Travel Services (MyTSOnline) Implements New Education Program and Warns Members of Upcoming Holiday Traffic

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Travel Services is warning members to expect a busy travel season during the holidays and advises them to stay patient and to call if there's a problem.

Travel Services is a private members only travel club whereby travelers can book any and all travel at cost, with no markups or commissions. They also educate members on how to travel and what to do when things go wrong.

Travel Services, also known as MyTSOnline, just implemented a new education program. According to Senior Travel Agent Mark, "We do everything we can to help our members enjoy their vacations, even when things go wrong such as a missed or delayed flight."

This Christmas travel season could be the busiest in six years, with AAA predicting that 93.3 million Americans will hit the road. That's 1.6 percent more than last year and just 400,000 people shy of the 2006 record.

More cars will crowd the highways than ever before, largely because finding a seat on a plane at a desirable price has gotten more difficult. AAA says a record 84.4 million people will drive at least 50 miles between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1. That's 90.5 percent of holiday travelers, up from 89.3 percent six years ago.

While about 1 million more people will driver, fewer will travel by plane.

Airlines for America, the industry's trade group, estimates that about 15 million people will fly between Dec. 17 and Jan. 6. The group says there will be 42 million segments — a takeoff and landing — flown by passengers. That's about 300,000, or 1 percent, fewer segments than last year.

Planes will also be fuller than last Christmas. The group's chief economist John Heimlich expects 86 percent of seats to be filled with paying passengers, up from 85 percent last year. That number could climb to 90 percent on the busiest days: the weekend before Christmas, the day after Christmas and Jan. 2.

Once fliers arrive, they'll pay more for hotels and car rentals. AAA three diamond lodgings are forecast to cost $129 a night, up $3 from last year. Two diamond properties are also up $3 a night to $95. Daily car rental rates will average $56, compared to $40 last year.

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