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Menno Traveler – Sep 2018

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Combine your accounts
Marriott Rewards, SPG, and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards now offer you booking, earning and redeeming at all hotels across all participating brands. Starting now, you only need one account to access these elevated benefits.
Even better, when you combine accounts your SPG and Rewards balance may instantly elevate you to a new Elite status. You’re almost ready to combine accounts! But first, please review the important information below.

                                              See more information (here)
1. Will my accounts automatically merge?
No. Combining your Rewards and SPG accounts is an action that you must take. It won’t happen automatically, even if you’ve previously linked your accounts.

2. Why should I combine my accounts?
When you combine your accounts, you’ll have one single account login and profile. All of your eligible stays and points will be in one account. Your combined nights will maximize your benefits and could elevate you to a new Elite status.

3. How do I combine my accounts? 
It’s easy! Before you combine your accounts, make sure you have your login information for both your Rewards and SPG accounts handy. Select the program that you want to start from and follow the step-by-step instructions.

To combine starting with your SPG account, begin here: https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/merge-my-accounts.mi?program=spg

To combine starting with your Rewards account, begin here: https://www.marriott.com/loyalty/merge-my-accounts.mi?program=marriott

4. What login information will I use after I combine my accounts? 
Once you combine, you will have one single account login (email/member number and password) and profile across Marriott.com, SPG.com and our mobile apps. For example, if you started the account combine process from your SPG profile, you will keep that profile. This will be your account and login moving forward.

If applicable update in Deem/Concur or E-mail Menno Travel (here) with your new number.

Southwest Airlines to increase early boarding fee on some flights

Southwest Airlines increased its early boarding fee on some flights.

EarlyBird Check-In, which gives travelers a better boarding position in Southwest’s unique open seating system, will go from a flat $15 per person each way to $15, $20 or $25 depending on the length of the flight and the popularity of EarlyBird Check-In on the route. The switch to variable pricing, unveiled to employees Friday and was formally announced Monday, begins Aug. 29.

Southwest, which famously doesn’t assign seats, introduced Early-Bird Check-In in 2009, charging $10 each way. It went up to $12.50 and then to $15 in 2016.

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REAL ID Act REMINDER – What you need to know!

Some of you won’t be able to use your state-issued driver’s license to board a domestic flight after October 10, 2018.

For travelers with a driver’s license issued in: Alaska, California, Guam, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington an extension has been granted through October 10, 2018, allowing travel with state-issued driver’s licenses. IF AN EXTENSION IS NOT GRANTED YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE TO BOARD A DOMESTIC FLIGHT, ON OCTOBER 11, 2018!!!

The only way to board a plane will be with your passport. If you do not have a passport, you should begin the application process immediately. Summer is a very busy time for the passport office and it can take up to two months to get a passport.

The state of Indiana is compliant with the REAL ID act so no action is needed at this time.

Click on this link (here) to see the map above and see information on all 50 states.

You will now need to use an expedited service to get a passport by 
October 11, 2018.Please call Geof Landis with any questions (574) 534-1521
Keep moving. TSA Pre✓® saves you time and stress. Use the following link to set up an appointment and apply for Pre✓®.
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JetBlue to charge $30 for first checked bag; will others follow?JetBlue Airways is raising baggage fees, becoming the first major airline to charge $30 for the first checked bag.

Beginning with tickets purchased Monday, Aug. 27, the airline will charge customers buying its cheapest “Blue” fares $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second. The current charges are $25 and $35, which is standard at other major carriers. A third bag will be $150, up from $100.

JetBlue’s more-expensive “Blue Plus” and “Blue Flex” fares include at least one checked bag at no charge, as do fares for the airline’s “Mint” business-class service.

The new fees are listed on the airline’s online baggage fees chart.

Also increasing: change fees. JetBlue’s change fees for its Blue and Blue Plus fares vary based on the total fare paid but will now top out at $200 per person per ticket – up from the previous maximum of $150.

