Travel Like A Pro, Part One

Travel Like A Pro, Part One

Travelling can be a really stressful time, from getting to the airport and the long queues at check-in, to going through security and finding that your airline has lost luggage. But it’s not just airports and airlines which stack on the pressure on the road. Have you ever arrived at a hotel after a long haul flight only to be told your room isn’t ready (for ages)? Or, worse still, that they don’t have any record of your reservation, and the hotel is fully booked? As well as racking up air miles, frequent travellers quickly learn the ropes of getting from A to B to C, and enjoying their stay as painlessly as possible. For the rest of us, however, there are a number of tips anyone can use to improve their traveller status, and give off the appearance that they are travelling like a pro. Number one is to join a frequent flyer program; most do not charge for membership, and there are potentially many benefits to be enjoyed, especially if you travel regularly. For one, you will collect miles every time you fly with that airline or its partners, which can lead to a free flight or an upgrade from economy to business class. Programs also have additional benefits depending on how many miles you earn, and the level of your membership status, and today you can also earn miles through a program’s partners, from car rental companies to hotel groups. Speaking of hotels, it’s also a good idea to join any free hotel loyalty clubs. These are programs offered by hotel groups, offering various perks for members such as late check-outs and room upgrades, and like airline frequent flyer programs, if an upgrade is on the cards, you are more likely to receive one as a member than if you are a non-member. If you have to travel in economy class, consider joining an airport lounge club, or take out a lounge group membership such as Priority Pass, as they offer a quiet place to wait before, or in between, flights as well as free drinks, food, newspapers and magazines. There is often complimentary internet access too so you can check your email, or work. 

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