Traveling and Loyalty Programs Best Practices

Traveling for work or fun? Make travel easer by following these best practices. While you are at it, do not miss a single mile or point along the way! These can add up to free travel faster than you think.
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(12)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jul 7, 2015
Duration
3h 13m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(12)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jul 7, 2015
Duration
3h 13m
Description

Whether you travel a few times a year or every week, frequent traveler miles and points can add up fast! Learn the best practices of being an efficient business traveler and how to maximize loyalty programs from a road warrior with 14 years of traveling experience. Even if you do not travel much, earning points and miles can build up over time to save you money and yield huge benefits. Learn simple techniques to boost your balances quickly in some programs and how others offer special incentives for new members. Learn how to never let your airline points expire and learn what not do with your miles. Traveling to India? We have that covered too!

About the author
About the author

Stephen W Thomas is an Independent Azure Architect specializing in hybrid integration and cloud-based solutions using Logic Apps, BizTalk Server, Service Bus, and other Azure technologies. He is a 13-time Microsoft MVP for Azure & Microsoft Integration, a published author, content creator for Pluralsight, and a strong community contributor. As an Independent Consultant, Stephen gets to work with a large variety of customers all over the world provided non-biased advice on integration and cloud computing. He blogs frequently about Azure, Logic Apps, and Cloud Computing and can be followed on Twitter.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Air Travel Deep Dive and Airline Best Practices
Hello, in this module, we're gonna take a look at an air travel deep dive, and airline best practices. When you get to the airport, do you always find that once again, you're stuck in a middle seat, while your coworkers are talking about their great upgrades and wonderful food up in first class. By following the tips and tricks in this module, you too could find yourself upgraded to first class. Let's take a look at an overview of this module. First off, we're gonna review some warnings and industry terms. We're gonna outline some little known facts about air travel, and then we're gonna take a look at the value proposition of earning airline miles and chasing stop status. Next we're gonna construct a list of decision factors and build a personal decision matrix. Last, we're gonna review airline loyalty program best practices.

Detailed Airline Loyalty Program Review
Hello. In this module, we're going to take a look at a detailed airline loyalty program review. When you're at airport, do you find that you're always faced with long lines that seem to go on forever, while others seem to be so relaxed, it's almost like they're flying in their own private jet? In this module, we're going to review the detailed loyalty programs of several major U. S. airlines. With this information, you can find the program that's going to work best for you. Let's take a look at the overview of this module. First off, we're going to do a deep dive into the loyalty programs of American Airlines, Soutwest, United and Delta. After we've completed our deep dive, we're going to take a look at some of Stephen's top picks for airline loyalty programs.

Ins and Outs of Earning and Using Hotel Points
Hello, in this module, we're taking a look at the Ins and Outs of earning and using hotel points. Do you find yourself checking in to nice but otherwise small hotel rooms when it seems like your colleagues are always getting upgraded to gigantic master suites? What about when it comes time to check in, do you find yourself waiting in long lines while they zip right into their room with web check-in? By using the tips in this module and being loyal to a particular hotel chain, you too could get some of these benefits. Let's take a look at the overview of this module. First off, we're going to review warnings and some industry terms. Then we're going to take a look at the value proposition of earning hotel points and some of the benefits that comes with chasing statuses. We're going to construct a list of decision factors and build a decision matrix to help us decide what is important to us when picking a hotel loyalty program. We're going to review some hotel loyalty program best practices. Then we're going to deep dive into the programs of: Starwood, Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott. Last, we're going to follow that up with my picks when it comes to hotel loyalty programs.

Driving Off with Car Rental Credits
In this module, we're gonna take a look at earning rewards with rental cars. How many times have you went to pick up your rental car only to be faced with long lines at the rental car counter? With the help of rental car loyalty programs, your days of waiting in these long lines could soon be over. Are you tired of getting stuck with the smallest car on the rental car lot? By being loyal to a single rental car company even for just a few rentals, you too will be able to drive away with free upgrades. Let's take a look at the overview of this module. First off, we're gonna review the value proposition of being loyal to a rental car company. Next, we're gonna create a list of decision factors that someone would use when selecting a rental car. We're gonna take that list of decision factors and construct the personal decision matrix. After that, we're gonna take a look at rental car best practices. Following the best practice review, we're gonna do a deep dive into the rental car programs of National, Hertz, and Avis. After that, we're gonna take a look at some of my recommendations for selecting a rental car company.