Read full article (here)

*In the past few days, United, Air Canada, and WestJet have also announced they will be increasing their fees for checked bags

Fake Hotel Website Scams Target Travelers and Hotels

Cybercriminals will take advantage of any situation that separates people from their money. And what better way than to purport to be a reputable hotel and take reservations?
The recent example in Turkey covered below demonstrates how far cybercriminals are willing to go to setup their scam.
In this newest scam, fake hotel websites are setup (in some cases even copying a hotels entire website!) using as many as 50 domain names similar to the hotel’s brand name. These scammers are so good at what they do, in many cases, their fake websites ranked higher in natural search listings than the real hotel’s website.
Travelers book and pay for their travel, and find out only when they show up at the hotel, who has no idea about the traveler, let alone a reservation.

You can avoid this problem by booking your hotels with Menno Travel.

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Menno Spotlight:

How to Maximize Your Time Off for Your Career

When was the last time you gleaned insight from staring at your cubicle wall? What was the latest bright idea that came to you during your monotonous commute? Drawing a blank? It’s not you; it’s your work routine.

I have nothing against a good daily routine, but when routines turn into ruts, a change of pace can make all the difference. You don’t need to look far for a change: considering most Americans leave vacation time unused, I’m guessing you have a day or six to spare.

Stealing away from the workplace grind for a period of thought and reflection is a practice implemented by various business leaders, most notably Bill Gates. Gates’ well-publicized, semi-annual “think weeks” spent away from the distractions of work, friends, and even family have helped Microsoft stay ahead of industry trends like the “internet tidal wave” in 1995.

Admittedly, Gates’ think weeks weren’t exactly vacations in the way you and I think of them. They were occasions for him to digest feedback from company employees and sift through dozens of ideas about the future of the tech industry.

The key is that Gates spent his think weeks in a vacation cottage nestled amongst cedar trees, far from the distractions and stresses of the workplace. He understands that breaking up the monotony of the daily work routine helps him face challenges with a fresh perspective.

 

Article from Project Time Off (here)

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Important Dates to Remember for this Fall:

Notre Dame Home Schedule:
September 15th: Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt
September 29th: Notre Dame vs. Stanford
October 13th: Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh
November 10th: Notre Dame vs. Florida State

Elkhart RV Show:
September 24-27th

A reminder that flights to and from the South Bend International Airport will be particularly busy in the days leading up to these events and spots will fill up fast. We suggest that you book tickets, hotels and cars surrounding these dates as far in advance as possible.

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Why Incentive Travel Works

Incentive Travel – 10 Powerful Benefits

Rewarding customer loyalty and sales growth and performance with fantastic corporate rewards will benefit your business. After all, giving customers reason to not look elsewhere is part of any successful business. Below, we take a closer look at the powerful advantages of incentive travel.

1. Motivate and Inspire Customers & Sales Staff with a Memorable Reward

Providing desirable travel incentives is a great way to motivate and inspire your customer base. It will encourage business-centric buzz around your industry, with everyone wanting to be sure to not miss out, thus meeting their targets and win the reward.

2. Incentive Travel is a Cost-Effective Alternative

According to the Harvard Business Review, money is the most expensive way to reward. Travel incentives can be more cost-effective and offer greater value in terms of the benefits to staff, customers and the business.

3. Corporate Rewards Can Help Your Business Achieve its Goals

Through inspiring and motivating your customer base, corporate rewards can help you to achieve a number of company objectives, such as:
• Customer retention
• Increasing sales and profitability.
• Maintaining consistently high sales performance

4. Foster Customer Loyalty and Dedication

A great rewards system will ensure your customers feel appreciated. This feeling of appreciation fosters a positive environment, increasing consumer loyalty to the company. Similarly, appreciated customers are more dedicated. This leads to greater sales and increased profitability.

5. Forge Stronger Networking Dynamics

The thrilling adventures and shared experiences of a fantastic trip will hone and develop networking dynamics. It will also allow company and customer to build stronger relationships, and offers an informal forum for honest discussion about the company.

6. Personal Benefits for your Customers

Everyone benefits from some time away. Rewarding your customer with a travel experience will help to relieve stress, boost confidence and reignite creativity. A short break can do wonders for the soul – and your business by extension.

