Cool Way to Handle Young Kids Flying

HATCHER CARDNeal Arnold  March 13, 2015

Bill H., a weekly Road Warrior, of Allpoints Corporate Express, Airport Sedans, regular passengers related the following story upon returning to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on Delta Airlines from Salt Lake City.

Bill told me that he had boarded his return flight and had his noise canceling headphones on listening to music.  A young couple entered the plane with two infant children and started to put their belongings in the seat next to him and the other behind him.  His first thought was “what did I do to deserve this?”  The father of the two infants handed him the card pictured.  It said:

“My name is Ivy, and along with my twin sister Brooke, this is our first flight.  We may get angry at some point on this journey and we are sorry for that.  Please be patient with us.  I promise that my parents are doing all they can to keep us happy.  Please have a coffee or hot chocolate on us!  P.S. The gift card is from our Christmas flight that we had to cancel due to the flu.”

A gift card for Starbucks was included.  Of course, Bill felt bad about his first reaction and told the parents that he would not hear them due to his noise canceling headphones.  They told him to keep the card anyway.

What a cool way to handle a situation!

Neal Arnold

Allpoints Corporate Express, 214 212 0981 – 800 392 9602 http://www.AllpointsDFW.com

P.S. We always like to hear our client’s “Stories from the Road.”

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SEVEN SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE YOUR CRUISE

Cruising is a vacation. Now understand that you are about to get on a ship with three thousand of your new “best friends.” A few tips can make the trip more memorable and fun.  After all, that is the point, right? Here are my top seven suggestions to consider.

1. GET THERE EARLY …

photo (18)…Every year literally hundreds of cruise parties “miss the boat” and arrive too late to board.  Flight delays, traffic, bad weather and other delays can ruin your vacation. This is YOUR vacation. Why start it with stress and feel exhausted before you even set sail?

Booking your round trip transportation with Allpoints can help relieve some of the worries.  we recommend that you depart the Dallas or Fort Worth area allowing a extra hour and a half.  We will look at the time you want to arrive and schedule plenty of time for rest stops on the way down to the Port of Galveston plus traffic crossing Houston.  Find out more at our website www.DFWtoGalvestonCruiseBus.com

2. SAY “BON VOYAGE” WITH A SURPRISE….

… by sending a welcome package to your cabin. Bon_Voyage_Cabin_Decoration_Zoom gifImagine arriving to your cabin and finding a gift package or flowers.  Nothing starts a adventure better than a surprise. Having a package purchased thru your sales rep or cruise agent is a great way to start your cruise.  Links to Galveston Cruise Line gift shops are listed here:

Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines

There are Champagne and Chocolate packages, Flower packages, and even themed packages for the kids.

3. PICK YOUR TIMES AT THE POOL…

… There is so much more to do on the ship that you may not even think of going to a crowded pool. At full capacity the royal caribbean pool Disney Magic can hold up to 2700 guests.  and most will have their eyes set on the vessel’s pools.  Unfortunately there are only a fraction of the chairs necessary to accommodate everyone.  Chairs get claimed early in the day and are not given up.  Select your swimming times accordingly.  Also, look for the Serenity Deck with bar service, plush loungers and whirlpools.

4. EAT ON YOUR TERMS….

… and your own times. Some cruise lines still offer a rigid meal schedule. Others provide a freestyle dining, Usually buffet style. If your planning on dinner at one of the popular restaurants, be sure to set up your reservations as soon as Carnival Splendoryou are settled, either thru the purser’s office or your cabin steward.   If the ship is in port late try having a dinner in the local port.  Try room service for breakfast and have a picnic on the balcony.  Try a specialty restaurant.  While they will cost you extra the prices are still less than on shore.

5. SKIP THE SHORE PASS…

… and skip the bussing hassles. If you are a seasoned cruiser, and have visited the ports previously, then you  know one of the best kept cruising secrets.  Stay on board and enjoy the pool with fewer passengers. The gambling rooms will becarnival cruise shore less crowded, the lounges will be quieter with more room to relax.  If this is your first time at the cruise ports, then it’s best not to see everything at once.  Pick and choose your itinerary.  Find one that isn’t completely full.  If you’re unfamiliar with the area, stay close to the ship.  There is usually a port desk manned to sign in when you want to go back to the ship.  BE AWARE, the ship will NOT wait.  It is required to leave on schedule.  Keep in touch with your phone.  If you’re lost, there is usually someone able to guide you back to the port desk.

