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Advice From A Mortgage Broker – How To Get The Most Out Of Your Business Flight

nyone that frequently travels can tell you that a business-class seat cannot guarantee you a better flight: An airline that upgrades its products might have a few differences, and charge the same price for each whether it is new or old. When you’re planning a business flight you should research before the flight to find out more about what you’ll be experiencing.

Even on domestic routes – I fly business class.

Why – you may ask? Because once you go business class, you never go back!

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your business flight, from one frequent traveler to another:

Think about the new seating and Arrangement

Business class seats can be different forms, sizes and arrangements. Fully lie-flat seats, angled lie-flat seats, older-styled business seats and standard economy seating with extra leg space. Even business class rows in the same plane may have different spaces. From one airline to the next, you’ll experience a difference business class seating set up, so do not get too carried away in the details.

A few airlines that offer lie-flat seating are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, United Airlines, South African Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic (my personal favorite)

In terms of domestic travel, Virgin Australia is my number one pick when it comes to business class seating.

Many other airlines have business class seating that is different depending on the destination routes and aircraft, so it is important to research. You will only find fully lie flat seating in first class cabins, which are non existent on domestic flights.

The best option in business class is 1-2-1 it gives you aisle access and provides well for single passengers and couples. When you decide the airline and aircraft that you want to take then check the seating arrangement map so that you can figure out where you would like to sit. Most airlines will let you choose a seat at the time you are booking your flight.

You CAN afford it

If your company only allows certain people to fly in a given class, you can get an upgrade by checking for advance-purchase and nonrefundable coach fares. Using frequent flyer miles to upgrade to a better class can be tough and you might pay more fees.

You can sign up for alerts on a few different websites that can track business-class specials and find promotions in the summer when business travel is slower. Fares are usually based on things like demand and competition, instead of the actual products.

Here are my top 3 tips for business class affordability:

  1.  If you own your business (like me) do not even worry about the cost as you can write it off as a tax expense.
  2. Last minute business class bookings can mean a bargain.
  3. Its a cliche, but always ask if you can “be upgraded”, especially on domestic routes. Instead of simply asking a flight attendant last minute, be prepared and read this tips for being upgraded.

I found this video amusing (although it does have some great strategies!)

Check Reviews

Before your flight you should check the reviews for the airline that you are using. There are websites available that offer trip reports with photos of business and first class airlines.

This site has some great information for long-haul reviews in business class seating.

Convenience

When you arrive at the airport, a business class passenger can use the business check-in desks which will help keep your waiting time to a minimum. Most airports will have a fast-track security lane that is designated for premium passengers. Look into your lounge access opportunities, the airline’s best lounges are usually at home airports or major hubs. Some airlines have spas for their business class passengers in certain airports.

This is the biggest mistake I see first time business class colleagues make – wasting in the domestic lines, and wasting time when you’ve paid for convenience!

Most airlines have a priority boarding section for premium passengers so that you can board at your own convenience. When you board the plane and find your seat then you can get familiar with your seat controls and the entertainment systems. Noise cancelling headphones usually come standard inside the business class cabins. You can expect excellent service in larger airlines but try not to overdo it on caffeine, snacks or alcohol.

Free Chauffeur Services

Another thing you may not realize – did you know that in your ticket price (most of the time) a chauffeur service is provided? Don’t worry, this was news to me after about 2 years of flying business class!

There are a lot of airlines that will provide business class ticket holders a free chauffeur service at their departure and arrival. You will have to book your car in advance, online or by phone, it depends on the airline that you use but this is definitely something to take advantage of.

The thing is: airlines wont openly advertise this (as it comes out of their profits) so you have to actively ask if this service is available.


Beginners Guide To Melbourne – Things To Do In Melbourne

eing one of the largest cities in Australia, Melbourne has a lot to offer in terms of scenic beauty.

Melbourne has been described as a city in which fashion, sports and fine dining converge together to offer both tourist and locals a spectacular experience while within the city’s precincts. From the Southbank vibrant riverside to the Federation square which boasts of a collection of some of the most renowned and exclusive cafes and restaurants in Melbourne, the city has indeed a lot to offer for both visitors and tourists.

Perhaps the most effective approach of what to see in Melbourne’ should be a place by place analysis and to start us off, let us begin with the heart of the city which is Melbourne’s CBD.

While within the CBD, you can start off by checking out the famous Queen Victoria market , check out the huge Casino located in Southbank which is indeed one of the city’s key landmarks and even check out the large collection of hotels, restaurants, bistros and pubs.

For the discerning art lovers, a visit to the city of Melbourne will not be complete without a visit to that unique and amazing museums and galleries that line up the Federation Square. Here, you will get to see various artifacts and other works of art that define the city’s cultural and artistic heritage. While still within the CBD, you can opt to see the amazing Royal Botanic gardens and be awed by the huge collection of plant species within the garden. Perhaps the most amazing manner to wind up the CBD’s tour would be a visit to the Yarra River and for those who really want to enhance their Melbourne experience, a Kayak ride in the river might not be such a bad idea.

A short flight away and you can be in Sydney, Adelaide or Port Lincoln, all equally as beautiful!

In addition to the key attraction sites within the CBD, there are other major attraction sites outside the CBD that would serve to enhance your experience in Melbourne. Of particular interest is the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is a perfect place to witness unique blending of nature and humans. The articulate combination of the vineyards and the olive groves offers one with an amazing view of the peninsula. A visit to the historic village of Sorrento might also be a good way of enhancing your current and past knowledge of the city. A visit and a swim in the ocean will offer you an exhilarating experience whereby you get to see some of the most beautiful ocean features and creatures such as the dolphins.

All in all, whether within you are within the CBD or outside the heart of the city, the city of Melbourne has a lot to offer in terms of scenic beauty.