Monday, October 20, 2014

Travelers: Numbers

Add the 800 numbers for airlines into your phone. If there are delays or cancellations, you won't have to search for the number.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Travelers: Before You Reach Security

Before you reach the security line, here are a few things to think about.

Make sure all of your documents, passport, tickets, and anything else you need in the security line are all in one place. Make sure you know exactly where that place your purse, luggage, pocket, or wherever works for you.

Place everything else you won't need until later in a different place. No sense dropping cash, tissues, your parking slip, or anything else around you while others wait for you to pick it up. And, yes I have had a lady in front of me drop everything out of every pocket in her purse. Embarrassing for her...frustrating for everyone else.

Do you know if you need to remove your shoes, jacket, and belt? If you are TSA Pre, you won't need to. Otherwise, in the will. 

Do you have to remove your laptop or tablet? Know this ahead of time.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Travelers: Check Your Flight

This may seem like a no-brainer...but remember to check your flight status before you leave for the airport. If you live far away this might not work. But, for anyone close to their airport this is a crucial step.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Travelers: Plane Tips

 Especially if your flight is a long one, your feet will swell. Think about packing a shoe horn in your carry on luggage.

Remember to charge all your devices before you board your flight. 

Noise cancelling headphones are your friend on a long flight.

Eye drops come in handy to help wake up after snoozing.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Travelers: New Flight to Sydney

Recently I read this post on

Qantas has launched Airbus A380 flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sydney.
The introduction of non-stop A380 services from Dallas/Fort Worth direct to Sydney means travellers can now choose A380 services from two US hubs, Dallas/Fort Worth or Los Angeles.
Qantas Executive Manager International Sales Stephen Thompson said the introduction of the A380 on the DFW-Sydney route would lead to greater opportunities for both tourism and for trade.
“We’ve already carried more than 300,000 passengers on the Dallas/Fort Worth route and we’re confident the introduction of the A380 will attract more travellers and introduce more Americans to Sydney and Australia,” said Mr Thompson. “The new service will mean an additional seat capacity of more than 10% each week and we will continue to work with our partners to boost visitor numbers from this important market.”

The Qantas Airbus A380 aircraft is configured in a three-class cabin layout accommodating 14 first class seats, 64 in business, 35 in premium economy and 371 in economy.
By utilizing the A380’s range capabilities in replacing Qantas’ 747s between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, the airline is now able to serve this route non-stop in both directions – while the 747 required a stopover in Brisbane on the return flight because of headwinds.

“With the A380’s unmatched cabin comfort, Qantas now offers all its passengers a best-in-class experience on this ultra-long range route,” said Thomas Burger, the A380 Product Marketing Director at Airbus. “This includes its luxurious first class cabin, which was not offered on its 747s previously serving the route. Economy passengers enjoy seats with widths of more than 18 inches, which is Airbus’ benchmark standard and a key differentiator of our cabins.”
Qantas’ non-stop Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth service covers more distance than the previous longest-range A380 route: the Dubai-Los Angeles flight performed by Emirates, which has a trip length of 13,420 km.
Qantas will operate the A380 service six times per week (every day except Tuesdays).

Friday, October 10, 2014

Travelers: Suitcases

Planning on purchasing a new suitcase or piece of carry on luggage? What you purchase will help determine how light you can pack.

Typically, a 22 inch roller suitcase is considered lightweight if it weighs in under 10 pounds. You'll see the term ultralight if it weighs around seven pounds.

Seven pounds is good, provided it's sturdy enough to withstand use and abuse by airlines, baggage handlers, and conveyor belts. You would want one with a decent enough frame to protect your items inside. The rolling duffle bags are good, but keep in mind they don't have an actual frame.

If you're going to use it as a carry on bag, you won't have to think as much about its sturdiness. 

Check out brands online, stop at luggage shops, and read reviews by those who travel for a living. Prices, sizes, weights, and usefulness of the bag vary from brand to brand. While the pricier ones are not always better, there is something to be said for buying a quality bag that costs a little more than the cheapest one you can find.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Travelers: Trouble When Traveling

Hopefully you will never be arrested when traveling in a foreign country. But, if that should happen, even for a minor infraction, here are some things to think about and do.

As soon as you are arrested, ask to speak to the American Embassy or US Consulate. According to the State Department, this is a critical step and can't be skipped. Legally, under the Vienna Convention, you have the right to receive assistance from the United States. Bottom line...keep making the request until it is granted.

Understand, however, the American Embassy is not like a get out of jail free card. They are there to assist you...not clear you of any wrong doings. 

Then, ask an officer for a written statement of your rights. Ask for interpreter if necessary. Don't chance your limited knowledge of a language you don't easily speak or understand.

Keep in mind, your rights in other countries are going to be very different from those in the US. Also remember when you are in a foreign country...their laws and rules apply. 

Try to get a phone call and give pertinent, factual info to that person. This is to alert your family, etc. as to where you are, how an attorney can reach you, etc.