If this was a perfect world, we would all be able to travel in private
jets. We wouldn't have to wait in security-check lines or ride the
parking lot shuttle. We wouldn't have to endure chatty, nosey
row-mates or kids who persistently kick the backs of our seats. We
wouldn't even have to deal with lost luggage issues! But, alas, it's
not a perfect world, and few business travelers are privileged to the
luxury of private jet travel.
For those who have to go the commercial route — those who also
have to mind a budget — there are ways to make your air travel
more pleasant and less expensive:
- Use the Internet. Business travel websites such as
offer low-cost alternatives to full-service travel agencies.
Travel sites like
which have traditionally catered to the consumer market, also
offer deals that business travelers can utilize.
- Take advantage of corporate rewards credit cards that offer
airline miles or hotel stays.
If you spend a lot of money on your corporate cards anyway,
or if you could, consider getting a card with a rewards program
that will reward you with airline miles or hotel stays.
There are also a number of credit cards that feature extra points
when you spend on certain airlines and hotels. Websites such as
list the different types of rewards credit cards that are
- Take advantage of frequent flier miles. If you travel often
on a particular airline, sign up for the airline's frequent flier
programs. You'll earn rewards flights more quickly if you try to
book most of your trips with the same airline. The
offers more information on airlines' frequent flier
- Pack light. Unless you're going to be traveling for a while,
it's best to avoid checking bags. But you'll want a carry-on that
not only fits into the overhead compartment, but is also easy to
traverse the airport terminal with, hoist in and out of taxi cab trunks,
and — at the same time — fits all the essentials.
Fortunately, luggage manufacturers offer a wide range of options,
including sets that include a rolling carry-on and a briefcase
that slides onto the handle of the carry-on when you're rolling it
(meaning you won't have to carry the briefcase over your shoulder
or in your hand).
- Get to the airport on time. The FAA offers up-to-date
information about airport delays.
- To facilitate your flight check-in and security screening, be sure
to bring an appropriate type of identification, such as a valid driver's
license or passport, as specified on the United States Transportation
Safety Administration's Travel pages.
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