6. GET A SPA PASS EARLY….

… and enjoy a little bit of heaven on Earth. There is a lot of competition when it comes to at sea spas these days.  Make you reservations early if you want these services.  Also, inquire at the front desk about using the facilities without the norwegian cruise spamassage.  Often for $25 to $30 per day or $100 for a cruise length pass most lines will let you use the facilities, steam rooms, thalassotherapy pools, heated tiled loungers. There are also spa packages for men. This might be a good time to experiment with one.

7.  TRY THE DISCO….Carnival cruise comidy

…  or relax in one of the many lounges. Or maybe take in one of the variety shows.   Carnival also has a Comedy Club called the Punchliner.   Hey give it a try!  These spots tend to quiet down by midnight so fewer people will watch you get crazy.

These are just a few suggestions for making your cruise fun and most of all relaxing.

Karen O’Brien, CTC

www.DFWtoGalvestonCruiseBus.com

HOW DART’S TRAIN TO DFW WILL EFFECT TRAVEL

 

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On August 21st at around 5 AM the first DART passenger train arrived at DFW’s A terminal. Hailed as a milestone by DART and DFW Airport officials.  The train provides taxpayer subsidized rides from downtown Dallas to the A Terminal at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport for $2.50. Once in Dallas passengers may access the extensive greater DART system.  DFW and DART expect about 1200 passengers daily of around 166,000 passengers moving through DFW.  The final leg of construction cost around $150 million dollars.

The effects on other ground transportation services and Allpoints will vary.  In practical terms the ride from the A Terminal to  downtown Dallas should take about 50 minutes not including waiting for the train to arrive.  Of course our of town air passengers will have to tote their bags to the station and when getting off of the train take some other means of transportation, a taxi, to their hotel.  With ten stops between DFW and downtown Dallas the journey will take about a hour.  One can expect the cost to now go from $ 2.50 to $10.00 – $15.00.  Additonally, out of town clients will have trouble determining which rout is best for their final destination.  One would expect the total transfer to take about a hour and a half.

If the passenger is at one of the other terminals there will be another 15 to 20 minutes transferring on the Terminal Link, with bags, for a total transfer time of about two hours.  If one is going to Plano or Garland add another hour.  Allpoints estimates that only about 10 percent of clients actually go to Dallas and almost none go directly downtown.   There is parking available at some of the DART stations with varying degree of security.  Of course, this adds to the travel time.   While there are many passengers who today ride shuttles or taxis who are very cost adverse we at Allpoints Corporate Express believe that the time constraints for this type of travel will not greatly effect sedan transportation.

The greatest benefit to DFW and the Dallas area may will be that this is a sales plus for Conventions and the meeting business in Dallas.  I believe that the presence of the service will benefit Dallas even if many of the clients  do not actually ride DART. Employees at DFW will certainly have a more cost effective route to work. I am sure that at “Mary Kay” time next year the Terminal A station will be a sea of PINK!  I also believe that one ride on the train will encourage many of those ladies to use a cab, shuttle, or sedan to travel the next time.  I observed this in the 1970s when there was a direct bus system into Dallas.

DFW AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION – HOW IT EFFECTS LIMO LOADING

In 2010 the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport began a major renovation of it’s terminals and parking garages.  Construction effects how Allpoints Corporate Express serves it client at DFW Airport.  This program is named the Terminal Renewal And Improvement Program.  TRIP for short.  This will entail not only renovations to the interior lounge areas, ticketing, and baggage claim areas but entirely new and improved multi level parking garages.  These are much better lighted and featuremonoman lights above the individual parking spots which indicate if there is a available spot further down the row.  Even the exteriors of the terminals are in for a face lift.  The old tan concrete surfaces are being covered with a cleaner light colored covering.

To minimize disruptions only one section of the terminal is being done at a time.  Our website shows these construction areas and closures for your convenience.  We will update these as the construction progresses.  Simply go to the “HOW TO FIND cartoon driver signYOUR DRIVER” icon,  click on the terminal listed and a map will appear which shows the construction in darker blue.

