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Tip 64: Provide Positive Feedback

Service employees in the travel industry work hard to provide customers with a great experience.  Most of the time, service is good but we never take a moment to thank the employee who did a nice job.  However, we’re quick to complain if something doesn’t meet our expectations.  Set a goal to give positive feedback to at least one employee during your travels.  You’ll make their day!

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Tip 63: Don’t Want to Talk to Your Chatty Neighbor on a Plane?

We’ve all been there.  The friendly person next to us wants to be our BFF but we want to be left alone.  If you’ve already pulled out a book to read, put in your earbuds and they’re still talking to you, consider starting a new conversation with “As my cat Mr. Peepers always says…..”  One or two of these fictitious stories should lead your neighbor to start reading their own book.

 

 

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Tip 62: Join Rental Car Loyalty Programs

Rental car companies give preferential treatment to their loyal members.  They may provide car upgrades or let you select your own car.  But one of the biggest perks is the ability to be automatically assigned a car such that you never need to stop at the rental car desk.  You can move from baggage claim directly to your car’s parking space.  No need to wait in lines!

 

 

 

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Tip 61: Don’t Wait in Line When You Can Call for Assistance

No one is happy when a flight is cancelled.  All the angry customers are now lined up trying to get rebooked on the next flight.  In your head, you count the number of people in front of you and the likelihood that there are enough seats still available on that flight. Instead of just waiting at the counter, call the airline’s reservation office.  They too can book you on the next flight and, in our experience, it’s often faster than waiting in line.

 

 

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Tip 59: Download Entertainment for your Travels

Depending on your mode of transportation, movies or TV shows may be available during your trip.  However, there is no guarantee that you’ll like the options provided.  To help the trip go by faster, download your favorite programs to your laptop, tablet or phone before you leave.  Movies can be rented for as little as 99 cents from your favorite online provider and results in hours of entertainment.  If you decide to not watch a rented movie that you downloaded, it may be available for up to 30 days for you to watch later.

 

 

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Tip 58: Choosing the Right Seat on the Airplane

Planning to sleep on the entire flight?  If so, secure a window seat so that you don’t block others from exiting into the aisle.  No one likes to be awaken just so a passenger can move around.  No one likes to wake a sleeping stranger either.  Want to move around the plane during the flight?  Reserve an aisle seat.