Executive travel – 7 tips to make flying easier this holiday season

Weekly Travel Alert For the Week of: December 15th, 2014
7 tips to make flying easier this holiday season  – Here is my advice if you are flying this holiday season.
#1 – Have your friends or relatives take you to the airport. Airport parking is often full and you can avoid the hassle of driving around for an hour to find a parking spot.
#2 – Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours early as lines will be long.
#3 – Print out a boarding pass before you leave home. This keeps you out of one more line at the check-in counter.
#4 – Avoid the check-in counter and go straight to the security checkpoint. This means you should take only carry-on baggage and avoid checking in any luggage (will save you 30 minutes of standing in line).
#5 – Get on the plane early as overhead bins will be full of Christmas gifts and overhead bin space is on a first come first serve basis.
#6 – Leave your laptop at home. It is time to sit back and enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
#7 – Finally, take a big dose of patience with you. This is the busiest week of the year for air travel. Airports will be full. Parking lots will be full. Security lines will be twice the normal size and every seat on every plane will be packed. The overhead bins on planes will be packed with holiday goodies. This is the time of the year when many families fly. So these travelers are often first time flyers that are not aware of how the “system works”. Despite all the “hassle factors” you can remove most of the stress simply by arriving early at the airport and knowing in advance what to expect. So take a deep breath, enjoy all those cute children running around your feet and be thankful for all our wonderful blessings that this season offers.

Please, please, please don’t wrap your Christmas presents if you are flying with them – Many people who are flying to Grandma’s house with Christmas presents as carry-ons are going to be very upset when they watch the security staff  have to unwrap those presents to check what is inside. My advice, if you are taking presents be sure you wrap them when you arrive to prevent the painful experience of watching your beautifully wrapped presents being opened and that 15 minutes of making the wrappings look perfect is dismantled at the security check point.

The best gift you can give for Christmas is the dream of travel –  If you want to really see someone’s eyes light up on Christmas morning give them a travel gift certificate. It is the easiest gift to buy and the one that your friends and family will most cherish. Let’s face it. Who needs one more ugly tie or one more bottle of cheap perfume to store in the closet? The most valued gifts today are not possessions but experiences. Call our office today (402-435-8888) and ask one of our friendly travel advisors to issue a travel gift certificate in any denomination you like. Yours will be the most popular gift this Christmas.

IRS raising mileage rate 57.5 cents a mile – The Internal Revenue Service will raise its business mileage rate to 57.5 cents per mile from 56 cents this year on January 1, 2015.  Many companies use this IRS number to reimburse employees who use personal vehicles for business. The IRS says “The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil.”

Delta Air Lines Named best airline by business travelers – For the fourth year in a row Delta Air Lines was listed as the best airline in the BTN Annual Airline Survey. The Atlanta-based airline is truly changing the passenger experience for business travelers as it is leveraging technology to personalize the travel experience. Southwest Airlines was second followed by American and United.

Need information on any of the above? Call our friendly travel advisors….  Lincoln – 402-435-8888 Toll-free 800-737-0582
Executive Travel is committed to excellence. This commitment to excellence fuels our relationships with not just our clients, but also our employees, vendors and strategic travel partners like BCD Travel and Virtuoso.  For more information please go to http://executivetravel.com  or call us at 402-435-8888 or Toll-free 800-737-0582
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