Travel News for Week of July 2

By July 2, 2017Blog

Hi Everyone,

Every now and then I get a question about a bereavement fare.    Bereavement fares were once pretty common among U.S. airlines for domestic travel.   However, there are now only two large U.S. airlines that offer bereavement fares:  Alaska and Delta.   Alaska will give 10 per cent off the lowest refundable fare but only seven days or less before travel with seats subject to availability and length of stay limitations.   Delta offers unspecified “additional flexibility on the best published fares”.   You cannot book these fares online.  You have to call the reservation center.   You will need to provide documentation including dates, relationship to the deceased, and notifications from a doctor and mortuary.    Most airlines have dropped bereavement fares because it was too difficult to police the amount of forged doctor and funeral home documents.    Many times the lowest fare an airline offers may be better than a bereavement fare so always good to double-check.

Last week I mentioned a few tips to help keep your credit card info safe while traveling.   They are good reminders whether traveling across the world or across town.  Here are a few more from the article by Eran Feinstein on Travel Market Report from last week:
  • Try your best not to provide payment information over free WiFi connections, such as those found in hotels or cafes when travelling.
  • Take warnings seriously, never providing confidential data on a website which your browser has specifically warned you about.
  • Credit cards or wallets can be stolen and used for both card not present fraud and stolen identity fraud.  More sophisticated fraudsters steal both the credit card data and the PIN code via skimmers placed in ATMs or payment terminals, together with cameras or other surveillance methods.
  • Another common scam involves a call from what is apparently the hotel front desk asking for your credit card number confirmation.  When the number they claim to have is confirmed wrong, they request the correct number.
  • Never give out your credit card number over the phone, unless you are absolutely sure who is on the receiving end, and never provide your PIN code.
  • Make sure no one is watching when you type in your PIN code, and use bank ATMs only.
  • Don’t be tempted to follow someone who directs you to a better ATM.

The latest news this week out of Homeland Security indicates that they plan to move forward with enhanced security measures but those measures do not include an expanded ban on laptops for airlines and airports that follow the new guidelines of enhanced passenger screening, heightened screening of personal electronic devices, increasing security protocol around aircraft and passenger areas, and deploying advanced technology, expanded canine screening, and establishing additional pre clearance locations.After months of speculation, the Department of Homeland Security plans to move forward with enhanced security measures that do not include an expanded ban on laptops for airports and airlines that follow the new guidelines.    DHS adds there is no change to what passengers can and cannot bring onboard, but people flying to the U.S. may experience “additional screening of their person and property.” The agency is deliberately vague about the timing, saying the new measures will largely roll out over the next several weeks and months.


Fuller Travel Day Trip

August 16   Join us as we travel to Frankenmuth.   We’ll make pretzels, sample some wine, enjoy the famous Frankenmuth chicken dinner, take a little tour and finish at Bronner’s.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at


April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.   We are taking deposits now!  Trip is already half full.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

June 9   Germany  Romantic and Fairy Tale Roads   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    We will be ready for deposits very soon.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount expires June 30.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!