Entries in the Category "Preferred Travel Vendors"

CWRU Travel Digest

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New Hotel Neighbor
The Doubletree Tudor Arms Hotel has opened its doors on Carnegie and East 107th. Over $15 million was spent renovating the historic property that features 170 modern guest rooms, beautifully restored ballrooms, and a Mediterranean-themed restaurant. The Case preferred rate for business and leisure visitors is $99/night plus tax.

Airlines Trim, Hopkins Escapes Cutbacks
Cleveland was spared in the latest round of domestic airline cuts. Denver and Washington Dulles (IAD) received the heaviest trims losing up to 17 percent of scheduled Continental-United capacity. CLE is the smallest of 10 hubs in the newly formed airline with more than 150 daily departures. Delta has heavily reduced its Cincinnati and Memphis operations, while making smaller decreases at their western Salt Lake City hub. Scheduled October passenger volumes at CVG have now fallen below CLE (11,946 vs. 16,175/day). USAir operations in Las Vegas will be cut to just 21 total flights per day. USAir operated 300 daily departures there as recently as 2006.

Better Rental Car Options
If you're renting a car for CWRU business or just a personal vacation, there's no need to pay high weekday rates. As preferred vendors, National Car Rental and Enterprise Rental Car offer CWRU some of the best academic rates in the U.S. National and Enterprise also offer Emerald Club Service at many airport locations where you can pick your own vehicle.

For those preferring an alternative, CWRU now enjoys discounts from Avis. Visit the CWRU Travel Site for CWRU rental car discount codes.

First In The Sky
Continental-United will be the first U.S. carrier to roll out the new twin-aisle Boeing 787 in 2012. Major parts of the 260-passenger aircraft are constructed from high-strength composite materials that enable increased cabin pressure, more humidity, and 30% larger windows to improve passenger comfort. Continental-United has a total of 50 787 variants on order.

Hot New Rates For Car Rentals

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Renting a car for an upcoming conference or personal vacation? New discounted rates for CWRU faculty and staff will provide some relief!

Personal and business bookings with both National and Enterprise Rental Car from July 1st will save 5-15% compared to the former 2011 CWRU daily rates. Just use the university Corporate Contract ID when making your online reservation.

Here are sample daily rates for a Sunday through Wednesday mid-August booking (pre-tax and fee; four-door Ford Fusion or equivalent vehicle):

Cleveland $31.33
Los Angeles $41.33
Washington, DC $41.33
Seattle $36.33
Orlando $31.33
Baltimore-Washington $31.33

Apply Now for New AMEX T&E Card

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The Travel Office is now accepting applications from CWRU faculty and staff for the new American Express Travel and Expense Card. The T&E card is a great way to organize your university travel spend and comes with a number of features and benefits exclusive to American Express, including award-winning 24/7 customer care. Read more and download the brief application.

2011 Travel Costs Up, Japan Impact Uncertain

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The negative effects of the recent global economic downturn have begun to fade for the U.S. travel industry. However this good news for battered hotel and airline companies is bad news for business and leisure travelers.

Airfares are expected to jump 20% by this summer driven by higher fuel costs, industry consolidation, smaller fleets, and a 3% jump in U.S. business travel. In January and February, CWRU airfares reached an average of $508 per trip, already a 16.5% increase from 2010.

After significant deflationary pressures in 2008-10, national hotel rates are averaging $147.30 per night in 2011. This is up 4.2% from last year and is expected to trend higher in 2012. Local Cleveland-area hotels report considerable occupancy and margin improvement for Q4 2010 with a strong 2011 expected.

One bright spot for consumers has been rental car pricing. After two years of increases spurred by shrinking fleets and industry consolidation, rates are expected to fall in 2011-12. Corporate CWRU contract rates for Enterprise Rent-a-Car and sister company National Car Rental range from $35-44/day versus a 2011 $52.60/day U.S. composite.

The great unknown is what Japan's troubles mean for the U.S. and global economies. Airlines already are seeing significant declines in passenger volume and revenue to Japan. Continental-United has reported shrinking traffic to its Tokyo-Narita hub, while Delta has suspended service to Tokyo-Haneda from Los Angeles and Detroit. American Airlines has seen a 25% drop of inbound Japan passenger volume.

Early estimates indicate a ripple effect from the Japanese disasters could shave .5 to 1% from 2011 U.S. GDP growth, dampening demand for business travel. Any decline combined with surging jet fuel costs (up 60% from summer 2010) could spark renewed airline capacity freezes and schedule reductions. The hotel industry will shadow any airline decline, especially business and conference segments that have only recently returned to profitability. For now, it's just a waiting game for travel consumers and providers before the true impact of Japan's difficulties becomes clear.

Save On Car Rentals

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Travelers during the recent U.S. economic downturn saw significant declines in hotel room rates and a slight softening of airfares in most major markets. Renting a car was a different matter. Rental agencies pushed up pricing by as much as 30 percent. Industry consolidation and shrinking fleets fueled the increase.

New agreements now give CWRU faculty and staff improved car rental savings and convenience. Use CWRU contract codes at both Enterprise Rent-a-Car® and National Car Rental® to get competitive mid-week and discounted weekend rates. A recent check of weekly rates in the Phoenix market saw University contract pricing save a minimum of $120 over non-contract pricing.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car provides convenient neighborhood locations across Cleveland, as well as in other major cities and airports. National Rental Car offers its award-winning Emerald Club® service where you can bypass the rental counter and choose your vehicle. CWRU frequent travelers may also be eligible for Emerald Club status upgrades. Contact Travel Services for more details.