Friday, April 20, 2018

Airline Strike: Passengers Get Ready For Compensation. #PassengerRights

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that airlines must compensate passengers for delays and cancellations caused by airline staff strikes. Similar to EC 261, a European regulation that requires airlines to compensate passengers who have experienced flight disruptions, this new ruling protects all airline passengers flying to the EU, on an EU airline, or from any country within the EU, including US passengers.
Previously, airline strikes were considered an extraordinary circumstance, so until now, passengers were not eligible to claim compensation from airlines if disruptions resulted from strikes. This new decision significantly strengthens existing regulations, reopening cases of this kind as more travelers become eligible to claim up to $700 in compensation for this type of disruption.
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg today ruled that airlines must compensate their passengers for flight delays and cancellations, even though the reason for this was a strike by airline staff. The airlines are now facing a wave claims, because this ruling applies to all previous airline strikes and new ones. Why this is such an important judgement, is explained by Christian Nielsen, head of the legal department of the world’s leading passenger helper portal, AirHelp.
“Until now, airlines strikes of all kind have been considered extraordinary circumstances that exempt airlines from their duty to pay compensation. Today the European Court of Justice ruled that even an illegal strike does not constitute an extraordinary event. So from now on, airlines must compensate their passengers with up to $700 per person if they were affected by flight delays or cancellations due to strikes by airline staff. This decision significantly strengthens European passenger law. The airlines are now going to face a wave of claims, as this ruling also applies to all previous strikes, the statute of limitation being the only barrier.
Therefore, we at AirHelp will reopen thousands of closed cases of this kind and enforce the claim for compensation of our customers with the responsible airlines. We will inform all affected customers in the next days. However, we also advise all other passengers affected by flight problems due to airline strikes to enforce their right to financial compensation. At AirHelp it is our mission to fight for passenger rights and help everybody to get the compensation they deserve. We even go to court for you.”
Flight problems: These are the passengers’ rights
In case of a delayed or canceled flight, and in instances of denied boarding, passengers may be entitled to financial compensation of up to $700 per person in certain circumstances. The condition for this stipulates that the departure airport is within the EU or that the airline carrying it is based in the EU. Furthermore, the reason for the delay in flight operations must be caused by the airline. The right to financial compensation must be claimed within three years of the delayed date of the flight.
On the other hand, extraordinary circumstances such as storms, or medical emergencies mean that the operating airline is exempt from the obligation to compensate air passengers.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Amtrak Announces National 3-Day Sale For Seniors, April 17th-19th.

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Book now to save an additional 10 percent from standard senior discount

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has announced a special offer for customers who qualify for a senior rate (65 and older). With this offer, customers will save an additional 10 percent off their standard 10 percent discount fare that they receive throughout the year. Just in time to travel to their favorite destinations prior to the summer rush, the discount is valid for travel from Tuesday, May 1 to Wednesday, June 27 with no blackout dates. The sale runs exclusively on for booking between Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19.

Customers can sit in comfort, instead of traffic, and avoid the additional costs of driving, parking, tolls and gas. They can also enjoy large spacious seats, no middle seats, ample legroom, the freedom to move around, Wi-Fi on most train services and a generous baggage policy. Some of the cities where customers can experience a quick weekend getaway or a longer trip include:

Pairing Cities
Pairing Cities
Chicago – St. Louis
Philadelphia - Boston
Minneapolis – Chicago
Washington, D.C. – Savannah
New York City – Washington, D.C.
Portland – Los Angeles

For great savings, please use promo code “V701” and select the passenger type “E” when purchasing. Valid proof of age is required for the discount and onboard the train. One child, age 2-12, may accompany each adult at half the typical adult fee. Space is limited, and prices are not available on all trains at all times. Advance reservations are required a minimum of 14 days prior to travel, including unreserved service. Other restrictions apply. The National Spring Sale is valid only for coach seats, and upgrades to business class or sleeper upgrades are not included. Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are allowed. Cancellation and refund rules are based on the fare purchased. Exchanges are permitted prior to scheduled departure, a 25 percent cancellation fee may apply.