7. A Healthy Customer base is a Happy Business

Studies suggest that perceived benefits that no one else or a select few can get, keeps the loyal customer returning to the company. This comes back to the sense of appreciation and the personal benefits of corporate rewards.

8. Excellent PR for your Organization

Word-of-mouth is a very powerful tool. Customers who have received a memorable corporate reward are likely to rave about it to their friends and family. Also the opportunity to re-connect with past participants is an appealing part of reward packages. This will entice greater sales to your company and will improve your organization’s PR overall.

9. Travel Incentives are More Effective than Cash Rewards

Cold, hard cash is one of the most common, and according to statistics, least effective ways to reward people. The money is often treated as part of a discount and is spent on bills or household items. In contrast, an enticing travel experience is proven to inspire and motivate. In addition, the memory of a fantastic trip will last much longer than a cash bonus, fostering feelings of gratitude towards the company.

10. Flexible Experiences for Every Budget

Incentive travel can be tailored to suit budgets, making travel a practical reward option for small and large businesses alike.

Book your corporate travel experience with a company you can trust. Menno Travel, Group & Incentive Department has the knowledge and expertise to provide your company with unique travel options. Menno Travel’s Group & Incentive Department can manage your customer/sales loyalty travel incentive.

Please contact our Group & Incentive Department at travelstaff@mennotrav.com

February 2011 Newsletter

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Assisting Travelers during the Winter Storms
Our staff helped at least one hundred clients who were delayed, stranded, or had their trips canceled during the recent blizzard of 2011. With airline phone lines jammed with calls, and websites not a lot of help either, our travelers were able to make one call to their travel agent and get taken care of.

At times, several of our staff waited on hold with airlines for up to 3 hours and 45 minutes to make the necessary changes to existing reservations. Communicating with our clients took the forms of email, phone calls and texts, based on the clients needs. We are here before, during and after your trip to help you!

“Above and Beyond” Award to Corporate Travel Staff, Jill and Debi!
Incentive Travel Specialist, Mary Ann Holderman, recommended Corporate Travel Specialist, Jill Mann, for our intra-office recognition award, the “Above and Beyond Award”, awarded for exceeding expectations for service to our clients. This award is in the form of a large wooden giraffe that makes its home on the desk of the honored employee until such time as it moves to the desk of the next honoree.

Mary Ann writes: “Jill’s willingness to help me issue 175 tickets on 5 different airlines for my Hawaii Incentive Group was invaluable! She was extremely patient and became my personal ‘help desk’ when no one else was around.” The group left for Hawaii on Saturday, January 22 for a seven night cruise. Menno Travel Owners, Doug Risser and Geof Landis noted that Jill helped Mary Ann in between taking care of her own corporate clients at the busiest time of the year!

Along with Jill, Debi Riegsecker was honored for having the largest number of new reservations in this time period in at least four years! The time needed to process the large number of reservations was compounded by the additional hours needed to assist our clients whose flights were cancelled due to weather. Doug and Geof wrote, “Thanks, Debi and Jill for your efforts ‘Above and Beyond’ both in assisting clients with new reservations and for working the many additional required hours when they get stranded.” Congratulations!

Delta SkyBonus Enrollment Promotion
Delta is offering 25,000 bonus points to new small corporate accounts enrolled in their SkyBonus Program prior to March 31, 2011. You will receive the bonus points up0n the completion of your first trip within 60 days of enrollment. Contact Deb Mangas or Geof Landis to enroll or to get more information.

Why are airfares cheaper on Tuesday and Wednesday?
Many experts say Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days to find low airfares, while weekends tend to be most expensive. Wall Street Journal Columnist Scott McCartney researched the reasons for price fluctuations, including competitive concerns and even staffing levels. On weekends, for instance, he found that pricing is more automated, so fares automatically rise as cheap seats sell out. But when pricing managers return to work on Monday, they may override the computer models, making more cheap seats available in an effort to maximize revenue. Also, most fare increases are filed at the end of the week and may be withdrawn early the following week if not matched by the other airlines.