Of course, this means reduced Pre-Arranged  Limousine loading and unloading space where the construction is being done.  In the case of the A  TERMINAL the first section currently only has three lanes of traffic one of which is used for curbside parking.  There are only two spaces on the limousine Pre-Arranged Limo stand parking so we will have our driver contact you by phone once your plane is at the gate so we can pick you up.  Allpoints will still have the sign and a smile but most likely won’t be sitting and waiting for you.

 

NEW PRE-ARRANGED LIMO AREA AT DALLAS LOVE FIELD

SW_7009085_Love_Field_Modernization_Program_001_LGDallas Love Field has moved the Pre-Arranged Limousine loading at Dallas Love Field. This will change how Allpoints Corporate Express meets it clients at Love Field.  Formerly, Limousines loaded across from baggage claim on the same level at Love Field. Now new construction now completed channels passengers to the Lower Level from the main concorse for ground transportation options. The Pre-Arranged Limousines, Taxicabs, Shuttles and Rental Car Shuttles are now at the end of a ramp which also leads to the parking garage.

In general the new accommodations are visually very nice. (see pictures)  However, there are only about five parking places for limousines.  Considering that the old limousine area could hold around eleven this means that when busy flights arrive drivers have little recourse other than to circle hoping that one of the parking places opens up.  In response Love Field officials have instituted a ten minute before flight arrival time limit.  This is no doubt to prevent drivers from arriving early in order to get a parking place.  The airport ground transportation street regularly check driver manifests in order to enforce this rule. This also deters “hustlers” and Uber drivers from sitting on the limo stand.

lovelimostand2Unlike Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Love Field did not bother to meet with the Limousine Industry or the Dallas Fort Worth Limousine Association during the design phase of the new construction project.  Had this been done the industry would have recommended more parking before concrete was poured.  This is a common problem in Dallas in general.

The rules listed on the Love Field website indicate that Taxicabs and Limousines must load on a first come first served basis.  Surly this is a misprint since limousines must be pre-arranged and cannot take any customer who is not pre-arranged.  There was a Limousine Remote Parking Area next to the Taxicab Holding Lot but it has been closed although the sign is still up.  At this point there is no clear place for limousines to wait at the airport until time to pull up to the stand.  A call to the ground transportation office did not get a response.

It has been suggested that limousines wait off airport until their clients call from the curbside.  At Allpoints Corporate Express we do not see this as providing the type of service our clients are paying for and we will continue to orbit the terminal until we are able to pick up our clients with a sign and a smile.

Dallas Love Field is a work in progress.  We can only hope that the first class facilities provided for travelers will make this important entry point to the Dallas Fort Worth area reflect the friendliness and welcoming spirit for which Dallas is known.

 

Wedding Couple Visit What-A-Burger After Wedding

Bride Gets Burger and "high five"

Bride Gets Burger and “high five”

Special requests on wedding bookings are not unusal for Allpoints Limousines since we really strive to provide personalized service. However, this couple came up with a new one.

The bride had once worked at the What-A-Burger # 460 at 401 E. Northwest Hwy in Grapevine. She wanted to go through the drive in on the way to the hotel. She is seen in the attached photo “high fiving” the guy in the window. Following their late night visit they were chauffeured on to the Embassy Suites.

ALLPOINTS BECOMES PART OF THE ULS AFFILIATE PROGRAM

Allpoints Corporate Express has become a member of the Unified Livery Systems “Limo Affiliate” program. This web based system allows our clients the ability to search for other high quality service providers in other cities throughout the world.

Access is available from the “Contact” page of our website. Simply look for the “Affiliate” icon and click. From there you simply select our “Country” then “State” then “City or Airport” then type of service. You will see our highly qualified partners in that location and can link directly to their website.

Robin Mirbahaeddin, account executive at Unified Livery Systems, reports that interest in the system was great at the latest Limousine Convention. Operators are looking for a way to bring their clients good service in other cities when they arrive at their destination.

Of course, if you wish you can still book both legs of the transportation directly with Allpoints and we will take care of the booking details.