Friday, October 24, 2014

Travelers: Luggage Tips

Make sure your checked luggage has a tag with your name, flight number, final destination, and a phone number.

Place a business card inside your bag.

Don't check anything you can't live without.

Try to get your bag to stand out on the luggage carousel. All the black bags in the world tend to look alike as they round the corner.

If your bag doesn't arrive, file a claim before you leave the airport.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Travelers: Long Flights

If your sinuses give you trouble on long flights, pack a small washcloth in a resealable bag. Ask for a cup of hot water, dip the washcloth in it, and place it over your face. Breathing in the steam may help you breathe better.

You can also use that washcloth in the lavatory to freshen up before you land.

Also pack a toothbrush and toothpaste, some lip balm, hand lotion, and eye drops. 

If you carry a refillable water bottle, you may ask the flight attendants to fill it.

If your airline doesn't give you socks to wear, pack a pair to use when walking around the plane. Remember to pack them away with your dirty laundry so you don't wear them until you wash them. No telling what's on the floor...

Do you have trouble getting your ears to pop? Bring an apple. Then, about 25 minutes before you land...start eating it. The constant chewing will assist in popping your ears.

Candied ginger works for motion sickness.

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).