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8 Airport Travel Tips You Need To Know

Successfully maneuvering through a busy airport is a true sign of a seasoned business traveler. Managing long security lines, mindful packing, and hitting deadlines is a balance that few can handle. Below are a few of our favorite and most effective airport travel tips that keep us on track and ahead of the game.

Airport travel tips every business traveler should know

  1. Download your airline/airport app before leaving. While you still have adequate wifi, download the app for your airline or even airport. Usually, it comes with additional perks – like access to the plane wifi, free entertainment, your flight details, and more. Some airlines, like Delta, can even automatically check you in to the flight 24 hours ahead of time if you have the app installed.
  2. Follow AskTSA on Twitter. Not sure if a certain item is allowed on the plane? Tweet to @AskTSA for a quick response on any packing issues before you head to the airport.
  3. Wear a pocketed jacket. Clutter is the enemy of smooth travel. Wear a jacket with additional secured pockets to keep from rummaging needlessly through your luggage. Keep anything at hand you might need through the airport, like charging cords, a granola bar or driver’s license.
  4. Use quick-release straps to keep bags together and organized. These easy-to-use and affordable straps will clip all of your luggage together, making it easy to maneuver through the airport and additional travel.
  5. Take your vitamins. Not to sound like your mother here, but she does have a point. Airports are chock full of germs and viruses. Even if you don’t think you’ll need it, keep a supply of multivitamins, cold relief medicine, cough drops, antibacterial wipes and tissues with you while traveling. You may feel over prepared, but it will beat purchasing the shockingly overpriced medicinal items in the airport or hotel. And should you end up next to someone under the weather, you’ll be prepared with an arsenal of supplies.
  6. Stay hydrated. Air travel literally dries you out.  Remember to stick to water while traveling and avoid alcohol and excessive salt.
  7. Always plan for abysmal wi-fi. Whether in the airport or on the plane, assume there will be no wifi. Even with the many advances in wifi and wifi providers, something unreliable always seems to come up. Instead, bring work items with you that don’t require internet access. Download a whitepaper before leaving, read an industry-related book, or focus on re-organizing your computer desktop. If you do have internet access, say a silent prayer for your good fortune, and keep your back-up items for another time.
  8. Get a day pass to a lounge. Or, perhaps bypass the slow internet, shortage on seats, and wait on outlets completely. Sign up for a day pass to a business lounge using LoungeBuddy. Now worldwide, LoungeBuddy provides single-use passes, depending on availability. If you’re on a sudden delay or just need a place to unwind, keep this site in your back pocket.

Whether you are a seasoned roadwarrior or new to business travel, there is always room for improvement as you travel through the airport. We hope you try out these tricks on your next adventure. Did we miss any of your favorite airport travel tips? Post them below in our comment section.

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United’s New Business Class Polaris Solves Business Traveler Discomforts

United Airlines is reinventing international business class with their latest creation, Polaris. We were fortunate enough to preview it last Thursday in downtown Denver. The event was held in the beautiful and historic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa and featured informative and interactive stations. It included their business class seats, as well as a virtual reality demonstration of the lounge and carrier.

United Polaris Business Class

This international business class overhaul encompasses lounges in their hub locations as well as on-board international flights. It is very apparent that significant time, thought and attention went into this development. The ideals of relaxation, comfort, exclusivity and excellence are very top of mind in every detail. I especially see the benefits for busy business travelers. Though there are many examples, I think my favorite is the ‘do not disturb’ button at every seat. Let’s say you eat a pre-boarding meal in their exclusive lounge (yes, that’s also a new addition), so when you board the plane you can simple go to sleep after take off. No issue of waiting until after dinner service to make it apparent that you don’t want to be disturbed. Continuing our example, let’s say that you wake up in the middle of the flight, completely parched. Well no need to flag down a flight attendant while everyone else is sleeping. You can simply use their walk-up bar station to grab water, drinks, or assorted snacks at your convenience. Every detail has been considered.

A few other amazing takeaways of the new Polaris Business Class:

  • All seats are designed to have aisle access and ample legroom. No walking over neighbors if you fly in the middle seat. There is no more middle seat on Polaris.
  • Ample outlet and technology placement. Each tray has a phone or tablet perch, to actively use your devices on the plane. Work can comfortably be done in these seats. 
  • Fold down seats with the length of 6’6’’.
  • Amenity bag including spa-quality Soho House & Co. Cowshed products, black out eye masks and headphones.
  • Elegant cuisine created by The Trotter Project, which will specialize in locally sourced and seasonal flavors. For example, if you are flying out of the Denver hub, you may be able to anticipate flank steak, mashed potatoes with a palisade peach cobbler for dessert. These are products local to Colorado and in season.
  • On-board linens provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. Enjoy two pillows, a sheet, and a duvet. If that is not enough, pajamas, a mattress pillow top and a cooling gel memory foam pillow is available upon request.

When to expect changes

The first United Polaris Class lounge will open on December 31, 2016 at the O’Hare Airport. Eight additional lounges will open at Houston Intercontinental, Los Angeles International, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington Dulles, Hong Kong, London Heathrow and Tokyo Narita. Specific dates are not yet known. Access to these lounges will only be to those with a business class ticket. General access or day passes are not allowed to this lounge.

Airplanes will be quickly renovated with this business class update. United will start with the Boeing 777-300 carriers in December 2016. They will be available in early 2017. Booking and reservations for Polaris has not yet been established.

Our hands-on guided look at United’s innovations got us pretty excited for the new advances. We could truly imagine ourselves in the new lounge and comfortably snoozing aboard. Overall, United’s Polaris Business Class is something we can’t wait to enjoy for ourselves. United’s website can keep you updated on latest news or explore it’s additional features.   

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What to Do on Your Layover–Airports Aren’t Just For Changing Planes Anymore

I can still remember the day I took my first flight. I was about seventeen years old and flew United Airlines from Flint, Michigan to Colorado Springs, Colorado to visit my brother who was in the Army.

Our layover was in Chicago and I had three hours to kill before I had to make my connection. Back then (this was 1972, mind you) there really weren’t very many choices along the concourses. I remember waking past two or three bookstores, a few fast food restaurants, and a couple of ice cream shops. And of course there were a few of the typical souvenir shops trying to sell Chicago trinkets to any traveler that walked by. I quickly decided where to eat for lunch and then headed to my gate. To my amazement, I still had two hours to wait so I opened up a book to pass the time. It was also a good opportunity to people watch.

It’s been quite a few years since that first flight and airports sure have changed–or rather, evolved–over the years. Now, if time permits, you can enjoy a nice, sit down meal at some of the finer restaurants. There are electronics stores where you can purchase the lastest gizmos and gadgets. There are also stores where you can purchase some of the comforts of home, like that neck pillow or phone charger you left sitting on the kitchen counter. Most airports now offer Wi-Fi and some of the larger airports even have spa services, sleeping and shower facilities, or just a place to relax away from the crowds.

If you’re curious as to some of the best (and worst) airports around the world and what they offer, you can find a full airport guide HERE.

You can also find a list of the world’s best airport amenities (like wedding services, concerts, and shoe shines!) HERE.

If anything, it makes for some interesting reading while you’re waiting for your next connecting flight!