Online Portal Offers Quick and Easy Way to Charter Flights

(NewsUSA) – Savvy travelers recognize the benefits of flying privately, including convenience, comfort, and confidentiality. However, those who do employ private travel are not immune to the hassles of dealing with charter operators, a process that often involves waiting days for a flight confirmation.Some online charter jet booking services allow users to enter information, but most do not allow for the actual booking and payment process.Enter ONEflight International, a Colorado-based charter broker, that operates the BAJit online booking program, a system that strives to make the process of booking, confirmation, and payment through its simple online portal, seamless.The website, BAJit.com, allows users to create a profile and search approximately 4,000 domestic luxury jets available through 500 top-rated charter operators.Other special features that make BAJit a win for private jet flyers: they can enter travel details and browse the available jets, viewing both interior and exterior photos as well as information about amenities such as in-flight wi-fi and pet-friendly aircraft. In addition, travelers can view and compare ratings of different jets, compare prices, and consider aircraft size and style.Once travelers have made a choice for the jet that meets their needs, they can book and pay instantly through the secure website. Frequent fliers can save money with a membership program that offers reduced hourly rates.Travelers can feel confident that the planes they book online via BAJit meet strict standards for safety. ONEflight coordinates travel in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration and all planes must meet FAA standards. ONEflight also conducts safety screenings before every flight."While economics and convenience are at the forefront of most companies that charter private jets, it is our responsibility to maintain their safety," says Ferren Rajput, founder and CEO of ONEflight International. "Delivering a peace of mind to our clients is a mandate for all our employees. It is why we go through extreme measures in protecting their safety while providing our clients with a great experience on every flight," adds Rajput.Private jet travel will become even easier with the introduction of the BAJit phone app, according to the company website. In the meantime, visit BAJit.com to book a flight with ease, and visit oneflight.net to learn more about ONEFlight International. 

Black Friday Deals Abound for Orlando

(NewsUSA) – As winter and the holidays approach, it’s time to start planning warm-weather destination trips.Visit Orlando, the official association and travel planning expert for Orlando, offers an additional 10 percent discount on all purchases made at OrlandoTickets.com starting on November 20 to celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season.To access the promotion, visit OrlandoTickets.com between November 20 and 29 and use the promotional code, "GIFT."Shoppers will find exclusive deals and discounts to more than 40 world-famous theme parks, attractions and dinner shows. Most are valid through one year from purchase, so they make great gifts for anniversaries, family vacations, or other special events throughout the year.The Black Friday 10-percent-off offer is in addition to some notable savings opportunities at popular Orlando-area theme parks, including:- Walt Disney World Resort:Savings start at $30 per ticket on Flexible Date Disney tickets.Guests who purchase a 5-day or longer Flexible Date ticket also receive a free commemorative Toy Story towel with each order while supplies last.- Universal Orlando Resort:Guests who purchase a 3-Park, 2 Day Park-To-Park ticket receive an additional two free days of unlimited admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay for a total savings of $65 per ticket.- SeaWorld Orlando: Guests receive 2 days for the price of 1 with a 2-Day, 2-Park ticket that can be used at SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens Tampa for a savings of $75 per ticket.- LEGOLAND Florida Resort: Guests receive a second day of free admission with the purchase of a single day admission for a savings of $35 per ticket.The Orlando area offers more than 450 hotels not only convenient to theme parks and family activities, but also offering a mix of vacation experiences including water parks, entertainment venues, unique and diverse dining experiences, sports, and nightlife, to appeal to all ages and interests.For more information on how to save money on next year’s vacation, or give the perfect gift experience, check out OrlandoTickets.com starting November 20.

