MTS Traveler Newsletter MastheadMarch 2012

Congratulations to Debi Riegsecker – 25 Years at Menno Travel!

Debi began her career in travel more than 30 years ago, and we have been fortunate to have her with us for the past 25, working with our corporate travelers. We appreciate her loyalty, her proficiency, and the cheerful, caring attention she gives to each of her clients. Thank you, Debi for 25 wonderful years!! 

National Car Rental Emerald Club Members Enjoy Free Upgrades

One reason to become an Emerald Club Member; Almost no Emerald Club Member who paid for an intermediate car actually took one.  Most got full-size, SUVs, or crossover vehicles at the same price.  Also, over 99% of all Emerald Club vehicles now have less than 20,000 miles on them. And when you sign up through Menno Travel Service, your Emerald Club Membership fee is waived!

Additional Member Benefits Include:

 – Reserve a midsize vehicle, then bypass the counter and choose any car on the Emerald Aisle®

 – Drop & GoSM for faster rental return

 – Choice of rewards – free rental days or frequent travel miles/points

 – Ability to earn rental credits for qualifying rentals at participating Enterprise Rent-A-Car® locations.

Contact Deb or Geof to sign up for a fee-waived Emerald Club Membership.

Delta Adds Atlanta Flights

Beginning in June, Delta Air Lines will be adding another daily inbound and outbound flight toAtlantafromSouth Bend. With a total of four daily departures toAtlanta, and six a day toDetroit,South Bendtravelers will find it easier to find connections to any of Delta’s 350 worldwide destinations.

Beginning this summer, Delta will also begin offering an additional flight betweenFort WayneandAtlanta.

Preferred Seating on Delta Available For Purchase

On select international flights, Delta customers who do not qualify for complimentary Preferred Seats will now be able to purchase unassigned Preferred Seats starting 24 hours prior to departure. Preferred Seats for purchase will be available on all international flights exiting theUnited Statesand on other select international flights. Preferred Seats remain complimentary for Medallion members.

Preferred Seats include desirable window, aisle and exit row seats, which may be purchased for a fee as little as $39 USD per segment. Customers who were assigned Preferred Seats prior to the launch of the seat sales will retain their seat assignments at no additional charge.

For additional information on Preferred Seats, click here.

New United Mileage Plus Numbers

With the merger of Continental into United, the new UA Mileage Plus numbers have changed from 11-digit to 8-digit numbers.  United says they’ll accept the old number “for a short time”, and then it will not be recognized by their system.

If you are one of our travelers and have a new UA Mileage Plus number, please update your traveler profile or advise your new number as soon as possible. For complete information regarding the two mileage programs, click here.

United Still Working on Merger Issues

FYI – United Airlines said because of their merger with Continental, they are still having problems with the following: Boarding passes occasionally reflect incorrect boarding groups for Premier members; Delays in crediting flown mileage to MileagePlus accounts; Isolated cases of lower Premier Qualification balances, that can result temporarily in an incorrect Premier level reflected; Intermittent delays with Complimentary Premier Upgrades; Difficulties redeeming electronic and paper certificates online; Difficulties redeeming upgrades online; Flights displaying out of order when viewing itinerary online. They also said there are longer wait times to reach the airline’s phone contact centers and the airline is increasing staff to handle this.

Patience is appreciated as they continue to work on their challenges.

More Travelers Taking Advantage of PreCheck Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s PreCheck “trusted traveler” program now has about 420,000 members — frequent fliers who pay a fee and undergo an investigation so they can skip long waits at the airport. An additional 570,000 trusted travelers have paid to be part of an international travel program run by Customs and Border Protection. Global Entry, which “is open toU.S.citizens and permanent residents as well as Canadian, Mexican and Dutch nationals,” is the largest program.

Click here for more information on this program and how to begin registration.

Another Reason to Book Air/Hotel With Menno Travel!

Did you know that when you book hotels and air flights on supplier websites you give up certain rights? Click here to read an article detailing how the terms and conditions are much stricter when booking online than when booking with a travel agent.

Virtual Concierge at Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, during the next two years, plans to install virtual concierge technology in 60,000 full-service guest rooms across theUnited States,Canadaand theCaribbean. Supplied by Roomlinx, the system provides a television interface through which guests can print documents and presentations, obtain information on group functions, order room service and amenities and search the Internet. Hyatt already installed the technology in a few locations, including its Andaz property inNew Yorkand Hyatt Regency properties inNew OrleansandDenver.

Go Africa Pass from SkyTeam Offers Discounts and Flexibility

SkyTeam has launched its new Go Africa Pass providing discounted travel and greater flexibility throughout 36 African countries on flights operated by Kenya Airways.

The pass is available to travelers flying with any of SkyTeam’s 15 member airlines on an intercontinental round-trip toAfricaor a Go Round the World ticket.

You can opt from a minimum of three to a maximum of 16 flight coupons. Fares are calculated based on the number of miles flown non-stop, offering discounts of up to 75% off standard fares, depending on the itinerary.  Coupons have no minimum stay, open-jaw itineraries are permitted and passengers can stop in each city multiple times.

For more information on the Go Africa Pass click here.

Use Individual Incentives to Reward Your Best of the Best

While group travel incentives are right for many programs, there are times when individual incentives are the right choice. Royal Caribbean International® brings you a program that recognizes individuality, and rewards it accordingly. Unlike group incentive travel, individual incentive travel gives recipients the freedom to go where they want, when they want and with whomever they want. This is the highest form of recognition; a huge value for your most valued sales people, staff members, dealers, suppliers or others that you work with.

Key Program Benefits:

Choose from a wide range of certificates at a variety of price points

No minimum/no maximum – order as many or as few certificates as you like

Endless choices for departure ports, ships, itineraries, nights and accommodations

Upgradable and transferable certificates

No expiration date on certificates

Contact Maureen or Ronda at Menno Travel for details.

Vacation Value – Europe Wine Cruises This Fall

Experience Europe’s centuries-old vineyards on an updated luxury vacation. Wine enthusiasts and culture seekers alike will savor Celebrity Cruise’s Immersive Europe Wine Cruises aboard Celebrity Constellation®. Open for sale now!

• Visit classic wine countries such asFrance,Spain, andPortugal.

• Overnights in Paris (Le Havre),France,Bordeaux(Le Verdon),France, andBilbao,Spain, you’ll have plenty of time to sipChampagnein the City ofLight—and visit Normandie orVersailles.

• Taste robustBordeauxin… where else,Bordeaux.

• Discover the Rioja region outsideBilbao—and visit the Guggenheim museum.

• These sailings take place at the height of the wine year—fall harvest—a highly anticipated time for every vintner.

• Your onboard experience will be enhanced with activities—developed in partnership with local wineries—that highlight this amazing region of the world and time of y ear.

• Enjoy Rioja tastings. Champagne brunches. Bordeaux Chateau Tours (featuring up to five wines from well-known Bordeaux Chateaus). Port and Food Pairing Dinners. And so much more.

Cruise pricing starting from $899 on November sailings. Gateways and air pricing starting from NYC $821, DTW $978, ATL $945.

Contact your Menno Travel Vacation Specialist at 574-534-1521 or email


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