Iberia to partner with British Airways to provide airfare for humanitarian market

We received this excellent news from British Airways. We are thrilled to announce it to you as well:

I am very pleased to announce that Iberia is joining British Airways in the Humanitarian market. Together, we will offer a merged product with combinability of our fares and routes. This is a significant development and a huge improvement to what we can offer today. Customers will benefit from having much more choice and an easier travel experience. As British Airways Partners you will automatically get access to the new Iberia Humanitarian product. You can expect to see the Iberia Humanitarian fares soon after 25November. There will be further information regarding Iberia’s new product in the next few days however we want you to know these important changes first As part of this expansion with Iberia we have taken this opportunity to review the whole product. Please make sure you take time to review the following changes to the existing British Airways product. New Fares for Europe to/from North and South America only The existing British Airways Humanitarian fares are changing. This only affects fares between Europe to/from North and South America. The new fares go live in your GDS on Tuesday 25November. Please note that if you have booked a through fare DFWLONEBB, the fare will not change. If you have booked a route where we do not have a through fare e.g. MIALONEBB. Then the MIALON part of the fare will change. Important – Please ticket any held bookings before close of Monday 24November or you will have to use the new fares. Note that you may see the new and old fares a day or two before 25November. If you prefer, you can use the new fares as soon as they show in your GDS New Two Bag Ticketed Allowance for all Humanitarian passengers applied from Tuesday 25Nov Our existing baggage policy restricts Humanitarian passengers to the standard allowance, only giving extra baggage for the carriage of Medical or Educational equipment. I am pleased to advise we will now offer ALL our Humanitarian passengers a two piece standard allowance, with no restriction to Medical or Educational equipment. This will now be a two bag ticketed allowance. The correct allowance will now show on the passenger ticket for British Airways and Iberia mainline flights Note that you will no longer need to add the MHXB keyword. Important – Any existing ticketed booking will not be affected unless you change it, even if travel is after 25November. If you make any changes to a held booking, from Tuesday 25November, the new allowance will be applied. New HUMN Keyword from Tuesday 25November As part of the rebranding of our product to Humanitarian the obligatory MSRY keyword is to be replaced by HUMN. Important – All bookings, from Tuesday 25November, must have the new HUMN keyword added followed by the name of the Charity, Church or Organisation You do not have to amend any existing bookings with MSRY even if travel is after 25November. If you make any changes to an existing booking you should add HUMN into the booking.

HUMANITARIAN FARES NOW AVAILABLE ON QATAR

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We are excited to announce that humanitarian and adoption airfare are now available on Qatar Airways. Airfare contract is available globally connecting via Qatar’s hub in Doha:

One-Way
Round-Trip
Reversal One-Way
0 days Minimum Stay
12 month Maximum Stay
Free Changes Allowed / Minimal fee to Cancel
Free 40 Kilo(about 88 pounds) Baggage Allowance

Fares are only available to qualified Adoption, Non-Profit and/or Missionary Travelers. Proof of eligibility must be provided.

Qatar Airways Route map 2014

Contact us at: 800-599-2925

Available at www.afctravel.com or call your AFC Travel Agent

Don’t have a passport?

If you’ve always wanted to travel to Canada, Bermuda, Mexico or the Caribbean but didn’t have a passport, there is good new for you.

Starting Monday, Minnesota residents can apply for an enhanced driver’s license or identification card that will allow them to re-enter the United States from Canada, Bermuda, Mexico and the Caribbean without needing a passport.

Applications for the licenses and identification cards that provide proof of identity and U.S. citizenship are available at 14 Department of Motor Vehicle offices throughout Minnesota. In the metro area, they include Anoka, Arden Hills, Eagan, Hastings, Plymouth and St. Paul.

Minnesota becomes the fifth state in the country to issue the cards, which are federally-approved border crossing documents as spelled out in the Department of Homeland Security’s Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The cards are equipped with Radio Frequency Identification technology, which allow border agents at land and sea entry points to scan the cards and verify a traveler’s identity. The cards do not hold personal information, but send a signal to a secure system allowing agents to pull up one’s biographic and biometric data.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a Minnesota resident who is 16 or older and must have a driving record that allow them to legally operate a motor vehicle. A Social Security number and proof of residency must be presented at the time of application.

The cost is $15 in addition to the regular license fee for renewing or replacing a license or making application for a first-time license, permit or identification card.  Applications will take two to four weeks to process, said Stephanie Kaufenberg, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman.

Other states that issue enhanced licenses and ID cards are New York, Vermont, Michigan and Washington.

Delta makes changes to SDC Flights

This morning Delta Airlines announced that effective April 23, 2013 there are NEW guidelines regarding Same-Day Confirmed flights.  Please see the chart below OR read more here. 

 

AFC Travel Introduces the New Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu Mall of America is only the second new Radisson Blu property to open in North America. Sleek and stylish in design and luxurious in comfort, the Radisson Blu MOA is described as “upper-upscale” by industry definition. Entry

Convenient Location:
Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, this property is the only one directly connected by skyway to the Mall of America, the largest indoor shopping mall in the US. There are endless opportunities for entertainment, with hundreds of stores and restaurants as well as the Sea Life Aquarium and indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe. The Radisson Blu is just minutes away from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis via the Metro Transit Light Rail.

