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Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits 03 January 2009

United and Fedex Offer Door to Door Shipping

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Like to have your bags guaranteed to arrive where and when you want without having to drag your baggage to the airport only to find that when you arrive at the check-in counter that your bags are overweight and you get slapped with those outrageous overweight charges. Now United and Fedex have gotten together to offer Door-to-Door Baggage which enables customers in the continental U.S. to ship suitcases and other items, such as skis or golf clubs, overnight from their home or office directly to their destination within the lower 48 states.

The cost is $149 per item, one way, for flights less than 1,000 miles and $179 for longer flights. That’s between $50-100 cheaper than other baggage-shipping services. Up to 10 days prior to travel, customers can go online to united.com/doortodoor where the appropriate trip is selected and paid for. The document is printed and the bag tags are applied by the shipping company. On the scheduled day the bags are collected from the customers home/office between noon and 6 PM. By 4.30 PM the next day the bags are delivered to your destination.

The most cost effective option is to ship your baggage via FedEx Ground for about a third of the price of overnight and the price even includes the pick-up fee.

Why is the Ocean Cold in California But Warm in Florida?

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Blame it on something called the Cariolis effect. This controls the oceans currents. It’s complicated but usually ocean waters on the West side of any continent will be cooler at the same lattitude than those on the East side.

Why Are Most Hotels in Hawaii on the West Side of the Island?

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The prevailing, tropical, moisture bearing trade winds usually blow from East to West and therefore most of the moisture then gets “squeezed out” as the humid breezes strike the mountains. This causes rain on the east side of the island but in effect this makes the west side drier. This is usually a general rule of thumb that can be used for most mountainous tropical islands, including those in the Caribbean, South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

YVR Airport Vancouver, British Columbia Voted 2nd in the World

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I am quite proud that the city that I live in was voted second in the list of best airports in the world and was the only airport in North America to place in the Top 10 Airports in the world. More than 2,500 European business travelers completed the Conde Nast Survey rating airports on cleanliness, design and layout, shopping and duty free facilities, clarity of flight information and signage, luggage handling and parking facilities.

Disney Offers Tours in Places Like South Africa, Alaska, China, Australia, and Many

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Adventures by Disney is branching out in 2009 with a total of 23 adventurous holiday options. They are described as dynamic family vacations the Disney programmes cover China, Australia, France, Ireland, Costa Rica and of course the U.S.A. Each vacation includes VIP experiences and unique itineraries specifically designed for families. Some examples include Alpine Magic- Italy and Switzerland, Beantown & The Big Apple-Boston, Rocky Trails and Mountie Tales – Montana and Alberta, Safari to South Africa – Capetown and the Garden Route and many more.

All programs include specially trained adventure guides, along with a host of local experts that allow families to see, hear, touch and taste the history and culture of destinations around the globe and domestically. Sounds exciting and something different for the family to participate in together. To find out more, contact Rainbow Travel for further information.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 19 September 2008

Travel Tidbits from Rainbow Travel Inc:

WestJet Eliminates Fuel Surcharges

WestJet has just announced that they are eliminating fuel surcharges effective immediately.  Travelers will save $20 to $45 each way! Fuel surcharges have just been dropped on all routes including these two great fares we came across:

– Calgary -> Las Vegas …. $99

– Toronto -> Las Vegas …. $149

You must book by September 22 2008. This offer is valid for Travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday flights through December 17 2008.

Also, WestJet has introduced a new destination from Vancouver to La Ceiba in Honduras.  This begins December 12 2008 using their Boeing 737 800 series planes.  Watch this space for more updates on WestJet.

Air Canada Eliminates Second Bag Fee

In response to decreasing fuel prices, Air Canada is eliminating all second checked-bag charges implemented this spring on North American Tango and Tango Plus fares and they are incorporating fuel surcharges for flights within North America. These initiatives were made possible by the recent relief from all-time high oil prices. Here are the details:

– Effective September 23 2008, the elimination of the $25 fee for second checked bags that was introduced May 15 for Tango and Tango Plus fares within North America.

– Starting September 18 2008, Air Canada is incorporating into its advertised prices the one-way, add-on fuel surcharge that currently ranges between $20 and $60 on domestic and U.S. transborder flights. The company will adjust its published fares to include the total cost of fuel in its advertised base fares. This will provide customers simple, transparent and low fares.

– Starting October 14 2008, Air Canada is simplifying its excess baggage fees by introducing a single $75 fee for travel within North America ($100 international) for overweight and/or oversize pieces. This new policy replaces the standard industry practice of imposing individual fees for each situation. For bags exceeding the free allowance, the excess piece fee will now include any applicable overweight or oversize fees. A 10 per cent discount on excess piece fees is offered when fees are paid while checking-in online or at an airport self service kiosk.

Idol Comes To Disney

An “American Idol” attraction will bring the TV series to life at Walt Disney World in Florida. Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will be able to experience auditioning, performing, and getting judged on stage. Guests register in advance to audition in front of a producer.  After backstage preparation work including time with a vocal coach and hair/make-up, registered guests will perform live in front of an audience to get scored.