About Amtrak®
Amtrak offers a more comfortable and convenient travel experience with free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak customers for each of the past seven years. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily, connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces, and reaches 400 additional destinations via connecting bus routes. Learn more at

Spring 2018 At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rural Rhythms and City Sounds
Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
Through September 3
From jazz and the jitterbug to assembly lines and skylines: the early twentieth century was a time of great social, artistic, and technological change. Artists responded with a revolutionary language of shapes and colors. See how Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, and others challenged convention and forged bold new styles to fit the times.
Experiments in Motion
Opens April 21
Photographers are able to stop, extend, and rearrange time for their own creative ends. Experimentslooks at ways the artists approach subjects like memory and mortality, the passage of time, and invisible aspects of nature.
Sculpture Garden
Now, She: Two Sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard
Opens April 27
A pair of monumental works by one of the most influential sculptors working today. First constructed in cedar and then cast in bronze and urethane resin, these lyrical sculptures exemplify the artist’s complex approach to scale, material, and technique.
Biting Wit and Brazen Folly: British Satirical Prints, 1780s–1830s
Opens May 4
Printed satirical caricatures were inescapable in London during the 1700s and 1800s. Often lighthearted and cheeky upon first glance, the images could also be mulled over and picked apart at leisure.
Outdoor Art
Rodin Museum
Pay What You Wish
This tranquil oasis is one of the world's great places to experience the work of celebrated French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Often regarded as the father of modern sculpture, Rodin created masterpieces such as The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell that will take your breath away. Spring is a great time to visit: the gardens are in bloom with a variety of colorful blossoms
Louder, Livelier, Looser
Final Fridays: Body Language
April 27, 5:00–8:45 p.m.
Get body-positive with a night celebrating forms and figures of all shapes and sizes.
Artist Michael Grimaldi leads a life drawing class celebrating the collaboration between artist and model. Nude models will be on hand to inspire you. The Naked Stark dance company lead a movement workshop promoting mind/body awareness. Performer Wesley Flash invites you on a transgender Detour, reclaiming trans artworks in a re-vision of art hirstory.
Then enjoy body-movin' music by DJ lil'dave before taking in an inspiring contemporary dance performance by the multicultural and intergenerational Eleone Dance Theatre.
56th Annual
Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show
April 20–22 | The Navy Yard
Long regarded as one of the best shows of its kind in the United States, the Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show features sixty dealers specializing in a wide range of periods and styles. Don't miss a special talk by Martha Stewart on April 20.
Hands-On Art Making
Bookmaking Workshop
May 5, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Learn bookmaking techniques during the last of this series of workshops. Each session includes a tour of the exhibition Keith Smith at Home with the show's curator. $20 ($16 members); includes Perelman Building admission.
Family Festival
Peace, Love & Collab
May 6, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Come together at the Perelman Building: Take part in a collaborative creation inspired by the psychedelic 1960s, discover artist Jean Shin’s community-based installations, and then watch teamwork in action with improv group StoryUP!
See a full calendar of What's On this season.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Idina Menzel To Perform At Gala Honoring Joe Biden At Gala Benefiting The National Museum Of American Jewish History In Philadelphia On April 24th

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Gala to take place on April 24 at The Bellevue Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, PA—The National Museum of American Jewish History is pleased to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will be honored at the Museum’s annual Only in America Gala on April 24, 2018, to be held at The Bellevue Philadelphia. The gala will pay tribute to this son of Pennsylvania’s work to support and embrace the American Jewish community and the freedoms to which Americans of all backgrounds aspire. Every day, the Museum is dedicated to exploring the American Jewish experience—how an immigrant community and religious minority shapes and is shaped by America. Echoing the Museum’s mission, Biden has said “…this generation of Americans has the opportunity so rarely granted to others by fate and history. We literally have the chance to shape the future—to put our own stamp on the face and character of America.” 

