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  Important news before you travel:

If you are in the United States you should be aware of certain Travel Advisories which are given to citizens who choose to travel abroad. These advisories can affect you and may even change your travel plans. So before you go to the airport you should always check to see if your destination country is on the List of the United States Government Travel Advisories.

For more information: Check out the link below which will send you to the US Governments official website.


https://travel.state.gov
        HOW TO PAY LESS FOR FLIGHTS


1. Buy your tickets online
Buying your tickets online will actually help you save more money than buying at the airport or at an agent. Services like Google Flights or others which can be found by a simple online search.

2. Join Frequent flyers
Frequent flyer programs have a lot of benefits and some can offer discounts on future tickets after building up miles, and others may even offer free flights!

3. Not All Sales are Lowest prices
Sometimes a flight ticket may be on sale, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is a bargain for you. Always keep this in mind because that sale could end up costing you more than other deals!

4. Check For Hidden Fees
Always check other fees for tickets that may not be listed at first sight of the price. Make sure to be aware of the price of the ticket at all times and this can be avoided. Many hidden fees are luggage or even meals.

5. Compare Ticket Prices
If you are shopping online, there are various sites you can use to compare prices for different venders of tickets.

6. Choose The Right airline
Make sure when traveling on a budget to go with the airline that is the most comfortable to your budget. Even though it may not be as popular as others, they all get you to your destination!

7. Select an  Off-Hours flight
When shopping for tickets, try to buy tickets that have flights early in the morning or late at night if you can. Sometimes these tickets can save you a bundle!

8. Buy tickets months In Advance
Try to plan your trips, if possible, months in advance to save a lot more in the long run. Sometimes, depending on where you travel, this little tip can end up saving you hundreds on your tickets.

9. Find Vacation Packages
When planning your vacations, try to purchase trip packages as they can end up saving you a ton of money in the long run. If you have the time, compare a package with the costs of buying everything separate.

10. Different Types Of Flights Help You Save
Sometimes it would be wiser if possible to purchase a flight that maybe has one stop before it reaches its final destination, instead of doing a non-stop flight. This can end up helping you save and you can even enjoy the different merchandise at the airport you stop at before your flight continues.



  WHY WHISTLER SKI RESORT IS ONE OF
NORTH AMERICA'S BEST SKI DESTINATIONS

Located in the town of Whistler in British Columbia, Canada - Whistler's Ski resort  has almost 10,000 acres of ski terrain and is one of North America's most popular ski destinations....read more

TIPS ON MAKING HOTEL RESERVATIONS:


When traveling for business or fun, there’s nothing worse than thinking you have a reservation and learning your hotel reservations been lost, your room has one bed and not two bedrooms, or you thought your check-in time was noon, only to find out it is really 3:00pm. To help avoid these things from happening, there are a few helpful hotel reservation tips seasoned travelers recommend:

Always use a credit card when making a hotel reservation. Using a credit card offers the guest some level of protection should the hotel stay go awry. Any disputes a guest may have with the hotel, or with the billing can more easily be rectified through the credit card company. The card company will act as a mediator once their client can show effort to resolve the dispute. Additionally, if a dispute cannot be resolved, the credit card company has the authority to remove the charge from a client’s bill. If cash were paid, a hotel guest would have no recourse.

Note: If you don’t use your own credit card to secure a reservation, be aware that the person whose name is on the card will be responsible for showing the card and signing at check in. If the card does not belong to the person staying at the hotel, notify the desk before leaving home (prior to arrival) and ask what their identification procedure is. They may accept a letter from the credit card holder authorizing use, and a copy of both the front and back of the card.

Ask for deals/discounts at each hotel. Many hotels offer corporate, AAA, senior, or even mid-week/off-season discounts. If one is not offered - ask about them. Many hotels now offer ‘rewards’ programs and some hotels reduce rates by $50 or more, for simply signing up for their program. If making reservations online, look for internet-only rates and shop various websites to find the best deals. Travel agents can often secure unadvertised specials or late check-in opportunities which can translate into huge savings.

When making reservations speak clearly and repeat spelling of all names. There have been many reservations lost because of inaccurate spelling and guests have been told they did not have rooms when a hotel or an entire city was booked to capacity. If any special requests are made, verify them and if possible get them in writing. Also make sure to get the name of the employee. Verify everything spell names and verify information/requests etc. Double check reservations prior to leaving for hotel and make sure names of all hotel employees you’ve spoken to are taken.

When reservations are made, changed and cancelled-confirmation numbers are given. Make sure all numbers are kept in a safe place until credit cards are billed and all charges are verified. Cancellation and confirmation numbers are often the difference between being charged for a hotel reservation that was cancelled, the possibility of a free upgrade when the hotel overbooks and you can prove when your reservation was made, and being stranded away from home without a room for the night.
Discuss hotel policies prior to making reservations, and verify them at check-in. Some hotels require credit cards at check in for any hotel charges, such as telephone usage, room service, meals in the hotel, or even take -out arranged through the hotel with area restaurants, etc. If a credit card is not available, a cash/check deposit maybe required for any services/fees that may accrue during the hotel stay. Determine when check-in/check-out times are, when cancellation policies go into affect and verify occupancy limits if staying in a room with multiple occupants.