From Fantasy to Free-falling: Orlando’s New Summer Attractions

(NewsUSA) – It should come as no surprise that Florida remains a hot spot for summer travel – especially Orlando, home to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.While it’s true that families tend to flock to these familiar venues, (the city has been named one of Travelocity’s "Coolest Places to Go in 2018 for Families" and AAA’s "Top Domestic Summer Destination"), it is also so much more than the sum of these two theme parks.So if you’re considering a trip to Orlando, read on about how to score the best deals and some sights to see with the fam that you may not have known even existed. Attraction Tips & Deals The destination’s only official visitor center, operated by Visit Orlando, offers deals, discounted tickets, unbiased expert advice and Insta-worthy photo ops for guests. Movies & Fantasy Worlds Come to Life Universal Studios Florida will put guests right in the middle of the action with the new Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride, based on the popular film franchise, where an after-race party turns into a high-speed race to escape a criminal cartel.Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens Toy Story Land on June 30, featuring two new attractions. The rides, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Sauchers, will take visitors right into Andy’s imagination as they join beloved characters on their adventures.Madame Tussauds Orlando’s "Justice League: A Call for Heroes," will give guests the "sidekick" experience to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Ben Affleck’s Batman.Legoland Florida Resort found its niche when it debuted "The Great Lego Race," on March 23.This thrill ride is the first virtual reality roller coaster experience designed for kids and features Lego minifigures, a rocket-powered surfboard, and an espresso-fueled scooter. Outdoor Adventures and Record-Setting Thrills SeaWorld Orlando debuts Infinity Falls this summer, a whitewater rapid-adventure raft ride through a lost jungle. The journey will send guests through fountains and waterfalls before dropping 40 feet – a world record for a river raft ride – into churning whitewater.The Orlando Starflyer is the world’s tallest swing ride, and opens on June 1. At 450-feet tall, the ride offers open-air views of the city for up to 24 guests at once, swinging them through the air at up to 60 miles an hour.Just in time for their 20th Anniversary, Fun Spot America opened HeadRush 360, a spinning and swinging new attraction that takes riders 40 feet in the air – upside down.And Orlando Watersports Complex is home to Central Florida’s first Aquapark, which features a modular series of inflatable, interlocking climbing obstacles, pathways and slides for hours of fun.For more information, visit VisitOrlando.com.

Give Expectant Parents a Once-in-a-Lifetime Gift This Holiday Season

(NewsUSA) – While the latest gadget, toy or jewelry still has its place on holiday wish lists, there is a desire among Americans, especially millennials, to receive gifts better aligned with their values.According to a recent *on-line survey among approximately 2,200 US adults, 79 percent said they want the gifts they give to their family this holiday season to better reflect with their values.In fact, 54 percent of millennials surveyed said they would like to give or receive gifts that represent more than material value. The survey went on to ask if costs were the same and they could choose from experience gifts, gifts to protect their health or donation to charity, Americans would rank experience gifts the highest, those that could help protect their health, second, and donations to charity, third.Cord blood banking – a process whereby blood left in a newborn’s umbilical cord that contains valuable, pristine cord blood stem cells, is collected at birth and stored for potential future use – is one such health-related gift that may resonate with millennials as they start to plan for families. After learning more about cord blood banking, 68 percent surveyed say that they’d likely recommend it to expecting parents."The moment of birth presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture and preserve a newborn’s stem cell-rich cord blood, but 95 percent of valuable cord blood is discarded. Expecting parents should understand that cord blood stem cells have the potential to help treat many diseases. Arming parents with information about the value of cord blood can help them make the right decision for their family," says Frances Verter, founder and director of the non-profit Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation.Cord blood stem cells have already been used in more than 40,000 donor transplants worldwide to reconstitute healthy blood and immune systems. Cord blood is currently being investigated for its potential use in regenerative medicine to treat brain injury, hearing loss, autism and congenital heart defects.Heather Brown, vice president of Scientific and Medical Affairs for Cord Blood Registry, the largest and oldest family cord blood bank with over 700,000 units stored, explains, "Preserving a baby’s newborn stem cells may give that child access to his or her own cells for potential future regenerative medicine uses and your baby isn’t the only one who may benefit. Depending on different factors, preserved newborn stem cells can potentially be used by siblings and parents."With research evolving, a gift of cord blood banking may be the perfect gift this holiday season.To learn more, visit www.cordblood.com.*This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of AMAG Pharmaceuticals from November 28-30, 2017 among 2,196 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact media@amagpharma.com

