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How To Avoid Casual Baggage Problems

Mishandled baggage is not an uncommon phenomenon in air travel. The US Department of Transportation recently reported that for every 200 passengers flying domestic on the ten largest US airlines, at least one files a mishandled baggage report.

Losing one’s luggage is a definite headache for travelers. To avoid such mishaps, the following pointers are recommended:

Travel with only carry-on luggage. You take your bags with you inside the cabin, so you do not have to worry about them being lost or stolen. Generally, a passenger is allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage, one for the overhead bin and the other for under the seat. Additional items such as umbrellas and baby strollers are also permitted.

Do not put heavy items in the overhead storage bin. Even lightweight items can cause serious injuries if they fall out of the overhead. The maximum weight for carry-on bags is 40 pounds. Put your contact information on every bag. Stick a label on the outside of all your luggage indicating your name and address. Put a duplicate along with your itinerary and travel guides book inside your bags. This will help the airline locate your bags in case they are misplaced. The measure should also be done on your carry-on bags, just in case you need to check them in at the last minute.

Customize the look of your bags. Many bags have similar designs. So, customize your checked bags to make them easier to spot on the baggage carousel and to prevent other passengers to grab them by mistake. Keep your valuables with you. Store your valuable items, such as money, jewelry, laptop computers, holiday travel guide and electronic files in your carry-on luggage so they would not get lost.

Verify the correctness of airline tags on your luggage. The three-letter identifier tagged on your checked baggage should match your destination airport. When in doubt, check with your ticket agent and discount travel guide. Keep the stub from your checked luggage. The stub is a very important key to identifying your bags in case it is lost or picked up by someone else by accident.

Immediately report lost checked luggage. If your bags have not turned up at your destination, tell the baggage agents on duty or any of your airline’s representatives available at once.

Anticipate the loss of a bag. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry. Pack your bags in a way that the loss of a bag will not hamper your trip. Distribute clothes and underwear among your bags. If you have a business meeting and are carrying presentation materials with you, either pack backup copies in another bag or have it sent ahead of you. Do not pack hazardous goods. Some items, while commonplace and essential at home or in the workplace, pose a safety threat to passengers and crew in the cabin. If your airline allows them in checked baggage, make sure they are packed properly.

As always, verify with your airline their policies and guidelines regarding baggage.

Uncover The Secrets Of Five Common Techniques For Getting Affluent Discount Travel

The majority of people is not financially well off, but would like to be. Sometimes you can temporarily live like the “rich and famous” and enjoy the excitement of luxury travel.

So, as the saying goes, if you have champagne taste on a beer budget, let’s get going.
We’ll explore a few techniques on how you can enjoy luxury travel on a budget.

A laid out plan will be the most important aspect of obtaining hot travel deal and accommodations without spending any more money than a lower rated resort. Travel in style with the following strategies.

Technique #1. Find Affinity And Loyalty Programs.

Capitalize on the flexibility and leverage you have in the competitive travel industry. Many companies want your business and offer lots of incentives to compete for your travel funds and to keep you as a customer.

For example, if you provide a service, you typically look out for your best customers and give extra perks to keep them coming back. These companies reward travelers who remain loyal to them with unadvertised specials and extras. This is the general idea behind frequent traveler programs and such.

Technique #2. Select The Right Travel Specialists To Work With.

As you’re researching destinations and comparing pricing online, note that all online travel companies aren’t equal. Lots of agencies have preferred status with suppliers who can in turn pass on these air travel deal to you.

Again, this is just like we talked about earlier, only this time, the companies and suppliers are getting the best travel deal to pass on to you.

Technique #3. Turn Problems Into Opportunities.

Choose a few top-notch companies that you would like to use over and over again so that you can obtain loyalty bonuses and discounts. If they make an error, take advantage of the condition in a professional manner, but don’t take advantage of the condition .

These companies desire to maintain consistent levels of quality and rely on their customers to provide constructive feedback and satisfaction/dissatisfaction. If a representative is not willing to work with you, ask around to find someone who will.

Technique #4. Just Ask.

One of the easiest and simplest techniques you can do is to just ask. All they can say is no. Sometimes a special occasion may be enough to get you an unexpected surprise. Simply do it and don’t be afraid to ask.

You can simply ask for an upgraded vehicle, accommodation, or airline seat. It doesn hurt and youe no worse off than you were before you asked. In other words, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Technique #5. Timing Is Everything.

Keep this in mind that travel is at it’s the most expensive during holidays and other peak times of the year. However, if the time of year to travel is important to you, such as a special event you’ll be attending, traveling during major holidays or school vacations, and if you desire to get luxury travel for the best value you want, try to book as far in advance as possible.

Don’t forget the power of the internet. It can be one of your most effective tools in researching destinations, while getting luxury travel at bargain prices.

Have fun and happy travels!

San Luis Obispo: Two-night lodge stay and breakfast in bed starts at $259

San Luis Obispo: Two-night lodge stay and breakfast in bed starts at $259

The San Luis Creek Lodge in San Luis Obispo, on California’s Central Coast, is a bed-and-breakfast with style – three, to be exact. Each of three lodges at the site reflects a distinct design inside and out: Londonderry, Plantation and Craftsman. In this deal, you can choose whatever style you like and get a free upgrade and more.

The deal: The two-night “Bed and Breakfast-in-Bed” package, which starts at $259 pretax midweek and $329 on weekends, gives you an upgraded room with a fireplace; breakfast in bed for two; and a bottle of wine. Be sure to ask for the deal by name.

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Play as much golf as you like for $229 a night at La Quinta

Play as much golf as you like for $229 a night at La Quinta

Golf until you drop? OK, its not the same as shopping, but a summer package at La Quinta Resort & Club allows you to do just that: spend as much time as you like on the resorts five golf courses, even the tough TPC Stadium Course at PGA West designed by Pete Dye, which made Golf Magazines top 100 public courses list. Thats a whole lot of tee time for $229 a night.

The deal: The Desert Links play and stay package includes a room and unlimited golfing for two starting at $229 a night at the 45-acre resort near Palm Springs set against the stunning Santa Rosa Mountains. The package also includes a $25 credit for dining or other expenses and waives the $27 per night resort fee. If you are booking online, go to “specials” and then “Desert Links” to reserve this package; ask for it by name if you are making reservations by phone.

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Bundle up for six winter nights in Paris and London from $1,107

Bundle up for six winter nights in Paris and London from $1,107

In winter, Paris and London are quietest – and coldest. You could spend a week exploring the great indoors without the summer crowds when visiting the British Museum and the Louvre or shopping at Harrods and Galleries Lafayette. A six-night hotel and airfare package that takes you to both capital cities in January and February starts at $1,107 per person, but act quickly because the deal ends June 8.

The deal: I found this Europe Vacations package on Travel Zoo. Based on double occupancy, prices start at $1,107 per person, including taxes and fuel surcharges. The trip includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Paris, three nights at a hotel in Paris, a flight from Paris to London, three nights at a London hotel and continental breakfast daily. Use the promotion code “TZPAR3″ whether you are booking online or over the phone to get a $50 per person savings that’s part of this low rate.

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