FUN THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

By alexatravel on December 5, 2019 Family Vocation

FUN THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

A city of South California with sprawling districts and suburbs, tropical climate, immensely cosmopolitan, string of sandy beaches, sun-baked hills, beautiful pacific coastline, cultural art institutions, superior museums, theme parks and not to forget home of Hollywood.

The categorization of Los Angeles…… naaa…. Not an easy task to sum up the vibrant and exhilarating city which cannot be defined.

What can you say????

Or what not to say about the city of everything…. Home of the Beach Boys and Linkin Park…..

You can have a romantic weekend or an adventurous tour with your friends or family a refreshing trip with your loved ones in the “City of Angles”.

Bewilderment is usual when you decide to traverse one of the most diverse cities of United States. You can spend days strolling through the studio tours and pilgrimages to places from TV and movies or go deep and discover the taco truck.

Alexa Travel is here to fog you out from the mesh of desirable destinations and by sharing with you the 8 coolest places that you can visit and have fun during your stay in Los Angeles.

  1. GRIFFITH PARK

An eminent park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains has an assortment of fun things to do for you. You have been to LA and not get indulged in one of the top rated activities….

For film fanatics thefabulous Hollywood sign standing tall on Mount Lee in Griffith Park since 1923 (originally put up as “Hollywoodland”) is admirable. For an up-close peek you can hop on the back of horse and get along the network of trails of Griffith Park in a one hour ride for 50$ or two hour ride for 75$. And hiking up to the 53 mile park ….. Though tough yet worthy with every stop giving you a spectacular view of the cityscapeand never gets old. This big a sign is perfectly visible across the canyon by parking at the Lake Hollywood Park.

The Zoo of Los Angeles and Botanical Gardens offers a wide range of plants and animal species including elephants, koala bears, apes, lions, tigers, hippopotamus along with number of amphibians and reptiles.

Spend a beautiful day golfing at the two historic golf courses: Wilson and Harding with the amenities of golf shop, diving range and a restaurant.

A fun ride of a pony or a miniature train that takes you along the perimeter of the Travel Town Museum with a warm welcome by the two miniature goats: Itsy and Bitsy comes with a complete package of enjoyment for youngsters.

Have a refreshing picnic on the grassy areas of the park. The most desirable location is Amir’s Garden with a phenomenal oasis and amazing views, and the abundant of picnic tables.

Crazy for batman???

Bronson caves are for you made from the 20th century rock quarry used in innumerable movies and TV shows. It is accessible through an easy hiking to the caves emerging from the Canyon Drive.

Your amazement gets manifold with the “Christmas present” of Griffith J. Griffith in form of Griffith observatory and Greek Theatre. At the dreamy terrace of observatory behold the twinkling city at night or witness the city rippling in sun. The Samuel Oschin Planetarium screens Centered in the Universe offering you a trip through time with the discoveries by Ptolemy and Galileo, and space, through the Milky Way.

Become the spectator of several live comedy shows, musical performances and plays all along the year along with the sensational mountain views.Explore the culture, history and art of America at the Aurty Museum of American Westexhibiting variety of Native American art, paintings and historic firearms.

  1. THE GETTY CENTER

The Getty Center, an awe-inspiring modern fortress atop Santa Monica Mountains in Brentwood is a labyrinthine complex stretching up to 110 acres of Travertine reflecting light at the hilltop.

Spoil yourself with the astonishing art collection from Stone Age to medieval times to present from different nations embellished with the manicured gardens. The incredible architecture of light-colored marble bob having circular concrete-and-steel structure among pools, fountains and ever-changing Central Garden, the Cactus Garden, the outdoor sculpture along with a knockout view of the city make this a must-do destination, even if you are not into art.

The finest collection comprises ofRenaissance paintings, Italian, Flemish and Dutch painting from the 17th to the 19th centuryEuropean paintings, 20th-century American photography, Baroque sculptures, historic and illuminated manuscripts, the huge assortment of Impressionist painting and exquisite decorative arts, as well as 19th- and 20th-century photography.

This multifaceted attraction avails free 45-minute guided tours (for 15-30 people) at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., moreover the complimentary headsets are available for self-guided audio tours.

The fee to visit…. Yeah ……Important thing…. It’s free!!! You just need to give the parking charges 0f 20$ (you can avoid even this with the provision of city bus which drop you at the gate).

  1. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington, one of the world’s greatest research libraries in San Marino might be considered a little extravagant, however with every moving step it becomes apparent that it’s worth every penny spent.

Looking for a garden or in search of some art…. Or want some peaceful reading in a library or to get a glimpse of magnificent aromatic flowers….. Or what you can think of….. History?????

Whatever intriguing thing you are thinking, you are going to get at this sprawling estate stretched in 120 acres adorned with more than a dozen themed gardens including aesthetic desert garden, flabbergasting Japanese garden, Chinese garden and fragrant rose garden. The county withholds nine million items from alluring artifacts to inspiring manuscripts from 1000s to 21st century, Henry David Thoreau’s manuscript of Walden, for instance,and the documents from Abraham Lincon’s life are like an icing to the cake.

