Report: FAA to allow Kindle use during takeoff

Reports are circulating that the Federal Aviation Administration may allow travelers to use Amazon Kindle devices during takeoff.

The FAA’s Portable and Electronic Device Advisory and Rulemaking Committee is reviewing current policies and will end those deliberations in July. The committee has more than two dozen members, who include representatives of the FAA, Amazon, airlines, pilot and flight attendant unions, aircraft manufacturers, the FCC and the Consumer Electronics Association.

The current guidance is that travelers have to turn off everything while below 10,000 feet, but that may all change.

Over the past few years, the FAA has been under mounting pressure to either allow passengers more electronic freedom onboard aircraft, or provide solid scientific evidence why they can’t. Critics point out that pilots now employ iPads in the cockpit for navigation purposes.

So tell us what you think — should passengers be allowed to use electronic devices during a flight? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook wall or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Statue of Liberty Scheduled to Reopen by July 4, 2013

The National Park Service is expected to reopen the Statue of Liberty to the public by July 4, 2013, according to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar.  Liberty Island experienced extensive damage due to Hurricane Sandy.

“Hurricane Sandy inflicted major damage on facilities that support the Statue of Liberty – destroying the docks, crippling the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and wiping out the security screening system – but we are fully committed to reopening this crown jewel as soon as it’s safe for visitors and not a second later,” Secretary Salazar said.

“Lady Liberty was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, but just like New York, she will be back – and stronger than ever,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer. “Being open for the summer tourism season isn’t just important symbolically, it’s a boon to the city’s economy and businesses, as the statue attracts millions of tourists from all over the world to our shores. I thank Secretary Salazar for his extraordinary work – he was uncommonly focused on getting this job done, and the people of New York appreciate it.”

“We worked together to address safety and security concerns to reopen the crown and now he has helped bring this national treasure back after Superstorm Sandy. The Statue of Liberty will stand as a symbol of the whole region rebuilding even better and stronger after the storm,” said Senator Robert Menendez.

The reopening of the monument will also help the New York economy. Approximately 4 million people visited the park in 2011, generating $174 million in economic activity and supporting 2,218 jobs, according to an annual report released by the National Park Service.

However, the economic boost will require an investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Lands Highways Program. The program committed $28 million  to roads and bridges in federal parks and recreation areas in New York and New Jersey damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Tell us — are you looking forward to Liberty Island reopening?

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TravelSafe Vacation Plan Named Number One for Second Consecutive Year

We are proud to announce that the TravelSafe Vacation Plan has been ranked the number 1 travel insurance plan for the 2nd consecutive year by Top Ten Reviews!

So what does this mean for you? TravelSafe plans provide unmatched coverage which allows travelers to see the world with peace of mind. Awarded a 9.5 overall rating, the Vacation Plan offers up to 150% of the trip cost if your trip is interrupted and up to $25,000 for non-medical emergency evacuation. The policy also provides a $100,000 emergency accident and sickness benefit.

According to Top Ten Reviews, “if you are most concerned about travel insurance benefits for missed connections or lost baggage, this policy beats all of the competition.”However, we know that one plan doesn’t fit all – so we offer several options so you can find the plan that works best for you. Choices include Basic, Classic, Classic Plus, Protect-a-Group and more.

To find out more about the right coverage for you, visit or call us at 1-888-885-7233. We look forward to hearing about your next travel adventure!

Safe travels,
Your Friends at TravelSafe


Spa Travel on the Rise

Spa vacations promise rest and relaxation to travelers who are used to a busy schedule.

SpaFinder Wellness recently reveled the results of their 6th annual “State of Spa Travel” report. Every year, the company surveys global travel agents and gauges the strength of the spa travel market. Findings are based on an in-depth survey of 160+ travel agents around the world, completed during the fourth quarter of 2012. Their 68-page report contains valuable information and we’re breaking it down for you here:

  • The report indicates that Mexico/the Caribbean surpassed North America as the top global spa travel destination in 2012.
  • Hawaii took the lead as the number one U.S. region.
  • Spa travel was up in 2012 over 2011. Sixty-eight percent of travel agents reported growth in the number of clients choosing spa travel last year.
  • In 2012, there was an increase in the average price-per-night-booked for spa travel, with the majority of bookings now falling above $300 per night.
  • Three percent of travel agents reported their spa travel bookings have increased since the emergence of deal sites.

Now, we want to hear from you! Are you booking more spa vacations for your clients’ this year? If so, why do you think the interest in these types of vacation has risen? Leave a comment below and we look forward to hearing from you!

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America’s Top 3 Rooftop Hotel Pools

The summer season and warm weather is right around the corner, and soon we’ll be wanting to beat the heat. In hopes of bringing in the warmer weather even sooner, we’re focusing on pools this week and we have good news! Pools aren’t just for the kids. These roof-top pools sit on top of some of the best hotels in the country and will allow you to soak up the sun that the warmer months have to offer. Enjoy!

  1. The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles: This hotel and pool features panoramic views of Los Angeles and an all-day menu from Gordon Ramsay’s team with options such as shaken fresh fruits, crispy chicken dumplings, and more. To book a room call 866-282-4560 or visit
  2. Four Seasons Seattle: This downtown hotel’s rooftop offers views of iconic Seattle locations like the waterfront, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains. Music plays underwater in this heated saltwater infinity pool. To book a room call 206-749-7000 or visit
  3. The Colonnade, Boston: The heated saltwater pool sits on the 12th floor with views of Fenway Park, Copley Place, church steeples, and more. If you’re in Boston, it’s a must because it’s the only hotel rooftop pool in Boston. To book a room call 800-962-3030 or visit

To see the entire list of America’s best rooftop pools, click here. Tell us – which of these pools are you putting on your travel wish list? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook wall or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!