Tony-Award winner Idina Menzel, best known for voicing Elsa in Disney’s Frozen and for her portrayal of Elphaba in the 2003 Broadway production of Wicked, will perform in honor of Vice President Biden.

2018 Honoree
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1942, former Vice President Joe Biden briefly worked as an attorney before turning to politics. He became the fifth-youngest U.S. senator in history as well as Delaware's longest-serving senator. When former President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Biden became the 47th Vice President of the United States. Biden served a second term as vice president from 2012 - 2016. In 2017, Biden received the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction for his service to the United States.

A longtime friend of the Museum, Biden has close ties with local, national, and international Jewish groups. In November 2010, Biden dedicated the Museum’s building on Historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia. More recently, in 2016, Biden received the World Jewish Congress’s annual Theodor Herzl Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals who work to promote Herzl’s ideals for a safer, more tolerant world for the Jewish people. 

Musical Performer
Idina Menzel
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Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel’s diverse career traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel voiced Elsa in Disney's global box office smash Frozen, which featured her performance of the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" and made her the first artist with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Previously, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl in the blockbuster Wicked, and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent. Menzel's most recent Broadway role as 'Elizabeth' in the original production If/Thenearned her a third Tony nomination. Other notable projects include Glee, Disney'sEnchanted, and co-founding the A BroaderWay Foundation—an organization that provides arts-centered programs to girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity.

The Only in America Gala will take place on Tuesday, April 24 at The Bellevue Philadelphia at 6 pm.  For more information, sponsorship and and tickets please

American Express Launches A New Credit Card For Jet-Setters — With A $450 Annual Fee

The new card comes with one free annual hotel stay at participating Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards hotels.

The card is aimed a the ‘most premium and often-traveling, globetrotting’ customers, the company says
American Express has a new idea for keeping the jet set happy.
The company  announced a new card Monday, the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) American Express Luxury Card. The card is aimed at American Express’s “most premium and often-traveling, globetrotting” customers, said Courtney Kelso, senior vice president of U.S. commercial cards at American Express. It also comes with a hefty annual fee of $450.
The new card arrives as American Express has faced some pressure from competitors, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve card  and the Citi Prestige Card 
In 2016, American Express had 23% of the U.S. market share by credit-card purchase volume, according to The Wall Street Journal, down from 26% in 2011. It has lost several co-branded cards in its portfolio in recent years, including cards with Costco  and JetBlue 
One free hotel stay every year
The new card debuts in August and comes with an annual perk designed to make customers loyal: One free hotel stay at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels on the anniversary of the day the customer opened their account. That one night can be at or under the value of 50,000 points.
It also comes with a $300 statement credit each year, which cardholders can use for any purchases at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels, such as dining, spa treatments and merchandise sold at those properties.
Cardholders automatically get American Express “Gold Elite” status and can earn “Platinum Elite” status if they spend $75,000 on the card in a calendar year.
Global entry or TSA Precheck fees are also included, which cost $100 and $85 respectively. It has no foreign transaction fee.
The card will have a sign-up bonus, but American Express has not yet announced what it will be.
For every dollar spent, cardholders will get:
• 6X points at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels
• 3X points at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
• 2X points on other eligible purchases
The new card “underscores how popular the premium card space continues to be,” said Kim Palmer, a credit card expert at the personal-finance company NerdWallet. “For guests who are already loyal to Marriott, the new card could be a good option that includes what are now standard luxury card perks, like Global Entry credit and a $300 statement credit for spending at Marriott properties.”
There are several drawbacks to the new Amex card
Hotel cards can be limiting when it comes to transferring the points to purchase things outside of those hotel chains, Palmer said. Starwood does have airline partners, but a general travel card could be better for someone who wants more flexibility, she said.
The card also comes with a hefty annual APR of 17.24% to 26.24%, which can add up for cardholders who don’t pay their bill in its entirety. The average variable interest rate on all credit cards is currently 16.87%, according to personal-finance company Bankrate.
New benefits for Starwood Preferred Guest cards
American Express also announced new benefits for its SPG consumer and business cards, which will also premiere in August.
The SPG consumer credit card, which has a $95 annual fee, will also give one free annual night for the cardmember’s anniversary, but it must be worth 35,000 points or fewer. It gives 6X points at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels and 2X points on other eligible purchases.
The SPG business card also comes with a $95 annual fee and offers an annual night award of 35,000 points or fewer.
The SPG business card also offers the following points:
• 4X points on everyday business purchases at U.S. restaurants, U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. shipping purchases
• 6X points at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels
• 2X points on other eligible purchases



