Time to carry on with JetBlue

July 1, 2015 - 3 Responses

If you are a fan of getting your first checked bag for free on JetBlue things are about to change.  JetBlue just put in to motion their plans from last November to start charging flyers for their first checked bag when booking a low-Victorinox werks 20level “Blue” fare.  This change leaves Southwest as the only major US carrier that doesn’t charge for checked baggage.  In fact, Southwest allows each customer the option to check up to two bags for free.  Sounds like JetBlue is making this move due to pressure from Wall Street, and the pressure is paying off for investors.  Since the announcement back in November their stock has gone from $13 a share to $20.

JetBlue’s Executive Vice President told the Associated Press that some of the additional revenue will be used to pay for new seats and seat-back TVs.  How nice! Except for the fact that the new seats are going to be smaller than the existing seats so they can fit more rows on their aircraft.  There they go with that squeeze I wrote about the other day!  If you fly JetBlue and count on checking your bag for free, it’s time to learn how to turn your checked bag into a carryon.  Here are a few tips for carrying on your luggage with JetBlue.  Read more of this article »

Choosing a travel purse or briefcase

June 29, 2015 - Leave a Response

One of the most important items to have for business travel is the carry-on. I don’t mean your rollaboard (although 1 Tumiof course that is important too!), but your personal item. It holds everything you need for your flight—laptop, files, plus normal purse stuff—it gets stuffed into overhead bins or under plane seats, and acts as a purse, briefcase, laptop bag, and entertainment center all in one.

What exactly do I mean by personal item? The guidelines for American Airlines state that the personal bag is anything that can fit under the seat in front of you. It can be a purse, laptop bag, backpack, tote, or a smaller suitcase.

I love purses (in case you haven’t noticed). In addition to acting as a necessary travel too, you purse should make you happy when you look at it. Just because we are professional women who travel for business does not mean we need a boring purse or briefcase with no style. There are so many fabulous possibilities out there! You can, and should, love your bag. Read more of this article »

Dealing with the business travel “squeeze”

June 25, 2015 - One Response

Squeeze.  It’s a common theme in business travel.  Ever since the economy tanked in 2008 I’ve really seen an uptick squeeze ballin businesses trying to squeeze as much as they can out of everything they can possibly think of.  Air carriers are moving seats as close as they possibly can get together to add more rows to planes.   Planes constantly need to be worked on which I can only guess is because the airlines are pushing them to their limits (for example, Duct tape story 1 & Duct tape story 2) .  Loyalty programs are becoming less generous so that more points can get squeezed out of your account.  Despite record profits and lower oil costs airfares are going up in price which is squeezing money out of your pockets.  Hotels are guilty of the squeeze too by doing things like charging ridiculous rates for Wi-Fi (just look at what Marriott got caught doing) and making reward stays more expensive.  Even companies that business travelers work for are squeezing more by micromanaging expenses. To help with all this, here my tips for dealing with the squeeze. Read more of this article »

Posts from the past

June 23, 2015 - Leave a Response

What was going on this time in years past?

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Dobbin Giveaway Winner!

June 23, 2015 - Leave a Response

Congratulations to Pudyquat for winning $200 from Dobbin!  Thank you also to all who participated, and to 6-23-15-1Dobbin for the giveaway. If you are planning to purchase anything from Dobbin be sure to use coupon code WARRIORETTE30 for 30% off.  Here is the original post for those looking to learn more about my experience with my fabulous Dobbin dresses.

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Giveaway: Win $200 from Dobbin!

June 18, 2015 - 34 Responses

Last year I discovered an amazing clothing line with classic lines, gorgeous fabric, and flattering cuts. After trying out Dobbin Norasome Dobbin dresses for myself I was a convert. Today I am thrilled to partner with Dobbin to offer Road Warriorette readers a 30% discount as well as a chance to win a $200 shopping credit.

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Traveling with others: Is there a fair way to share upgrades with co-workers?

June 17, 2015 - 4 Responses

Is it possible to be generous with co-workers without being unfair? Reader J asks….seats

I have a bit of a unique situation and want to get your take on it. I’m traveling internationally for work this summer with a colleague that I’m pretty close to. I have Executive Platinum status on American, so have system-wide upgrades that can be used on international trips. Our trip is very hectic, and we have to go to the office immediately after traveling 36 hours. I offered to share an upgrade with my colleague, and she accepted. A week ago I found out that two more colleagues are joining us on this trip and are on our flights. I don’t have any more upgrades to give away. Should I forego the upgrades I had planned and sit in the back with them? I feel bad that I will be in business class with one colleague while the others are in coach but I’m not sure what to do.

Wow, that is very interesting. We’ve talked about what to do if you get upgraded and your boss doesn’t, as well as leaving co-workers behind in the security lane, but this is a different situation. Read more of this article »

Breaking the Code to Travel Toiletries

June 16, 2015 - 4 Responses

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Travel toiletries can be one of the most stressful parts of packing for a business trip.  The idea of compressing my skin care/ hair care/shower regimen into a couple of tiny bags just seems ridiculous.  A normal bottle of shampoo is around 8-10 oz. And you still need conditioner, face cleanser, moisturizer, a razor, toothpaste, not to mention all of your makeup. Should you make do without your favorite toiletries and just hope for the best?  No way.  It is totally possible to bring all of your required products and fall within securities carry-on guidelines.  Here’s how you do it.

Use refillable bottles. Most people who are traveling a week or less have no need of full size toiletries. In fact, I can usually go a month or more, with 3-4 trips, without refilling my bottles. You can get refillable bottles anywhere, including The Container StoreAmazon, or my personal favorite, the Aveda Fillables at Nordstrom. Read more of this article »

Road Warriorette Weekend Express

June 13, 2015 - One Response

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:

  • Summer time is here again! The rain has slowed down in much of the country but it won’t be long before it’s back. What does this mean for business travelers? Weather delays, of course. Make sure to check your flight status before leaving for the airport. You can also use the Flight Aware app to see where your actual plane is. And pack an umbrella!

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Poll: Is consistency across airlines worth a smaller carry-on?

June 12, 2015 - 6 Responses

The International Air Transport Association, the trade group that represents most of the world’s large airlines, has small victorinoxrecommended new carry-on guidelines be adopted. In theory, this would allow one size of bag to be acceptable across airlines, including in Europe. Sounds great, right? No more worry about whether your bag will pass muster when traveling internationally, no need to have different suitcases for different trips.

But there’s a catch (of course): the recommended size is 21.5”x13.5”x7.5”, vs 22”x14”x9”, the current maximum size for American, Delta, and United. It may not sound like a lot of difference, but according to USA Today it’s equivalent to the size of a shoebox. According to the IATA, the smaller size would allow almost everyone to put their bag in the overhead bins on planes with 120 seats or more. Obviously all of the suitcases we’ve purchased over the years to carry-on would be made obsolete, and we’d have to shell out for new bags. (Even the tiny-looking Victorinox, pictured, wouldn’t fit the new guidelines.) Read more of this article »