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Tip 99: Favorite Tips (part 1)

We appreciate anyone who read all #100days100traveltips that might have just taken a bit over 100 days.  But anything good is worth waiting for, right? 😉  Here’s a quick summary of our favorites:
Top Airport tip?
  • Rebecca – don’t expect USB charging ports to work – the hardly ever do – so you’ll want to carry a wall plug and find an outlet near a seat or in a restaurant
  • Michelle – buy a snack – you never know how long you’ll be on the flight
  • Sandy – bring a refillable water bottle

Top Hotel tip?

  • Rebecca – join the rewards programs and take advantage of dual reward credit earning with other travel partners like the rental car
  • Michelle – ask for a better room or upgrade, the worst they can say is no
  • Sandy –  be aware of resort fees!

Top Road trip tip?

  • Rebecca – look at the gas gauge to know which side to fuel up your rental car
  • Michelle – take lots of snacks, especially for driving at night
  • Sandy –  Look for fun opportunities to make fun pit stops along the way at unique places
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Tip 82: Strategic Packing for Plane Travel

The airlines work very hard to ensure that your checked luggage arrives with you. However, mistakes happen. If you’re planning for a significant trip with your loved one, consider packing half of your belongings in your bag and the other half in your partner’s bag. Your loved one can do the same. Should one bag be “lost”, you will both have clothes at your destination. Using color coded Packing Cubes can make this process very easy!

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Tip 79: Use the Designated Cell Phone Lots at Airports

We love picking up our friends and loved ones from the airport. However, it can be tricky perfectly timing our arrival at the airport with their stepping out onto the curb with their bags. To ensure a timely pickup without the need for our guests to wait, check out the designated cell phone lots.

Most airports now have spacious, designated parking spots in near proximity to the passenger pick up area. They’re safe,convenient and there is no need to keep circling the airport. If you’re lucky, you may even find a public restroom available while you wait!

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Tip 73: Fastest customer care is through Twitter

All airlines, hotels, airports, etc now have Twitter and they usually monitor it something fierce.

Before you waste a lot of time standing in line to rebook a flight, as a example, hop on Twitter and send the airline customer service a note. In our experience the issue was resolved 2x faster than waiting in a physical line at the airport.

Go digital!

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Tip 65: Doublecheck the Name on Your Travel Documents

The name on your airline ticket should exactly match the name on the photo ID used for traveling.  Have a middle name on your photo ID?  If so, make sure your middle name is on your ticket, not your middle initial.  Be aware that the way your name is listed on your Driver’s License could be different from how it is listed on your passport.  You can be denied boarding if your names are not a perfect match.

 

 

 

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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 57: Check into Flights in Advance

Today, airlines provide multiple ways to check into flights including via mobile apps.  Most airlines will allow customers to check in up to 24 hours in advance of their departure.  Don’t wait until you’re at the airport to check in.  Airlines can oversell their flights and give away your seat if you don’t check in by their prescribed time.