Incredible Journey Newsletter Issue 21
September 2006

Dear Joyce,

When making reservations for travel next year expect to pay higher prices and flights to be fuller. The main reason for the increase in price is 20% more people are traveling now than pre September 11th levels, and since that fatal attack the airlines have reduced flights and routes to destinations in order to keep planes full.

Some tips for booking travel that will net you the best availability and value for just about anywhere are try to fly mid week (Monday - Thursday); pick a less popular time in the day to fly; sometimes more connections mean a better fare; book at least 10 months in advance if possible; if traveling during the holidays and you want to use frequent flyer miles book one year in advance and if your primary carrier is sold out ask about partner airlines. Remember if you have a zillion miles you can always book anytime awards for a premium and fly on any open segment (I know American and United provide this option).

If you are an internet fare browser I have found that once you see a great fare for an airline go to that airlines website as the fare most likely will be lower plus if you have to cancel you won't get hit with two penalties (one by the online company and one by the airline).

Of course we would hope our clients would at least compare Incredible Journey's rates. The advantage of booking with Incredible Journey is that we work with wholesalers and will 90% of the time have the best prices to offer, we can offer insurance on the fares (if not published) and for published fares we typically work directly with the airlines, which means if you have to change or cancel you pay the fee charged by the airline only.

Hope this information was helpful and sheds some light on the ever changing and sometimes all too frustrating process of booking airfare!

In this Issue
  • Global Warming Exists!
  • Top Hawaii Beaches
  • Now's the Time to.....
  • Antarctica & the Chilean Fjords -- Last Space!
  • Ask Endora
  • Featured Property - The Taha'a Pearl Resort
  • 2007 Exotic Mexican Riviera Cruise

  • Top Hawaii Beaches

    Hawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world. There are those beaches whose backdrop is intense and dramatic scenery, others boast gorgeous crystal clear reef protected waters with a myriad of turquoise blue hues, some are remote and are only reachable by boat/hiking or helicopter. But the one thing in common with all the “top” beaches is that they are unanimously chosen time and time again by visitors to the islands as well as locals.

    Now's the Time to.....

    • Get your passports before December 2006, you will need them to leave the country starting 2007
    • If you still haven't booked your Christmas/New Year's getaway - what are you waiting for?
    • Make reservations for spring break 2007
    • If you want to stay in a private beach front home in Hawaii or Mexico for the summer of 2007 now is the time to reserve
    • Join our group Mexican Riviera Cruise for a relaxing 8 day getaway - see attached flyer
    • Cruise to Alaska on a ship line that has received top honors for its whale conservation program
    • Tahiti rates come available in September; make sure you contact Joyce with your plans to take advantage of early bird savings!

    Antarctica & the Chilean Fjords -- Last Space!

    Last berths available to Antarctica & the Chilean Fjords!

    Time is running out to "march with the penguins!" The MV Discovery sails at reduced capacity in Antarctica, and space is filling fast on this exceptional 20-night cruisetour from Buenos Aires to Santiago, Feb. 13-March 5, 2007. You will sail with expert biologists, glaciologists, ornithologists and other scientists and reseachers who will bring the "White Continent" sharply into focus.

    Ask Endora

    Dear Endora,

    We want to go to Alaska but I am so frustrated. I don't understand why there are so many price options to consider. Can you help me understand because I'm really confused?

    Featured Property - The Taha'a Pearl Resort

    Superbly located on Motu Tautau, the resort faces the island of Taha'a on the lagoon side and offers a lovely view of Bora Bora island on the ocean side.

    This traditional Polynesian style hotel is five minutes by private boat from main island of Taha'a and 15 minutes by boat from Raiatea. The hotel offers 48 Over Water Suites and 14 Beach Suites.

    2007 Exotic Mexican Riviera Cruise

    Here’s your chance to witness the natural beauty of the Exotic Mexican Riviera on a fabulous 8 day cruise round trip from San Diego aboard Carnival Cruise Lines “Fun Ship” the Carnival Spirit.

    Global Warming Exists!

    Global Warming and travel is a three part series, written by Joyce Craddock, describing the truth that this phenomenon is a reality and does exist, what we as good citizens of the earth can do about it, and which areas are at threat of becoming extinct or are endangered.

    We all know the world is experiencing a warming trend. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is – mankind or natural phenomenon, what matters is it is happening. With agrarian societies becoming industrialized, third world countries becoming more capitalistic, and a massive increase in travelers, 806 million this past year, spanning the globe in search of the unknown we all should have an extreme desire to save the world we know from extinction.

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