Friday, January 19, 2018

Doctors safely deliver baby on Paris-NY flight, tie off umbilical cord with a shoestring

“I thought I’d just have a drink and fall asleep,” said one of the doctors. "As it turned out, I’m glad I didn’t drink anything."

from FOX News http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/01/19/doctors-safely-deliver-baby-on-paris-ny-flight-tie-off-umbilical-cord-with-shoestring.html

Doctors deliver baby boy on Air France flight: 'Thanks to God, everything worked out'

“I thought I’d just have a drink and fall asleep,” said one of the doctors. "As it turned out, I’m glad I didn’t drink anything."

from FOX News http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/01/19/doctors-deliver-baby-boy-on-air-france-flight-thanks-to-god-everything-worked-out.html

Travel e-Scapes: January 19, 2018

DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Philadelphia

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Central Florida Attraction
William J. Howey, a citrus grower who purchased 60,000 acres in Lake County, Florida in 1916, founded Howey-in-the-Hills and in 1925 had the 20-room, 7,200-square-foot Mediterranean Revival-style mansion built. Mr. Howey threw a party on March 6, 1927, to celebrate the dedication of the Howey Mansion with a hundred costumed performers and upwards of 15,000 attending the bash.
New owners purchased the Howey Mansion in May 2017 following 10 years of it sitting vacant and abandoned and have spent more than $1 million to restore the mansion to its original glory. They also hope to open up part of the mansion as a bed and breakfast later this year.
Visitors on mansion tours are permitted into most rooms, including one hidden under the main spiral staircase that leads to a large vault Howey is rumored to have stored liquor in during prohibition.
Howey Mansion tours in Howey-in-the-Hills (about a 40-minute drive north of Disney World) are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11A or 2P, $20. Night tours will be available once a month, $30.

Best Western Incentive
Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ award-winning, best-in-class loyalty program – Best Western Rewards – has announced an exclusive limited-time offer allowing newly registered members and current base-level members to skip the wait to become an elite-level member by immediately accelerating to Gold status. Register online for the Fast Pass to Gold promotion February 1-11 to receive the level bump. To qualify, members must stay at least one night at any of Best Western’s more than 4,200 locations in more than 100 countries before April 30.
With Best Western’s Fast Pass to Gold, guests accelerating to this higher status will receive 10% bonus points on every stay, room upgrades and the choice of a complimentary thank you gift or points upon arrival.
BWR redemptions have a lower point level threshold relative to other hotel brands and free nights can be redeemed at any of Best Western hotels worldwide, with points that never expire and no blackout dates.
BWR also achieved a top-five ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hotel Rewards Programs and was ranked as one of the top three Best Hotel Rewards by WalletHub in 2017.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

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NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.


HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

New Communal NYC Hotel
Located in the former George Washington Hotel, the newly opened Freehand New York features five restaurant and bars, and a custom art partnership with Bard College. The hotel concept allows for flexible group/friends accommodations with a range of room sizes and setups – from standard kings and queens to bunk rooms that accommodate groups of three or four people. All feature a private bathroom with bathrobes, slippers and Argan amenities and water and apples.
Rates for four sharing a bunk room start from $70 per person, per night, including fees. “Three’s Company” rooms, with a twin-sized bunk, lofted over the top of a queen bed average $90 per person, and rates for standard queen rooms start at $129 a night. Additional room types from $149 can be booked at TripAdvisor.
The mezzanine is an art- and plant-filled lounge area and is the social heart of the hotel. Adjacent is an all-day restaurant called Studio and a cozy, wood-paneled bar called The George Washington.
The cocktail bar The Broken Shaker will open on the roof in the spring with a wraparound terrace that will also be used for outdoor yoga classes.
The building, which takes up an entire length of the block between 23rd and 24th Streets on Lexington Avenue, dates back to 1928. Guests are within walking distance of Union Square, Midtown, and Flatiron. The 6-subway train is 550 feet away.

