For any business executive travelling for business reasons, there will no doubt be a certain level of pressure on their shoulders to make their trip a success and worth their while. Flying can be stressful at the best of times, having to get through check-in, through security, finding your gate and boarding the aircraft. When travelling with the added pressure of your onward meeting, however, this can multiply this stress exponentially. Here are just a few key tips to help make your business travel simpler and smoother.
- Always travel light – if you’re only away for a short trip, it’s always best to stick to taking hand luggage, avoiding having to check luggage into the hold only to have to wait for at least half an hour at the baggage reclaim on arrival. This means planning ahead making sure you have exactly what you will need and only taking the bare minimum, (if you want to see how to fold a suit without creasing, watch this YouTube video here). On budget airlines, you may be familiar with the fight for cabin luggage space when boarding the plane. It may even be an idea to bring a small piece of luggage which can fit under your seat so that you don’t have to worry about it not fitting in the overhead lockers.
- Check-in online before you get to the airport – checking-in online can save you a significant amount of time, as you won’t have to arrive at the airport as early, saving you from hanging around in an airport, waiting for your flight for any longer than needed. There is only the need to allow for time dropping off any hold luggage, going through security and getting to the gate before it closes.
- Where possible, pick a seat in the front rows - If you are really pressed for time between landing and your onward appointment, sitting at the front of the aircraft can allow you to disembark quickly and easily, without having to wait for other passengers to get disembark first.
- Don’t rush to be first on the plane - Unless you haven’t been able to reserve your seat and are particularly intent on getting a certain window or aisle seat, don’t rush as the gate opens only to have to queue there and then have to sit waiting for the other passengers to board the aircraft. Instead, just sit comfortably at the gate with your laptop or newspaper, wait until most of the passengers are on the plane and then be one of the last to take your seat, ready for a swift takeoff.
- Planning your onward journey before flying – There’s nothing worse after a long flight than having to wait around at the airport, queuing for a taxi, to rent a vehicle or to figure out the public transport network – especially if you have an imminent meeting to get to. Before you fly, make sure that you arrange in advance your onward journey – be it pre-booking an exclusive airport transfer service like Blacklane for example, as you are guaranteed to get to your destination comfortably and with professionalism.
- Register for frequent flyer programs – if you travel often for work and/or leisure, it is recommended that you register with your respective airline’s frequent flyer loyalty program. They are free to join and if you are a regular flyer with them, typical perks can include class upgrades, access to airport lounges, priority boarding, check-in and security queues. Also, as many major airlines are part of larger groups, you can often earn air-miles when travelling with other partner airlines.
Author Bio: This article was written by Stephanie Clarke. Having graduated with a Master's in Business, she is now a marketing professional and frequent flyer.
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