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FAL 2018

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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DW Life > 56 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N Fa l l 2 0 1 8 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m only on United—and then only if you are a Premier, Star Alliance, or Mileage Plus member—and Delta." On American Airlines, for example, basic economy passengers are only allowed to carry on one carry-on item. If you need to get in and out of the airport quickly, you may want to weigh your savings against what it will cost you in time and money to check a bag if you opt for a basic economy ticket. Pack smart. "Stop packing so much! Most travelers overpack, leading to checked bag charges and potentially lost luggage," says Mark Murphy, CEO of travAlliancemedia and author of several travel books. "Use a carry-on that is compliant for the airline and routes you will be flying, as some bags that work on domestic flights won't be acceptable for international flights." Keep your valuables—and a change of clothes with you. Electronics like laptops, cameras, and chargers should travel with you, as should any impor- tant medications and travel sizes of any toiletries you can't do without, says Dita- ranto. Her rule of thumb is if it can't be replaced or will be hard to find, it should be in your carry-on. Use TSA-approved containers for liquids and electronics and keep travel documents and identification in a separate pouch or area of your bag, so they'll be easily acces- sible when you need them, says Denise Harman, senior director of program management for the United Kingdom and Ireland for Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a company that manages business travel, meetings, and events. e TSA offers an online refresher on its liquid rules. Take advantage of technology. Print your boarding pass at home before you leave for the airport or, better yet, download your boarding pass to your phone. at will cut down on time spent at the airport waiting in line or using an airline kiosk. Download the app for whichever airline you're flying with, and sign up for flight alerts. You can also use the airline app to check the flight status to make sure your flight hasn't changed gates or been delayed. e app Flight- Stats tracks flights across a broad range of airlines. Using an app like TripIt to keep all your travel information in one place can also help you stay organized and reduce stress. Trusted traveler programs. If you fly regularly, sign up for an airport security program like TSA Precheck or Global Entry (see sidebar). Once you have been approved, you won't need to take off your shoes, belt, or light TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAMS Which one is right for you? T he best program, especially for anyone who travels internationally at least two times a year, is Global Entry, says Jamie Ditaranto of SmarterTravel.com. Joining Global Entry means you qualify for TSA Precheck, and you'll also be able to pass through both Canadian and Mexican borders as easily as you would with NEXUS or SENTRI. "It really depends on how much international travel you do, but when the difference in cost for Global Entry and Precheck is only $15 (Global Entry is $100, TSA Precheck is $85) you might as well get Global Entry and enjoy a smooth reentry the next time you return home from an international trip," she advises. Still not sure which program is right for you? The Department of Homeland Secu- rity offers a comparison tool: dhs.gov/trusted-traveler-programs. jacket, or pull out your laptop and bag of toiletries. Get the right credit card. Most airlines now charge for checked bags, but you can score a freebie—and other perks—by picking the right credit card. Citi's AAdvantage cards offer the first checked bag for free, as do Chase's United MileagePlus Explorer card, the Gold Delta SkyMiles card, and the JetBlue Plus card. Additionally, the United MileagePlus Explorer card and the Gold Delta SkyMiles card include priority boarding, and the United card gives customers two free club passes each year. Time it right. Build in some extra time. According to a survey from Airfarewatchdog, 48.5 per- cent of fliers said that the preboarding process—checking in and going through security—is the most stressful part of flying. Each airline suggests arrival times prior to a flight, but generally, it is smart to arrive at least an hour and a half be- fore a domestic flight and a minimum of two hours before an international flight. If you absolutely have to get some- where on time, an early-morning flight is your best bet to avoid delays. According to the US Department of Transporta- tion, an early departure is less likely to be delayed than a later flight, as is a nonstop flight. DW ISTOCKPHOTO

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