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Weary Travelers Offer 12 Good Lessons

Columnist pumps experts for hard-earned knowledge, tips
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2008 5:47 PM CST

(Newser) – MSNBC travel columnist Christopher Elliott asks those sulky veterans of the airways— business travelers—for their best tips on making life on the road tolerable:

  1. Expect nothing, and you won't be disappointed.
  2. Be nice. It can't hurt, and it might even help.
  3. Never pay cash—credit cards offer some protection against scams.

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  1. Travel light. The less you have, the less the airline can lose.
  2. Always have a plan B.
  3. Be skeptical. Double-check everything.
  4. Don't trust a verbal reservation. Get it in writing, and always call to confirm.
  5. To snag an upgrade to first call, dress as if you belong there.
  6. Become a member of the airline's loyalty program.
  7. Always keep a photocopy of your passport.
  8. Get enough rest.
  9. Help yourself to soap and shampoo—that's why they're there.
(Read more airline stories.)

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