Who gets the breakfast table?

May 28, 2015 - 6 Responses

How should you handle it when fellow hotel guests take your table at breakfast? Reader J asks…..5-28-15-1

This morning I got my food and  juice from the breakfast buffet and put it down on a small table for two.  I went to get my coffee and when I came back, a man and his 2 little kids were at my table eating, my stuff pushed to the edge.  I put my coffee down and he stared at me.  I said, “um that’s my food here…” he replies, “oh that’s fine you can take it.” I said, “um no… I was sitting here… eating…”  He looked away from me and started talking to his kids.  I stood there a full 15 seconds glaring at him then realized I wasn’t gonna be ‘that crazy angry guy’ in front of his kids, and walked away. Unfortunately there were no tables left. Is there a better way I could have handled this?

Wow. That sounds so strange! Read more of this article »

Poll: Do you check your bag?

May 26, 2015 - 5 Responses

If you have read this blog for any period of time you’ve probably recognized my obsession with carrying on my suitcase whenever possible. It saves time, money, and my sanity–what’s not to like? In my experience most of my fellow business travelers are like me in this respect–they hate checking their bag and will do whatever they have to to avoid it.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a story about how business travelers file official complaints more often than personal travelers when traveling.  The findings came from an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. In that same survey it asked business and personal fliers “Did you pay fees to check luggage on your most recent flight?” The options were “No-Did not Check” and “Yes-Checked Bag”. First of all, before I address the results I want to point out that there should be a third option that says “No-Checked with no fee.”  It’s just so easy to see the question as “Did you pay a fee…” And one could be selecting “No-Did not Check” when in reality they checked but just didn’t get charged a fee. See what I mean? On the very few occasions that I check my bag I certainly don’t pay a fee, mostly because of my status. What does that mean?  Well it means that even more business travelers could be checking their bags than this survey is giving credit for, which I want to talk about.

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Even with the possible skued results this survey says at least 42% of business travelers regularly check their bags, while only 31% of personal fliers check their bags in the survey.  Seriously??  I have to say, I’m really surprised by these numbers.  I’m surprised that so many business travelers check their bags, and I’m baffled that they check their bags more than personal travelers.  In the story part of the results it says that business travelers could be checking their bag more because they are either being reimbursed or have a perk where they don’t have to pay to check (which again I wish was broken out in the survey results).  It also says not having to compete for overhead bin space and hauling around luggage are incentives to check.

I don’t know about you guys, but even though I never pay to check my bag  I still won’t check it. The payment is not the point! Here are the main reasons I recommend for business travelers to not check their bag:

It saves time. This is the most important reason! When you go to the the airport as often as a frequent business traveler you want to minimize the time spent as much as possible. That means not waiting in line to check your bag, and that definitely means not waiting at baggage claim once you arrive. There are far more important things to spend time one, like work and sleep. This is especially true if you are traveling with others. If everyone in your group has their bag and they are all waiting on your enormous suitcase at baggage claim, let’s just say it just doesn’t make you the favorite.

The airline is less likely to lose your bag. Raise your hand if an airline has Ever lost your bag, or you have made it to your destination before your suitcase. I’m sure even if you carry on the airline could still find a way to magically lose your bag. That being said, the chances are hugely diminished if you don’t give it to them in the first place. The first time this happened to me on a work trip the one bag that didn’t make it was full of irreplaceable items that I needed immediately–makeup, shoes, and a tablecloth for a vendor expo. After a late night trip to Target where I spent way too much money I swore I would never check my bag again.

So what about you, readers?  Do you regularly check your bag?  Take our poll below.

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Posts from the past

May 23, 2015 - Leave a Response

What was going on this time in years past?

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Memorial Day Rollaboard Carryon Luggage Sale!

May 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

With Memorial Day comes an abundance of sales.  And for those of you considering a new carry-on bag it may be Victorinox werks 20
time to pull the trigger.  As of today (5/21/15) Amazon is offering an additional 20% off their already low prices on certain luggage.  Here’s the coupon code information from Amazon

Receive 20% off Enter code FUN20SUN at checkout. Here’s how (restrictions apply).