Parents Want Fun, Safer Messaging Solutions for Kids

(NewsUSA) – Today, parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones at younger ages. In fact, nine in ten 6-12-year-olds in the US have access to tablets or smartphones, and two out of three use tablets or smartphones on a daily basis. But parents often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate.Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say "hi," parents want safe messaging options that are also fun for kids to use.Messenger Kids, which launched this month in the US on the App Store, is the latest solution to answering these parents’ needs."After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that most feel there’s a need for apps that let kids connect with people they love, but also have the level of parental control parents want," says Loren Cheng, Product Management Director.Standalone apps such as Messenger Kids have many benefits, including:Connection. Apps are a great way for children to connect with the people they love. With Messenger Kids, kids can video chat and message with parent-approved contacts once their account is set up by a parent.Creativity. An app should be fun, and should allow kids to express themselves within the limits set by parents. Messenger Kids features a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools that let them decorate photos and videos and have more fun with live video chats.Control. Messenger Kids helps ease parents’ concerns about how children are using devices and whether they are using apps that are age-appropriate. It also gives parents more control. Parents fully control the contact list and kids can’t connect with people that their parent does not approve.Convenience. Apps, especially for kids, must be easy to setup and use. Messenger Kids was designed with input from thousands of parents and over a dozen expert advisors in the areas of child development, online safety, children’s media and technology. Once the account is established, the home screen shows kids at a glance whom they are approved to talk to, and when those contacts are online.This preview of Messenger Kids is only available in the US at this time on the Apple App Store, and will be coming to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.For more information, visit messengerkids.com.

Infertility Guidance Begins with Healthcare Providers

(NewsUSA) – Infertility can be a difficult topic to understand for couples trying to conceive a child. Many questions arise during the conception journey concerning health, timing, and fertility treatments. So where do most couples go for guidance and support?The Stork ib2C Inc. conducted an online survey among 150 adult consumers under the age of 45 who have been trying to conceive for at least three months and have taken action to improve fertility or would consider taking action in the future. The survey uncovered that healthcare providers are the top resource consulted about fertility at the beginning of many couples’ conception journey and during the time couples began to feel concerned. The results showed that 51 percent of respondents consulted their healthcare provider initially for fertility, and 49 percent for concerns related to fertility.The more-concerned respondent bases most likely consulted resources about fertility from the very beginning, including 92 percent of those who were moderately concerned and 84 percent of those who were highly concerned.The number-one reason for concern, by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, was the number of months the couples spent trying to conceive, in addition to how long these couples thought it would take at the time they started trying to conceive. The level of concern positively correlated to couples who tried certain conception techniques, including over-the-counter (OTC) medical devices and incorporating lifestyle modifications about diet and caffeine.The survey showed that experiences and actions changed as the respondents moved along the levels of concern. The most-concerned segment was eager to try new options. Twenty-six percent of respondents were unaware of the possibility of using an OTC medical device to improve fertility, as only 6 percent of respondents were using one; however, another 25 percent said they were considering it. This is where The Stork OTC can help.The Stork OTC home conception device is a low-cost option that affords couples the opportunity to increase their fertility without engaging in long-term and costly treatments. There are no shots to take, scans to schedule or prescriptions to fill. The FDA-cleared, over-the-counter device provides a way to keep higher sperm score concentration at the cervix compared with natural intercourse by cervical cap insemination.For more information, visit www.storkotc.com

