“Foreign etiquette” for travelers..fact or fiction?

March 30, 2011

The Efficient Traveler visits 4 to 5 international countries a year, having logged about 30 different countries in 6 continents (all except Antarctica!). I make a point to learn the culture and customs of the country I visit, not just for business, but for personal reasons. The Efficient Traveler enjoys the scenery, culture, and food […]

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Fail Trip

March 24, 2011

I was trying to schedule a flight from Frankfurt to Bombay on United on my way home. Here’s the flight they chose…look carefully at the routing on Continental Airlines…  Talk about your inefficient traveler! Non-stop Frankfurt to Newark, then Non-stop Newark to Mumbai. FAIL

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Here beginith the downfall of Continental sans pretzels

March 9, 2011

I predicted from day one of announcing the Continental-United merger that Continental would fall from my grace as they align with the poor service that United offers. While the CEO and marketing team tries to ensure customers that things will be better, it will only get worse. Here’s where it starts….Continental has stopped serving pretzel snacks […]

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Rookie Travel Mistakes

February 21, 2011

The Efficient Traveler was pleased to read an article on Foxnews.com about “The Worst Rookie Travel Mistakes and  How to Avoid Making Them” by Paul Eisenberg. He discussed some of the top complaints by frequent fliers about inexperienced travelers. For example, at the security checkpoint, have all your belongings from your pockets placed into your […]

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Continental to add “Extra Room” seats like United Airlines

February 18, 2011

First of all, I’m a loyal Continental Platinum Frequent Flier. I’ve found Continental to be the best of all tha airlines I fly. I’m frankly scared of what the merger will do to Continental, as I find United to be one of my least favorites. But, here’s a bit of hope… Continental has announced it […]

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Frequent flier 101: What you need to know about loyalty programs

February 3, 2011

For new frequent fliers, I came across a nice ‘primer’ article from the USA Today, courtesy of www.smartertravel.com. It talks about the various ways to earn frequent flier miles as well as how to redeem them. Here’s the link to the article: http://travel.usatoday.com/deals/inside/story/2011/02/Frequent-flier-101-What-you-need-to-know-about-loyalty-programs/43216508/1?csp=Travel

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Marriott Rewards MegaMiles – Earn Triple Miles

January 5, 2011

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 4, 2011  — Marriott Rewards’ MegaMiles promotion is awarding triple miles to members who choose to earn airline miles. Members can choose from 26 airline frequent flier programs and will begin earning triple points after their second stay from February 1 though April 30, 2011. For instance, a member, who would normally […]

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Airline group proposes security checkpoint upgrade

December 21, 2010

The USA Today ran an article today with the idea of more efficient security checkpoints by allowing ‘known travelers’ to pass through another line than ‘normal security’ passengers. I made that suggestion in a post a few days ago, saying that the Customs and Border Protection Agencies Global Entry program was a great example of […]

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A new site featuring famous TSA patdowns

December 19, 2010

My friend sent me this link to a new website featuring pictures of TSA pat-downs at the airport. Makes me angry….

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New program helps you make your connection at airport

December 18, 2010

One of the biggest causes of anxiety for the Efficient Traveler (or any airline passenger for that matter) is making a tight connection. There are several ways of ensuring you make your connections by booking flights with at least an hour connection, and by knowing your connecting airport layout. For example, if you are connecting […]

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