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Summer Travel Tips

by Lux Joseph 21. June 2014

With the 4th of July holiday weekend in the near future–and the start of the summer holiday travel season–rapidly approaching, Commercial Medical Escorts offers advice for travelers heading into the busy summer travel season.

 

At CME we encourage you to work with a professional travel consultant to plan your next trip, be it a grand tour of Asia or a long weekend. A professional travel consultant like the one we use can save you both time and money. Sky Cap Corp, our in-house travel management states, “Travel consultants are committed to making their clients’ trip the best travel experience possible. So while the summer travel season is always a busy one, this year if you work with a travel consultant to plan your summer vacations, it doesn’t have to be a frustrating one.”   

 

As part of Commercial Medical Escorts ongoing commitment to provide clients and travelers with useful travel tips, below are recommendations from its consumer Web site, TravelSense.org, to take the hassle out of summer travel:

 

Car Travel Tips 

  • Plan itineraries and arrange accommodations well in advance. Reservations for hotels, restaurants and rental cars get booked quickly during peak travel times. Your travel agent can help you get the lowest rate and make sure your rental car has room for your family, luggage and whatever souvenirs you bring home.
  • Get a tune up. Before any long-distance drive, make sure to have your oil changed and your brakes, fluids and tire pressure checked. The slightest deficiency in air pressure significantly reduces your car’s gas mileage
  • Get an early start to avoid holiday gridlock. Traveling during late night/early morning hours helps. The worst times to travel are after meals since most travelers postpone leaving until they’ve eaten with their families.
  • Choose public transportation. Many U.S. cities now offer public transportation. Chances are, if you are visiting a city this summer, it will be your fastest and most convenient bet for getting around your destination quickly and at low cost. Plus, it’s a positive step for the environment. Ask your travel agent about transportation options available at your destination.
  • Buckle up. Make sure all children weighing less than 80 lbs. are properly restrained in child safety seats at all times. Child seats should be placed in the back seat, and never in front of an airbag. If possible, get a qualified person to check whether your car seat has been properly installed–in many areas local police and trained nurses will check it for free.
  • Don’t forget Fido. Those who are traveling with pets should contact their local agent for pet-friendly hotels along the way. Pet owners should also be reminded never to leave pets waiting in parked cars– temperatures can soar quickly during the sizzling summer months.

 

Air Travel Tips:

  • Book your ticket ASAP. If you must book last minute, remember the key to securing the best deal is flexibility in travel dates–ask your travel agent to check into fares or consider flying into an alternate airport and renting a car. At CME, we are constantly booking last minute tickets due to the nature of our business, but having a dedicated travel team saves our clients a significant amount of money. If your holiday vacation includes international travel, make sure you have appropriate travel documents.  Travel agents can advise you on the new rules.
  • Arrive early. Difficult airport parking, long lines at security checkpoints and the possibility of the airline overselling the flight and bumping passengers, should all be considered when deciding what time to arrive at the airport. Give yourself plenty of extra time. Need some incentive? Keep in mind that those who arrive earliest for an overbooked flight stand the greatest chance of staying onboard.
  • Keep a close eye on all your belongings. Just as airports are extremely crowded during the peak period with travelers, they can also be fraught with thieves working the airports. Be aware of your surroundings and maintain a close watch over tickets, wallets, purses, and other belongings at all times.
  • Avoid getting bumped. 1) Get an advance seat assignment. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released. 2) Check-in online. Most airlines allow you to do so within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available when checking in online. 3) Don’t be late. If all else fails, get to the airport early.
  • Remember 3-1-1. Regulations limit the amount of gels and liquids passengers can take through security in their carry-on luggage to travel-size toiletries of three (3) ounces or less that fit comfortably in one (1) quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag and the one (1) bag per passenger must be placed in the screening bin.
  • Know your limits. Pack light and know baggage limits. You cannot carry sports equipment that could be used as a weapon, such as golf clubs and baseball bats. All electronic items are subject to additional screening. Be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel case to be X-rayed separately.

 

At Commercial Medical Escorts, safety is a top priority for our medical escorts and our patients. Providing travel tips and tips surrounding our industry is important to us and we hope that you are able to use this information when traveling this upcoming summer season.

 

Jetblue to Introduce Lie Flat Seats and Suites on Transcontinental Flights in 2014

by Lux Joseph 23. August 2013
When transporting patients around the world, we are continuously awaiting to see new routings, products, and classes of services provided by the airlines and their partners. Each and every patient has separate criteria for transport and depending on the needs of the patient we need to align the best routing available. We transport our patients in a business class/first class seats, but even when you look at premium classes of service there are different products. Some of these products and enhancements that we are particularly interested in include lie flat seating, angled lie flat, plane seating configuration, and direct routing availability. We are pleased to find out that JetBlue will be introducing lie flat seating in 2014 on their transcontinental flight on some of their most popular routings.
 
Currently some airlines that offer this product include Delta, American, and United. However, we are hoping that JetBlue entering into this market will introduce lower fares and more availability for this premium product. There are many patients that need to be transferred within the United States via air ambulance. However, many of these patients could be a candidate for a commercial stretcher service. Unfortunately no domestic airlines currently offer stretcher service, but these newly added premium products can offer an alternative for a patient who needs to lie flat during transport. To qualify for this the patient has to be able to sit up for takeoff and landing, but they will be able to remain in a stretcher position (lie flat) for the duration of the long haul flight across the United States. When our operations department is working with our travel department to secure the best routing for a patient availability of this product is currently limited and sells out very quickly. With Jetblue introducing this in the second quarter of 2014 we are looking forward to being able to provide additional options for our clients.
 
Jetblue is recognized across the travel industry as low cost American carrier. Other lost cost carriers include Southwest and Air Tran. What sets Jet Blue apart from the other lost cost carriers and the big players in the airline market are that it continues to conquer in areas of efficiency, customer satisfaction, and innovation. Many may view JetBlue as a carrier that is late to introducing this product, but when Jetblue delivers a product they make sure their product is top quality. Jetblue buys only new planes which tend to need less maintenance. This new product will be on the new Airbus A321. We can anticipate it starting with their nonstop routing from New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. Jetblue will also be the one and only airline to offer individualized suites within their premium class of service. Jetblue states the configuration will be:
“The new lie-flat seat, created in a partnership with Northern Ireland-based Thompson Aero Seating, will be displayed in a unique 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2-by-2 seating, and rows 2 and 4 will offer private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle.”
 
 
CME is looking forward to the additional service that JetBlue will be offering to travelers in 2014. This will increase the options for medical escorts. A patient traveling from overseas connecting through New York will be able to continue onto LAX or SFO with the same lie flat service and potentially at a lower fare than the competitors are currently offering.
 

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