Res­o­lu­tions for Travel

Frequent Flyer Destinations - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by Aram Ge­sar

Don’t suf­fer through life in the sky. There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for fre­quent fly­ers to turn the jour­ney into a plea­sur­able ad­ven­ture. Try out one or more of these eight res­o­lu­tions to en­joy fly­ing.

1. Pack light, and avoid those bag­gage check lines. For most trips, we need lit­tle more than what fits in a smart carry-on. Flight at­ten­dants know this bet­ter than any­one. Fit essentials in a stan­dard bin­sized carry-on to avoid the has­sle (and high cost) of checked lug­gage. Of course, there are longer trips which re­quire more room; look for air­ports which have in­stalled con­ve­nient self-ser­vice bag-drops.

2. Get the VIP treat­ment at swanky ter­mi­nal lounges. Your pre­ferred air­line can help you travel like a su­per­star, in­clud­ing free din­ing/spa treat­ments, even a lovely sauna to steam the stress away. Use your loy­alty sta­tus to make the lounge your air­port haven. Not an air­line loy­alty mem­ber? No prob­lem. You can buy a day­pass at many ter­mi­nals.

3. There are also ser­vices like Air­port As­sis­tance World­wide, a long-es­tab­lished VIP meet-and-greet op­er­a­tion based in

Los An­ge­les, and a go-to for celebri­ties – even the most mod­est – who want help nav­i­gat­ing throngs of fans, ag­gres­sive pa­parazzi, cus­toms lines, and se­cu­rity checks at more than 400 air­ports around the globe.

Air­port As­sis­tance World­wide works with air­line agents and air­port per­son­nel to fa­cil­i­tate smooth tran­sit for high-pro­file trav­el­ers. They will co­or­di­nate with driv­ers on curb­side meets, help with check-in and ac­com­pany VIPs through se­cu­rity in an ex­pe­dited fash­ion wher­ever pos­si­ble.

The ser­vice does ev­ery­thing it can to make things eas­ier for its clients, from small er­rands like grab­bing a cof­fee or park­ing a ve­hi­cle to more com­plex ser­vices like cre­at­ing di­ver­sions that al­low VIPs to slip out of the ter­mi­nal un­no­ticed.

In 2007, Amer­i­can Air­lines launched a sim­i­lar VIP pro­gram, Five Star Ser­vice, at John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New York City, of­fer­ing ser­vices like ex­pe­dited check-in, es­corted travel and lounge ac­cess for a fee. The AA pro­gram has since grown to in­clude 14 des­ti­na­tions world­wide, and many other air­lines, among them Delta, Air France, and Emi­rates have launched sim­i­lar VIP op­tions at se­lect air­ports.

4. Man­age your travel the smart way, by tak­ing ad­van­tage of your air­line’s app. The best of these let you pre-check, is­sue smart elec­tronic board­ing passes, help you plan your next trip, and find their lounges at the ter­mi­nal. And some air­lines col­lab­o­rate with their hub air­ports to make the travel ex­pe­ri­ence truly seam­less.

5. Use tech to make clear­ing se­cu­rity a no-brainer. You can sign up for TSA pre-check sta­tus or other Trusted Trav­eler pro­grams, and for bio­met­ric bor­der con­trol, where avail­able.

6. Look af­ter your­self. Fly­ing is hard on the body, but it doesn’t need to be. Stay lean for that trek to the gate by en­joy­ing the rich se­lec­tion of health­ier meals be­ing in­tro­duced at air­ports.

Long lay­overs present an op­por­tu­nity for a work­out, and air­ports are re­spond­ing by of­fer­ing des­ig­nated ex­er­cise spa­ces, from yoga rooms to tracks for walk­ing or run­ning.There are great op­por­tu­ni­ties to stretch your limbs at air­ports of­fer­ing this ser­vice.

7. Rest well. When you can, splurge on those lovely ho­tel-in-thesky cab­ins and stretch out in a comfy bed. If you’re fly­ing econ­omy, you can make sleep a lit­tle eas­ier by car­ry­ing your own home­made amenity kit, a com­fort­able pil­low, and a light blan­ket or dec­o­ra­tive shawl to keep you warm. Some air­lines con­sider their econ­omy class pas­sen­gers’ needs and give out amenity kits; oth­ers sell them on­board.

Make the flight ex­pe­ri­ence more pleas­ant for you and your fel­low trav­el­ers through the fre­quent ex­er­cise of com­mon cour­tesy. Be con­sid­er­ate and im­prove the jour­ney for ev­ery­one you travel with, and ig­nore an­noy­ing in­ex­pe­ri­enced trav­el­ers.

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