Did you know that in July, 2013, that one in four domestic flights were late, delayed, or cancelled? If your flight is delayed, you can ask for a meal voucher. But the airline is under no obligation to provide this. But you should ask anyway.
Try this! The hotel industry made $39 billion in pretax income in 2012. Do you think they care if they overbook their rooms? LIttle known secret is to always book on the hotel’s website, rather than a third-party like Orbitz or Expedia. And always, and I mean always, sign up for the hotel’s loyalty program, even if you never intend to stay there again. I can tell you first hand that this is a BIG advantage, especially in foreign countries.
Over 200,000 bags were lost by the airlines in July, 2013 alone. Among the fewest lost luggage airlines are Jet Blue, Virgin America, and Frontier. Personally, I never check bags on domestic flights. Did you know airlines can reimburse you up to $3300 for a lost bag?
Injuries cause 23% of the deaths of U.S. citizens while traveling abroad. Infectious disease only accounts for 2% of deaths. Always bring your health insurance card. I buy travel insurance on most foreign trips, particularly when visiting third world countries. I do not want anyone treating me who has less knowledge or education than I do!
There are 113 million valid U.S. passports in circulation today. If it is lost or stolen, call the nearest American embassy or consulate. Always keep a photocopy in your pocket or luggage. Personally, I laminate a copy, and write the exchange rate on the back.
More than a third of Americans jailed in foreign countries are held on drug related charges. Don’t mess with some of these countries, you have no rights!
Always carry a nutritious snack when traveling. And a bottle of water. You never know when a delay may occur, or that the airline “forgets” to load enough food on board. Even in first class, there no guarantees. I carry trail mix, a protein bar, and on most domestic flights, apples and cheese.