One of the most irritating things for people who manage travel is all of the ancillary fees the airlines charge. What is even more frustrating are the hidden profits the airlines are making. Domestic airlines in 2011 reaped over $21 Billion in additional fees. By the end of 2013, these ancillary fees are expected to top $40 Billion.

Great news for all TravelPlex customers! Travel Weekly announced important news for those who use The Signature Travel Network, the launch of a new program to boost awareness of new and recently remodeled hotels.

You may have been watching the legal struggles between the airlines and the reservations systems developing over the past several years.  The most heated issue currently is between American Airlines and Travelport, which is a reservation system that provides content to thousands of travel agencies all over the world.

Money is tight and people are looking for ways to get the biggest bang for their vacation buck.  With more and more value-conscious consumers turning to cruises, the industry continues to grow and play a vital role in our economy.  In the following article, Christine Duffy, President of CLIA, talks about how the cruise industry is supporting new job growth and sustainability.

Amy Bertrand of STLtoday.com picks the brain of Donna Oliver, Sr. VP at TravelPlex Travel & Cruise.  They discuss how to be a smart traveler, the allure of cruises, alternative cruises to events such as the Winter Solstice for the Mayan calendar, and more.

On Oct. 31, 2012 American Airlines and Travelport released a joint statement acknowledging an agreement had not been reached as of the end of the contract date, but both parties were continuing to work towards a “new long-term agreement”.

Like many industries, the travel industry is built on relationships. That is one of the things that makes this industry so special. Whether it’s an airline executive, a travel counselor at a local travel company, or a Sales Manager from a hotel, we all talk and share information.

As more and more companies try to install some form of control on their travelers and their expenses, the role and need of a travel policy has never been more important. While roughly 85% of all companies traveling today have some variation of a travel policy or travel “suggestions”, that number could swell in the coming years as more and more options are left to the traveler’s choice.

The value of using a professional travel agent . . . John Parker, Vice President of Business Development for TravelPlex Travel & Cruise, is interviewed by Rob Desir and Aprille Trupiano for St. Louis TV’s “St. Louis Presents”. 

Dear Traveler,

Signature Travel Network

Summer is underway and changes at TravelPlex Travel & Cruise are underway as well.  As of June 1st, we joined Signature Travel Network so we can offer you even more exciting vacation options, benefits and value for all of your travel needs.  Your favorite TravelPlex advisor is still here and ready to help you take advantage of fantastic
savings on last-minute getaways or to start planning for that fall trip.