How Buying A Fishing License Helps the Environment

(NewsUSA) – As tens of millions of people across the country prepare to celebrate National School Choice Week Jan. 21 through 27, our goal is to focus on parents and children, not politics or politicians.During National School Choice Week, schools of every type – traditional public, charter, magnet, online, and private – will join homeschool groups to celebrate the things that make their education environments unique and effective.As a nonpartisan awareness effort, National School Choice Week provides an opportunity to bring conversations about education out from the political sphere and to the kitchen tables and living rooms of parents in communities across America.This is important because, even though education is a matter of public policy, it is also deeply personal.At its core, school choice affirms the special bond between parents and children. School choice empowers parents to turn the love and concern they have for their children into action. It encourages them to talk to their children and make decisions together about what schooling environments fit the talents, interests, and challenges that are unique to every student. And it recognizes that while one school might be a good fit for some students, it isn’t necessarily a good fit for every child.By exercising school choice options, parents who want their children to learn Mandarin can send them to a school where they will learn Mandarin; parents who believe their kids need a lot of time outdoors or who want to affirm their faith tradition can follow that path; parents who didn’t go to college but want their kids to have that opportunity can find a college prep choice.Parents choose schools for a variety of reasons. For example, a survey of Indiana parents found that parents considered factors such as academics, morality, social skills, diversity, college preparation, an appreciation for nature, patriotism, the ability to enter the job force without a college degree, and an opportunity to learn another language.These choices reflect the diversity and individualism of our great country, and they should be respected and celebrated. After all, no matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we all share the same goal: to unlock the potential for success and happiness in every child through a great education tailored to who they are and who they want to be.

How Parents Can Have A Device-Free Meal with the Tap of A Button

(NewsUSA) – While the latest gadget, toy or jewelry still has its place on holiday wish lists, there is a desire among Americans, especially millennials, to receive gifts better aligned with their values.According to a recent *on-line survey among approximately 2,200 US adults, 79 percent said they want the gifts they give to their family this holiday season to better reflect with their values.In fact, 54 percent of millennials surveyed said they would like to give or receive gifts that represent more than material value. The survey went on to ask if costs were the same and they could choose from experience gifts, gifts to protect their health or donation to charity, Americans would rank experience gifts the highest, those that could help protect their health, second, and donations to charity, third.Cord blood banking – a process whereby blood left in a newborn’s umbilical cord that contains valuable, pristine cord blood stem cells, is collected at birth and stored for potential future use – is one such health-related gift that may resonate with millennials as they start to plan for families. After learning more about cord blood banking, 68 percent surveyed say that they’d likely recommend it to expecting parents."The moment of birth presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture and preserve a newborn’s stem cell-rich cord blood, but 95 percent of valuable cord blood is discarded. Expecting parents should understand that cord blood stem cells have the potential to help treat many diseases. Arming parents with information about the value of cord blood can help them make the right decision for their family," says Frances Verter, founder and director of the non-profit Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation.Cord blood stem cells have already been used in more than 40,000 donor transplants worldwide to reconstitute healthy blood and immune systems. Cord blood is currently being investigated for its potential use in regenerative medicine to treat brain injury, hearing loss, autism and congenital heart defects.Heather Brown, vice president of Scientific and Medical Affairs for Cord Blood Registry, the largest and oldest family cord blood bank with over 700,000 units stored, explains, "Preserving a baby’s newborn stem cells may give that child access to his or her own cells for potential future regenerative medicine uses and your baby isn’t the only one who may benefit. Depending on different factors, preserved newborn stem cells can potentially be used by siblings and parents."With research evolving, a gift of cord blood banking may be the perfect gift this holiday season.To learn more, visit www.cordblood.com.*This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of AMAG Pharmaceuticals from November 28-30, 2017 among 2,196 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact media@amagpharma.com

