Need to book a trip in the new year? Look no further than this free service at CRW

Need to book a trip in the new year? Look no further than this free service at CRW

2022 is approaching us fast, and according to a new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council, the U.S. travel sector is anticipating a 28.4% bump in travel.

If you want a smooth and stress-free trip, look no further than a baggage claim at Yeager Airport (CRW). There you will find Independent Travel Advisor Carie Hamm. The best part: her services are completely FREE. She’s busy but always happy to help.

“They get a one-on-one planner, all the time, 24-7, for no cost,” said Carie.

Most travelers may assume it costs more to use a travel advisor, but that’s not the case with Carie. Since vendors compensate her, there are no fees for you when you book through her service. In addition, with Carie, you will have access to concierge-style services for free.

“Anyone who books through my service, I’m there to hold your hand from start to finish and the next trip,” said Carie.


No matter what your needs are, whether it’s an early check-in, hitting up hot spots, excursions, or accommodations, give those details to Carie, who will put together a convenient plan with no stone unturned. When you book with her services, she will monitor clients’ packages for discounts and the best pricing until travel time.

“We are alerted of promotions and offers frequently and can monitor your vacation for the absolute best pricing! So you can be stress-free, knowing someone is watching out for the best pricing on your behalf!”


While Disney Resorts are Carie’s bread and butter, she helps her clients with domestic and international travel. She’s helped her clients book trips to Iceland, Scotland, Sandal resorts, and many Disney trips to Florida or California. So if you want to go somewhere, chances are Carie has already been there ( or will go there for research purposes) to make sure her expertise is at your fingertips. Carie says she wants to make sure she can provide her clients with all the vital information about their desired destination.

“There are a few logistic things. For example, you consider dining reservations and transportation to and from the resort with Disney. Maybe some schedule itinerary things. With Universal, the same. Also, I do Sandals all-inclusive in Mexico. So we do all the logistical things, making sure right now how important it is to know the requirements to get in and out of the country.”

Whether it’s all-inclusive, family, or adult, only Carie can send you anywhere, saying she has a magic wand she is very protective of, mainly if she is booking you a Disney vacation.

“There are a lot of blogs and websites that tell you this is the way it is. That may not necessarily be the case when you’re not on the ground there. I like to go every couple of weeks, so I know what’s going on. If something isn’t functioning at this time or they changed a procedure. I don’t want my clients confused and not knowing what is happening. So I take that very seriously.”


If you’re at CRW, you can schedule to meet with Carie in person at the welcome desk in baggage claim on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:30.

For more information, you can check out her website HERE

You can follow her adventures or get future inspiration on her Facebook Page or on Instagram





On Wednesday at 6:10 am, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials spotted a suspicious item going through the TSA screening checkpoint.

Upon further investigation, TSA deemed the item suspicious, and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was called.

Police evacuated passengers and shut down Airport Road during their investigation.

The bomb squad gave the all-clear an hour later when they identified the item as organic matter and a vape pen.

“We regret any inconvenience to the traveling public, but the safety and security of the public and our employees come first,” Yeager Airport Executive Director Nick Keller said. “I appreciate the exemplary work of the TSA personnel, Yeager Airport Police,  and the quick response from the 130TH Fire Department, Charleston Fire and Rescue, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, and Charleston Police.”

TSA has reopened, and Airport operations are running normally.

CRW Receives $2.1 Million from Infrastructure Bill

CRW Receives $2.1 Million from Infrastructure Bill


Yeager Airport will receive $2.1 million in first-year funding from The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The funds will come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, that will be awarded to more than 3,000 airports across the United States.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $15 billion for airport-related projects as defined under the existing Airport Improvement Grant and Passenger Facility Charge criteria. This is the first round of funding CRW will receive over five years that could be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit, and roadway projects.

“The funding will go a long way as we invest in projects that will upgrade and modernize our airport. We now have the opportunity to fund projects that will meet our needs for the next 30 to 40 years,” said Airport Director & CEO Nick Keller. “’The funds will also help create jobs for West Virginia and bolster our state’s economy.”

CRW will be able to submit project proposals to the FAA for review in the coming weeks.

“I want to thank Senator Manchin and Senator Capito for their hard work fighting for airport infrastructure improvements” Keller stressed. Our vision at Yeager Airport is to be the biggest economic engine for the State of West Virginia, and this will give us momentum to achieve that goal.”




Yeager Airport has partnered with the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower organization, allowing some passengers to ask discretely for support.

To better meet the needs of all travelers with disabilities, CRW is launching the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program beginning December 16, 2021. Travelers with hidden disabilities can now request a free sunflower lanyard, bracelet, or pin at the welcome counter in baggage claim to let airport staff know they may need a little help or extra patience.

“Making sure our passengers feel comfortable while they travel through CRW is our top priority. Our passengers have always been our biggest supporters, and we want those who may require additional support and accommodations to have a quality travel experience,” said Airport Director Nick Keller. “We are thrilled to implement another program that puts our passenger’s well-being first.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control. 26 percent of American adults have some disability; many are not visually apparent.

The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program first started in 2016 at Gatwick Airport in Great Britain. Since the program’s launch, airports across the globe have joined the program, including Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Orlando International Airport, to which CRW offers direct flights.

CRW also works with several certified therapy dogs through another new program, Herc’s Pals. Herc’s Pals volunteers and their animals offer a friendly experience to soothe some passengers of their travel worries.

President Joe Biden Extends Mask Mandate Through March

President Joe Biden Extends Mask Mandate Through March

A few days ago, President Joe Biden’s administration has updated the requirements for travelers.

All travelers will wear their masks on airplanes, trains, and buses at the airport through mid-March of 2022. The Transportation Security Administration extended its mask order through January 18 of 2022. 

President Biden also announced new protocols for international travelers on the heels of detecting the Omicron variant, the United State’s first case in California. The new requirements will require all inbound international passengers, regardless of vaccination status, to test for COVID within 24 hours of departure starting on Monday, December 6. According to the CDC, all air passengers will need proof of their results. 

As we head into winter, the President also announced actions his administration will take to provide additional protection to Americans to fight COVID-19 and the new variant, Omicron. In part, the plan includes

  • Booster shots for all adults
  • Expanding testing efforts
  • Stronger public health protocols for safe international travel
  • Continue commitment to global vaccination efforts
  • Steps to ensure preparedness for all scenarios
  • Protections in the workplace to keep the economy open

So far, The World Health Organization has identified at least 23 counties that have Omicron cases.

Last week, the WHO named the Omicron variant as a variant of concern. As a result, the President took steps to restrict travel from the most impacted counties to give the U.S. time to learn about Omicron and prepare for the next steps.

The administration has not required testing for COVID-19 for domestic travel, but officials have indicated that it is not off the table yet.

Nearly 60 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated. In addition, booster shots are authorized for all adults, and a vaccine is available for kids five and up. 


During this period, guests choosing to travel will see many of the enhanced health, safety, and sanitation efforts that CRW began rolling out at the beginning of the pandemic. Those measures include:

  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Acrylic barriers at high touch areas
  • New cleaning technology and frequency of cleaning
  • Social distancing markers

To ensure a healthy travel experience, CRW asks all guests to do their part by:

  • Wearing a face mask properly at all times
  • Washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer
  • Maintain social distancing as much as possible
  • Use touchless options and mobile boarding passes
  • Allow ample time at the airport to help avoid crowds
  • Check with your airline for additional guidelines.

The CDC is still recommending that if you aren’t fully vaccinated, you delay travel.