From the Desk of Heather Christopher: January Updates

Well friends, here we are…2020, six weeks (I wouldn’t mind one or two less) until Baby Christopher #3 debuts! So please get used to these names and faces below! They’ll be picking up my slack while I’m immersed in that newborn, third child life. You can learn more about them here.

Starting from the top left to right: Meg, Ashley, Leah, & Chelly

For those with vacation and honeymoon plans made, I’ll be reaching out individually to ensure you know what’s happening next and tying up any loose ends that still need done.You’re always welcome to e-mail me, just know that you may hear back from someone else since I like to be realistic and have no idea how quick my turn around time will be 😉

Please don’t hesitate to reach out about a trip you’d like to plan. My goal in life is to know as many people as possible, so if one of these ladies can’t assist, 95% chance I know someone who can!

Heather Christopher Travel Consulting Travel Advisor and Hawaii Expert

Heather Christopher Travel Consulting Travel Advisor and Hawaii Expert

This month I am featuring Ross & Katie’s 10th anniversary trip to Portugal! It’s always so exciting for me to assist parents traveling sans kid(s) for the first time! I can wholeheartedly relate to the deep need to carve out the time for just the two of you, the anxiety and prep that comes with it, and then the absolute thrill when you realize you’re back on your own schedule for a few days! Katie & Ross were so fun to work with because they prioritized each other, good food and beautiful settings. 

Heather Christopher Travel Consulting Travel Advisor and Hawaii Expert

  What’s Trending in the World of Travel Right Now

  • Is Europe in your travel plans or wishlist for 2020? AFAR is sharing some updates on what you can expect like new flight routes, over-tourism management, travel travel, and destinations on the rise. Go here for more details and to read the full article!
  • You know I love family travel and getting your kids seeing the world at a young age…so much so that we are already plotting our first family trip of 5! Travel + Leisure is sharing some great tips on how to maximize experiences for the kids while traveling. 
  • AFAR is sharing their team’s hacks that changed the way they traveled in 2019. I especially like the flight hacksWhat will you be adding to your 2020 travel routine? 



Heather Christopher Travel Consulting Travel Advisor and Hawaii Expert

Nothing gets our blood pumping like a new countdown! Here’s what where we’ve been busy planning trips to…

We’ve gotten so many great referrals from everyone this year that we wanted to say thank you – every quarter we’ll be giving away a $150 gift card to the airline of your choice. You can always direct your loved ones to the website and there’s a spot for your name right in the Plan Your Trip form!



Heather Christopher Travel Consulting Travel Advisor and Hawaii Expert


Have you ever asked yourself, “I’m flying United going to Europe, but Lufthansa on my flight home from Europe. Why?”

Most airlines belong to an airline alliance and therefore have codeshare agreements. According to Wikipedia the definition is, “A codeshare agreement, also known as codeshare, is a business arrangement, common in the aviation industry, in which two or more airlines publish and market the same flight under their own airline designator and flight number (the “airline flight code”) as part of their published timetable or schedule. Typically, a flight is operated by one airline (technically called an “administrating carrier”[1]) while seats are sold for the flight by all cooperating airlines using their own designator and flight number.

The term “code” refers to the identifier used in flight schedule, generally the two-character IATA airline designator code and flight number. Thus, XX123 (flight number 123 operated by the airline XX), might also be sold by airline YY as YY456 and by ZZ as ZZ9876. Airlines YY and ZZ are in this case called “Marketing airlines” (sometimes abbreviated MKT CXR for “marketing carrier”). Most of the major airlines today have code sharing partnerships with other airlines, and code sharing is a key feature of the major airline alliances. Typically, code-sharing agreements are also a part of the commercial agreements between airlines in the same airline alliances. If you don’t want to read the link, in layman terms – it allows them to better service us by extending their route offerings.”

So it’s very common, and by law in the US, it must be listed in the flight details that you may be on United flight 423 but it’s operated by Lufthansa meaning the flight has a United flight number but it’s not going to be on a United plane with United staff, instead it will be a Lufthansa plane and employees.

Fo more information and a great explanation, you can read this article by The Points Guy.



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