Honey Cruise
Cruise down the Hudson River this Valentine’s Day, February 14, with your loved one with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises’ “Harbor Lights With Your Honey Cruise.” Take in the beautiful NYC skyline on a 2-hour cruise with stunning panoramic views of midtown and lower Manhattan at sunset and after dark. Cruise under the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges with a complimentary glass of Champagne and chocolates. The cruise includes narration by Circle Line’s world-famous guides and an up-close view of the Valentine’s Day fireworks display!
An onboard cafe offers freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, snacks, hot and cold beverages, beer, wine, and cocktails for purchase. Other onboard amenities include outdoor deck space, heated indoor seating with large windows made for sightseeing, and restrooms.
The price of $99 is per couple.


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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When is a service animal not a service animal? Delta introduces new rules March 1

Snakes on a plane, anyone?

Delta Air Lines has seen that movie one too many times and wants to rewrite the script!

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New docs required for trained service or support animals

Beginning March 1, Delta will roll out “advance documentation requirements” for all trained service or support animals.

Owners will now be required to do the following:

For all trained service animals

  • Submit a signed Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record (current within one year of the travel date) for their animal to Delta’s Service Animal Support Desk at least 48 hours in advance of travel

For psychiatric service and emotional support animals

  • Submit a signed Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record (current within one year of the travel date) 48 hours before travel
  • Submit an Emotional Support/Psychiatric Service Animal Request form, which requires a letter prepared and signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional 48 hours before travel
  • Submit a signed Confirmation of Animal Training form to Delta’s Service Animal Support Desk at least 48 hours in advance of travel

Comfort turkeys, anyone?

Some 700 service or support animals fly on Delta each day, which tallies up to 250,000 annually.

That’s created a lot of opportunity for some passengers to play fast and loose with the definition of a service or support animal.

“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more,” Delta notes.

Delta got input into the first major revision of its animal flight policy from a 15-member Advisory Board on Disability.

This group of disability advocates, composed of diverse Delta frequent flyers with a range of disabilities, was established more than 10 years ago.

We should note that the new documentation requirements do not change the type of animals that are permitted on board Delta flights.

As always, the following are not permissible trained service or support animals:

  • Hedgehogs
  • Ferrets
  • Insects
  • Rodents
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Sugar gliders
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Goats
  • Non-household birds (farm poultry, waterfowl, game bird, & birds of prey)
  • Animals improperly cleaned and/or with a foul odor
  • Animals with tusks, horns or hooves

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from clark.com http://clark.com/travel/delta-airlines-service-animals-new-rules/

TV crew attempts to pass fake bomb through airport security

The Transportation Security Administration confirmed that nine people working for a cable television station on Thursday after they tried to pass a fake bomb through security at Newark Liberty International Airport.

from FOX News http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/01/19/tv-crew-attempts-to-pass-fake-bomb-through-airport-security.html

TV crew attempts to pass fake bomb through airport security

The Transportation Security Administration confirmed that nine people working for a cable television station on Thursday after they tried to pass a fake bomb through security at Newark Liberty International Airport.

from FOX News http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/01/19/tv-crew-attempts-to-pass-fake-bomb-through-airport-security.html

Why you should add an extra day to your next vacation

After spending a wonderful week of rest and relaxation, you arrive home from vacation and start going through the to-do list of tasks you need to accomplish before going back to work.

Sound familiar? Then maybe you need to change the way you plan your vacations!

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Give yourself an extra day at the end of your vacation

I used to work with a woman who would come back to town on a Sunday after a week-long vacation, but she would never return to work on Monday morning — that was her time to mentally adjust.

Instead of forcing herself to get right back into her routine, she used Monday to prepare for the return to work on Tuesday.

Think about it this way: If you’ve ever caught a red-eye and planned to go to work after you landed, you were probably worried about the flight being delayed and struggled to get through the day because of jet lag.

But wait, wasn’t the vacation meant to recharge your batteries? The last thing you want to do is burnout on your first day back!

When the website Lifehacker recently wrote about this strategy, it sparked quite a debate. Some commenters said they’ve always added a 24-hour buffer to their vacations, while others wouldn’t want to give up an extra day of PTO.

For those people, returning home a day earlier — shortening the trip — may be an option to consider.

What do you think? We asked Clark’s Twitter followers if they’ve ever added an extra day off to their vacation to give themselves time to relax. Here are the results:

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from clark.com http://clark.com/travel/add-an-extra-day-to-your-next-vacation/