Never give up in your quest for a better airline seat, even once the boarding is finished.
Here’s what I do if I’m not happy with my assigned spot:
I always wait to get settled into my seat when I first board the plane. Once it looks like everyone has entered I take a quick walk to the back, looking for an empty row. If I see one, I quickly grab my stuff and change seats right before the captain turns on the seatbelt sign.
It’s a last ditch effort for comfort that works wonderfully.
When travelling internationally, you’ll often encounter a merchant that asks whether you would like to pay in their local (foreign) currency or in your home currency (CAD or USD).
While it may appear convenient to pay in your own currency, don’t be fooled. You’re at the mercy of the shopkeeper and whatever exchange rate he’s decided to charge. Rarely, if ever, is it as good as the one your credit card company will use.
Stick to paying in the local currency and let your credit card sort out the exchange. You’ll be better in the long run.
Your flight was delayed and now you’ve missed your connection. The airline has offered you a seat on their next flight…in eight hours.
“Eight hours,” you think, “Surely there’s a flight sooner than that!”
There is, but it’s on another airline so don’t expect your airline to offer it to you. They don’t want you flying with someone else. Even though they are perfectly willing and able to put you on another airline’s flight, rarely will they ever bring up that option.
So what do you do?
“Is there another airline that can get me there quicker?”
That one question can save you hours of waiting around.
We all know that a “codeshare” is when you purchase a flight through one airline but actually fly on a different airline. As Joe Brancatelli, from Joe Sent Me, says, “It’s like putting Fruit Loops in a box of Cheerios”.
There can be significant differences between the airline you purchased through and the one you fly.
Normally you’ll be provided with the pertinent information about the differences in baggage weight restrictions, change fees, cancellation fees, and other restrictions.
What they never talk about is the difference in the experience. If you book your ticket on Air Canada expecting a personal seatback television, you’ll be disappointed to find they don’t exist on your United Airlines codeshare.
Hoping for a lie-flat seat in British Airways business class? Sorry, you’re on an American Airlines flight with an angled seat.
Beware the Codeshare. You just might open your box of Cheerios and find Fruit Loops.
A client of ours mentioned to us today that the camera on his phone has become his most valuable travel tool.
Why? He travels frequently, constantly moving from hotel to hotel and was forever forgetting his room number. He came up with the idea of taking a picture of his room number as soon as he checks in. Now if he forgets his room number, he simply pulls out his phone and looks at his last door picture.
You may never forget your room number, but there may be other uses for your camera’s ‘artificial memory’.
Parking at the airport? Take a picture of the parking area.
Traveling in a foreign land with no English? Take a picture of your destination to show your cab driver.
Enjoying a great bottle of wine at dinner? Take a picture of the label so you can find it at home.
And of course, don’t forget to use your camera for what it’s for: capturing memories.