Giveaway! Win one year of National Emerald Club Executive Status!!

July 27, 2015 - Leave a Response

This post is sponsored by National Car Rental, but is written by Road Warriorette.  All opinions shared are her own.National logo

A few years ago the Home Warrior and I went on vacation to Maui. We booked a fabulous hotel, and when we landed we were ready to relax and enjoy our time on the island. Unfortunately, it was not the idyllic getaway we had anticipated.

Our room, while lovely, was located right next to the elevator and vending machine area. Our neighbors were late-night partyers, and were in and out of their room all night—with the accompanying slamming door. And to cap it all off, our promised “view” turned out to be a distant mountain range, as long as we stood in the corner of our tiny balcony. From the rest of the room all we could see was the hotel parking lot and the enormous air conditioning unit of the hotel next door. Sigh. When we asked the front desk about changing our room they were polite but firm that nothing in our room class was available.

It made me realize how lucky I am to be a National Emerald Club member. I accumulate free rental days, don’t pay fees for a second driver, and can reserve cars with one click—but most importantly, I can choose any car in the Emerald Aisle! Imagine if I could have chosen any hotel room during my vacation in Maui. We would have had a much different experience!

In addition to the membership benefits listed above, Emerald Club members get to choose their own rewards, can drop off their rental and get an emailed receipt, and get special offers in the mail. Want to try it out for yourself? One lucky Road Warriorette reader will win one year of Executive status in National’s Emerald Club! Simply sign up for the Emerald Club and enter your number into the RaffleCopter tool below. If you’re already an Emerald Club member, don’t worry, you can enter too! The giveaway will run until Saturday, and the winner will be announced next week. Open to US residents only, 18 years and older.

Good luck!

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What’s the strangest way you have redeemed your points?

July 24, 2015 - 4 Responses

First off, some news on the Road Warriorette homefront….the Warrior Twins have arrived!  They were each a little Warrior Twinsunder seven and a half pounds (which makes me feel justified in all of my complaining in June—that’s 15 pounds of baby!). They are super sweet and love to snuggle with us and each other. :)

With two newborns and an almost three year old, there are a lot of things we just never have enough time for these days.  One of those things is laundry.  No matter how hard the Home Warrior and I try to keep up with dirty laundry the loads just keep piling up.  Before the twins arrived we had a washer and dryer that dated back to around 2007.  The washer required you to slam the lid at the beginning of a wash to get through the cycle without locking up, and our lovely dryer required a wrench to start because knobs would no longer turn the dial.  The Home Warrior had these startup techniques down to a science, but I never could slam the lid hard enough, and could never find that sweet spot on the wrench turn of the dial so that the dryer would run a full cycle.  Oh the joys of life on a budget!   Read more of this article »

Posts from the past

July 21, 2015 - Leave a Response

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Poll: Does an inch matter in the middle seat?

July 16, 2015 - 3 Responses

If you haven’t heard, low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has announced they will be widening their middle seats frontier modelby an extra inch.  The new middle seat width will be 19.3 inches compared to 18.1 inches for aisle and window seats.  I personally never fly low-cost carriers because as a business traveler low-cost is not typically my highest priority.  However, I do like the idea of providing the middle seat flyer with a wider seat. (Take note, American and Southwest!)

In the meantime, here are some tips for those of you that end up in the middle seat. Read more of this article »

Happy Amazon Prime Day! Business Travel Product Deals

July 15, 2015 - Leave a Response

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Amazon is looking to turn today, July 15th , into Amazon Prime Day: a day for deals much like Black Friday.  In fact, they say there are more deals today than on Black Friday.  One catch is a lot of these deals require a Prime Membership.  The good news is that you can get a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime for free and cancel at any time.  If you have been putting off buying some business travel products, now is the time to consider pulling the trigger.  Here are some examples of deals catching my eye today.

Today (7/15/15) Prime members can save 35% on select beauty and grooming products sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Enter promo code NEWBEAUTY and discount applied at checkout.  Click here to shop on Amazon by category for this promotion.  Click here to see what travel toiletries my readers and I recommend.  If you find something you like enter the promo code to see if it applies.

If you are looking for luggage there are a couple of carryon luggage options I recommend that are getting Prime members an extra 30% off at checkout:

Briggs & Riley Pilot Carry-OnThis carryon is lightweight at 7.3 pounds with product dimensions within the major airline size requirements at 14 x 9 x 21.5 inches.  It has lots of inside and outside pockets, and is one of our readers favorite brands with their lifetime guarantee warranty.

Victorinox Werks TravelerThis carryon is also lightweight at 7.3 pounds with product dimensions within the major airline size requirements of 14 x 9 x 22 inches.  It has plenty of inside and outside pockets and includes a limited lifetime warranty. A Roadwarriorette brand favorite!

A couple great accessories for any frequent traveler:

Fire HD6 8GB tablet. Normally $99, the Fire is on sale for$79, 20% off. If you’re in the market for an entry level tablet that still has a lot of functionality, this is a great bet. The 16GB Fire HD is also on sale for 20% off, down to $99. (The base level Kindle was also on sale today, but they’ve sold out of that one already. Boo!)

Sony Bluetooth Wireless Headphones (Lightning Deal). This deal is only available for a little while longer, so if you’re in the market you better jump on it! These headphones have a ton of features, great reviews (4.5 stars with over 500 reviews), and are on sale from $199 to $159.

There are a ton of deals on there, but it may take some work if you’re looking for something specific. Good luck!! Read more of this article »

What to wear when traveling for an interview

July 11, 2015 - Leave a Response

What is the best way to dress for a business casual interview when you have to travel 1500 miles to get there? Reader black sheath dressJ asks….

I have two interviews coming up next month, and I have to travel several states away for each one. I was told the dress is business casual so I know I don’t need a suit. I want to show I take the job seriously and dress appropriately but I’m not sure how to do that when I have to take two flights to get there! To make things more complicated, I have to go straight from the airport to one of the interviews. What should I wear?

Great question! Interviews are stressful enough, but traveling for an interview is on a whole different level!

My first inclination would be to wear a suit, so it’s a good thing they told you the dress code. That being said, you should still follow the same guidelines for business casual interview-wear as you do for suits: dress so that the focus is on you and your abilities, not your outfit (paraphrased from Corporette). This means simple and conservative with no distracting details, in the highest quality you can afford. Read more of this article »

How to avoid the pitfalls of traveling with coworkers

July 8, 2015 - Leave a Response

Traveling with a coworker can make a boring trip way more fun. The flip side is that it can also make an otherwise annoying coworkersproductive trip really, really awful. In almost a decade of business travel I have experienced both ends of the spectrum and everything in between.  Here are tips for avoiding the potential pitfalls of traveling with coworkers.

Don’t overindulge. Finishing a long day with a glass of wine (or two, or three…) can definitely be fun. But don’t get sloppy! It doesn’t look good, and can lead to all sorts of bad stories (that will follow you until the day you leave your company. Trust me.). Not to mention, it can make the next day really painful, or even cause you to miss your flight home. Plus you will be more likely to share too much personal information if you drink too much. Which leads us to….. Read more of this article »

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 - One 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 »