Frequent Flyer Part 5: Car Rental

I do not really have much to say about car rental companies other than to find one and stick with them. Most are identical in amenities and service. All car rental companies offer some kind of rewards program and whatever car rental company you choose you should ensure you sign up for the rewards program. Many companies have preferred car rental companies and some will even pay for you to join a rewards program (you read that right, car rental reward programs cost money). Be sure to check with your company to see what options are available to one.

Though most care rental companies are available at any destination you can think of, it is still a good idea to see what companies are available at your most common destinations when choosing a company.

The one comment I would make is that as reward status increases that you be sure to read over the amenities offered to you and take advantage of them whenever you can.

Frequent Flyer Part 4: Airlines

Your choice of airline really matters and because you are going to marry one be sure to do your homework to prevent a bitter divorce. The most important decision when choosing an airline is to try and find one with non-stop service to your most common destinations. While you may not mind lay-overs and can benefit from the rewards of multiple segments especially for travel of short distances, they significantly increase the time of trips and increase the chances of being delayed.

Once you have narrowed down the choices, you should look to see what the remaining airlines offer in terms of amenities and incentives. You can search online for individual airlines, but I have included my thoughts on some of the airlines I have traveled. You will notice a lot of airlines are not listed as I do not have enough experiences with them to comment. From what I have heard from others, JetBlue is one of the best airlines. I plan to travel with them soon and will comment when I do.

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Frequent Flyer Part 3: Marriage

Now that you have a basic understanding of your travel requirements and how to pack, it is time to pop the question and commit yourself. You need to commit to an airline or airline alliance, a hotel or hotel chain, and a car rental company. This is important in order to gain status and all the perks that come with it. While this may not sound important initially, it you will be, especially if you expect to be traveling more than 25% of the time.

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Frequent Traveler Part 1: Questions

Are you a frequent traveler or are you about to become one? What type of travel will you be doing? In most cases, frequent travelers are business travelers. If you are new to traveling then you likely have many questions and/or are looking for some traveling tips. Over the past couple I years I have been traveling extensively (up to 100% of the time). During this time, I have learned many things about traveling and figured I would share some tips and tricks.

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