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Is Premium Economy Seating Worth the Extra Cost? 15 Nov 2016

Up until now, Premium Economy seating on US airlines (also known as Main Cabin Extra, Economy Plus, etc. depending on the airline) has offered very little more than a better location and sometimes extra legroom and has not even been available on international flights, but that is changing in 2017 with American Airlines. Their new 787-9 aircraft has a separate cabin for Premium Economy offering a 2-3-2 configuration with footrests, more legroom, free alcohol, better meals and noise-reducing headphones – very similar to what many international carriers have been offering for a while. They will begin this service with routes to Madrid and Sao Paolo but will be expanding it quickly. Delta Airlines is expected to follow suit. Pricing is not yet determined but is expected to be several hundred dollars more than Economy, and considerably less than Business Class.

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Can Jet Lag be Minimized or Avoided? 15 Oct 2016

A few suggestions you may find helpful if you are traveling through multiple time zones include:

  • Drink lots of water and limit your food intake during flight
  • Get sun exposure when you land – in the morning if traveling west and in the morning if traveling east
  • Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol during flight
  • If possible, adjust your bedtime gradually before departure by going to bed 1 or 2 hours later (if traveling west) or 1 to 2 hours earlier (if traveling each) each day for a week
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Plan to Travel Frequently to the United Kingdom? 15 Sep 2016

If you travel frequently to the United Kingdom (or know someone who does), you may want to consider joining the UK’s new Registered Traveller Service (similar to our Global Entry). You must be 18 years or older, have an eligible passport, and have visited the UK at least four times in the last two years. Having this will eliminate the need for a landing card and expedite your arrival or connection time process. The cost for the first year is 70 GBP and 50 GBP per year thereafter. Interested? Go to: UK Registered Traveller. Please share this with your friends or colleagues.

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Be Aware of Your Surroundings While Traveling 15 Aug 2016

One of the primary reasons tourists are often targeted for robbery is because they are not paying attention to their surroundings or they look like a helpless tourist. Don’t fall victim to clever ploys by adults or children who approach you for help or with a question as they draw your attention away from guarding your wallet, purse or even money/passport belt. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t, so remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. They will move on to an easier target.

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Tired of “Losing” Your Miles or Points? 15 Jul 2016

Ever experience thinking you had some miles or points to use when you realized they had expired? There are easy ways to keep track of your various miles AND get notified in advance that they will be expiring. One of my favorite programs is called AwardWallet and is free. You might also want to consider TripIt which has a free and paid version.

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