Remember these hotel reservation tips when scheduling your travel plans. Whether by internet, through a travel agent, or by telephone, it pays to research the hotel and be meticulous when making arrangements. A little pre-planning when making reservations can save major headaches when traveling away from home.
      ALYESKA RESORT - ALASKA'S BEST
                 VACATION RESORTS

Alyeska Resort is one of Alaska's most popular and most beautiful ski resorts. Alyeska has a top elevation slightly above 2,700 feet, a vertical drop of 2,500 and the area gets an average annual snowfall of 631 inches...read more

       GOING TO LONDON'S HEATHROW?

Heathrow Airport is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 destinations worldwide. The airport is the primary hub of British Airways, and is a base for Virgin Atlantic. With 190,000 passengers arriving and departing every day, Heathrow handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world.

Of Heathrow's 69 million passengers in 2011, 7% were bound for UK destinations, 41% were short-haul international travellers and 52% were long-haul. The busiest single destination in passenger numbers is New York, with over 3.8 million passengers between Heathrow and JFK / Newark airports in 2011. The airport has five passenger terminals (numbered 1 to 5) and a cargo terminal.

Full body scanners are now used at the airport, and passengers who object to their use after being selected are not allowed to fly...read more
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TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT ONLINE BANKING


Many people already know that online banking services can simplify your financial responsibilities. In today's world almost all transactions, payments, and maintenance activities can be handled online.

1. Just about any financial account that you own can be monitored online. Current balances, payments due, deposits, withdrawals, and scheduled transactions will be displayed on an account summary page. This allows you to monitor your accounts for any changes or transactions that you may have forgotten to record.

2. Online banking accounts usually record images of a customer’s checks. At the click of a button, you can see the front and back of any check that has posted to your account.

3. Funds can be quickly and easily transferred from one account to another - from a checking account to a savings account, for example.

4. Online banking systems often provide a simple way to send funds to someone via wire transfer. Instead of taking cash to a wire transfer office, you can transfer the money electronically. The recipient can then pick it up at the office specified.

5. Most or all of your monthly payments - for credit cards, utilities, subscriptions, etc. - can be made online. Payments will post immediately which greatly reduces the risk of late payment fees.

6. If you prefer not to pay each bill manually, many banks will allow you to set up automatic payments. On the dates you specify, money will be taken automatically from your checking or savings account and paid to utilities and other accounts.

7. National banks sometimes offer the ability to apply for a loan online. A decision can be made almost immediately, and the loan may be deposited directly into the customer’s checking account.

8. Most banking systems support the ability to import account history and transaction records into the account holder’s personal accounting software. Once imported, the records are accessible even when internet access is not available.

9. With some banks, you may be able to request new debit cards or order new checks by clicking just a few buttons.

10. Canceling scheduled transactions is simple with online banking. Customers can request a ‘stop payment’ on outstanding checks or cancel electronic withdrawals easily.

The convenience of online banking accounts has become a necessity for many Internet users. Last year, almost 70 million households with Internet access used online banking services. Paying bills, searching transactions and transferring money at any hour, from any location - online banking accounts have a lot to offer their customers.

Control
You can keep up with transactions, see what’s cleared, pay bills and move money between accounts, all 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Continuous access to your financial information equips you to manage your money as carefully as you need to, and paying bills online gives you control that mailing a check never could. You can specify when a payment will be made, even setting it up in advance to be paid, for example, after a paycheck is deposited. You can also monitor credit card charges, so your monthly bill won’t be an unpleasant surprise.

Speed
Online banking is fast. You don’t have to wait to get a bank statement in the mail, and checking your balance is as quick as logging on to your bank’s website. You can not only see what transactions have cleared in real time, you can also pay a bill and have it credited quickly - in some instances, by the next day.

Ease of use
Of course, paying bills online means you no longer have to write checks, buy stamps and get the envelopes in the mail. A few clicks of your mouse takes care of it! If that’s not enough, you can download your data to balance your checkbook. If you use financial management software such as Quicken or Microsoft Money, you can download all your bank transactions and balance your checkbook without having to enter a single receipt.

Savings
It gets tricky adding up how much money online banking accounts can save you. There’s the cost of stamps and having checks printed. There’s also the money you save by not having to drive to the bank. The biggest savings, though, can be in fees. Having more control over transactions, and immediate access to your information, can help you avoid overdrafts and late fees.

The list of the benefits  from online banking is growing everyday. In fact, most transactions now happen online.



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