Frequent flyer miles make the world go round. Free airline tickets are great benefits – who doesn’t love FREE? Sometimes other factors may diminish the value of the free airline ticket. Availability can be scarce and you may have to change from your desired travel dates. If you’re going to go free, you need to be flexible.
Quite possibly you are going to need hotel accommodations and maybe a rental car or airport transfer at your destination. Some lofty travelers may be purchasing international air travel to coincide with their free domestic travel. Perhaps your frequent flyer miles are delivering you to a cruise port. At any rate, please plan ahead for all the possible hitches in your perfect and free plan!
While at Memphis State, I landed a dream job at Omega Travel. It was M to F, 1 to 5 in an office, not a restaurant or retail. I knew immediately I was in job heaven! My first assignment was the “brochure room.” Literally. Back then, every hotel, resort, tourist destination, city, state and country in the world produced brochures and sent them by the hundreds to travel agents. Our boxes of brochures hadn’t been touched in quite some time. . I learned a lot that first semester. First, I got the travel bug. Secondly, I learned how a travel agency operates from the ground floor up. Upon graduation, armed with a PR degree, I joined the travel industry and have never looked back. I love it! Today, I handle HR & Operations for Travelennium (name changed in 1999). Travel agencies in general, and mine in particular, have changed drastically. But we are still here and going strong. Over the years, I have been privileged to work with the finest, most knowledgeable travel professionals around. Now I’m blogging to share some of the tips and insider information that I have picked up over the years. Please share your comments or any travel questions!