The Spring Summit is right around the corner and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Kansas City. Before you jump on a plane to the City of Fountains, here are some helpful tips.
1. Find out what your airline is charging for checked baggage fees so you know what to expect when checking your bags at the ticket counter. Kayak has a great chart comparing all airline fees. It includes fees for checked baggage, meals, and extra legroom seats. I recommend looking at this website before booking your ticket. If your airline charges $25 per checked bag each way, that adds $50 to your ticket. That cheaper ticket may not be cheaper in the long run!
2. Share your info! When you’re traveling for business oftentimes you want to know when your colleagues or team members will arrive. The TripIt app allows you to organize your flight information and share it with friends via email or text. This app allows for you to have mobile access to your itinerary, organizes all of your travel plans in one place (hotel, flight, rental car, etc.) and uploading your information is a breeze! Once you book your flight, you forward your information to firstname.lastname@example.org and viola, you’re information is there.
3. If you have not used a mobile boarding pass yet, I recommend you start. Most airlines now have a mobile boarding pass option. No more shuffling through your purse or carry-on bag for the slip of paper to scan. Grab your phone, which most likely will be in your hand anyway checking email or social media, and scan your phone as you enter the gate. One thing to note: you cannot get your boarding pass, mobile or printed, until 24 hours prior to your flight. It’s easy to check-in for your flight on your phone or computer and have the pass texted or emailed to you.
4. If you are flying, use that uninterrupted time wisely. Review the agenda for the conference, if you have not already done so. Set goals for what you want to achieve while at the conference (Academy Members – Look for an email with tips on how to have a successful Spring Summit for you and your team next week) and review the materials that were available to download before you left the office.
5. My final tip is to know the travel process takes time and patience. Arrive early and avoid the rush and worry of running through the airport. Remember that lots of people do not enjoy traveling and their anxiety and stress levels are high. Show you’re a traveling pro and that you can handle jumping on an airplane without being flustered.
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