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TGIF! Weekend Diversions

Diversions for the weekend!

"The waist is a terrible thing to mind"


Top 5 Courses This Week

The top five courses in the last seven days (based on number of graduates) were:

  1. Dominican Republic Specialist
  2. Visit London Specialist
  3. Orlando Travel Academy
  4. Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Specialist
  5. US Airways - Atlantis Master

Be a Weekend Wizard – take a course this weekend! Start next week with more sales power.


Too Much Coffee?

You sit at your desk all day and perhaps you make one too many trips to the coffee pot. Dave Letterman offers up some key indicators that you are drinking too much!



"Squawks" are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some squawks with some cheeky responses , gathered from interchanges between real pilots and their maintenance crews.

(P) = Problem (S) = Solution

(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire

(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft

(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal - #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage

(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit

(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed

(P) DME volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level

(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order

(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground

(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe)

(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That's what they're there for

(P) Number three engine missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search

(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious

(P) Mouse in cockpit
(A) Cat installed

(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the lyrics


The Thrill of Travel

Take a minute-long tour of Rome with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.


You're In The Hot Seat!

Imagine a newly-retired couple introduce themselves and say they've been itching to take a really exotic trip now that they've got some free time. "Someplace like Tanzania. What do you know about fly camping safaris?" the husband asks.

  1. Good choice if you're after a rugged experience and don't mind sleeping on the ground.
  2. Plane's the fastest way to get from one park to the next, but you'll miss some incredible scenery.
  3. That's the most popular option, just be sure to book ahead of rainy season, when most bush planes are grounded.
  4. The migratory bird flyways are best seen in the spring - but you should book now for next season because they always sell out.

Check your answer at TAU!


This Week's Selling Tip

Bermuda's hotels are not categorized as luxury, deluxe, standard, or moderate. Rather, the hotels in Bermuda are sorted by category or type. This means that you can find clients a luxurious cottage colony, a moderately priced small hotel, or an all-encompassing large resort hotel.


Rewards Winners

Congratulations to travel agents who earned bonuses in Travel Agent University Rewards programs:

  • Cayman Rewards:
  • Karen Bavoso, Woodlake Travel Store, Houston, TX
    Glenn Bornstein, Cleveland Circle Travel Inc., Brookline, MA
    Brenda Bader, Carrousel Travel Amex, Minneapolis, MN
    Luann Harden, Sea Vents World Travel, Houston, TX
    Nancy Collins, Right Coast Travel. Livingston, NJ
    Debie Isroff, Wayland Travel, Wayland, MA
    Brenda Anderson Newhof, Witte Travel And Tours, Grand Rapids, MI
    Janet Czapski, Dive Travel Services, Farmington Hills, MI
    Kristin Bongiovi, By All Means Travel, Farmingdale, NJ
    Vickie Coker, Travel Masters, Austin, TX
  • Langham Rewards:
  • James Caldwell, American Express
    Stacy Fisher, Ultramar Travel Bureau Inc.
    Faith Floyde, Carlson Wagonlit
    May Ling, JTB USA Inc.
    Colleen Nightengale, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    Eric Anderson, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    David Buchholz, Ultramar Travel
    Kerry Dean, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    Todd Gonyea, HRG North America
    Mellanie Hong, BCBG MAX AZRIA GROUP
    Linda Micklas, V T S Travel
    Caroline Narvaez, Bcd
    Jennifer Rivera, V T S Travel
    Stella Sidia, S.R. Travel Service
    Lynn Kawada, S.R. Travel Service
    Linda Micklas, V T S Travel
    Jennifer Rivera, V T S Travel
    Steven Vasquez, American Express Travel
  • Grenada Rewards:
  • Amanda Griffiths
    Martine Fenu
    Martine Fenu & Mary Lou Green
    Linda Montemarano
  • Charged Up Vegas Rewards
  • Grand Prize Winner and recipient of a $10,000 American Express Gift Card: Kevin Nguyen, Pinnacle Travel Services, Los Angeles, CA
    Second Place Winner and recipient of a $5,000 American Express Gift Card: Lisa Bitansky, Travel America Inc., Langley, British Columbia
    Third Place Winners and recipients of $1,000 American Express Gift Cards:
    Donna Evanoika, High Plains Travel, Colorado Springs, CO
    Mel Nobel, The Travel Guy, Palm City, FL
    Pamela Barlow, First Travel, Mineral Wells, TX
    Curtis Caston, American Express Travel/CTS, Lawrenceville, GA
    Peggy Brumley, Travel by Gagnon, Grand Rapids, MI

Alumni Alerts

When you complete courses in Travel Agent University, you get access to special offers, packages, etc. in the ALUMNI ALERTS section on the home page. This week, for example, check out new offers from Belize, Grenada and Langham Hotels International.


Get Your Rewards

Earn more cash - more fam trips - more cash to spend shopping on more fam trips! This weekend, catch up with all your eligible bookings in our Rewards programs.

TGIF! Weekend Diversions



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