I just dropped my non-frequent flier neighbor off at the airport and he called me shortly after asking for advice. He said his flight was delayed by two hours and he was going to miss his connection to Providence, Rhode Island so what should he do? I travel so much that this stuff is second nature to me but it reminded me that most people don’t know what I do which is why I put together this step-by-step guide. It’s especially good for holiday travel.
Sign up for flight notifications: The first thing my buddy should’ve done was sign up for flight notifications. That would’ve saved him a ton of time and hassle because he would’ve known before going to the airport that his flight was delayed. If your flight is delayed, canceled or the gate changes you will be the first to know – many times even before the gate agents. Here’s some direct links to airlines flight notifications: American, Delta, United, More…
Print your boarding pass: Most airlines allow you to check in and print your boarding pass 24-hours in advance. If you aren’t checking bags (and hopefully, you aren’t) you can then go straight to security. If you do have bags there’s usually a bag drop with a much shorter line or you can use a porter outside. Don’t worry about losing your boarding pass because you can reprint another one at the airport.
For the rest of Johnny’s tips click this link: http://www.johnnyjet.com/2012/06/10-ways-to-travel-like-frequent-flier/
For those that travel internationally listen up. I just received my Global Entry and Nexus cards and even though I’ve only used each of them once — they are already worth the $100 fee for five years.
Imagine not having to wait in a long line or fill out any handwritten forms after your flight to the United States or Canada. Just walk up to one of the kiosks, confirm your identity (photo and fingerprints for Global Entry and scanning your eyes for Nexus) and answer the standard immigration questions and go!
To apply, all you need to do is fill out a 15-minute online questionnaire, accept a background check and go for a 30-minute interview. It’s good at 26 US airports and five in Canada. Global Entry membership is open to U.S. citizens and citizens of Mexico, Canada and the Netherlands. If you travel to Canada often, then apply for Nexus first since it’s only $50 for five years and it will automatically get you enrolled in Global Entry.
Johnny Jet travels around 150,000 miles and visits over 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have been featured over 2,000 times in major publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and recently hosted “Hot Spots 2012” on the Travel Channel. JohnnyJet.com has been named “one of the top best money-saving web sites for travel” by Budget Travel Magazine, while the L.A. Times calls it “one of the top 10 essential travel resources on the internet.” Sign up today for Johnny Jet’s free weekly travel newsletter at JohnnyJet.com and follow him live on Twitter.
What’s it like to travel around-the-world on the A380 — the world’s largest commercial aircraft? Here are Johnny Jet’s trip reports from his recent trip:
Singapore Airlines A380 is now serving New York’s JFK Airport, and I was on the inaugural flight, which departed JFK, January 16th at 8:10 p.m. Singapore Airlines was the first carrier to operate the A380 when Airbus delivered it to them in October 2007. But it took them four years to bring it to the United States of America when they replaced their 747 Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles service last July. Now they just made the same replacement but this time on their Singapore-Frankfurt-New York route, making The Big Apple the tenth destination in Singapore Airlines’ network to receive the world’s largest commercial aircraft.
The daily A380 flight is the fifth A380 to serve the New York market (after Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa and Korean). What makes this plane so special is that it’s the first to have double suites – a private cabin equipped with a double bed for two passengers. I didn’t get to sit in the suites (it costs $28,000 round-trip for two) but I did get a quick preview. The 12 suites (two doubles) looked plush but I was more than content with my special invitation to try out their award-winning business class. In fact, I sat in one of those dreamlike seats all the way around the world. My itinerary was New York-Frankfurt-Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles and after I landed I was one of the first commercial passengers to go around the world on an A380 – how exciting is that? Here’s how each segment went:
Johnny Jet travels around 150,000 miles and visits over 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have been featured over 2,000 times in major publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times, and he has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and recently hosted “Hot Spots 2012” on the Travel Channel. JohnnyJet.com has been named “one of the top best money-saving web sites for travel” by Budget Travel Magazine, while the L.A. Times calls it “one of the top 10 essential travel resources on the internet.” Sign up today for Johnny Jet’s free weekly travel newsletter at JohnnyJet.com and follow him live on Twitter.
Spring gets ready to roll into summer. Baseball season moves into full bloom. Basketball and hockey get ready to move stage right and crown their champions. And, about this time of year, it becomes Short-Term Membership Season at the MedjetAssist offices in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mom’s, Dad’s, Grandma’s and Pop’s begin to prepare the kids for summer travel. Some are going off to camp; others are traveling the globe for the first time perhaps with organized tour groups. Then there is the mainstream staying in the States but visiting family and friends from the East Coast to the West Coast. And now with the swine flue virus scare it is more important than ever that people travel with a ‘protection’ plan.
As the bags are being packed we have seen, in increasing demand, parents and grandparents not wanting to send the kids away without a MedjetAssist card with them. And with that demand we always see a spike in short-term memberships during the summer months.
As a Medjet member you are protected wherever and whenever you travel over 150 miles from home.
However, it’s certain you will know someone that is getting ready to take a holiday journey in the upcoming months or preparing to send the kids off for a jaunt.
Recommend that they too carry the Medjet card! Our short-term memberships of 7, 14, 21 and 30 days are perfect for those perhaps only taking one trip this year. With the travel economy in the condition it is, we are seeing more folks whose travel patterns have changed and perhaps they now are only taking a trip or two in a given year. And with that we have seen an uptick in our short-term membership sales.
Our short-term memberships start at $95 for seven days and then incrementally increase to 14, 21 and 30 days. A very small price to pay for your peace of mind, not to mention the doubled peace of mind when you are sending that son, daughter or grandchild away for a summer fun trip and visit.
For complete information on the Medjet Short-Term Membership please visit www.medjet.com or call any of our membership services associates at 1-800-527-7478 and they will be glad to help with the membership option best for your or your loved ones.
Medjet Travel Assistance Tip – With international health and governmental officials declaring a heightened state of alert in regions around the world and corporations, schools and other institutions of daily life disrupted, many companies have reflexively reached for their Crisis Management Plan.
Unfortunately, many such plans haven’t historically included a “Pandemic Preparedness” section. As the number of diagnosed cases of the H1N1 virus (or “Swine Flu”) has steadily mounted over recent days, many have felt the need to add such a chapter.
When it comes to pandemic response, the best way to minimize physical, financial and psychological loss is to avert or at least mitigate risk amidst fluid conditions. Some basic crisis management techniques – many of them linked closely with effective communications – will come into play:
• Establish and communicate the chain of command with clearly defined roles, responsibilities and authorities.
• Prevent and deflect rumors by providing honest information that is neither alarmist nor dismissive of the threat.
• Identify and work with suppliers and clients to ensure business continuity in the event of transportation and distribution disruptions. Identify existing and projected critical skills shortages. Put in place staff cross-training, testing and certification.
• Reinforce corporate-wide understanding about hygiene and measures for minimizing transmission of infection.
• Communicate to employees that it is company policy that anyone exhibiting symptoms should avoid the workplace and remain at home until fully recovered and symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
• Articulate your company’s posture, day by day, as developments unfold and various responses are required. Acknowledge fears, keep workers informed, don’t lie or tell half-truths and if you don’t know the answer, don’t say you do. Be calm and consistent.
• Visit www.pandemicflu.gov to make sure that planning is current and in concert with best practices for workforce safety and continuous operations as recommended by the U.S. government.
• Revisit existing plans and make sure that all telephone trees and other contact sources are accurate and up-to-date.
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