BedStunning Accommodations:
With over 26,000 feet of meeting space and 500 rooms, the Radisson Blu is perfect for either business or leisure stays. Guests can select from 3 fashion-forward room designs: the modern, edgy “Urban” style or, on the business class floor, the “Naturally Cool” and “Mansion House” designs.

Enchanting Amenities:
After a long day of shopping or business meetings, guests can unwind at the Radisson’s state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor saltwater pool, or on-site spa. The FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar captures the essence of Minnesota flavors: fresh, timeless and SaltwaterPoolimaginative.

Book Now with AFC!
As one of the nation’s leading experts in non-profit travel, AFC has negotiated exclusive, discounted rates for churches and non-profit organizations. Our qualified agents are here to assist you with the booking process at no cost to your organization. For a limited time only, we’d like to offer you a $10 Starbucks gift card for booking 5 nights, or a $20 Starbucks gift card for group bookings of 10 or more nights.

Contact Anthony Hilden for more information:
anthony@afctravel.com
952.886.7686

Did You Know?

Most of you know that you work with non-profits each day-providing excellent service and amazing pricing on international travel. However, did you know that we also can help with any hotel needs that you or your organization may have?  We book over 10,000 room nights a year and this gives us strong relationships with hotels and thus, often we are able to pass along hotels savings to you, the client.  If you have ANY hotel needs in the near future, pleases let us know at staff@afctravel.com

Construction Advisory for NY Area

This is from Delta Airlines:

(January 16, 2013) – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has alerted Delta that, due to construction activity at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, road closures and JFK AirTrain service interruptions will occur throughout the month of January.

The Van Wyck Expressway will be closed in both directions from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Tuesday, January 15 until Saturday morning, January 19 and then again overnight from Monday January 21 until Saturday morning January 26. Traffic will be detoured to the JFK Expressway and travelers should allow additional time to reach their destination.

Additionally, JFK AirTrain service from Howard Beach – including Lefferts Blvd. and all service into and within the Central Terminal Area – will be suspended overnight between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning on Monday, January 14 until Friday morning January 18 and then again beginning Monday, January 21 until Friday morning January 25. Free shuttle bus service will be provided at Howard Beach, Lefferts Blvd., Federal Circle and at all airline terminals. Travelers planning to use the shuttle buses should allow additional time to reach their destination.

Adoption Tax Credit

Something VERY exciting happened last night around 11 pm. Congress, passed a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, which also in this bill include an act to make the adoption tax credit PERMANENT, which extends the 2001 Act. This credit will make many adoptions more affordable for families. Remember AFC Travel can help provide airfare for all international adoptions. Contact us for more information at sales@afctravel.com

 

Getting rest at 35,000 Feet

Have you ever wanted to take a good rest while flying on a long-haul flight?  While most of us haven’t had the chance to experience business or first class, the seats on international flights are getting better and better.  The Wall Street Journal does an excellent job at showing us the differences in seats that offered by various airlines.  Check it out here.   AFC Travel offers discounted business class fares all over the world-please contact us for a quote on airfare.

New Baggage Policy-Delta Airlines-January 2013

From Delta Airlines:

Effective for travel on or after January 15, 2013, Delta Air Lines policy will be to check a passenger’s baggage between the origin and destination points that are indicated on a single or conjuncted ticket exclusively. If a second ticket is presented for travel on another airline beyond the destination of the first ticket, the passenger will be advised that Delta will only check the bag to the destination on the first ticket(s). The passenger must collect the baggage at baggage claim for their first ticketed destination, and then re-check their baggage with the down-line carrier for the next flight.

Previously, in cases where a passenger presented more than one ticket to a Delta airport agent at the origination point, Delta would offer to check the baggage from the origin on one Delta ticket to the final destination on the second ticket, collecting both Delta’s and the other airline’s fees. This was done on a courtesy basis but has never been part of an official policy.

The policy update does not apply to interline itineraries, wherein the passenger has an entire journey on one ticket. In these situations, Delta will continue to check baggage through to the ticketed destination as normal policy.

This clarification of policy helps Delta ensure that checked baggage service is consistent for all customers.

Below are examples of a single-ticket and multi-ticket scenarios.

Single ticket example:  

  • Ticket 1 – ATL-LAX on a Delta flight connecting to another airline operating LAX-NRT.

Delta Policy: Delta will check the baggage from ATL to LAX to NRT.

Multi ticket example: 

  • Ticket 1 – ATL-LAX on a Delta flight
  • Ticket 2 – LAX-NRT on a different airline

Delta Policy: Delta will check the baggage for the ATL to LAX flight only.  Upon the flight’s arrival at LAX, the passenger must collect the baggage at the Delta baggage claim and then proceed to check it with the down-line carrier for the next flight LAX to NRT.