114th Aviation Company
"Knights of the Air"

Lodging & Travel


Reunion Headquarters Hotel

The Doubletree Hotel
Crystal City

300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202-2891

Tel: 1-703-416-4100

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Just minutes away from Ronald, Reagan National Airport, will be the reunion headquarters at the Crystal City Doubletree in Crystal City (Arlington) VA. The scheduled reunion events will begin on Wednesday July 30th with the golf tournament and end on Monday August 4, 2003. Your reunion committee has reserved extra rooms two days before and two days after the official events at the special 114th rate. We have negotiated a room rate for attendees of $89.00 when the going rate is $230.00 for the same room. The hotel provides transportation to and from the Ronald Reagan National Airport as well as shuttle bus service to various nearby shopping areas.

The response for early registration has been great. There have been 35 pre-registrations to date and we are asking that more pre-register. With your information in advance, the Reunion Committee can plan a better schedule for you to visit with the past and remember the hero’s that you served with in Vietnam and to see those sights you’ve always wanted to see in Washington, DC. The Panama members have answered to the challenge and will be delivering their story of their important legacy of the 114th. The families are going to have a chance of their lifetime to visit history, see historic locations, and see their Nation’s lawmakers in action combining it all with fun and recreation.

The reunion committee requests your assistance for the planning of all the events. The offer is extended to all those planning to attend to pre-register now allowing us to better schedule rooms and events. We ask that you return your registration form right away and enclose your check for $30.00 to confirm your reservation. As stated in the last Knight Letter, in return for this advance reservation, you will be sent a leather briefcase in appreciation for your early support. This early planning will allow the committee to work better with the hotel staff in planning the scheduled events.

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Think Ahead for the Reunion - Hassle-Free Deals on Car Rentals

If you plan to use a car when attending the 2003 Reunion, thinking ahead at this time will save you some dollars. Here are a few hints to consider: 

If you don’t find anything to suit your budget with the major car rental companies, you may want to try a consolidator. Car rental consolidators work much like those for airlines and hotels. They rent cars for major car rental companies but at a discount price. The down side is that the majority of them make reservations only through the Internet. 

Here are some others to try:

CarHire4Less claims to have rates discounted up to 30 percent off what the rental companies themselves are charging. The company is in London but books rentals worldwide. You can contact then at http://www.carhire4less.co.uk/

CheapCarRental.com also claims to have prices 30 percent lower than the rates of major car rental companies. They rent vehicles worldwide, including some vehicles you would not expect to see. Their selection includes cars, vans, limousines, heavy trucks, all terrain vehicles, and luxury cars. They can be reached at www.cheapcarrental.com. 

Car-Rentals-Discounts.com has its web site set up so you can compare prices of all rental companies before making your reservation. They can be reached at http://www.cars-rentals-discounts.com/

A-thru-Z Discount Car Rentals provides discount car rentals throughout the world. You can pick the class and type of car you would like and location where you would like to pick it up. Check them out at http://car-rental.from-a-z.com/

Apex Internet Car Rentals allows you to make online reservations for cars in the United States and much of Canada, Europe, and Mexico. They make reservations for cars with most of the major car rental companies. You’ll find them at www.soft-links.com/carrentals/carrentals.htm

There will be ample methods of travel while at the reunion. However, should you choose to travel a little out of the metropolitan area, then maybe you will need the rental car. Good Luck.

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Flying to the Reunion? How To Find The Cheapest Flights

Many members that have pre-registered for the 2003 reunion have indicated that they intended to arrive by air. Flying obviously is the fastest way to travel but also one of the most expensive. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg though. Airline consolidators specialize in selling discounted fares for major airlines, and you can save a bundle by using their services. Consolidators either buy airline tickets in bulk or have a special agreement with airlines to receive discounted tickets. In the past, consolidators only made their tickets available to travel agents, but many now offer tickets to the general public. 

Here are a few you may want to try: 

OneTravel.com sells discounted are tickets, hotel rooms, cruises, and vacation packages. Contact 800-929- 2523 or http://www.onetravel.com/ 

l 800 Fly Cheap offers discounts on advance-purchase tickets. Call 800-359-4683. 

Cheap Tickets Inc. specializes in selling discount tickets for travel within the United States. Contact 800- 672-4327 or http://www.bigbenstravel.com/docs/index.cfm

Air4less sells discount tickets for last minute trips. Contact 800-247- 4537 or http://www.air-4-less.com/

Travel Hub. http://travelhub.qixo.com/

Skyauction.com auctions airline tickets, as well as hotel rooms and vacation packages, over the Internet. Check http://www.skyauction.com/

If you’re willing to travel on short notice, check into 11th Hour Vacations at http://www.11thhourvacations.com/index_home.php?ver=B You tell them your interests and desired vacation spots, and they will send you an e-mail when trips matching your description come up. You could save up to 70 percent off regular prices. 

And for you adventurous types, Priceline.com allows you to set your own ticket price and take the chance they can find it for you. You have to be flexible enough to travel at any time on the dates you choose, and you must pay in advance by credit card. The ticket is non-refundable, so once your offer is accepted, there’s no turning back. Check with http://www.priceline.com/ for more information. Try one or more of the above ideas and tell your “war story” at the reunion.

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