That’s not it… the exhibition spaces has an engaging display of literature and paintings and lush botanical gardens have an assortment of orchids, bonsai, cycads and camellias. Don’t miss out on the works of Rogier van der Weyden, Gainsborough and American artists like Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol at the Huntington Art Gallery with a marvellous exhibit of painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

  1. DISNEYLAND RESORT

What’s your age??? Ahhh ….. Forget it… who cares???

Whatever your age…. an obligatory trip to Disneyland Resort is on the top of your bucket list because you are never too old for DISNEYLAND.

A premier family vacation destination is offered by the incorporation of two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, connected via outdoor shopping area, Hotels, Restaurants and Downtown Disney.

The park offers legendary rides like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad combined with the ecstatic experience of elaborately created sets based on movie themes.

You will get fascinated with the charm of old Hollywood and the buzz of Disney’s Marvel and Pixar movies in the park. People especially the tiny visitors cannot get out of the fun and enchantment of Main Street parades.

Have you already been to the place????…. No worries….A new land is opened in 2019 for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, designed in collaboration with Lucas film.

  1. VENICE BEACH

Thinking of VENICE …. Two words pop up…. Amusing and vibrant having its own unique vibe.

Developed in the early 20th century by Abbot Kinney, the two and half mile stretch of golden sand, known as the Venice Beach boardwalk never fails to create an impression with the daily procession of scantily clad beachgoers and packed withconstant stream of  walkers, cyclers, rollerbladers, and joggers among the eclectic characters.

Name a fun activity …… Muscle Beach, cannabis shops, a skate park, street performers, tattoo parlours, international cuisine, innumerable trinket hawkers….. And it’s there.

The bohemian epicenter of California boldly embraces its eccentric spirit with its arcaded historic buildings, canal side resorts, funky boutiques and restaurants.

For a vacation filled with cool and fun activities, Venice Beach is free for everyone for the whole 24 hours (though parking can be a hassle) and easily accessible through nearby bus stops.

6.     Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The linchpin of Los Angeles museum district with the expansion of 20 acres ornamented with a medley of seven uniquely architectured buildings is the largest museum of the western United States on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile.

Get mind-boggling experiences of the vast collection encasing every nook and corner of the world exhibiting almost 130,000 artifacts from Impressionist paintings to modern art and admire the Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation, designed from 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps.

Some of the visit-worthy pieces include inventories of Greek, Roman with enthralling Etruscan, American, Latin American, Islamic, Asian art, photography and film as well as eye-catching permanent art installations.

There’s much more to this thought-provoking place like Diego Rivera’s Portrait of Frida Kahlo (1939), Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio by David Hockney (1980), Titian’s Portrait of Jacopo (1532), The Swineherd by Paul Gauguin (1888) and the most recent expansion Transformation.

You can avail this terrific experience with an admission ticket of 25$ for adults and the smaller visitors (17 or younger) gets a free pass.

  1. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The largest natural history museum of western United States encompasses 4.5 billion years of history within three museums:The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the The Page Museum at The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in NewhallSanta Clarita, California.

Get amazed with the Spanish Colonial Revival designed mansion circumjacent by the trails, farm animals, bison, park and a cheerful picnic area. The museum carry forward Hart’s legacy withholding the possessions of movie stars along with Native American artifacts. The charm of the museum gets enhanced with the commemoration of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and Annual Hart of the West Powwow since 2015.

George C. Page museum is a story teller of the excavation of tar pits with the display of out of the ordinary specimens dug out from the pits. A stroll in the park offers you a splendid view of more than 100 tar pits and the life-size models of prehistoric animals.

The Natural History of Museum is house of immense agglomeration of specimens covering a range of topics on several galleries.

You will surely get astound by the 14,000 square foot Dinosaur Hall having a mind-blowing display of dinosaur skeletons and the spell-bounding experience especially for the younger guests to witness the growth series of Tyrannosaurus rex fossils ranging from baby to adult. You can never ever ignore to explore the 500 years of Southern Californian history in Becoming Los Angeles and the accompanying Discovery Center and Insect Zoo.

Searching for an added advantage??? Okay… there it is… you can have a tour of this amazing place without spending a single penny… yeah…. it’s free.

  1. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

Movies… all-time favourite source of entertainment…. We all concur to this fact.

And given the opportunity no one misses out to have a tour of the movie sets and if the tour is of Universal Studios…. It becomes a must-do trip.

The fun of having an hour-long tram ride is unmatched as it offers you a peek to the sets of movies like Courthouse Square (To Kill a Mockingbird, Back to the Future, Gremlins) and the house from Psycho (1960) with a fascinating view of certain famous movies, in addition to this you feel the shiver of couple of mishaps, like flash flood and earthquake.

The Universal Studios Theme park serve as the icing on cake with breath-taking theme rides based on blockbuster movies like Wizarding World of Harry Potter having the Flight of the Hippogriff rollercoaster and the Forbidden Journey, a dark ride through Hogwarts and the latest arrival of Jurassic World: The Ride, a “shoot the chute”.

You can meander on the City Walk and pamper yourself with the three-block entertainment area along with awesome places for dining, shopping and to enjoy theater.

It’s not possible to stay away from these dreamy destinations for a long…

So grab your luggage, pack and plan your trip to Los Angeles with Alexa Travel and avail the best flight deals from India to USA for your hassle-free journey.

