Managing Your Numbers

Many of you have airline, hotel, car, and TSA membership numbers. Make sure I have them all; so I can put them on your reservations. Often you may get discounts or upgrades accordingly. For sure you will get better service, especially if you have an account with many accumulated points.

How can you manage them? Primarily keep all your information in one place. Know your numbers and the accumulated amount or points. Know what the amount is worth in dollar redemption or upgrades. Your credit card may have collected points. Know, how and where you may use them.

What do the numbers mean? You may assume 20,000 points is a lot, as it is with dollars! In most cases it is not, but do not assume. American Airlines upgrades from coach to first on a domestic flight with 15,000 points and $75. That is a great value, if you enjoy the first class comfort. All carriers have their own programs, know them.

Car accounts may give an express check-in, very nice to have! Hotels may give free nights or upgrades upon check-in. The membership numbers indicate your frequent usage. All services reward loyal customers, me too.

Do membership numbers expire?  Most provider accounts do not expire though some may become inactive. TSA needs to be renewed very 5 years. Go on line https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov  It may not be the easiest process but the only way. Do note there are several programs, choose one that meets your travel usage. The two most common are The Known Traveler, valid for domestic travel, and Global Entry, valid for domestic and international travel. Please remember these are USA programs and not recognized by other countries.

 

Meanwhile, Check your Passport too!

Call today to give me your numbers and plan your next trip. Where do you want to go?

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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