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Capitol Travel Service is a locally owned company founded in 1975.  We have been meeting Dane Countyís traveler's needs for nearly 40 years.  We are your source for the best travel information and expert planning assistance.  Whatever your travel needs are, we can help you and make the process as stress free as possible.  Please let us help you make your dreams a reality!

TRAVEL NEWS UPDATES

Hilton, Marriott to implement fee for last-minute cancellations
Beginning Jan. 1, Hilton and Marriott hotels will charge a single night's room rate for late cancellations, a move that emulates the airline industry's fee increases in recent years. Traditionally, hotels have allowed same-day cancellations without penalty, but the new rule requires canceling your reservation by the day before your arrival.  New York Times
Delta adds "Basic Economy" fare to more markets
Delta Air Lines has expanded its Basic Economy fare to additional markets, including Atlanta. Delta started testing the fare in Detroit in 2012. The carrier's website says, "If you're looking for a low fare, your travel plans aren't likely to change, and you don't mind where you sit, Basic Economy just may be your ticket."  Star Tribune
Holland America takes flexible dining concept to new heights
Holland America offers its passengers a wide variety of dining options -- from classic fine dining at The Pinnacle Grill to authentic cuisine from around the world. Wine-lovers may also indulge in their passion through the Culinary Arts Center's winetasting and mixology activities, while passengers seeking more casual food options can head for the Lido Restaurant or the Dive-In at the Terrace Grill.  Travel Pulse
United announced updated requirements for elite status
Beginning in 2016, United Airlines will implement updated loyalty program standards to members to earn elite status. The Premier Qualification Dollar requirement -- fliers' annual United Airlines spending -- will climb in each of the categories of membership to qualify for elite status.  Frequent Business Traveler
MGM Grand expands Stay Well program
MGM Grand this year expanded the number of Stay Well rooms located in its Main Tower in Las Vegas. The rooms, which cost an additional $30 per day, feature air purifiers, circadian lighting and showers infused with vitamin C, which is believed to neutralize chlorine. The company this summer launched Stay Well Meetings, which include similar features in a meeting setting  Travel Weekly
Royal Caribbean execs: Only new-builds get some Quantum amenities
Some of Quantum of the Seas' more high-tech amenities won't be making their way to Royal Caribbean's existing fleet, executives said, but the robot bartenders and the RFID-enabled wristbands will be available on upcoming ships including the Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Oasis 3. Meanwhile, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will adopt the new Dynamic Dining concept and Allure of the Seas will offer the Mamma Mia musical production. Royal Caribbean will also adopt a tiered pricing system for its high-speed Internet service, the executives said  Cruise Critic

TALKING TRAVEL

"The Voyage of the Mayflower"

In this season to give thanks letís take a Pilgrim voyage.  The North Atlanticís swirling currents and changeable weather make it a domain of stark contrast, peacefully beguiling one moment and elementally violent the next.  Even today, it claims victims from among those who dare to cross it.  How much more forbidding was it on September 6th, 1620 when a 180 ton vessel slipped out of Plymouth Harbor, England for a 2,700 mile voyage across an unknown void?  Running against strong currents, the Mayflower averaged only 2 miles per hour and the journey took 66 days.  Initial good weather quickly turned foul, forcing passengers to stay in cold, cramped, unlit quarters.  On November 10th, land was spotted; the Cape Cod cliffs where Truro Lighthouse now stands.  The Pilgrims landed the following day, signing a historic compact that established a self-governing colony.  A month later, the colony moved to the mainland at the mouth of a river they named Plymouth.  As you struggle this season with your guests and dinner plans, remember those early Pilgrims and give thanks.


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