FLY WITH QATAR

By alexatravel on November 15, 2019 Travel Tips

FLY WITH QATAR

Whenever the thought of travelling crosses my mind, it always leaves me with a question….. Why should I walk when I can fly??

And it’s aptly said by Henry Ford “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” This arise the curiosity to explore more flying options. We at Alexa Travel works round the clock to provide you with best of the best. So, today we are going to have an insight into the world’s best airline of the year (by Skytrax) – Qatar Airways.

Qatar – youngest global airline serves in all the 6 continents of the world connecting more than 160 destinations every day. This world’s fastest-growing airline provides the experience of the most technologically advanced aircraft (Airbus A350- 1000) with the maximum capacity (Airbus A380– largest passenger jet of the world). This airline renders the special facilities for mobility assistance and to expectant mothers as well as unaccompanied minors. Have a pleasure of extraordinary and sumptuous cuisine along with in-flight entertainment with 4,000 entertainment options to choose from, or you just lean back and enjoy your spacious sanctuary in the sky.

Though, it is so tempting already…. But, there’s no harm in making it more enticing with some special offers.

  • Discover the economic and cultural capital of Thailand with its spirituality with fares starting from USD 781(let me share a secret …..ssshhhh…. book your flight as soon as possible and experience the blend of tradition with modernity because fares are going to rise in December 2019 ).
  • Traverse the exotic archipelago and feel the magnificent aura of the magical ancient Persia, Ottoman Turkey and Indian the prices starting from USD 1623.
  • Fly to the south Asia’s most culturally vibrant city – Peshawar. it is sure to get allured with the distinctive Afghan flavors with the fares starting from USD 1263 and indulge in the aroma of spices.
  • Open the portal to the parallel world by taking a flight to Manila and have the delight of Asia’s fastest-growing metropolises in a price of USD 775.
  • Visit the town of Lord Anantha, a millennium-old Indian historic city – Thiruvanthapuram with fares starting from USD 840 and get mesmerized with the beautiful spot on India’s Arabian Sea coast.
  • Get fascinated by the glittering Aegean sea of Greek island and enjoy the sun-bleached beaches of Mykonos with fares starting with USD 1176.
  • Fly to the land of Sandy beaches and rugged coastlines stand alongside volcanic hillsides, lush rainforests and traditional rice paddies with the most finest surfing and scuba-diving sites, one and only Bali with fares starting from USD 754.
  • Step into the city of myth and mysteries and experience the epic adventure of Sinbad at Basra with prices starting from USD 1454.
  • Discover the home of Nelson Mandela and take pleasure in vibrant cultural and economic scenes of Johannesburg with the fare of USD 796.
  • Get enchanted by an enigmatic city with the bustling multicultural metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. You surely get dazzled by Southeast Asia’s most vibrant culinary scenes. The offer for you starts from USD 689.
  • Want to stroll through white beaches and take a selfie at picturesque harbors?? Then get your flight booked now at USD 818 to Dar es Salaam.
  • Feel the exuberance of Vietnamese culture amid Eurasian architecture in a tropical climate of Hanoi by flying there with starting fares of USD 790 and get enthralled by the mixture of dynastic and colonial history.

Getting eager to book your air ticket in Qatar????

This is just a trailer …… come and get bewitched by the full movie with Alexa Travel, as we have a lot more offers in our treasure(more than you can imagine….yeah) to serve you.

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Relish The Grand Flight With Emirates

By alexatravel on November 13, 2019 Alexa Travel

Relish The Grand Flight With Emirates

It is aptly said that it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.
EMIRATES, one of the best award-winning airlines in the world renders luxurious and innovative yet comfortable, non-stop services to its passengers throughout 140 destinations in 78 countries over 6 continents. The fleet of aircraft mainly incorporates three-class cabin configurations – First Class, Business Class and Economy Class, along with some two-class aircraft (Business Class and Economy Class). Numerous types of seating including suites, flatbeds and sleeper seats are facilitated in first-class cabins.
Wait! Wait! Wait! The comforts are not limited just to seating. Stay connected with the free Wi-Fi (limited) and in-seat power (have your calls onboard).
What’s a journey without meals???? Have a choice of regionally inspired or a matching meal with complimentary beverages. While sipping the refreshing meals explore up to 4500 channels including live sports, cartoons and over 1000 latest movies.
Now, you want all these cheesy elements in your flight and obviously at affordable prices. At Alexa travel, we understand your requirements and desires, so I’m going to give you a glimpse of certain offers which can make your fly cheaper.

    • Avail featured fares on current flight specials. Hurry, because it is first to come first have the opportunity and the offer is valid till August 8, 2019.
    • Bring down the amount with cash plus miles offer on selected flights and fares to your favourite destination. Enjoy exclusive cash + miles prices and make the most of your miles. Upgrade your miles with every booking.
    • Fly with Emirates this summer and take pleasure of accommodation in Accor, Armani Hotel Dubai, Emaar Hospitality Group or Marriott with exclusive rates till September 30, 2019.
    • Travel to Dubai with Emirates between 1 May to 31 August, 2109 and use your Emirates boarding pass as your key to avail exclusive offers at over 500 locations to take delight dine in some of the best restaurants, take leisure with family at world-class theme parks and relax at the spas ; in addition to this, see top cultural attractions.
    • Students, shine your Instagram grid with loads of different apparels as now you can pack more with generous baggage allowances especially for you to your destinations around the US, Toronto, Australia, Europe and Auckland.
      (The extra 10kg baggage allowance can be added to your 30kg allowance on flights to USA , Australia, Europe or Auckland and if you’re travelling to one of our 12 destinations in the US and to Toronto in Canada, you can carry up to 69kg of baggage with the addition an extra 23kg piece of baggage on top of two pieces of baggage weighing 23kg each that you are entitled to.)
    •  Aboard the Emirate and adore a two-day entry pass to various Dubai Parks & Resorts and utilize the package of offers for AED 495 for adults and AED 435 for children.

