MENNO TRAVELER December 2012

the newsletter for our business travelers

Our office will celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s holidays by closing for the following days:

December 24 and 25

January 1

For your convenience, our After Hours Emergency Service will be available.

Call 800-367-1633 and use the VIT Code P3ND. Fees Apply.

We wish you all Happy Holidays!

Deb Mangas On the Move!

As Business Development Manager for Menno Travel for the past nine years, Deb Mangas worked closely with many of our corporate accounts. We’re happy to announce that Deb re-joined our Vacation Travel Department and is now available to handle your vacation travel. Deb kept her hand in the vacation travel business over the years and worked full time in that department prior to becoming Business Development Manager.

We appreciate the work Deb has done in bringing in business and servicing our corporate accounts. Deb will continue to represent Menno Travel in the local community and the broader travel community. Contact Deb to plan your next getaway.

New Business Development Manager Hired

Most recently the Associate Executive Director of the Nappanee Division of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Goshen, Holly Yoder joins Menno Travel as Business Development Manager. Holly is responsible for growing our individual and group corporate business. She brings enthusiasm and energy to this job and looks forward to learning to know our current and future clients. Please join us in welcoming Holly to our Menno family. You may contact her by calling our office or email holly@mennotrav.com.

Southwest To Fly To Wichita

Beginning June 2, 2013, Southwest Airlines will offer new nonstop service from Chicago Midway to Wichita, KS and Tulsa, OK. The Wichita service on Southwest begins the day after it ends with AirTran, which is now owned by Southwest.

Delta’s New Website Adds Enhancements

Delta has a new look to their website. Here are a few key updates:

–  SkyMiles members will need to create a password to replace the PIN.

–  You will be able to access and print your ticket and baggage receipts past and present for up to two years with the new feature called My Receipts.

–  My Delta is a feature that provides you with a summarized view of your upcoming trips, SkyMiles, promotion information, and much more.

Hurry and Buy Medallion Status Before the End of the Year!

Delta SkyMiles members have until December 31 to purchase Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) to be applied toward your 2013 Medallion status. If you are close to achieving 2013 status but are unable to acquire the remaining MQM’s, this is a great offer. Up to 10,000 MQMs may be purchased in 2,500 increments at a time. Miles can only be purchased on delta.com.

Incentive Travel – Finding the Perfect Fit
There are many types of incentive travel programs. The effort required to find the one that works best for your company or organization may be the reason you don’t have one.  Understanding and structuring an effective incentive can be a daunting task and some companies just don’t see the value in it. It is worth your time and effort.

We have all heard “It takes money to make money” or “You can’t afford not to”.  These are sayings that are parallel with company incentives.  Whether you want to motivate employees or reward loyal customers, move inventory or increase sales, there is an incentive program out there for you. The incentive travel specialists at Menno Travel are available to help you consider your incentive travel options that will give you the most bang for your buck. Contact Ronda Morris or Maureen Russell to get started.

Argentina Changes Reciprocity Fee Policy

Any passenger visiting Argentina with an American, Canadian or Australian passport will be required to pay the Reciprocity Fee in advance online at the following site:

https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/. They must register and pay with a credit card and a receipt will be given and must be shown upon their arrival in Argentina. Lack of proof of payment will result in the passenger being denied entry and they will be returned to their departure city by the airline. We strongly urge passengers to take this seriously!

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been quietly removing its X-ray body

scanners from major airports and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer. The decision was made not because of safety concerns but to speed up checkpoints at busy airports. The machines are being moved to smaller airports. Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, and JFK have had the machines removed. The replacement machines, known as millimeter-wave scanners, rely on low-energy radio waves similar to those used in cell phones. The machines detect potential threats automatically and quickly using a computer program. They display a generic cartoon image of a person’s body, mitigating privacy concerns.

You Earned It, Now Take It!

A survey by American Express found that 17% of those that earn paid vacation days will leave some of their days unused. The average American has eight unused vacation days and 34% of those days will expire at the end of the year.

What’s stopping you from taking that summer vacation, celebrating that anniversary or planning that once-in-a-lifetime trip? It doesn’t take much time to make a phone call or send an email, so start putting your vacation days to use! Contact Dorothy Shirk, Vacation Department Manager and let us arrange the perfect, well-deserved vacation!

P.S. Just having a vacation scheduled improves morale and productivity…