Southwest Bookings On The Rise
Southwest Airlines continues to make friends among business travelers and vacationers alike with their no bag fee policy, their no change fee policy and their friendly staff. Recently, it was reported by Gary Kelly, chief executive officer at Southwest Airlines that in 2010 there was a 13% increase in quarterly earnings with a great outlook for 2011.

At Menno Travel Service, our Southwest Airlines reservations reflect this increase in popularity. Keeping travel costs in mind, we are pleased to offer our clients this alternative to the “a la carte” airlines.

Delta Increasing Legroom On Some International Flights
Delta announced a major investment in its international fleet with plans to introduce a premium economy section – “Economy Comfort” – on all long-haul international flights starting in summer 2011. The new seats will feature up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Economy class seats.

Murphy’s Laws For Frequent Flyers
• No flight ever leaves on time unless you are running late and need the delay to make the flight.
• If you are running late for a flight, it will depart from the farthest gate within the terminal.
• If you arrive very early for a flight, it inevitably will be delayed.
• Flights never leave from Gate #1 at any terminal in the world.
• If you must work on your flight, you will experience turbulence as soon as you touch pen to paper. Or start to drink your coffee.
• Only passengers seated in window seats ever have to get up to go to the lavatory.
• The crying baby on board your flight is always seated next to you.
• The less carryon luggage space available on an aircraft, the more carry-on luggage passengers will bring aboard.

Recognize/Reward Employees With Menno Travel Flexible Vacation Vouchers
Flexible Vacation Vouchers are the perfect way to let an employee know you value their service to your company. The vouchers are prepaid to Menno Travel Service with a two-year validity, good for travel anywhere, anytime. Contact Deb Mangas or Geof Landis for more information.

Great Meeting Rates at Wyndham Hotels!
There are great rates popping up at Wyndham Hotels for companies looking to hold meetings in the U.S. and around the world. An example of low rates at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista in Florida:
May 6-12: $74 / May 22-26: $65 / May 30-June 9: $85 / August 14-October 6: $59 / December 11-22: $79
Besides these fantastic introductory rates there are several booking incentives, including Triple Wyndham Rewards Points and a Welcome Reception. Keep Wyndham in mind when choosing your upcoming meeting site.

Incentive Travel: Different Programs for Different Reasons
Most incentive travel programs that we arrange for clients have two primary goals:
• Increase profitable business
• Build relationships
As such, most programs focus on increased sales over a longer period of time, for instance achieving 110% of expected volume to earn the reward trip. There are other ways to structure an incentive program. Here are a few:
• “President’s Club”—This recognizes the most important clients, the elite top 10 or 20. These trips tend to be high-end, once a year, and exclusive.
• “Fast Track” contests—These can start at the drop of a hat to meet immediate situations, such as excess or stale inventory, seasonality issues, or reaction to competition.
• New product introduction—Need to promote a new product, especially one with a high profit margin? This program should be short term, simple, individual rather than as a group, and can be tiered.
• Advanced Sales Academy—Dealers complete training programs, demonstrate product knowledge, and make required sales contacts. Rewards are cash or prizes and qualify them to participate in future incentive travel programs.
Contact Doug Risser, Geof Landis, or Deb Mangas to discuss how a well-designed incentive travel program can help your company increase profitable sales while building relationships.

Escorted Motor Coach Tours
Long-time Menno Travel escort Judy Cunningham and Cardinal Bus driver Fran Eldridge invite you to join them on their two motor coach tours in 2011!

Sights of Pennsylvania on July 23—29
Their trip to Eastern Pennsylvania will combine the scenery of the Poconos, the early history of our country in Philadelphia, and a return to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster for their newest Biblical production, Joseph.
Click here for complete Pennsylvania tour information.

Missouri River Lore & More on September 18—24
The early history of Missouri is tied to the Mississippi River and this tour visits the popular sights along the Mississippi River between Mark Twain’s Hannibal and historic French America.
Click here for complete Missouri tour information.

If you or someone you know would enjoy these great tours, make your reservations soon to ensure you’re not left behind! Contact Tara Nisley at (574) 975-7766 or (866) 606-6198 or tara@mennotrav.com for more information.

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