TOP TEN AIRPORT TRAVEL TIPS:
Whether one is traveling for work or leisure, it can be an painful ordeal trying to get from point A to point B. Airports, planes and security check-in lines are more crowded than ever and everyone needs to consider anyway to lessen the stress and burdens associated with airport traveling.
Following is a quick list of airport travel tips for the weary business traveler to consider. Some tips are obvious, but still worth repeating.
Travel Light: The days of check-in luggage is over. If possible, pack light and limit your luggage to a couple of soft leather carry on bags rather than a roller piece of carry on luggage. One for the overhead and one for under the seat. The roller type carry-on luggage is more likely to be a required check-in item. The goal is to get on the plane as soon as possible and get your luggage stored above your seat as soon as possible.
Travel Wrinkle Free: Try to pack clothes that are less likely to wrinkle. Pack a few Snuggle softener sheets that you use in your home dryer. Take any wrinkled items and toss them in the hotel dryer for ten minutes with a moisten Snuggles sheet and see the wrinkles fade away. If you don't need an item, don't pack it.
Airport Parking: To remember your parking spot just use your cell phone and photo the location of where your car is in the airport parking garage. And when you return a week later the location is right there on your phone.
Check In Online: If you are not checking in luggage, save time and check-in headaches by checking in online, now offered by all the airlines. Simple-but why not.
Security Checks: Avoid lines with the obvious tourist travelers. Lines with obvious male business travelers will move much quicker. Wear shoes that are easy to take off and put back on. Carry boarding pass in a location on your attire that is easy to retreat and easy to remember on a regular basis.
VIP Clubs: For the travel warrior, or those vacationing
with kids, the exclusive VIP clubs in the airport waiting areas like American Airline's Admirals Club are a
must. They now offer day and monthly passes to non-members. A most
relaxing place to wait for delayed flights and rescheduling canceled
flights. You might even meet a celebrity or two.(Check out Priority Pass to the right)
Eat With The Pros: The airport regulars, pilots and the flight attendants, will direct you to the best eating spots in the airport terminal. Or carry your own snacks and save on the expensive airport food.
Boingo: For $7.95 a month you have wifi internet access for your in-flight and airport internet use on your ipad/mobel device with a Boingo subscription.
Portable Power Cord: Plug in receptacles are often hard to find in airport waiting areas. A small electrical power cord with multiple sockets will allow you to share a plug-in with a new friend.
Upgrades: Don't be shy and never ask for an upgrade, or purchase one at a nominal price. Always ask for a flight upgrade to business or first class (or the executive floor at the hotel), especially if you're a frequent flyer member. Charm your way to an upgrade.
For many other traveling tips for the business traveler check out this article- "53 Tips For The Business Traveler" see:
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