Living on the road can be tough, but business travellers often have travelling down to a science.
From scoring upgrades to the best way to pack a suitcase, anything that can make the hassle of jet-setting a little easier can be a life-saver.
We reached out to several frequent fliers to find out their favourite travel strategies.
Mandi Woodruff contributed to an earlier version of this post.
Luxury Link CEO Scott Morrow says that he always takes his Tumi roller bag with him whether he's going on a long trip or short one.
'It doesn't depend on the length of the trip -- I've even been to Europe and Africa for 35 days straight and I only take a roller bag,' Morrow says. 'I never check luggage, ever. It forces me to be efficient with what I pack.'
Overpacking can end up costing you some hefty fees. In order to avoid this, SmarterTravel executive editor Anne Banas suggests investing in a digital luggage scale, something that she never travels without.
'It's (the scale) about the size of a corkscrew and with baggage fees and everything -- especially when you're travelling abroad sometimes the international carriers have different rules for their domestic carriers within a different country, so I always travel with it,' Banas says.
'And the one I have you can switch from pounds to kilos, and I always weigh it when I leave home, making sure it's under, and then once I'm travelling, in case I pick up souvenirs, so I know I'm not going over that baggage limit because that can cost you a lot of money.'
Banas raves about Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that pre-qualifies certain travellers for expedited customs.
'I just went through the (application process) a couple weeks ago on a trip to France,' Banas says. 'I was the only person in line for Global Entry and I went right though. And if you get a combination of flying business class plus Global Entry status, you can just whiz out of there with your luggage right away.'
'The key thing for business travel is frequent flier programs,' Banas says. 'You want to be brand loyal so you can get that elite status and have access to more perks and upgrades.'
If you don't want to marry yourself to one airline or hotel chain for infinity, Banas recommends at least getting a rewards credit card that lets you rack up points and miles no matter which company you choose to do business with.
According to TravelNerd.com's Amy Lee, this special booking code is gold for fliers looking for an upgrade.
'This means that the ticket will be full fare but you will receive a complimentary upgrade if there are open spots in the next class of service,' Lee says.
Just request the upgrade when you book your ticket and then check your status 24 hours before your flight. Frequent flyers should hear about upgrades within 100 hours of their departure (based on status level).
One of the best places to compound your travel points is actually nowhere near airports at all -- it's at the grocery store.
'These days with miles the best way to earn them is by shopping with credit cards,' says Brian Kelly of ThePointsGuy.com. 'I would say just take out travel rewards cards for everyday spending and when you travel.'
Just be sure you nab a card that waives foreign transaction fees, which can be a real killer.
Some fliers will do whatever it takes to book flights to earn more points, even if it means passing up cheaper fares on another carrier.
That's not always the smartest move, especially when you consider each mile is worth about two cents. 'Cash is king and yes, it's good to have a good mileage strategy, but I wouldn't pay a ton extra just to earn miles,' Kelly says.
'Bring a tennis ball with you when you're travelling,' suggests Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin and Le Meridien.
'It's great to roll under your feet and even under your thighs to keep you from getting stiff/sore. It's small, inexpensive and easy to replace.'
'What doesn't make sense is why so few people are keeping track of their points and miles when there are such good resources out there to do so easily,' Kelly says.
'They are worth money. Sometimes they are worth a lot of money -- depending on how you redeem them.'
Make your life easier and sign up for a miles tracking site like AwardWallet. It's a one-stop shop for tracking miles from all of your accounts, including your passwords for each.
'Try to keep them in the same airline family like OneWorld (American), SkyTeam (Delta) or Star Alliance (UnitedContinental),' suggests Suzanne Garber, Chief Networking Officer at International SOS.
'Make sure you check international airlines to ensure your primary airline will gain the miles from flights on international carriers. Many of the perks afforded on your primary carrier will transfer over to these international carriers. In many cases, international carriers will actually treat you better than domestic US airlines in terms of free baggage, upgrade or access to their executive lounges. Almost all international carriers offer free meals and alcoholic beverages on their flights.'
Front desk clerks are known to be willing to upgrade customers when business is slow, but your best bet is to ask them when there aren't a load of other people around.
'I just did this,' says Hobica. 'I had been booked in a room near the elevator. I told them I was a light sleeper and asked for a room at the end of the hallway. The nice person behind the desk upgraded me to a better room at no charge.'
Hobica typically follows this script: 'I know the hotel is not full today. Do you think you could upgrade me to a suite?'
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