Have access to all four world-class parks of Dubai (Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Water Park.
Feeling blessed! But that’s not it. The further advantages include AED 250 worth of credits on wristband for usage over the two days at restaurants and food carts, and don’t forget to have a photo souvenir of your visit, 10% off on all merchandise at the retail outlets inside the parks, 3 Q-Fast passes for each day to skip the long queues at the parks along with 15% off all food and beverage outlets at Lapita Hotel & Resort.

With the booking of Emirates, enjoy the warmth gesture of Marhaba( from the group of Emirates) for a marvellous airport experience.
So, fly to your destination through a resplendent journey with your true travel companion, Alexa travel, because we believe the joy is in the Journey.

5 Airport Tips For a First-Timer Flyer

By alexatravel on October 24, 2019 Travel Tips

5 Airport Tips For a First-Timer Flyer

1. Pack your luggage wisely
If it is your first time travelling by air, then make sure to pack properly. It is important to weigh your bag before reaching the airport. Also, make sure to keep your luggage light and not heavy as it will be easier for you to carry it while on your journey and in between check-ins. It is essential to keep a check of what all you need to carry and keep a record of it beforehand. Do carry out a thorough check on how much weight your airline permits you to carry. These numbers may differ from one airline to another which solely depends on which airline you have chosen for your air travel. The reason why it is advised to check the luggage eight beforehand or carry a portable weight checker is to avoid getting charged for carrying extra weight in your luggage. So, it is better to pack right before getting into so much trouble .

2. Flight ticket booking

Flight booking is an easy task but that is only if you get your ticket booked from a well trusted place. Getting a cheap, pocket friendly air ticket from an entrusted portal is a difficult task, but do not worry about it as we at Alexa Travel have come to your rescue. If it is your first time booking an air ticket, then make sure to go through the companies credentials properly before booking a ticket. This will keep you from getting fooled by those eye-catchy deals which in reality are a scam. Make sure to check the different deals that have been mentioned on our website thealexatravel.com for a wonderful air travel experience with the best.

3. Reaching the airport on time

For a first-timer, the best advice would be to reach the airport an hour before the given time. If the airport is far from your place, then make sure to leave way earlier before the given time. It is better to reach early and wait at the airport than to reach late and miss the flight. The best thing to do would be to reach the airport an hour early when boarding a domestic flight and 3 hours early before boarding an international flight. This will help you save on all the hassle that is usually involved during the check-in. Reaching early will also give you the opportunity to explore the airport well.

On arriving at the airport:

  • Make sure to have your air ticket in hand reach. You will keep needing it during your check-in. Also, keep an extra copy or a screenshot of your ticket just to be on the safer side.
  • Keep your ID card in hand, as it will be checked during your check in
  • Make sure to get your luggage scanned and weighed properly
  • Do not keep any breakable items in your check-in baggage.

4. The security check

Before going through the security check make sure to remove all jewelry such as earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, or any belts as they will set the alarm during the security check if you do not remove them during the check in process. It would be better not to wear them during your travel or to remove them before getting into the security check.

5. Identification mark on your luggage

Make sure to put an identification mark on your luggage. This is a must as there might be chances of other people carrying the same color of bag like yours. To avoid any kind of confusion while check-in or receiving your bags, an identification mark would be the best to help you find your bag. This saves on a lot of time and enables you to go about the check-in and check out procedure with ease and comfort.

Baggage Wrapping at Airport: Is It Worth The Time And Money????

By alexatravel on October 22, 2019 Travel Tips

Baggage Wrapping at Airport: Is It Worth The Time And Money??

From like past two decades, we are observing travelers on almost every international airport around the world wheeling the plastic laid suitcases. We always wonder is it just for the peace of mind or the packaging actually worth all the time and money??? As a true travel companion, Alexa Travel assures that we give you a detailed explanation to make your journey serene. So, let’s dive into some facts for what it’s literally for.

The foremost question that pops up is…… why???

The answer is quite apparent….. Security. Your luggage has to bear a toll-like the quick and rough loading and unloading from planes by baggage handlers causing scrapes and gashes along with bumps, spilled liquid, bad weather and what not…….. Hence, an extra layer of protection prevents the suitcases form all the unnecessary scratches and even bursting of the bag. This plastic packaging also deters pilfering by would-be thieves.

You will find these plastic wrapping kiosks in every nook and corner of almost every European and Asian international airport and in US you can give your baggage a plastic wrapping at Miami, New York-JFK, and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The kiosks like Seal & Go, TrueStar, and Secure Wrap facilitates their customers with a free sticker with packaging that allows tracking.

