Archive for June, 2016

Would you pay $35K for 1 year of unlimited biz class flights from NY to London or Paris?

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

La Compagnie airline

French boutique air carrier, La Compagnie, is betting frequent international business travelers will.  While the most airborne corporate flyers may scoop up these unlimited passes as the deal of the century,  others may be better off scouring for more traditional deals.

According to a CNBC report, the airline is looking to collect $350,000 in revenue on the idea that $673 a week is a great deal for New York-area travelers making numerous round-trip flights to London or Paris, which can easily cost in the thousands of dollars.

As part of the CNBC interview, La Compagnie CEO, Frantz Yvelin said $35,000 for unlimited travel is an offer too good for some frequent flyers to pass up.

“The demand is there,” he said. “When we started our load factor [the percentage of seats filled on a plane] was 30 percent. These days we are oscillating between 70 percent and 90 percent load factor.”

Read the full story and watch the video interview here.

ExpertFlyer’s Summer Getaway Must-Takes

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

You’ve probably already started stockpiling your summer vacation staples: bikinis, sandals and blow up pool toys, but have you thought about some of these not-so-usual vacation take-alongs?

froggelzOuchless eye gear
Frogglez Goggles are a pain-free option to traditional swim goggles. They sport a unique headband that doesn’t squish your eyes and ears or yank out your little one’s hair. In addition to swimming and snorkeling, the company says they’re also tested for scuba diving, speed skating and jet skiing. Offered in both children and adult sizes, Frogglez are available at madebymydad.com and amazon.com for about $20.

 

CoolBag


Secure your stuff and save your seat by the pool
Don’t you hate it when you’re lying out on your beach chair under the red hot sun and all you want to do is go jump in the water, but you don’t want to leave your bag unattended? Well, the “CoolBag” may be the covert vault you’ve been looking for. The CoolBag is a practical, attractive and roomy tote with a secret weapon that guards against theft – a heavy duty locking system, which is built into the bag’s handle and can be attached to a chair or lounge, so you can walk away from your belongings AND save your seat by the pool without fear of theft. Priced at about $123, the CoolBag can store all of your beach and sporting essentials, and the bottom of the bag serves as an insulated cooler to keep your drinks and other perishables nice and chilly. For more info visit: CoolBag.com.

 

ReliefBandRelief for motion sickness is on your wrist
ReliefBand is a wearable drug-free treatment of nausea associated with morning and motion sickness. The first in a new breed of over the counter devices, Reliefband uses accurately programmed pulses with highly specific waveform, frequency, and intensity to stimulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist. This activity, known as neuromodulation, uses the body’s natural neural pathways to block the waves of nausea produced by the stomach when you’re traveling by plane, train, auto, boat – even rollercoaster! Priced at $89.99, ReliefBand is available at www.reliefband.com.

 

Hotlogic Mini


Lunchbox with a brain
Summer’s the time to get outdoors and have some fun. Most of us will fill up a cooler with our favorite snacks and bevvies, but what if you want to eat a HOT healthy meal when you’re on the go? A new gadget called the Hot Logic Mini is the world’s first portable mini oven that cooks meals from scratch, reheats leftovers or frozen dinners, and keeps food piping hot for hours. Available at hotlogicmini.com, prices start at $39.95.

 

RobocoppSafety sound grenade
ROBOCOPP, the world’s smallest SOS alarm, works like a sound grenade; pull the pin to release an alarm as loud as an ambulance and you’ll deter criminals or repel aggressive wildlife. Legal on airplanes, this safety device is a great traveling companion. Priced at about $20, the product may be purchased at robocopp.com.

“Bleisure” travel helps business travelers balance time away from family

More and more business travelers are tacking on personal vacation time to business trips. Just ask the Road Warriorette, a popular travel blogger and frequent business traveler. According to Sarah, women, in particular, are using “bleisure” travel as a way to balance time away from family by bringing them along. Listen to our podcast with Sarah to hear the entire interview.

How do you define ‘bleisure’ travel?
I see bleisure travel as any time you add some kind of fun component to a business trip. Whether it’s time tacked on at the end, at the beginning, or just a few hours of fun in the middle of meetings. People will often bring loved ones on their work trips and spend any off time with them. That counts too!

Is bleisure travel really a new trend? Haven’t people been doing this for quite some time?
I don’t think it’s a new trend, but it is certainly being talked about more. There are all kinds of reasons why someone would want to take a bleisure trip, to spend time with family or loved ones while you would otherwise be gone, to take loved ones to see really cool places, or to save money while still doing fun travel. Also, as women make up a higher and higher percentage of business travelers they seem to be looking for ways to balance being gone on a regular basis and seeing their families. As long as you can have good boundaries, bleisure trips are a great way to do that. Not that men didn’t necessarily do that before, but most of the questions I get about how to successfully combine business and leisure trips are from women.

What’s new and different about the way business travelers are blending personal vacation time?
People have realized that they can travel for almost free using points, and so are finding ways to stretch their dollar even farther.

What are the dos and don’ts for folks new to bleisure travel?
Most importantly, DO make sure you are following any travel and expense guidelines your company has set up. This is not something you want to get fired over!

Also, if you are taking family with you during the work part of your trip make sure you have really good boundaries. Otherwise you may get distracted or feel like you are missing out while you’re working, but on a business trip your priority is work. My husband used to come with me on work trips pretty regularly, but once our son was born it got too hard. I always felt like I should be back at the hotel room helping with the baby, and it was difficult to concentrate especially when I was entertaining clients at night. Now they meet me after the work part and everyone is happier!

What are the smartest cost-saving strategies for bleisure travel?
You can use points and miles to pay for almost anything–hotel, airfare, car rental, even restaurants. If you are strategic and plan ahead you can sign up for a credit card with a large bonus and get a ton of points that can pay for a substantial portion of your trip.

Are their unique advantages or best practices for domestic vs. international trips?
International trips are amazing, and if you can combine a fun trip with a work trip internationally more power to you. The issue is that it takes a lot of planning, and with a three year old, twin babies, and a full time job I just don’t have the mental capacity to handle that right now!

Are their specific tips for credit card and air/hotel loyalty program perks when tacking on personal vacation to business trips?
Remember that you still get all of your status perks on personal trips, not just on the work portion. For example, I have status with Hilton and if an upgrade is available I will get it regardless of if I’m paying with my credit card or points.

Anything else you’d like to add?
As long as you follow your company guidelines, do as much bleisure traveling as possible! It’s amazing to be able to see different places, while saving money.