How Women Are Reshaping the Traditional Golf-Buddy Trip

(NewsUSA) -The buddy trip is a time- honored golf tradition -; but it’s not just for the guys anymore. Women are increasingly booking these getaways to relax and reconnect with their gal pals, and, of course, enjoy a little camaraderie on the golf course. In the process, they are redefining the buddy trip."We’ve hosted women’s groups of all sizes over the years, and we see distinct differences and similarities between what women and men want from a trip," says Richard Mogensen, general manager of central Florida’s Streamsong Resort. "The women are just as serious as the men about their golf, but while the guys tend to stick to golf and sporting activities, women’s groups want a broader experience with a strong emphasis on exploring unique dining options."According to Mogensen, women’s buddy groups have some key items on the getaway agenda:* Great Golf –; This is still a buddy trip after all, and golf is undeniably central to the experience. "Our women’s groups choose us for the same reason the men do -; Streamsong is a bucket-list golf destination," Mogensen says.* Unique Activities and Amenities -; Men’s groups typically play 36 holes in a day, while women often stick to 18 a day, leaving time for other activities. For example, Streamsong’s guided bass fishing excursions and sporting clays course have become popular among women’s groups who want to learn something new or extend the friendly competition beyond the 18th hole. Of course, the spa is a favorite for women as well as men.* Tailored Dining –; Burgers and beer or steaks and bourbon won’t cut it for a more refined palette. Women’s groups seek signature dishes with the perfect wine pairing and group dining when they travel. "Private dining at our Chef’s Table and custom pairing menus are in demand with women’s groups," Mogensen says. "It’s a unique, personal way to cap off the day."* Unexpected Settings -; Women’s groups want the memorability factor in their buddy-trip destination. At Streamsong, it stems from the land’s previous life as a phosphate mine, a period that reshaped the resort’s 16,000 acres and punctuated it with dramatic sand dunes and deep lakes. "Our guests simply can’t believe they’re in Florida," says Mogensen.For more information about Streamsong, go to www.streamsongresort.com or call 1-866-849-8582.

Fall in Love with Greater Fort Lauderdale

(NewsUSA) – Travelers may think of summer and beach activities when they think of Florida, but Greater Fort Lauderdale takes its relaxing vibe into the fall season.With options for off-season savings, visitors can enjoy a VIP experience for less and make the most of a fall visit to the destination, including deals on fine dining, outdoor activities, and indulgent spa experiences, just before heading into winter.-Food: Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month is back by popular demand with a new name and improved dining deals. "Crave GFL," Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month, is back by popular demand with a new name and improved dining deals. "Crave GFL," which runs through the month of September with many restaurants extending until October 15, celebrates the distinctive fusion of flavors that Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The promotion includes a series of tasting events, and more than 45 area restaurants offer specially created three course meals priced at $37. celebrates the area’s distinctive fusion of flavors that Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The promotion includes a series of tasting events, and more than 45 area restaurants offer specially- created three-course meals priced at $37."The natural beauty of our seaside community inspires chefs to create meals that are fresh and palate-pleasing," says Stacy Ritter, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau."Our restaurants and cafes are taking their rightful place not only on the global-cuisine stage, but also among our abundance of visitor attractions," she adds. For more information, visit sunny.org/cravegfl for more details.-Fun: The Vacation Like A VIP program, offering packages at a number of upscale hotels through October 15, allows visitors to Greater Fort Lauderdale to enjoy a buy-one-get-one free deal on activities, including Everglades airboat rides, visits to Sawgrass Recreation Park and Everglades Holiday Park, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing the FlowRider at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, along with other water-sport activities and water-taxi tours.Visit sunny.org/vip for additional information.-Feeling good: Greater Fort Lauderdale’s popular spa promotion is back through October 15.During "Spatember," the promotion includes specialty services for $99 at select spas in the area, with many extending to October 15. Treatments range from organic facials and eye treatments to therapeutic manicures and pedicures, as well as unique hot stone massage sessions.The Spatember deals may be a welcome opportunity "to find some much deserved ‘me time’ to restore the mind, body, and soul without breaking the bank," Ms. Ritter says.Visit sunny.org/spatember for more information.