You must be thinking that how you can manage time and of course the money for all this encasing of your luggage in several layers of Saran Wrap-like plastic. You need not to worry about this, as this safety coating takes only about a minute and it generally costs somewhere around $15-20 for one regular-sized bag and it can goes up to $22 or more for oversized/irregular items including golf clubs and bikes.

Your plastic shielding does not restrict TSA (Transportation Security Administration) from unwrapping your suitcase if something suspicious gets flagged on EDS (Explosive Detection System Machine) scanners. And no, they are not going to re-wrap your luggage; however, they make sure to cause the least damage to the baggage as well as the valuable possessions it contains by following a target search method. But, to your delight some companies offer the facility of re-wrapping when opened by TSA.

By having so much of plastic talks, the thought of environmental damage hovers our mind at one time or the other. Now, you can be assured of environmental safety on this plastic encasing uses 100 percent recyclable, non-toxic, tamper-resistant/evident plastic film and even most of the companies advise the travellers to remove the plastic in the baggage claim area and recycle it at the airport.

You can now safeguard your luggage with extra covering without getting concerned of the factors like time, money and environment. So, leave your worries on Alexa Travel and take the contentment of clouds beneath you and fly without problems.

Flight got delayed or cancelled..Why, What, How to do???

By alexatravel on October 21, 2019 Travel Tips

Flight got delayed or cancelled..Why, What, How to do???

Your flight has been delayed/ cancelled.” This statement strikes as a bummer. With every forwarding step towards the airport, every traveller dread the fateful situation of your flight getting delayed or worse, cancelled. The moment you hear this announcement that you are stranded, you got panic and a sudden burst of multiple thoughts cloud your judgement with a scenarios of what to do and what not to do…….. We have learnt it the hard way that you can never have guarantee of your flight schedule. Why get troubled when travel fly deals is here for troubleshooting. We know that there’s no fun way of dealing with this situation and the delays and cancellation is a part of air travel so, we will give a deep insight to the whole scenario.

Why flights get delayed or cancelled? Yeah….Why?

Why all this happen in the first place???

This is the prime question that pops up into the mind and there can be a number of reasons for this. Let’s have a glimpse into the most common factors

  • From the past three decades the count of passengers get approximately three-fold so, along with this rise the number of reasons for people boarding the flight late like health hazards, hunger or even over some petty fights.
  • With this ever-increasing travellers the number of flights increases in conjunction to this hence, your flights gets delayed in accordance with the air traffic restrictions of like changing routes or radar coverage.
  • We all concur to the fact that aircraft technology is improving with each passing day, but this still can’t put a halt to emerging technical problems which obviously needs to be documented and addressed because “safety comes first” and YES….. This causes a delay in your flight or sometimes be the reason of cancellation.
  • The factor why your aircraft is grounded id the regulations ensuring the rest of their crew which gets prolonged due to the delay of the previous flight.
  • Now, you can neither anticipate nor fight this factor –“act of God”. There are many instances when the flight get delayed and after that cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions.

Sometimes you get encountered with the most astonishing reasons like a UFO siting, long security lines, striking of a lightning bolt or the strike of the conjunction of birds, however most of the time you get to hear the most common expression “operational reasons” as if it serves as the waiver of every responsibility. There can be plenty of reasons for the terrible situation but you should be aware of the techniques of handling if you got stuck amidst the situation (hopefully which will not happen ever- prepare for the worst).

How to manage??

As a customer, you should be aware of your rights and power (they are quite few, but preparation is must). Initially, you need to enquire about the reason of the delay or cancellation of your flight then don’t be afraid to ask for the compensation from the airlines (some companies consider customer demand as the best option).

In US specifically, after a delayed flight airlines provide you with compensation according to some regulations, however, many airlines have their own rule book opt for what’s called a Contract of Carriage, which states that you are entitled to Potential food vouchers, discounts, refunds, or a hotel stay in the event of a flight delay when the airline is at fault.

If the flight is cancelled with the effect of adverse weather conditions then it comes under act of God, and you are entitled to any compensation. But, if the cancellation is due to any mistake of airline or airplane, then you have all the rights to avail about meal and accommodation vouchers and even shuttle ride to and from the hotel to avoid any panicking situation for the next flight.

It is easier to handle cancellations when you have your carry-on bags alongside you, but in case it not and airline has to reroute your checked baggage (which might take a little extra time), then your bags will get delivered to your destination without any extra expenses. In this case just ensure to have the receipts of your luggage till the moment you get your baggage.

If you have to linger for the night( in wait of the next flight) and your toiletries moved with your checked luggage then you can have an amenity kit containing some essentials like a toothbrush, toothpaste, a sleep mask, lip balm, ear plugs, lotion, etc. from the baggage service office of the airline. (Under Article 22 of Montreal Convention the customer is entitled to a maximum pay-out of approximately 5870USD when proven with the evidences of financial loss which could be avoided with the reasonable measures of the airlines) So, here’s a special note- to read all terms and conditions carefully before making any reservation and try to keep those handy. If you are on the check-in counter when you get this awful news then stay there and try to get rebooked on the spot, if not applicable (connection or delay to the destination) then you have the right to get a refund of your ticket.