Queen Mary 2 Guests To Be First To Board The QE2 Hotel In Dubai

Queen Elizabeth 2 is now permanently docked in Dubai.
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Dubai will welcome the most famous ocean liners in the world when the arrival of Queen Mary 2 coincides with the opening of the Queen Elizabeth 2 hotel.
Guests travelling on QM2 will have the opportunity to join VIPs and local media at the opening of the QE2 on 18th April.  Future guests will also have the chance to visit when QM2 returns to Dubai in January and April 2019 as part of her World Voyage.
QE2 was launched by Her Majesty the Queen in 1967 and was the Cunard flagship liner (a role she relinquished to Queen Mary 2 in May 2004), undertaking 25 world cruises, crossing the Atlantic more than 800 times and carrying more than 2.5 million passengers.  QE2 is owned by PCFC Hotels - part of the Dubai government's Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation and will reside permanently at Mina Rashid, Dubai.
"On behalf of Cunard, we are so excited for our guests sailing on Queen Mary 2 to be of the first to board the QE2 Hotel in Dubai," said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. "QE2 holds a very special place in Cunard's history, and we hope that the ship will continue to be enjoyed by many guests to come."
For more information about Cunard, or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard Line at 1-800-728-6273 or visit
For travel agents interested in further information, please contact your Business Development Manager, visit OneSource or call Cunard toll free at 1-800-528-6273.
CunardCunard is the operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury accommodations in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill Suite and Queens Grill Suite staterooms. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to celebrate the freedom of travel on exciting World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Awarded '#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line' by Travel + Leisure's 2017 and 2016 World's Best Awards and 'Best World Cruise Itineraries' and 'Best Trans-Atlantic Itineraries' by Porthole Cruise Magazine's 2016 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Dining Out For Life To Benefit HIV/AIDS Care And Prevention April 26, 2018 - 3,000 Restaurants In More Than 60 Cities In North America


WHAT: Dining Out For Life® hosted by Subaru® is a restaurant-based event with a truly fulfilling call to action: Dine at one of the 3,000 participating restaurants in more than 60 cities across North America on Thursday, April 26, 2018 and that restaurant will donate a generous portion of the day’s proceeds to fund HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential services in their city. An average of $4 million is raised annually – in the past ten years, Dining Out For Life has raised roughly $38 million for the wellness of those affected by HIV/AIDS.

WHERE: Regions that celebrate Dining Out For Life include* Albany, Anchorage, Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham/Mobile, Boston, Broward County, Fla., Buffalo, Charleston, Chattanooga, Chicago, Denver/Boulder, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Inland Empire, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo/Southwest Michigan, Las Vegas, Lexington, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul/Greater Minneapolis, Nashville, New Haven, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Palm Springs and Coachella Valley, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, Portland, Ore., Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Sonoma County, St. Louis, Tacoma and Olympia, Tampa Bay, Tulsa, Vancouver and Whistler, and Washington, D.C.
* Please note: While most cities will hold their event on Thursday, April 26, some have alternate dates. For more information on your area’s event,

About Dining Out For Life
 Dining Out For Life began in Philadelphia in 1991 and has since grown into an international event held across North America and raising an average $4 million annually. The idea behind the single-day event is simple and effective: Dine Out, Fight AIDS. Each restaurant donates a percentage of the day’s food sales, which goes to local organizations to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDs services. For more information, visit or participate, please contact Dining Out For Life International, Inc.