-hour drive away from the Washington DC area. Another long running Five Diamond is a restaurant right in our backyard - the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA. Contact our Leisure Department to have a Travel Consultant prepare a Dream Five Diamond Vacation Experience.

    Get Pampered with Romance This Valentine's Day. This is the perfect time to take advantage of MacNair Travel and American Express Vacations "Perfectly Paired" Promotions for couples. Stay at the luxurious Relais Santa Croce in Florence, Italy for $771 for three nights including three course dinner at Gueifi and Ghibellini Restaurant plus a three hour walking rout. You can also visit Antigua Galley Bay Resort All Inclusive for $1,560 including couples massage, private dinner in a beachfront gazebo, early check-in and late check-out. These are just two of the many couples promotions you can take advantage of for a special Valentine's Day.

    Family Winter Ski Getaway Package. The St. Regis Aspen Resort is the ideal choice for superb winter skiing. MacNair Travel offers a three-night family package from $3,400 for a family of four including connecting, rooms $100 resort credit, $55 food credit per room per day, and four day Alamo car rental.

    Book Crystal Cruises with MacNair Travel by February 28, 2012 to Enjoy Savings. All cruises are all-inclusive including gratuities and fine wines. Take advantage of 2-for-1 fares with an additional $1,000 off per cabin plus FREE Air. This deluxe cruise line has itineraries to fit everyone's expectations starting at $2,360 for the 10-day Miami to Lisbon cruise. Call Kathleen at 703-650-5262 or email atkdimeglio@macnairtravel.com for more information.

    Call Diana Greer at 703-650-5260 or email her at dgreer@macnairtravel.com to book one of these Dream Vacations.

    Click below to check out our latest specials and deals or contact the Personal Travel Division at MacNair Travel Management at dreamtrippers@macnairtravel.com or call 703-836-1101 today!

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Please feel free to send comments or suggestions to our editor, Tony Torres at ttorres@macnairtravel.com.

As always, thank you for your business,

Michael MacNair

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