Remember not to fall asleep awaiting your delayed flight. Sometimes, the airplane is ready prior to the prescribed time and if you don’t heed to announcements then you might miss your flight and be left there (without any compensation). Along with some out of the ordinary situations you are not entitled to any compensation if you got the information regarding the cancellation of flight two weeks before the departure or you are provided with a re-routing facility between 2 weeks to 7 days prior to departure scheduling your departure time not more than 2 hours before and your arrival time 4 hours after as planned and if the information gets to you in less than 7 days then the departure time can be 1 hour before with the arrival time of 2 hours after as pre-scheduled.

To gather more information for your compensation and to get your claim you can have a look at the EU regulation 261 (provided your flight is eligible under this regulation). I know the knowledge your flight getting delayed/cancelled is frustrating and spoils your travel plans in one go, but try not to panic and not to exasperate on the airline employees as it’s not their fault that you are facing this situation (being friendly comes out to be added advantage in getting compensation or re-routing). And don’t forget that Alexa Travel is at your service and make no stone unturned to facilitate you a safe and hassle-free journey.

How Much Gold Can a Traveller Carry Into India

By alexatravel on October 19, 2019 Travel Tips

How Much Gold Can a Traveller Carry Into India

How much gold you can carry to India from wedding to investment, there are lots of reasons which proves how much we Indians are obsessed with gold. Gold is the highly demanding asset and its value increases day by day. We can convert it into cash in an emergency. In need of this help as a friend, we Indians love to buy gold from foreign countries due to their low costs and quality.

But from past some years, there are so many prohibitive conditions and customs duty on this yellow metal by government. This import is disheartening for many people from India who used to buy gold from abroad many of you will have the same question in your mind is that how much gold now you can carry , what type of gold materials you can carry with yourself etc. So if you are in this dilemma then this post is only for you because we compiled a list of some important questions which will help you and overcome your stress.

What is the duty-free subsidy on gold for Indian passengers?

An Indian who has been staying in a foreign country for more than one year is permitted to bring jeweler up to an approximate weight of :

  • For the male passenger, the maximum limit is 20 grams.
  • For the female passenger, the maximum limit is 40 grams.

Is any subsidy applicable to kids also?

Yes, of course the duty-free subsidy on gold is applicable to kids also.

Can you bring a gold biscuit within the subsidy amount?

No, you can’t bring the gold biscuit within your subsidy amount. the duty-free subsidy is only on the gold jewelry. For any other form such as coin, biscuits you will have to pay the duty charges as per the rule of the Indian government.

From which method they calculate the gold price?

They calculate the gold price based on the value provided by the government of India. This value fluctuates with time, as per the market rates.

What is the maximum limit of gold that can bring after the free subsidy amount?

The person who has an Indian passport and if he is staying in abroad from at least 6 months then he can bring approximate 1 kg of gold along with him.

What are the criteria if not completed six months abroad? In that case, probably your subsidy charges will increase on all of your golds which will you bring along with yourself.

Why Receive Export certificate?

This certificate is issued by the customs department. This certificate consists of information such as details, weight, and description of the item. Departing passengers from India are eligible to take an export certificate for the jewelry or any high rated items. An export certificate is valid for a maximum of 3 years and in these 3 years you can bring your item to India at any of time without any disturbance, you only need to bring this certificate with your respective items along with you.

 Is it necessary to declare the gold?

Yes definitely if you have gold, above the free duty subsidy than you will have to declare it. In this case, No declaration of gold can be the cause of the penalty, not only penalty even you may be arrested too.

 Is any alternate option for those who don’t have money to pay duty charges?

If you are not able to pay money as the duty charge of your gold than the custom keep your gold with itself until you return. And whenever you are returning back from India they hand over to you your gold. So here these are some crucial information which you must know before carrying the gold while traveling in India, now we hope that this post will really are helpful for you especially for those who are visiting for the first time.

Tips To Get Cheap Business Class Flight Tickets

By alexatravel on October 18, 2019 Business Class Flights

Tips To Get Cheap Business Class Flight Tickets

Do you want to travel in business class in your budget? Now your dream of traveling in a business class at the cheaper rates will come true. Here are some of the quick tips that will help you in getting cheap business class flight tickets:

  • Firstly, you will have to be flexible with your traveling dates and destination both. For example, if you want to travel from the USA to India, then choose that time in which there are no holidays. Also, there might be chances that you will not cheaper tickets for this destination, then, you will have to change it. If you will not be flexible with either of them then you will have to be ready to shake your budget or compromise with your dream.
  • Book tickets much before the travel time as they will cost you much cheaper.
  • Look out for the business class flight deals as they provide you complete travel package that could be beneficial for you.
  • For booking business class flight tickets always use an Elite or Airline as it will give you discounted rates or cashback on your bookings.
  • Don’t forget to compare the fares with other airlines. There might be some airlines that will provide you cheap business class flight tickets as compared to others.
  • In business class flight deals you will also get some loyalty programs that will give you some points. Collect those points and redeem them when you want to book tickets.
  • Look out for the business class seat sales and for getting this information you can subscribe to the airline newsletter.

So, to fulfill the dream of your business class travel with Alexa Travel, keep in mind the above-mentioned points and enjoy your travel in without compromising anything.

