Travel bag of the week: Samsonite Camelot Laptop Tote

December 18, 2014 - Leave a Response

Each week Road Warriorette features a travel bag that hits all of the high notes for ladies on the road: pockets, construction, and (of course!) style.Samsonite Camelot

It’s been a while since I’ve done a travel bag post, and I can’t imagine a better one to get back into the swing of things with than the Samsonite Camelot Laptop Tote. It is gorgeous. The simple details, clean lines, and quiet class make this bag a contender for most beautiful work bag. The pockets, zippers, compartments, and light colored lining contribute to its functionality. It will hold up to a 16” laptop, and even with close to 80 ratings still has a 4.5 star rating. With the Samsonite name you know you’ve got quality, and while normally $140 it’s on sale right now for $70 for black and gray. Sounds like a great business travel purse to me!

Need a last minute present idea?  Check out my Road Warriorette Business Traveler Gift Guide 2014.

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Sign of what’s to come

December 18, 2014 - Leave a Response

On Monday American Airlines announced that as of January 1st customers who purchase eligible First or Business Class tickets will receive bonus miles based on class and fare type during 2015.  To make things a little more complicated, how many points you get depends on your status. This will be a great bonus for those business travelers whose employers pay for forward cabin seats for longer flights.

Will you receive the bonus miles if you upgrade into business or first class?  According to American Airlines upgrades from a purchased Main Cabin ticket into the Business or First Class Cabin will not receive the bonus promotional miles. If you purchase a Business class fare and then upgrade to First, you will receive the bonus promotional miles based on the original Business class fare you booked.  The full PR release can be read here.

Here’s further breakdown of the bonus miles earned per flight segment. Read more of this article »

Toll roads, rental cars, and billing

December 17, 2014 - 6 Responses

A recent story on USA Today asked if car rental companies are profiting from toll roads.  The story didn’t convince me one way or the other, but it12-17-14-3 sure reminded me of my own frustrations with toll road billing.  For the most part I’m usually satisfied with the results when I use a toll road.  Although I would certainly prefer toll-free roads, being able to avoid traffic and lights, plus arrive at my destination faster often offset the cost.  That is, until I get the bill. Read more of this article »

Choosing a business travel hotel

December 15, 2014 - 2 Responses

When traveling for business choosing a hotel can be one of the most important decisions.  Making the wrong choice can wreak havoc on your Hilton appentire trip.  However, by spending a little extra time thinking through your decision you can maximize the benefits of staying in the right place.

Distance from airport and office.  The first thing I look at when deciding on a hotel is how far I’m willing to travel to get to the office, and how far I’m willing to travel to get to and from the airport.   There is almost always an option near or on the airport grounds, but whether I choose that hotel depends on what my priorities and arrival time.

If the office I’m visiting is not close to the airport, for an overnight trip with a late arrival I will often choose to stay close to the airport.  After a long day of travel I want my trip to the hotel to be as short as possible so I can check-in and rest up.  However, if you’re looking for a shorter morning commute you’ll want to choose a hotel by where you are working.   Which brings up another point. If the commute time is going to be long due to traffic I may forgo the extra sleep and choose to stay closer to the office so I don’t risk showing up late.  (Note: A good way to get an estimate on traffic and travel time is to look on Google Maps before your trip and click on show traffic, then click typical traffic to see what traffic is like during the day and time when you’ll be traveling.  This could help you in choosing alternative driving routes as well.  There are other ways to use Google Maps to estimate traffic so play around with it to find the estimate that you are most comfortable with.)  If I’m on a trip for multiple days I almost always will choose a hotel close to the office.

