Category Archive: Air Travel

Back to Basics: Hang Up

How many times have you called up an airline (or hotel, tour operator, car rental company, or any other company that you want to do business with), and found yourself talking with someone who is rude, unintelligible to you, unwilling to assist you, or is downright hostile? If you’ve spent any time on the phone at all, this has probably happened to you many over.  I know that I have spent countless hours trying to understand an accent or explaining myself to someone who wasn’t listening to me and merely reading a prepared “script.”  It frustrates me when I have to repeatedly ask someone to slow down so that I can understand what they are saying.  And turn down the background noise so that I can hear you! How to resolve these telephone aggravations?  Hang up and start again!  Chances […]

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10 Money Saving Travel Tips for Fall. . . or Any Time at All!

If you haven’t already done so, you need to book your holiday travel.  Many flights and hotels are already full for Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays.  There aren’t a whole lot of bargains to be found at this time, and if they are out there, you’ll need to be doing a lot of research and digging deep to find them. If, however, you’ve got a hankering to travel, fall many be a bargain filled time to do so.  It’s known as a soft travel time — after the summer is over, and the schools and universities are back in session, and before the rush of the holidays.  It’s a time when those of us who are in the travel business predict that we’ll FINALLY be able to get on a flight and enjoy our own travel plans. Here are a few […]

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Anniversary of the First Flight Attendant

Today is a historical date in the travel business. And more specifically, in the airline business. On May 15th, 1930, Ellen Church became the first Flight Attendant in the industry. She was employed by United Airlines, and worked a flight between San Francisco (California) and Cheyenne (Wyoming). And the rest, as they say, is history. . . . Photo credit: flickr ________________________________________________________________ Tags: airlines, b5media, flight attendants, travel, vacation

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Travelers' Century Club is for the Well Traveled

I heard about the Travelers’ Century Club from fellow blogger, Gadling, and had to check it out. Basically, it’s an organization whose membership is limited to people who have visited 100 or more countries of the world. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1954, and now has members throughout the world. “Countries” are defined pursuant to s specific list, and may be a little different than how you might typically think. For example, the United States has three different “country” classifications, continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. In addition to meetings, the TCC offers a variety of events and travel opportunities (including escorted trips) for the discerning traveler. The initiation fee is $100 for the member, and $100 to include a spouse. Yearly dues are $40/$30 for U.S. residents, and $50 each (member and spouse) for residents of other countries. […]

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10 Tips to Help You Deal with Airport Security

Most days I really love my job.  It’s not glamorous, like you see in the movies, but it provides me a great deal of flexibility, variety, and personal enjoyment while meeting my needs to make a living.  While I occasionally have a lousy flight (or trip, or sometimes even a month), the good still overwhelmingly outweighs the bad. That’s part of the reason why a day like today is so difficult. I know that all the passengers on the plane have been through hell ““just to get to the plane.  It may not make you feel any better, but we had to go through the same thing.  We know what it feels like.  The security lines are long, and tempers are short, and patience is in short supply.  There are a lot of people who didn’t make their flights today, […]

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How to Ask for an Upgrade

One of the easiest ways to get an upgraded seat on an airplane, or room at a hotel, is to simply ask.  It won’t work every time, but when it does, you’ll be glad that you tried it. Your approach is important.  This is not the time to try to impress anyone with how important you are, how valuable a customer you are, or to try to bluff you way through the process.  Instead, this is a time for politeness, and graciousness, to the person who is in the position to do you a favor.  I’m not suggesting that you pull a major suck-up act, that’s just an offensive as bluster, but good manners matter in this situation. Two types of upgrades will be available:   Upgrades for free:  The ultimate something for nothing.  For airline travel, ask the agent […]

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