Here’s The List of Prohibited Items That You Cannot Carry To India

By alexatravel on October 12, 2019 Travel Tips

List of Prohibited Items That You Cannot Carry To India

Whether you are a first timer or a frequent flyer, there’s always a dilemma in what to pack and what not to………while going for air travel you should be aware what is prohibited at airport and what you can carry.

You must have heard or encountered people facing some issues before departure like repacking the stuff or paying hefty fines because of inappropriate items in the baggage.

To prevent this situation your true travel companion Alexa Travel has come to you with a list of materials which you should avoid carrying while visiting India.

Some Personal stuff

We all love our personal belongings, but to carry the stuff which can cause even some itty-bitty harm is restricted by the airlines which includes Lighters, Scissors, metal with pointed tips and no displaying of inner ninja out there with Realistic replica of any toy weapon.

Sharp objects

Keeping some things handy for a quick nose hair grooming in lavatory or to have a quick meal with your own sanitized cutlery??? Your airlines won’t allow you to carry all items like box Cutters, Ice Axes/Ice Picks, Meat Cleavers, Razor-type blades such as box cutters Knives (any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery) , utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge(but excluding safety razors).

Just imagine a person carrying a sword at airport… to put a halt to this weird imagination turning to reality airlines put restriction on carrying Sabres or Sword.

 

Sporting Goodies

A big fan of sports??  To your disappointment you cannot carry your favourite sports item including Hockey Sticks, Lacrosse Sticks , Baseball Bats, Bows and Arrows, Ski Poles, Spear Guns, Cricket Bats, Golf Clubs, , Pool Cues(airlines consider these products ‘dangerous”)

No Weapons

Airlines give a big NO to each or any kind of weapon and you should never carry the products like Compressed Air Guns, Firearms, Realistic Replicas of Firearms, Starter pistols, Parts of Guns and Firearms, Pellet Guns, Ammunition, BB guns while going in a flight.

Tools are safe at workplace

Until and unless you are a dedicated working person and get your stuff handy, why would anyone feel the need to need to carry products such as Axes and hatchets, Cattle Prods, Crowbars, Hammers, Tools (including but not limited to wrenches and pliers), Saws (including cordless portable power saws), Screwdrivers (except those in eyeglass repair kits), Wrenches, Drills (including cordless portables power drills) and Pliers in your baggage which can cause mayhem. So be careful and don’t pack your tools on a flight.

Martial Arts/Self Defence Items

It doesn’t matter how much you are concerned about your self-defence, airline won’t allow you to board the flight with destructive products like Billy Clubs, Black Jacks, Stun Guns/Shocking Devices, Throwing Stars, Brass Knuckles, Kubatons, Mace/Pepper Spray, Night Sticks, Nunchakus, Martial Arts/Self Defense Items or any kind of Martial Arts Weapons.

Items not to be Carried In Hand Baggage not Even As Checked-in Baggage

So, there are some things which you cannot carry, not even as your checked-in little luggage. You can never ever pack up some stuff no matter how important it is (though, the list doesn’t contain any such important materials).

Explosives

The first item on the list of strictly prohibited things is explosives. If you get caught up with any type of explosive in your luggage, then you are in a grave danger. So, be careful not to fill up your bags with Flare Guns,Flares (in any form), Hand Grenades, Gun Lighters and Gun Powder, Explosive material, Blasting caps, Dynamite, Fireworks, Plastic Explosives or any Realistic Replicas of Explosives.

Compressed gases

The thought of carrying a cylinder filled with some compressed gas is an eerie. The problem is solved by Indian airports by banning the stuff like Oxygen, Liquid nitrogen, Butane, and Aqualung cylinders whether it is deeply refrigerated, flammable, non-flammable ora poisonous one.

Flammable Items

Only a miniature version of products such as Aerosol for personal care or toiletries are allowed in limited quantities,  other than that no flammable item permitted in the airport premises including Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuel), Turpentine and Paint Thinner, Gasoline, Lighter Fluid, Gas Torches, Strike anywhere matches, Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries

Oxidizing materials

You definitely have to kill your urge to have a nice pedicure session and keep the oxidizing stuff like bleaching powder and peroxides at your place.

Poisonous and infectious substances

Indians being good at hospitality kills any and all insects by themselves to provide supreme comfort to their guests, hence there’s no need to bring live virus materials, insecticides or weed-killers with you.

Radio-active materials

Consider the safety for everyone boarding the plane and don’t grab the CorrosivesSuch as alkalis, mercury, acids, wet cell batteries, oven or drain cleaners with you. Only the wet cell batteries in wheelchairs are allowed at airports.

Some Other dangerous articles

Adding to the list of denied items at Indian airports there are magnetized, offensive or irritating materials or any type of Briefcases and attaché cases with installed alarm devices are also not allowed.

Restricted Items

There are certain other things which are restricted at Indian airports, but you can carry that with only with advance approval in accordance to the norms of interlining carriers, Air Indiaand local regulations. The items included in this category are dry ice, portable medical electronic devices, Battery-powered wheelchairs with spillable/non-spillable batteries, etc.

There’s a Ban on Carriage of Self Balancing Devices powered by Lithium Battery in the Baggage. Hence, your iMac pro (limited series) cannot accompany you in your delightful flight.

