Get Better Travel Perks with These Tips

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It’s the little, extra special touches that can make any trip a memorable experience. That was the topic of November’s Twitter chat, Travel Perks and our followers had a lot to say on the subject.

What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2-3pm Pacific Time on the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/

Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on Travel Perks.

 

Which pillow to choose

One of the best places where we all enjoy travel perks is at hotels. From pillow menus to artisanal honey made on-site, hotels today go above and beyond to reward frequent travelers.

  • Chat participants @FrannieFeds said that she loves hotel club levels since the food provided there can replace a couple of meals a day.
  • Free food was a common perk Twitter users preferred, @twobadtourists said they love a complimentary breakfast – but only if it’s hot!
  • In-room bottled water, Wi-Fi and a glass of wine were other free perks that travelers said they love.
  • One of the most unusual answers though were the complimentary collar stays found at the Ritz Carlton in New York City.

 

Membership has its privileges

When asked which airlines had the best travel perks, our chat participants had a wide array of opinions.

  • @kaseybayne loves Air Canada for its loyalty program and in fact they’re known to have one of the best resources online to check for Star Alliance awards availability at aeroplan.com.
  • @JetBlue was another airline that had a lot of fans during the chat, thanks to their complimentary sodas and fantastic snacks, not to mention DirectTV.
  • There were also a lot of fans of Star Alliance airlines, but some concern about US Air leaving and United’s recent change to awards redemptions.
  • @Bearfoottheory though picked an unlikely choice when she said that the @SouthwestAir companion pass “may be the best thing ever.”

 

Points for Perks?

Do you use miles/points for airfare, hotel nights, merchandise or to give to charity? Our followers do it all!

  • @MotherOfAllTrip uses her British Airways miles to rent cars when traveling.
  • Many Tweeters though cash out on hotel nights, like @Overlaid who uses his points for lodging on epic road trips.
  • One of our favorite answers though came from @CarusoTheresa who says that in the past she’s used her points for flights, but in the future she plans to donate some of them to charity.
  • If you’d like to help someone else out this year, TripIt has partnered with the Make a Wish Foundation to make it easy for you to give sick kids a chance to live their dreams. Just visit bit.ly/tripitwishmiles to donate some of your frequent flyer miles to this great charity.

 

Unexpected Surprises

Even though travel seems to have more inconveniences than ever, there are still unexpected surprises that make any traveler’s day.

  • We all like to feel special, and @CindyRichards says her favorite surprise is whenever she gets an upgrade to first class or a hotel suite.
  • It’s not always upgrades that make us smile though, @talljames says he once got a basket of Boston themed treats and one Tweeter actually had a goldfish waiting for them in a Kimpton hotel room.
  • @Kaseybayne though was thrilled with a healthy surprise, work out/yoga gear for her to use during her stay.

 

If Wishes Were…

We all dream and while sitting in an airport waiting for a delayed flight to takeoff, we dream of the ultimate travel perk.

  • @LuxeTiffany would love a butler to help her unpack, @DailyTravelTips thinks a pass for unlimited air travel would be great and @LiselTheWeasel hopefully longs for the day when airplanes are equipped with chocolate fountains. Why not?
  • The most popular answer though was free Wi-Fi. Sure some hotels and airports have it, but most don’t and #TripItChat participants want that perk above anything else.

 

Must Haves

Sadly, most of the travel perks we enjoy we have to pay to receive, and there a few that chat participants will always pay for no matter what.

  • Wi-Fi was again a popular answer for this one, since many of us travel for business and need the connectivity. Even when we travel for fun though it’s important to be online.
  • Space is important, which is why @katherinedally says if the price is right she’ll always pay for guaranteed overhead space when she flies.
  • Being comfortable is nice before a flight too though and for @lavidashannon that means paying for premium lounge access.
  • Many other frequent travelers though said they will always be willing to pay to make security and immigration more pleasant. Whether it’s NEXUS, TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry, saving time when in transit is clearly an important perk to have.

 

Don’t forget to join us for the next #TripItChat on December 19th, 2013 at 2:00PM Pacific/5:00PM Eastern when we will be talking about 2014 Travel Plans and Tips!