If travelers are going to gamble while on a cruise, they should always enroll in the cruise line's gambling loyalty program because they will earn points for perks, advises Dori Saltzman of CruiseCritic.com. Carnival Cruise Line's Players Club rewards members with free drinks, and Norwegian Cruise Line's Casinos at Sea offers such benefits as early boarding.
Airlines and their workers have stepped up to help people affected by the recent storms and the earthquake in Mexico, delivering needed supplies and helping to move people and pets out of harm's way. Carriers are also working to raise millions of dollars in aid donations by giving donors reward miles.
FedEx is planning to hire more than 50,000 seasonal workers and UPS will hire about 95,000 people as the shippers ramp up for the busy holiday season. Both companies say many of the seasonal jobs will turn into permanent positions.
The 136-room Marriott AC Hotel Tucson Downtown in Arizona features a modern, casual atmosphere with sharp lines and touches like USB ports in the power outlets. The hotel's main bar offers a light menu and craft cocktails, and the stylish pool area aims to be a relaxation spot for guests.
First-time visitors to Montreal might be tempted to head for the well-known tourist spots, but a better option is to explore the cuisine of the city's many neighborhoods. Travelers can grab a bagel at St. Viateur Bagel in the trendy Mile End, dine in Little Italy and enjoy exceptional French fare at Ritz-Carlton Montreal's Maison Boulud.
When sending emails, there are some guidelines you can follow to keep them from appearing as "junk mail," Mike Marchev writes. Be direct, professional and concise when writing emails, include action items and stay away from gimmicks.
If an agency is up for sale but there are co-owners, consent to the sale must be secured in certain cases, Mark Pestronk writes. For example, in most stock sale situations, all stockholders would have to agree to the purchase agreement.
Air Canada is keeping an eye on discount airlines and will enter the market when it settles down, said Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick. "At this point, we are readying ourselves to compete, but we have not provided additional information on routes or fares as we first need to see what these new entrants will bring to market," he said.
Southwest Airlines uses analytics to to predict how much luggage passengers will check on a specific flight, then uses the extra space to carry high-value cargo, including critical medical supplies and organs for transplant.
Airlines are interacting with travelers in new ways as they look to provide ever more helpful, friendly customer service. For example, Hawaiian Airlines uses two-way SMS to communicate directly with passengers, while Air New Zealand uses an engaging digital assistant.
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