Free Entrance to Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Disney announced its marketing theme for 2009 will be “What Will You Celebrate?”.  Disney is encouraging guests to visit the parks for birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, honeymoons, weddings and other celebratory gatherings. As part of that campaign, Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, announced that everyone who visits a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park on their birthday in 2009 can get in free, as Disney Parks embrace the new trend in family travel called Celebration Vacations. The free birthday admission requires a valid ID including proof of birth date.

Three Special Offers From Norwegian Coastal Voyages

CRUISE ONLY DISCOUNT ON CABINS, INCLUDING SUITES:  When you book selected 12, 7 and 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing in October, November and December, 2008, you will receive a 20% discount on best available cabins at the time of booking, including suites.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. It is valid on the QJ suite rate with best available cabin category up to category MG on MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol, M cabin on MS Finnmarken, and Q cabin on MS Polarlys, MS Nordkapp, MS Kong Harald, MS Richard With and MS Nordlys. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Offer is valid for new bookings only. Restrictions apply. Contact us for details.

2 FOR 1 CRUISE ONLY BARGAIN PROMOTION: Book selected 12, 7 and 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing in October, November and December 2008 and your companion travels FREE. Offer is not valid on suites and cannot be combined with any other discounts. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Offer is valid for new bookings only. Restrictions apply. Contact us for details.

FREE AIR SPECIAL OFFER: Book a selected 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage and receive FREE air from New York (JFK) airport or Newark, NJ (EWR) airport or book selected 7 or 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages and receive 2 for 1 airfare from New York (JFK) airport or Newark, NJ (EWR) airport. Both offers are good for voyages departing in October, November and December 2008. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion, is valid for selected departures and restrictions apply. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Contact us for details for select sailing dates and details.

Special Singapore Stopovers From Only $42 CAD

Singapore Airlines is offering stopover holiday packages that include the following:

– 1 night hotel, airport transfers, unlimited rides on the SIA Hop-On bus, free entry to the Singapore Zoo, Sentosa Island, National Orchid Garden, Jurong BirdPark and a River Boat Cruise

Discounts available on food, beverages and more.  What a bargain! So take this opportunity to contact us for details.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 5 September 2008

Travel Tidbits from Rainbow Travel Inc:

Air Transat delivers More Room in Economy:

The space between each row of seats has been increased by about 2 inches from 30 to 32 inches. By doing this, Air Transat has reduced the seating on it’s Airbus 310‘s from 259 to 249 seats and on their Airbus 330‘s from 362 to 342 seats. Air Transat operates a fleet of 13 Airbus A310’s and four A330’s.

Toy Story Opens at Two Parks

Disney Park guests are now able to enter a wild and wooly 4-D world, Toy Story, featuring Woody, Buzz and other favourite characters. This exciting new feature is available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It’s a high energy adventure that puts guests right in the heart of the action as your game play triggers fun surprises that provide a fourth dimention of fun. Upon entering the attraction, guests are welcomed by Mr Potato Head. More than 5ft tall, this state of the art audio animatronics Mr Potato Head makes two way conversation and asks you to ” step right up” for the incredible Toy Story Experience.

Everyone gets a front row seat when they put on their 3-D specs, shrink to the size of a toy, and board Toy Story Carnival tram ride cars.

Players can pair up and shoot at a variety of targets and because of the 4-D special effects, they can be amongst the action on their exciting journey where objects seem to whirl past as they pop out of the 3-D scenes

Very Affordable Tropical Cruises:

Signature Vacations new Tropical Cruise Programme this winter will feature two itineraries in the Caribbean aboard the 1450 pax Thomson Destiny cruise ship. Thomson Destiny will sail every second Sunday from La Romana in the Dominican Republic visiting Grenada, Dominica, Antigua, St Martin and Tortola before returning to La Romana. The second itinerary will feature The Coral Islands, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Tortola due to Monday and Tuesday flights from Vancouver from Nov 10th onwards.

The Thomson Destiny offers a Kitzone with daily activity programmes, two pools, 24Hr per day buffets, two restaurants, Broadway style shows, library, video, gym and sauna, and all the cruises include port taxes and tipping. There is even an option to pre purchase your alcoholic beverages.

La Machine: The Giant spider, La Princess, brings Liverpool to Standstill

Celebrations for European city of culture continue in my home town, Liverpool (U.K.)

A GIANT spider appeared in Liverpool, Lime Street today. Stunned onlookers stared in amazement as the 37-tonne, 50ft creature dangled high above the street from Concourse Tower. The massive arachnid is the first glimpse of the mysterious La Princess, the mechanical creature at the centre of the La Machine extravaganza. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected on the streets of the city, many of which will be closed off, as the five-day street theatre event unfolds this weekend. The Capital of Culture event will see “scientists” arrive in the city to investigate the creature. The spider, named La Princesse, is the brainchild of François Delarozière and his company La Machine. This is his first spider, and its appearance is part of the city’s capital of culture celebrations. La Princesse is a big girl, weighing 37 tonnes, and a marvel of engineering. She has 50 hydraulic axes of movement, took a year to build, and trundles along the road at two miles an hour.