You can carry some of your battery cells in but only in hand baggage for the usage in any electrical / electronic items.For portable electronic devices, if required some Batteries spare / loose, including lithium ion cells or batteries can carried but just in carry-on baggage. Pack up your lithium metal batteries or the lithium metal content for the flight considering the Watt-hour rating of your lithium ion batteries must not exceed 100 Wh and you should not exceed the quantity to 2 g for lithium metal.

Pack safe…. Fly safely.

Fly with Alexa travel from USA to India and get a convenient, hassle-free journey.

First Time Flyers: Here’s a Travel Guide From USA to India

By alexatravel on October 9, 2019 Travel Tips

Best Flight Deals For First Time Flyer  From USA to INDIA

“Are you going to board the flight for the first time??? Even going for air travel after so many years feels like the first time.

As an airport virgin, a few…..naahh…. many thoughts must be hovering in your mind. The dilemma of what to pack and what formalities you need to follow at the airport because all the airport juggling is quite a daunting task.

But there’s nothing to worry about when your travel companion Alexa Travel is here to resolve all your queries and remove all your first-time fears by providing a travel guide to smoothen your path.

  1. Ticket booking

First things first….. Book your air ticket in advance whenever you are planning your visit to India, contemplating your itinerary (it requires time).

Booking flight tickets take the toll, considering the availability of multiple options. The struggle of choosing the most appropriate airline for you and your loved ones not only in terms of fares but with the suitable provision of meal, entertainment as well as comfort.

Then comes the option of seats. Basically there are three types of seats in a plane, aisle seats, window seats and the middle one. Choose the seat wisely according to your comfort (if you need more leg space then you should go for a spacious emergency seat).

Alexa Travels comprehends the complications you face, hence provide an optimum solution rendering the unmatched air travel deals from USA to India in accordance with your preferences and budget.

 

  1. Luggage packing

Pack light…. Pack right. When you are travelling for the first time, there’s always a confusing situation in packing stuff….. what to pack and what to leave. Before initiating your packing make sure to have a look on specifically two things.

  • Keep a check on the climatic conditions of the region of India you are planning to go as India is diverse in climatic as well as geographical terms and weather changes throughout the year in accordance with varying topography.
  • Every airline has set rules some for the baggagewhich you have to adhere, for the weigh you can carry and the prohibited which you must avoid to put in your luggage for the safety of passengers, for instance. Don’t forget to keep a track on the guidelines of the airlines which you have chosen. You can carry your stuff in two different forms.
  • Check-in luggage- thisis your big bang stuffed with anything and everything you will need for your trip. However, for this you cannot exceed the size, number and weight of bag as prescribed by airlines or you have to pay additional charges for it which is checked for security purposes at check-in counter.
  • Handbag: this is a personal item which you can carry in the cabin of the flight along with you packed with your personal items or toiletries which is required during the flight such as food, medicine, and clothes or even a laptop(according to norms of the airlines). The liquids container larger than 4 ounces/ 100mlare prohibited.
  1. Reach the airport

If you know your way around, good, if not, keep a track of the route prior to the boarding day and never forget to follow the Rule of thumb to reach the airport 3 hours earlier to catch a flight from USA to India and to avoid the ever-increasing traffic at airport( be more careful during festive season).

You will never be at loss by reaching early, instead, can get other advantages like exploring various shopping places or have amazing delicacies at the airport or relax in comforting lounges…. Airports are quite astonishing these days. Moreover, in case of any confusion regarding can be dissolved without any rush and anxiety of missing flight.

  1. Airport formalities

The journey from the terminal gate to your flight can lead to lead to dismay, especially for first-timers as the airport formalities can be a bit confusing and you can lose your way around the airport if you were unaware of the airport traditions.

  • Want to get through the terminal smoothly??? …….Always keeps your ticket handy along with one identity proof.
  • Trolleys are always stacked near the departures entrance for you, so put up your stuff on the trolley and run along with the airport freely.
  • Once you get inside the airport directly move into the direction of your airline section with your documents and get a boarding pass (which is very important) or even the seat of your choice(if you haven’t already chosen) from the check-in counter or a nearby electronic kiosk.
  • Head towards the security check for the scanning of your check-in baggage. For your security check, you need to place your belongings (except boarding pass) in the X-ray tray and pass through a metal detector. Don’t forget to collect your stuff from the tray.
  • Weighing is crucial for every airline and is done at this stage. For this, you have to get your checked-in baggage at the counter so that it gets tagged and sent off to the airplane.
  • Finally, move to your departure gate and wait for any information regarding your flight. It can be either done by announcement or flashed at the display board, so keep your eyes and ears out.
  1. Plane boarded

After completing the rigorous processing at the airport when you board your plane, look out for the seat number allotted to you or can take assistance from the crew members. Before getting settled on your seat you need to keep your hand baggage in the overhead bin close to your seat and handbag under the seat in front of you. After settling your belongings you can grab your seat put on your seat belt. Make sure to switch off your cell phone and listen each and every instruction carefully given by the flight attendant. 

  1. Reach your destination

Enjoying your first (or first in a long time) flight you reach your desired destination (India). Now, you have to face immigration and custom for the final time. Get your documents checked and then claim your baggage.

Now, move out of the airport and enjoy your vacations. Fly with Alexa Travel and enjoy every travel. Have a knowledgeable and safe journey!!!!