Hassle free off-island trips

After a long, hot summer, November heralds cooler weather and the return of those much-loved long weekends. With the first public holiday since July falling on Monday, 12 November, and Christmas already hovering on the horizon it could be time to start planning an overseas trip. 

Whether it’s a weekend off-island you want, or a Christmas shopping trip, the bright lights and festive atmosphere of New York City are a big draw. An ideal destination for those looking for that all-important change of scenery, NYC has everything that Cayman lacks, and a great deal more.  

The city that never sleeps has inspired many a singer, artist and filmmaker and it’s not hard to understand why. Between the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan life unfolds at a frenetic pace. It’s a city bursting at the seams with shops, restaurants, bars, theatres, concerts and sporting events – and visitors never fail to be captured by the energetic atmosphere of the city. Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are must-sees at any time of year, but as the festive season gathers momentum, there are the added attractions of the elaborate lights strung along the main streets, the enormous Christmas tree and ice skating rink at the Rockefeller Centre and, of course, the unparalleled shopping opportunities.  

Once you’ve shopped till you drop, you can treat yourself to a Broadway show, a game of basketball at Madison Square Garden or a meal in one of the city’s thousands of restaurants.  

All of that, and it’s just a three and a half hour flight from Grand Cayman with Cayman Airways. As short breaks go, a trip to New York is really as hassle free as it gets. Fly non-stop to New York on Cayman Airways now through January and you will receive double the Cayman Airways Sir Turtle Rewards miles! 

As the holiday season approaches Cayman Airways is adding more non-stop flights between Grand Cayman and New York, with two flights per week as of 10 November. By mid-December Cayman Airways customers can enjoy the flexibility of four flights per week. 

You needn’t let the baggage allowance curb your shopping enthusiasm – Cayman Airways continues to offer one of the most generous baggage policies of any airline. Economy class passengers are all permitted to travel with two free checked bags, weighing up to 55 pounds each, as well as a piece of hand luggage not exceeding 40 pounds.  

Whether you choose New York or one of their other destinations, Cayman Airways makes travelling with them a pleasure, every step of the way. Once safely aboard the aircraft, you’ll be served unlimited beverages on all Cayman Airways flights, including their famous rum punch. And on flights that are over three hours you’ll also be served a meal.  

If you really want to maximise your vacation time and feel as if your holiday has started before you even take off, why not fly Business Class? It’s available on all Cayman Airways jet flights and means you can enjoy priority check in and boarding, as well as having access to the airport lounges in each gateway. Once on board you’ll be supremely comfortable in the large seats, with ample legroom and overhead storage. Sit back, relax and enjoy the alcoholic beverages served by the charming cabin crew. And feel free to purchase as many gifts or souvenirs as you like – when you book Business class you’ll be able to check in three pieces of baggage, weighing up to 55 pounds each with Cayman Airways.  

If Business Class travel is beyond your budget, you can still enjoy many of the perks through Cayman Airways’ Sir Turtle Club, without actually travelling in Business Class. 

In exchange for an annual membership fee, you can look forward to using the Business class check in line at all gateways, access to Cayman Airway’s exclusive Sir Turtle Club Lounge at Owen Roberts International Airport, as well as club lounges of airline partners at gateway airports, preferred seating and priority boarding. 

The more you fly with Cayman Airways, the more benefits you’ll receive. That’s because you’ll be accumulating air miles with every flight you take. The more you fly, the closer you get to free flights and upgrades. Sir Turtle Gold Members receive a 25 per cent mileage bonus per flight and Sir Turtle Platinum Members receive a 50 per cent mileage bonus per flight as well as free upgrades and other benefits.  

Of course, after all the travelling you do, you may not have the time to cash in those air miles. With Cayman Airways Miles Ahead Programme, your air miles won’t go to waste however, as you can share or donate them to others. Frequent flyers can use their Cayman Airways air miles to support their favourite local non-profit organisations and charities by donating air miles to them. What better way to share the goodwill this Christmas?  

Non-profit organisations can redeem the miles as tickets for fundraising initiatives, to cover the cost of air travel for visiting speakers or trainers or to send representatives overseas for specific events. Gifting your air miles to registered non-profit organisations is free. You can also gift air miles to another Sir Turtle Rewards member for a fee of US$50 per 5,000 air miles. Don’t quite have enough miles for that free flight? You can top up your account by purchasing air miles at US$55 per 1,000 miles. Contact Cayman Airways 949-2311 or visit www.caymanairways.com for more information.