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Ebook: Essential travel tips for business pros

Originally Published:
Jan 2018

Business travel can be stressful and exhausting, but seasoned road warriors know a thing or two about minimizing the hassles and making trips go smoothly. This ebook rounds up advice from professionals who travel regularly on business.

From the ebook:

After nearly 1,000 nights spent in hotels and hundreds of flights all over the world, I’ve learned a few tricks that make traveling more pleasant and hassle-free. Here are 10 suggestions.

Make your loyalty pay off
Many regard frequent traveler programs merely as ways to rack up points for a free vacation, and they pay little attention to the programs or which travel providers they use. While the points are nice and can ultimately get you to some exotic location, more important are the benefits loyalty provides when your travel plans go awry. Far more than just a fancy membership card, loyalty status provides an enhanced level of customer support. Others may wind up standing in line to rebook after a cancelled flight. But if you have airline status you can call a special 800 number, jump the long phone queues, and be rebooked and headed home before your broken airplane even returns to the gate.

With hotels, most programs guarantee a room with 48 hours notice for top members, and of course there are nice perks like upgraded seats, rooms, and nicer cars. Be aware that airlines and hotels often have several brands under a shared earnings regime, so you can beef up your American Airlines status while flying British Airlines, for example. A couple of hours spent studying the programs and a careful decision on how to maximize travel with a limited selection of vendors now can pay off next time you’re stranded.

Use the information advantage
Occasional travelers rely on their providers for notifications or help in the event of a delay. But savvy travelers use the arsenal of apps and technology available to them to anticipate and proactively react to delays. TripIt, FlightAware, GateGuru, and http://www.fly.faa.gov are some of my favorites, helping you manage your itineraries, identify and track your incoming aircraft, locate food options at airports, and view overall airport traffic in the US.

Seeing a regional delay or discovering that your inbound aircraft is stuck on the tarmac allows you to arm yourself with alternatives. Often, when dealing with a gate agent, it’s easier to say, “I noticed there’s another flight on United in 20 minutes,” which will get you on that flight, rather than letting the agent propose an itinerary that’s several hours or connections longer.

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