7 secrets from frequent travelers
From making the most of rewards perks to choosing the right luggage, experienced travelers share tricks for making trips less expensive and more relaxing.
Save money and reduce frustration
It's not the miles, it's the perks
The airline is responsible for checked bags
Balance dollars and stress
Weigh card costs vs. rewards
Phone time + face time = better odds
Twice the cash, half the clothes
What do you think?
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Jun 8, 2013 6:16AM
These are "ok" travel tips but I would call them "polite" travel tips. I think we should be honest about travel. People that do not travel much should be told the truth. 1-Travel is stressful. Just get ready. 2 - Regardless of what is stated in this article, you cannot cite a law and expect an airline to drop $3,300 on you because they lost your bag. It will not happen. The truth. 3 - if you want to avoid paying $25 to check, take the bag through security and gate check it. It is free on most airlines. Just play stupid. 4 - most people at the airport are at work. We are really not in the mood for groups of non-frequent travelers clogging up the place. Here are some tips. Reading is important. If you are lost or are wondering where to go...read the signs and screens. All the information is there for you. Move with a purpose and do not slow down until you get to your point of interest. Why? Look behind you. We are coming with a vengeance. We have been at work all week away from our families and we are trying to catch that last flight on Thursday night to get home. 5 Kids...Ladies and gentlemen, your toddler is adorable. I have kids. I love them. However, no one in the airport thinks your little Johnny or Bethany is really that cute and precious. Keep them quiet and away from everyone. 6 - The elderly. I personally will help any person that is older and appears to need help. However, if you are a little older, keep this in mind when you have to haul that gift basket, dump truck, baby doll, and whatever you have bought for the family through the airport. Ship it in advance. As some one who will gladly carry the little old ladies bag for her and stuff into the overhead, I do not like stuffing 3 bottles of wine and a sack of chocolate into the overhead as well. 7 - the plane...by all means lean your seat back, if you are tired and really need a nap. If not, keep it up and give us a break from having our laptop jammed 2 inches form our face. Most travelers consider the fuselage their office. 8 - the call button...unless you are having a seizure, do not ring it to ask for a glass of water. It is there for emergency's not room service. 9 - alcohol...please do not get drunk on the plane. If you need some liquid courage please get it in the form of a pill from your doc before the trip. 10 - The zipper...when deplaning, we let the seats in front of us clear out before we jump into the aisle and sprint down to the door. If you have a tight connection, there is a chance many have tight connections. Shuffling down and trying to beat me out of the plane if you are sitting behind me will get a giant bottle of water " accidentally" spilled on you as you bump my arm as I start to stand up.
These are the truths. I have many more.
Jun 7, 2013 8:58PM
Yes, put your bag under the seat in front of you then stretch your legs out in the remainder of the ample room provided to coach passengers.
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