This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending and volunteering at the Chicago Seminars. Rick got me involved, and living only 30 miles from my friend, it makes it easy to do so. Rick and Win thanked all of us volunteers countless times, but as someone who got an amazing tip within 15 minutes of arriving I have to thank them.
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Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask questions
If there is only one thing anyone took away from the Chicago Seminars I hope it was the fact that asking a question is OK. We were all total newbies at one point (and we’re all still newbies with so many other topics).
On my flight from ORD (O’Hare) to ATL (Atlanta, on my way home), I sat next to Lynn, who was upgraded in a seat swap with her fiance Brian (smart move, Brian). Brian currently has Gold status with Delta and Lynn holds no status. Lynn and I were in the same Delta Moderated Breakout session that had happened a mere three hours before the flight we were on. We began talking.
She asked a few questions and I spoke a mile-a-minute. Me being based in Savannah and she in Atlanta, a lot of our discussion focused on Delta. We covered everything from domestic upgrades to international routing rules, identifying surcharges, and most definitely using credit cards to maximize travel capabilities. Talking about this stuff is exciting. We could have chatted for an entire transcontinental flight.
The lasting thing that I hope I left with Lynn is that you need to diversify. You wouldn’t put your entire stock portfolio in a single stock, so follow the same rules for frequent flier miles and points.
(I told you I’d write about our discussion, Lynn!)
Packing Tip: Pack a trash or a laundry bag
One thing I always have a few of in my suitcase is plastic bags. I typically take the laundry bag in the hotel closet (so I have a stockpile) and use it for dirty laundry. The extras I use for dirty shoes, or to protect / separate something within my suitcase. A plastic bag takes up a minimal amount of space and is extremely versatile. Take a few with you.
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