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- Many consultants travel a lot. Travel can be a blast or it can be a nightmare. To improve your travel experience, join loyalty programs for hotels, airlines, rental cars, credit cards, and other things you spend money on. Loyalty programs can have a huge impact on your lifestyle, your durability, and your performance as a consultant. Your class of service drives your comfort and your performance when you're with a client. Do as much as possible to maximize your loyalty relationship.
There's a big difference between flying economy class, getting in to a tiny rental car, and staying at a noisy hotel room by the elevator where you're up all night from all the noise versus getting upgraded to first class, getting in an upgraded car, and getting an upgraded hotel room on the top floor where it's nice and quiet. And oh, by the way, earning a bunch of points toward a well-deserved vacation. This is also a huge impact on your performance at the client.
Some tips I found over the years in terms of these loyalty programs include things like airline, hotel, and rental car memberships are a must. And by the way, stay loyal to one or maybe two programs. Credit cards help you multiply your points when you use them with an affiliated brand. Pay attention to promotions and sign up for them. A lot of the loyalty programs I'm a member of, run things like double points or triple points but you have to sign up. Know all your program's benefits and use them.
Things like being able to stand by for a flight, get upgrades, get a fifth night free when you book with hotel points, are all great benefits, but you have to know what they are. Things like PreCheck, Global Entry, and other trusted travel programs will also speed you through the airport and decrease your stress. For me, these loyalty programs matter. I got all my upgrades to come out here to California and shoot this course. It made travel a breeze. Spend a time understanding your loyalty programs.
Invest the time and energy in maintaining them. You're gonna be happier, have a better travel experience, and do better work for your client organizations.