Living on the road can be draining, tiring and jolly well tough. To counter this, we’ve tracked down a number of business travellers to find out their top tips for coping with life on the road.
From securing nifty upgrades, to the best way to pack a suitcase, we believe anything that can make the hassle of jet-setting a little easier can be a lifesaver.
Take a look at our top tips below.
Tip 1. Get upgrades on flights by booking an economy ticket with a ‘Y’ or ‘B’ booking code
According to TravelNerd.com’s Amy Lee, this special booking code is gold for fliers looking for an upgrade.
“This means that the ticket will be full fare but you will receive a complimentary upgrade if there are open spots in the next class of service,” Lee says.
Just request the upgrade when you book your ticket and then check your status 24 hours before your flight. Frequent flyers should hear about upgrades within 100 hours of their departure (based on status level).
Tip 2. Know the difference between non-stop and direct flights
Especially if you’re on business and going to and from meetings, it’s such a waste of time to take a day to get there and a day to get back – just because of layovers.
But don’t mistake “direct” flights for “non-stop” flights when booking.
A direct flight might still stop, but you would just stay on the plane instead of having to switch planes. There’s a lot of confusion about this. We would say always choose a ‘non-stop’ flight instead of direct, to avoid impact to your journey.
Tip 3. Build up points outside the airport
One of the best places to compound your travel points is actually nowhere near airports at all — it’s at your local supermarket.
These days with miles the best way to earn them is by shopping with credit cards. We recommend considering taking out travel rewards cards for everyday spending and when you travel. Just be sure you take out a card that waives foreign transaction fees.
Tip 4. But… don’t pass up cheap fares just for the points
Some fliers will do whatever it takes to book flights to earn more points, even if it means passing up cheaper fares on another carrier.
That’s not always the smartest move, especially when you consider each mile is worth about two pence. We all know that cash is king and, yes, it’s good to have a good mileage strategy, but we don’t recommend paying an extra £100 – £200, just to earn miles.
Tip 5. Develop a solid packing strategy
Always pack extra essentials (underwear, socks) and extra shirts, clothes (pants/skirts) that can be all be mixed and matched with one another. Simple you say? But effective we say.
On short trips, try to pack clothes that require only one or two pairs of shoes and for men, a single color of socks. As sleep is important when traveling, make room for anything that will make sleeping easier (favorite pillow, blanket or sleepwear). Keep extra mouthwash and toothpaste and cell phone charger in carry-on bags, in case you need to access them while in the airport or onboard. Don’t forget to check the weather at your destination to determine whether you should pack a compact umbrella.
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