Friday, 19 June 2015
Business travelers are some of the most well-traveled people in the world. They’re basically jetsetters in suits. They know all the ins and outs of international airports. For those of you who are on business trips frequently, here are some travel hacks from the experts.
Direct flight vs Non-stop flight
SmarterTravel executive editor Anne Banas said that every business traveller ought to know the difference between a direct flight and a non-stop flight. If you want to make it on time to your meetings or have enough breathing room before you get there, book a non-stop flight. Direct flights still have stops like changing planes and all but a non-stop flight will take you to your destination in one go.
Take advantage of Global Entry status
Banas vouches that you can breeze through U.S. customs when you have a Global Entry status. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that gives expedited clearance for pre-approved and low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. You can enter U.S. territory via automated kiosks at selected airports. Applicants go through rigorous background checks and in-person interview before enrolling in the program.
Track your miles with apps
Brian Kelly of thePointsGuy.com said that it’s worth the money to spend on apps that can help you track your miles wherever you are. No need to go to the web if you have an app like AwardWallet that tracks all your frequent flyer miles, hotel, and credit card points in one place. How convenient is that!
Accumulate points outside the airport
Kelly said that the best way to earn miles is by using your credit card for your everyday expense while traveling. Just make sure that you choose the ones that waive foreign transactional fees. Charge your grocery and other expenses to your card! You’ll earn miles faster that way.
Don’t hesitate to ask for hotel upgrades
George Horbica, founder of Airfare Watchdog, said that when his room was placed near the elevator he requested for an upgrade because he’s a light sleeper and when the elevator pings it would disturb him. They did it with no extra charge! His typical script at the front desk would be to say that he noticed that the hotel is not full that day and would go on to request for an upgrade. You can also cite reasons like you don’t want to be disturbed or whatever the case may be.
We hope these tips will make your business travels easier and more economical. Start applying some of these travel hacks now!