Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend? Here’s the perfect opportunity! Whether you want to share an interesting 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:
- I saw a CNN story this week that talked about hidden cameras capturing airport workers stealing from luggage at Miami International Airport. When theft happens from checked luggage some of it is happening from TSA agents. You can file a claim if you believe something has been stolen from your checked luggage, but I suggest you never check anything that has real value because you are at the mercy of whoever is searching your bag. However, some of the theft is happening from baggage handlers. That’s where travel tip of the week comes in. Use a TSA approved lock (such as this one). It won’t stop a TSA agent from potentially stealing from you, but it should deter anyone else handling your bag. But be sure it’s a lock approved by the TSA. If you lock your bag with a lock that’s not TSA approved then you most likely won’t have a lock when your luggage is returned. The TSA may need to search your bag, and without a TSA approved lock they will have no other choice but to break your lock to access your bag.
Week in review:
- It can be frustrating when your hotel stay isn’t perfect. Here are 4 common hotel complaints and how to fix them. 4 things people dislike about hotels (and what to do about it).
- I get so many flight notifications it’s easy to skim them and miss the details. Glad I paid attention to this one!! Tip: Carefully read flight notifications!
- Compared to American and Southwest, Delta scores well in the recent Airline Quality Ratings. Is that enough to get me to switch? Impressive airline quality rating for Delta.
- What is the correct reaction when your seatmate starts snoring? Not stabbing them in the arm with a pen, that’s for sure! Etiquette reminder: Stabbing seatmate with a pen probably not the best way to communicate.
Here are travel news stories that caught my eye this week:
- It’s like they hate passengers. Airbus to offer 11-across seating. via @usatodaytravel
- I totally agree with this guy. Customers deserve more notice when program changes happen! Frequent flier changes: Airlines called out. via @usatodaytravel
- Good advice here! Five myths about frequent-flier miles. via @usatodaytravel
Comment of the week:
- This week I did a post on 4 things people dislike about hotels (and what to do about it). @James is our comment of the week and said
“My biggest problem with hotels is that the keys constantly stop working. Then you have to go all the way back to the front desk and get a new key. Sometimes this happens every day. If you have kids with you and are carrying a lot, this is more than a minor nuisance. The problem is much worse at certain properties.”
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