Top 6 tips to avoid flu when traveling

Flu season is almost upon us, and so is the busiest travel time of the year. This is no time to get sick! Here are some tips to stay healthy while traveling:

1.Get the flu vaccine NOW. It takes a couple weeks to kick in, so it’s best to get it in early fall, before flu season picks up and before you start traveling.

2.Wash your hands after being in public places or riding public transport, and avoid touching your mouth or eyes until you do.

3.Carry around hand sanitizer for a convenient burst of “clean” on-the-go, like on a plane where things like seat belt buckles and TV controls can pack a lot of germs. (Just be sure it’s 3 oz or less.)

4.Take extra vitamin C. We like the little packets that you mix with water – they’re easy to carry around, and they’re pretty tasty too.

5.Stay hydrated, especially during air travel. We’re talking water – coffee and alcohol don’t count!

6.Get lots of sleep. We know how crazy the holidays can get, and you won’t enjoy them if you’re sleep-deprived and sick. So make time for those ZZZs.

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When to buy airfares

“Some experts say Tuesday at 3 pm EST is the best time to buy airfare, but I don’t always agree. I start searching for fares as soon as I know the details of my trip. Generally, the cheapest time to buy airfare is four to six weeks before your departure date, and that’s because airlines have no real incentive to offer discounts before that.”

This post was extracted from Johnny Jet’s daily travel tips (johnnyjet.com).

The world’s best passenger complaint letter (so far)

This is probably the best complaint letter of all time. Apparently Sir Richard Branson offered this passenger a job after he read the letter.

REF: Mumbai to Heathrow 7th December 2008

Dear Mr Branson,

I love the Virgin brand, I really do which is why I continue to use it despite a series of unfortunate incidents over the last few years. This latest incident takes the biscuit.

Ironically, by the end of the flight I would have gladly paid over a thousand rupees for a single biscuit following the culinary journey of hell I was subjected to at the hands of your corporation.

Look at this Richard. Just look at it:

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I imagine the same questions are racing through your brilliant mind as were racing through mine on that fateful day. What is this? Why have I been given it? What have I done to deserve this? And, which one is the starter, which one is the desert?

You don’t get to a position like yours Richard with anything less than a generous sprinkling of observational power so I KNOW you will have spotted the tomato next to the two yellow shafts of sponge on the left. Yes, it’s next to the sponge shaft without the green paste. That’s got to be the clue hasn’t it. No sane person would serve a desert with a tomato would they. Well answer me this Richard, what sort of animal would serve a desert with peas in:

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I know it looks like a baaji but it’s in custard Richard, custard. It must be the pudding. Well you’ll be fascinated to hear that it wasn’t custard. It was a sour gel with a clear oil on top. It’s only redeeming feature was that it managed to be so alien to my palette that it took away the taste of the curry emanating from our miscellaneous central cuboid of beige matter. Perhaps the meal on the left might be the desert after all.

Anyway, this is all irrelevant at the moment. I was raised strictly but neatly by my parents and if they knew I had started desert before the main course, a sponge shaft would be the least of my worries. So lets peel back the tin-foil on the main dish and see what’s on offer.

I’ll try and explain how this felt. Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat their with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about.

Only you open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your hamster Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing. That’s how I felt when I peeled back the foil and saw this:

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Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it’s more of that Baaji custard. I admit I thought the same too, but no. It’s mustard Richard. MUSTARD. More mustard than any man could consume in a month. On the left we have a piece of broccoli and some peppers in a brown glue-like oil and on the right the chef had prepared some mashed potato. The potato masher had obviously broken and so it was decided the next best thing would be to pass the potatoes through the digestive tract of a bird.

Once it was regurgitated it was clearly then blended and mixed with a bit of mustard. Everybody likes a bit of mustard Richard.

By now I was actually starting to feel a little hypoglycaemic. I needed a sugar hit. Luckily there was a small cookie provided. It had caught my eye earlier due to it’s baffling presentation:

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It appears to be in an evidence bag from the scene of a crime. A CRIME AGAINST BLOODY COOKING. Either that or some sort of back-street underground cookie, purchased off a gun-toting maniac high on his own supply of yeast. You certainly wouldn’t want to be caught carrying one of these through customs. Imagine biting into a piece of brass Richard. That would be softer on the teeth than the specimen above.

I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was relax but obviously I had to sit with that mess in front of me for half an hour. I swear the sponge shafts moved at one point.

Once cleared, I decided to relax with a bit of your world-famous onboard entertainment. I switched it on:

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I apologise for the quality of the photo, it’s just it was incredibly hard to capture Boris Johnson’s face through the flickering white lines running up and down the screen. Perhaps it would be better on another channel:

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Is that Ray Liotta? A question I found myself asking over and over again throughout the gruelling half-hour I attempted to watch the film like this. After that I switched off. I’d had enough. I was the hungriest I’d been in my adult life and I had a splitting headache from squinting at a crackling screen.

My only option was to simply stare at the seat in front and wait for either food, or sleep. Neither came for an incredibly long time. But when it did it surpassed my wildest expectations:

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Yes! It’s another crime-scene cookie. Only this time you dunk it in the white stuff.

