Travel Like A Pro, Part One

Travel Like A Pro, Part One

Travelling can be a really stressful pastime, from getting to the airport and the endless queues at check-in, to going through security and lost luggage. But it’s not just airports and airlines which stack on the pressure. Have you ever arrived at a hotel after a long haul flight only to be told your room isn’t ready? Or, worse still, that they don’t have your reservation, and the hotel is full? As well as racking up air miles, frequent travellers quickly learn the ropes of getting from A to B, 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 look like they are travelling like a pro. The first tip is to join a frequent flyer program; most do not charge for membership, and there are potentially many benefits to enjoy especially if you travel regularly. For one, you will collect miles every time you fly with that airline or its partners, which can earn you a free flight or an upgrade. Programs also have additional benefits depending on how many miles you earn, and the level of your membership status. It’s also a good idea to join 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 than a non-member. If you have to travel in economy, consider joining an airport lounge club, 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. An independent program like Priority Pass, is one option, allowing access to a network of lounges throughout the world for a membership fee.

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