Our Favorite Things: How Will We Know Unless We Go?

Like many of our clients, travel is part of our job, as well as our playtime. Between us five CIRE Travel planners, we have twenty destinations around the globe on our travel agendas. Yes, we can almost hear a collective chorus of the world’s smallest violins playing just for us as we plan our individual work and leisure trips for 2016. Poor us, right?

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Global Entry? TSA Precheck? Both or Neither?

The long, winding lines themselves are testament to airport security’s screening increasing and changing processes. While air travel will never return to the shoes-on, stroll through times of the past, there are programs aimed at quickly and efficiently getting you through the lines: Global Entry and TSA Precheck. Deciding which program, if either or both, is the ideal fit for you depends a great deal on your particular travel habits.

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CIRE Travel’s Version of Caroling

If we could, the CIRE staff would personally visit you for some festive caroling. Instead, we need to stay near our Manhattan office, making sure all of our clients’ travel plans go smoothly.

You’ll have to sing along in your head with us. A one, and a two, and a one two three four…

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How Many Airline Agents Does it Take to Change a Ticket?

None. Just CIRE Travel.

Changing an airline ticket can be a hassle, and expensive too. Something came up. A storm is coming. The system goes down. Millions of travelers are changing their flights. All of them going online or calling airline reservations lines at the same time. But, the CIRE team watches the news. We follow the weather. And we’ve been known to reroute our clients way ahead of crowd for best availability and to get you there on time.

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Our Favorite Things: Flying Aboard an Emirates Airbus A380

Private suites and shower spas in first class. Flat bed seats in business class. Extra room and ambient lighting in economy. Inflight Wi-Fi throughout the aircraft. The Emirates Airbus A380 comes as close as it gets to flying in a private jet, only it’s a lot bigger. Oh, and it has a bar in the business class.

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Pack Light and Carry On

In 2014, U.S. airlines generated combined revenue of more than $3.35 billion dollars in baggage fees alone, not counting the income earned from carry-on luggage. While these fees seem here to stay, here are some ways to reduce or avoid many common airline fees.

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Our Favorite Things: Travelteerism Lets Travelers See the World & Serve It Too

To travel responsibly has many different meanings for people. For some, being a responsible traveler means taking the necessary precautions to travel safely, being aware of your surroundings, dressing according to cultural norms and being cognizant of cultural sensitivities.

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Our Favorite Things: 24 Hours in Chicago

Saturday morning. Go time. A mid-morning flight is perfect. Not so early that you set the alarm earlier than a normal workday. Not so late that you miss out on sightseeing time. We have 24 hours. Chicago is the destination. The goal is to enjoy as much of it as possible, returning home feeling rejuvenated and like we’ve “gotten away” somewhere special.

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CIRE Travel’s, Eric Hrubant, Takes the Stage in Visa’s Small Business Spotlight

Eric Hrubant, Chief Travel Planning Officer and owner of CIRE Travel, was recently featured writing his last check ever – for two employees none the less – in a VISA® Small Business Spotlight. Watch the video to hear Eric talk about his history in the travel business, his passion for travel, and more importantly, his goals in the upcoming year.

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What To Expect As US Air And AA Loyalty Programs Merge

Are you one of the millions of US Airways Dividend Miles members in the process of transitioning to the American’s AAdvantage program? If so, you needn’t do anything if you have a Dividend Miles account or if you matched your accounts. Your Dividend miles will be matched on a one-to-one ratio on the AAdvantage program.

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