Road Warriorette Weekend Express

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? 

Week in review:

Here are travel news stories that caught my eye this week:

Comments of the week:

  • This week I wrote a post asking if Delta’s announce of five-tiered seating is good for business travlers. @patricia wrote “Many road warriors are screwed because their corporate booking systems require the lowest fare, which is now becoming “basic economy” in quite a few markets (and I expect that list to only grow in time).  So you can be a super loyal Diamond status, booking with corporate engine, and forced to sit in regular Y with no hope of C+ or F, and absolutely no flexibility for changes.  The CORRECT solution to be competitive with Spirit while not upsetting your loyal base is to block basic economy from ever showing up at corporate booking engines. The lowest allowable there should be Main Cabin.”

Readers, chime in with what’s on your mind! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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  1. That Yahoo article is something else! It assumes people make seat assignments based on mental VS physical needs. I choose an aisle seat because I have a herniated disk in my back. I can stick my “bad” leg out into the aisle occasionally to stretch it. Parents may want an aisle seat near the rear of the plane so that they can take their kids to the toilet easily. People may want a seat near the window so they can lean on the window and sleep. All of these needs are biological, not psychological.
    This reminds me of women’s supposed mental inability to parallel park. You don’t hear that anymore. That’s because they invented power steering. The older style manual steering required greater arm strength, something women didn’t have. Oops! I guess the problem with women was physical, not mental.
    Sadly, the article passes as journalism these days.

  2. Hadn’t thought of the “mattress run” before! I’m in the same boat. Got my year-end travel changed around a bit so I could spend more time at home for the holidays, but that means I’m 1 night short of Gold status with Hhonors.

    Not sure how much travelling I’ll be doing next year, but think it might be worth it anyways.

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