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June 1, 2017

Travel Thursday: Why Flying Is Getting Less Comfortable

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This morning, the Economist published a piece on why flying in the summer is so hellish. Their words, not mine, though I agree with that sentiment! As someone who typically flies 45-50 weeks a year, I really dislike flying over summer break and any holiday periods, when airports get congested with infrequent travelers who don’t know the basic rules/etiquette. But, as the Economist points out, there’s more to it than just higher loads: summer thunderstorms cause many delays and cancellations, whose resolution is thwarted by the aforementioned high loads. If one flight is canceled, there isn’t much extra capacity to easily get everyone …

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May 14, 2015

Travel Tool: Google Flights (vs ITA Matrix)

The countdown is on, and it’s only one day until the Blend Retreat opening ceremony! The last two years, I feel like I haven’t been terribly excited leading up to the event, but then when I get there and get into it, it’s amazing. This year, though, I am like a kid on Christmas Eve… I can’t wait till Julie and Mollie get to my place tonight! They are both flying in a night early and I’m really looking forward to having them stay. Since most Blend attendees are arriving tonight or tomorrow, it got me thinking about flights. Well, …

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October 23, 2014

Travel Tip: Why Neither Tuesdays, Nor Sundays, Are the Best Days to Buy Cheap Airline Tickets

I’ve written about this topic before, but after getting tons of emails today from friends asking about the topic, I decided it was worth a refresh. Various news articles, all based on the same study, have an update to the conventional “wisdom” (which is actually false) that you should always buy plane tickets on Tuesdays for the best prices. According to a new study, you’re now supposed to buy your tickets on Sundays for the biggest discount. However, before you start following that update blindly, keep reading to find out why the study is fundamentally flawed. So here’s how the …

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August 12, 2014

Travel Tip: Choose Your Plane Seat Wisely (Then Act Accordingly)

To help keep all my fellow consultants feeling like one united front, we compile a monthly newsletter with a cutesy name. In addition to some business updates and other important info, we profile one staff member in a “get to know you” manner. And of course, one of the questions we ask is, “Window or Aisle?” Consultants know the answer to questions like this without hesitation, and will absolutely judge you on your own choice and rationale. We spend too much time flying not to have given it serious thought! I used to be a window-seat kind of girl; now, …

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August 5, 2014

Travel Tip: Remember, It’s Just Time and Money

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When you’re focused on productivity, a lot of us find ourselves in the “time is money” mindset. You don’t want to waste time, and it kind of goes without saying that none of us want to waste money. But when you’re traveling, this mindset can get you in trouble – and it actually might be a good idea to just spend time and money. Sarah Von’s recent post on how to have a (nearly) stress-free trip reminded me of this lesson, and it’s one that we could all do well to remember when we’re running into problems on trips. I, for one, get very stressed …

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