To help you with your decision to purchase here are a few options from my favorite brands that are part of the luggage sale. Read more of this article »

4 things to know before your first business trip

May 20, 2015 - 2 Responses

Before your first business trip you may think business travel is pretty straightforward.  You buy your tickets, reserve packing cubesyour rental, book your room, pack, and away you go.  However, you’ll soon find out there are plenty of pitfalls. And if you don’t know any better you’ll find yourself going about it all wrong.  Don’t worry! Road Warriorette is here to help you avoid falling into common new-traveler traps. Here are four things you should know before your first business trip.   Read more of this article »

Road Warriorette Weekend Express

May 16, 2015 - 2 Responses

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an Weekend Express picinteresting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • Carefully read your flight notifications.  Even though often all the needless flight notifications are annoying, make sure you double check the details on each one. On a trip last month I was almost mistakenly put on a flight that I couldn’t possibly make.  Luckily I checked the notification, caught the mistake, and was able to get it resolved.  If I hadn’t I would have had a horrible time trying to fix this after missing the flight.

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Severe Weather Safety for Business Travelers

May 14, 2015 - One Response

April 10, 1979 is a day the Home Warrior’s parents will never forget.  On this day an F4 tornado ripped through his 5-14-15-1hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas and his parents were directly in its path.  Just before the tornado hit the Home Warrior’s father looked outside and saw a lady frantically looking for shelter.  He ran outside, grabbed the woman’s hand, and brought her in the house.  The Home Warrior’s parents, their newborn child, and the lady off the street all took cover in a small closet near the center of the house. Their house took a direct hit to the tornado. Miraculously they all survived with no major injuries.  After the tornado passed they arose to see the damage to their house.  There was nothing left.  The house was literally ripped off the foundation.  Only splintered wood and debris surrounded them.  The tornado left a horrendous path of destruction and the base of the tornado was an incredible one mile wide.  42 people lost their life from this tornado.  It’s because of this story that the Home Warrior takes no chances when it comes to storms, and always has a plan for if the worst happens. Read more of this article »

Should business travelers get better concessions for travel complaints?

May 12, 2015 - 3 Responses

The American Customer Satisfaction Index released a report showing that percentage-wise business travelers
file official complaints more than personal travelers when traveling, specifically flying and staying at hotels.  The percentage of airline business traveler complaints is the highest it has been in three years.  With that being said, the airlines and hotels are listening when business travelers complain.  Satisfaction for complaint handling was higher for business travelers than for personal in both the airline and hotel category. (To see all the numbers of the survey click here. )complaints

Now, it’s obvious that because business travelers travel more there are more chances for travel complaints.  But the interesting thing to me is that business travelers are more satisfied with the outcome of the complaint.  What’s making business travelers so much more satisfied with their complaint resolution compared to personal travelers?  One can only assume that they are being offered more when filing a complaint.  More concessions, better service, and so on.     Read more of this article »

A big trip to plan, but a new job on the horizon. What to do?

May 11, 2015 - 6 Responses

Is it acceptable to push back the purchase of an expensive plane ticket if you may be getting a new job before the new jobtrip? Reader M asks….

I travel domestically a couple of times a month for my current job. In about six weeks I’ll be heading out for my first international trip—two weeks in different parts of Asia. I’m really excited for the opportunity to get out of the country and see different offices of my company, finishing a project I’ve spent several months on.  In order to get the best price for my plane ticket I would ideally purchase in the next week or so.

The catch is that I’ve been interviewing for a new job at a different company. I have had several interviews and I’m pretty sure I’m a finalist for the job, but the new company moves really slowly with hiring and no one can give me a definitive timeline. In an ideal world I would get an offer in three or more weeks, and be able to take the international trip to wrap up the project I’ve been working on for my current job.  But I’m concerned that I’ll get an offer in a couple of weeks, and my current company will be out thousands of dollars for a plane ticket I can’t use. Should I wait to buy the ticket but risk the price going up substantially? Or should I buy the ticket soon to get the best price, and hope that if I get the new job the offer comes later? Thanks for your help! Read more of this article »

Tip: Check your seat assignment before your flight

May 7, 2015 - 8 Responses

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Duh, Road Warriorette, I check my seat before every single flight. More than middle seat
once!”

In fact, if you’re anything like me, you check your seat so often it borders on slight obsession. Maybe this will be the time that ideal aisle seat in the Main Cabin Extra section appears!  But as much as it surprises me I find that there are still passengers who don’t look at their seat assignment prior to their flight, and are shocked—shocked, I tell you!—that they are sitting in the middle. Or in the last row. Or next to a lav. Or—the horrors!—they’re not sitting next to their significant other.

What happens then? They ask to switch seats with someone. I witness it on almost every flight—the traveler pauses by their row, looks surprised, double checks with their boarding pass, and then the wheels start turning. Who around here is the biggest sucker? they wonder as the look at the nearby rows. I’ve even heard of people deliberately sitting in the wrong seat and refusing to move! Read more of this article »