Richard…. What is that white stuff? It looked like it was going to be yoghurt. It finally dawned on me what it was after staring at it. It was a mixture between the Baaji custard and the Mustard sauce. It reminded me of my first week at university. I had overheard that you could make a drink by mixing vodka and refreshers. I lied to my new friends and told them I’d done it loads of times. When I attempted to make the drink in a big bowl it formed a cheese Richard, a cheese. That cheese looked a lot like your baaji-mustard.

So that was that Richard. I didn’t eat a bloody thing. My only question is: How can you live like this? I can’t imagine what dinner round your house is like, it must be like something out of a nature documentary.

As I said at the start I love your brand, I really do. It’s just a shame such a simple thing could bring it crashing to it’s knees and begging for sustenance.

Yours Sincerely,

How to beat the effects of jet lag?

You don’t need to be a frequent flyer to know how tough dealing with jet lag can be, with the effects sometimes lasting a week or more. Here’s a few tips to help you fight it – so if you’re flying somewhere with more than 3 hours time difference you should definitely give these a try:

-> Before takeoff, set your watch to the destination time zone. Try to mentally project yourself to that time from that point on.
-> If you’re flying East, and you’re on a 10+ hours flight, try to avoid sleeping more than 3-4 hours on the plane, this will enable you to get a better first night’s sleep your at destination.
-> Avoid sleeping pills. You’re better off not sleeping at all on that flight.
-> Drink plenty of water. We mean, PLENTY of water. Whatever you’re drinking, it’s not enough. You need to keep yourself hydrated as altitude, and the dry air of the pressurized cabin dehydrate you fast.
-> Avoid the booze. One or two glasses of wine are ok, but avoid hard liquor at all cost.
-> Eat moderately, and pick the healthy options if available (avoid bread and processed foods if you can tolerate it). Focus on the nice dinner you’ll have later in the day at your destination.
-> Pick an in-flight movie that’s entertaining, but not one you’d feel bad if you miss the end of it by falling asleep.
-> When you get to your hotel, no matter what time if it’s mid-afternoon or morning, jump in the shower (not the bath).
-> Exercise every morning. Go for a run outside and discover the city you’re staying in or hit the gym. This will boost your metabolism, and kick you into the right time zone much faster.
-> When you get back to your hotel room, avoid staying up until 2am doing emails 😉
-> On your flight home, assuming you’re flying West, repeat the above, and when you get home, avoid taking a nap or going to bed before 9:30-10pm. Fight the urge to sleep. Exercise every morning, and you’ll be fine.

We hope these help!
Let us know if you have any other tips by adding them in the comments section.

Happy travels,
30K

Make This Year’s Miles Count!

The idea of 30K began in 2010 during a trip from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Lured by immense benefits and dreaming of elite status, we were persuaded to join the airline‘s loyalty program. But, what resulted was a short, bitter trip, as the fare we purchased ended up earning no miles and moved us no closer to elite status. We would have liked to know beforehand, we thought. We’re just glad it wasn’t the end of the year and we were expecting to hit the next status!

Remember, most airline status miles (with the exception of Delta) expire at the end of each calendar year. All of us need to make the most of this year’s miles and reach the next level before it’s too late.

The best way to earn elite qualifying status miles is to fly and, with the holidays coming up, we’re going to get less value for our money as time goes by. Although you may know how many miles you currently have in your accounts, it’s hard to know which flights will help you achieve the status you’re looking for and which will get you oh so close, but not allow you to reach your goal.

Don’t know how many more miles you need? No worries, just enter your program information into 30k.com and we’ll let you know how many more miles you need and which flights will qualify you for a higher status.

To find our more, click here.

30K.com Launches Online Flight Search Engine To Help Travelers Earn More Frequent Flyer Miles

Walnut, CA – For the traveler who has no idea how many miles they have accumulated from their frequent flyer program (FFP) and better yet what to do with them, 30K.com has a solution.

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The new website is a travel meta-search engine that will show travelers which flight will give them the most miles and which partner airlines they should consider. This free site takes the complexity out of managing frequent flyer miles with a graphical representation of the traveler’s current status and how they can earn enough miles for that ever elusive upgrade or reward. And, unlike other products on the market, 30K displays airfares side by side with the amount of earnable miles based on the traveler’s FFP balances.

Added to that is 30K.com’s proprietary ‘best deal’ feature that shows the absolute best flight option for the specific user in every search based on optimizing miles earned, price, and duration. 30K also keeps track of the user’s mileage balances and sends alerts whenever miles or status is about to expire. Given that more than 20% of all miles earned already come from purchases using co-branded credit cards, 30K also allows the user to know mileage accruals when paying with a credit card.“For the first time, travelers can see how many miles each flight earns before deciding which one to buy,” says co-founder and serial entrepreneur, Alex Jawad, who after a frustrating flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong that earned him no miles, knew that there had to a better way to manage your FFP.

“Travelers often forget to accrue miles, let their miles expire, or enroll in several programs without reaching any of the earning thresholds,” says 30K’s co-founder and CMO Rui Bom.

The website is expected to create additional revenue streams for the airline industry, which has been brought to its knees by low cost flight options, with up-selling opportunities valued at an estimated US$ 5 billion. By 2015, 185,000 trips are expected to be booked online by FFP members who, according to travel industry experts, are prepared to pay, on average, an additional US$30 per flight to earn additional points.

Media Contact: Tim Holthaus: tim@30K.com