Resolutions, it’s the season; both Running From Insanity gave us their respective takes earlier this month. Therefore, I’m here late January, a week after most of the resolutioners have abandoned their Couch to 5k program offering up some travel resolutions that you can pull off any time of the year.and
- Resolve to find a loyalty program, and stick with it – Even if you travel a few times a year a loyalty program can pay off. Most hotels programs provide free WiFi as well as breakfast even at their entry level, and some airlines will waive their baggage fees just for being a member. Here’s where you can get the most bang for your buck, credit cards…was that Dave Ramsey I just heard a sighing? Most airlines and hotels offer them, and often they’ll place you in the top-tier of their loyalty program just for having one. This translates to some extras, such as giving you double points for every dollar you spend plus concierge floor privileges. However, if you run a balance, that 15% interest rate quickly makes those extra points less valuable.
- Resolve to make technology your friend– Most every hotel and airlines offer some sort of an app, so use it to your advantage. When it comes to flights use the app to check-in 24 hours before your flight. There’s nothing worse than arriving at the airport planning on checking in only to find out that you’ve been bumped, plus most of the time this gives you a chance to choose your seat unless you’re on Southwest. Several of the hotel apps let you select your room before you arrive.
- Resolve to be spontaneous – I’m a fan of cramming as much “planned” activity as I can into my day, but give yourself some time to explore. We were recently in Chattanooga and woke up to rain, so instead of getting soaked visiting Rock City that morning, we found a great antique mall to explore while we waited out the storm. Yes, I almost purchased the moose. Originally, we had planned to relocate to Atlanta, GA, but after exploring the Orlando area on a “Get-Away” weekend we ended up here, you never know what you’ll find once you’re off the beaten path.
- Resolve to skip long TSA lines – Get yourself TSA Precheck, and get it by purchasing it through Global Entry. You get five years for $100.00…..at $20.00 per year, it’s a great deal. The TSA lines at the Orlando airport are always long, and even if you fly once per year, it’s worth it.
- Resolve to book direct – I’ve never understood the appeal of Orbitz or Expedia. Normally I can match their prices for the dates I want to travel using my loyalty programs or the AAA rate. Be aware, if you book using a third party and then you show up at a hotel with a botched reservation, more than likely you’ll be pointed back to the website you booked through. Often those sites won’t credit hotel and airline points to your account.
- Resolve to use some of that vacation time – I get it, our jobs are important, as well as the money it produces, but taking a few long weekends can’t hurt. Head to Jacksonville, Tampa or Gainesville, even if it’s for a few nights.
There you have it, six easy to keep resolutions, none of which requires you to cut out carbs or break a sweat. Spend this year making your travel life a bit less hectic and a bit more fun.
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