I want my blog to appeal to both new DELTA flyers and frequent flyers as well. This will be a hard act to balance and some days will slant more one way than the other.
Today I want to talk about how to travel on DELTA or any airline for that matter. Most people book flight with as little time in-between flights to lessen the travel pain and to maximize the time where you are going or to get to work ASAP. This is just wrong. Please don’t ever do it again (if you can)! Enjoy the travel experience and time off. How you say? How about this way.
I always “try” for 2-4 hrs between my flights. Travel is stress but it does not have to be so. For me the fun begins in planning a trip. I feel the excitement build thinking of where and when I am going. The “game” of looking at what flights can work (see Saturdays blog post). I check where my wife and I will stay for the least points and the best rooms. Cars, dinners etc etc. It’s all good and so much fun to plan.
If you have “all your ducks in a row” before you depart, you lessen your stress of travel. If you have 2-4 hrs between flights you can go to the SKYCLUB for time to decompress, relax, have a drink, free WiFi and even take a shower after a long flight. In Detroit you can call the Oxygen spa for a refreshing “chair massage” or more either pre or post flight. In Atlanta you have the XpresSpa. In Amsterdam there is one just under the International KLM lounge. And, since you have 2-4 hrs between flights, if you are delayed some way, you have time to make it thanks to your time buffer.
Anther great way to remove stress is to look ahead for other routes if things do go wrong. It takes about 60 seconds to look on DELTA.com for all the flights from point A-B for your day (you do this by just starting to book a flight for your day / next day and print all the routes). This way, if you have to call, tweet or ask for help you know what is available and you can pick the best for you.
You may say, “wait this is work!” Yes – travel can be stress if you do not do the work first. But if you do, then travel can be fun and part of your day off. You may also say, “I have never been in a SKYCLUB lounge, how do I get in?” You can buy a day pass good for 24 hrs.
At FlyerTalk many who have SKYCLUB access will be happy to “guest” you in and you can stay as long as you like.
Many AMEX cards give you free access. Again, it takes some work but pays off in what you get back.
So next time you book a trip, make the trip part of the vacation and enjoy it. You are “off the clock” and fun time has begun.
And since we are talking about the SKYCLUB today – post a comment below (by 10PM EST) and you will have a chance to win ONE – FREE DAY PASS to any DELTA SKYCLUB!
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