Once I’ve decided on whether to stay close to the airport or the office I then move on to more specific criteria to choose the actual hotel.    Read more of this article »

Posts from the past

December 14, 2014 - Leave a Response

What was going on the last four weeks in years past?Post from Past pic



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Road Warriorette Weekend Express

December 13, 2014 - 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:

  • Ever heard of a mattress run?  It’s the same thing as a mileage run except instead of trying to get status or take advantage of a promotion with an airline you are targeting your hotel status.  So when does it make sense for you to do this?  I typically don’t do a mattress run–where you check in at a hotel but don’t necessarily plan on spending the night–unless I am one night away from status or a huge bonus. The goal is to find the lowest rate possible at a hotel in your loyalty family. For example, I am done traveling for the year but was one stay away from Gold with Hilton Hhonors. So I found a super low rate at a Hampton Inn near my house, made the reservation and checked in, then headed back home. Easy peasy!  Readers, have you ever done a mattress run? 

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Road Warriorette’s Business Traveler Gift Guide 2014

December 11, 2014 - 3 Responses

The holiday season is upon us! As much as I love shopping for the perfect gift for each of my loved ones, sometimes I need help with ideas. If yousanta have a frequent traveler on your list (or if you are a frequent traveler with no idea what to ask for) here are some suggestions for gifts that will make their trips easier and more pleasant. I listed several ideas in my Black Friday Travel Product Deals, such as the mobile charger, travel briefcase or purse, and eReader. In addition to those, here are some things that are sure to delight anyone who travels often.

Suitcase. The most important piece of a business traveler’s toolbox! I have the Victorinox Werks Traveler 20” (and love it), but for more options here is a comprehensive list of my readers’ favorite carry-on suitcases.

Headphones. Whether your loved one prefers earbuds or full-on noise canceling, headphones are sure to make their trips much better. You can’t go wrong with Bose—either the earbuds or the full-sized originals. Read more of this article »

Contest winner announcement

December 11, 2014 - Leave a Response

Congratulations to Mary (comment #38) for winning our contest (chosen through where we asked what is your favorite travel toiletry product and 12-11-14-1why?  Anyone looking for suggestions on travel toiletry products should definitely check out the comments.  Everyone had great suggestions!  Thanks again for all who participated.


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Last day to enter our contest!

December 10, 2014 - Leave a Response

Go to our post and tell us what’s your favorite travel toiletry product and why.  The winner of the contest will get to choose 3 products from our $20 or Less Travel Product Guides as their prize.  (10 Travel Hair Products under $20; 10 Business Travel Products $20 and under.)  My goal is to help business travelers find the best travel toiletry products based on reader responses.  Thanks to all who have entered so far!


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Delta announces five-tiered seating plan. Is it good for business travelers?

December 10, 2014 - 2 Responses

Delta Air Lines announced a rebrand of its cabin options on Monday, which includes an overhaul of its economy and enhanced economy 12-9-14-2service. Delta says they made this change to tailor to customers specific needs.  Starting March 1, 2015 Delta customers will have five products to choose from, including Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+, Main Cabin, and Basic Economy (Read the full press release here).

Basic Economy (which exists in some places already so Delta can compete with Spirit Airlines) is the lowest of the five-tiered seating plan and will not allow advanced seat selection, changes, or refunds.  George Hobica, founder of, asks a great question: “Will these new economy fares be lower than previously, because you’re getting less? Or will you get less for the same fare?”

It sounds to me like they are just rebranding a lot of their existing plans. And whether you’ll get more for your money? Maybe I’m just cynical, but my guess is that you will get less for the same fare. And honestly, that’s not really a good thing for business travelers. When booking flights through my corporate travel tool I have no visibility to what type of fare I’m purchasing, but my company policy requires we book the lowest fare that fits within our time constraints. At this point in my career I can’t imagine not knowing what seat I will get.

And while it sounds great that the Delta Comfort + group gets a free glass of wine, unless you’re a top tier elite you don’t get the option of choosing those seats without paying for them. Although my friend Jeff from Jeffsetter is pretty excited about this, and he raises a good point about not needing to print out drink coupons. Maybe I should reserve my judgement…

Looks like the future of flight that was talked about this summer is already taking hold.

Readers, what are your thoughts? Are these changes going to be good, bad, or neutral for business travelers?


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