Often United flights are delayed due to winter conditions at its other hub airports like Denver or NYC. So if your United flight looks like it’s not going to happen, check American flights and get out of there quickly. You can go straight to the gate to get on the American flight.
A satellite phone is a necessity if you’re out of pocket with a cell phone. Buy minutes and if you don’t use them they roll over into your next trip.
On United’s new first/business class international cabins, bulkhead middle seats have twice the leg space.
You’re eligible for TSA’s pre-screening program if you’re an airline frequent flyer traveler with participating airlines. Once selected you walk right through security and don’t have to stand in line, remove any articles of clothing or be full-body screened/searched. TSA uses random and unpredictable security measures so you aren’t guaranteed expedited screening for every flight, even if you applied to the program.
Wi-Fi on the plane only works domestically. If you’re traveling an international route it will stop working as soon as you get outside the U.S. radius.
If the security line is long for Southwest Airlines at LAX, look for the elevator to the right to bypass the security line. Take the elevator to the third floor — if you claim you’re unable to stand in line they will let you in at the top much closer to the front.
The Global Entry Program is a must for the seasoned traveler. This program allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Cost is a non-refundable application fee of $100. Often airlines will pay the application fee if you’re a constant traveler and a Premium Platinum Member or Premier 1K member, meaning your travel costs are or in excess of $100,000/year.
When traveling into London, take the Heathrow express to Paddington station. It’s much faster than a taxi or car — about 20 minutes by train — and has Wi-Fi on board.
Cheapest and best hotel in New York City — Soho Grand or Tribeca Grand. If you know someone at Citibank that can help arrange your stay they get a great deal at the hotel, usually around $220 per night (versus $400 at comparable hotels). In LA, the same Citibank deal exists at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
You can still drive across the Mexican or Canadian borders. Once inside you can fly wherever within those countries that you’d like to go.