"In a world of GLASS CEILING SMASHERS, [Golden Girl Finance Founders] Misner and McDonald are two blondes investing in total architectural overhaul." - Dolce Vita Magazine

Travel

How to upgrade your air travel experience for practically free

July 4th, 2017 by

The 6 best tips to soar with class

 
 
 

Paris! London! Rome! International travel—how glamorous—except for the getting-there part. Paying full fare for business or first class, with their blessed fully-reclining seats and attentive cabin service, is not in everyone’s budget—or not an option strictly based on the principle of paying thousands of dollars for 8 hours of relative comfort. Yes, there are the occasional sales or, if you can manage it, travel points that can get you there in style, but you can’t count on them. 

Whether you swing an upgrade to business class or find yourself in grin-and-bear-it economy class, it’s not that difficult to make your journey worthy of the destination.

Baby bump

  • Several airlines, including Air Canada, auction off upgrades. Once your ticket is booked, you submit a price you’d be willing to pay to move up to premium economy or business. If no one outbids you, you win the auction, pay the difference and enjoy bubbly before take-off. Alternatively, when checking-in online, there’s often the chance to upgrade for a lower fee than the one quoted at the time you booked.
     
  • At check-in, ask about availability in business or premium economy. Best case, you’re upgraded. Worst case, they suggest a price. And yes, you’ll be judged on how you’re dressed. Our secret airline sources say open-toed shoes are frowned upon, jeans are okay if paired with a blazer and a cashmere wrap never hurt anyone.
     
  • Boutique airlines offer a range of lower costs or posher services and if you play your cards right, you could get both. Fares with LOT Polish, Aer Lingus or WOW Air aim to undercut the big airlines with cheap and cheerful service. If you fancy a flight from New York to Paris, La Compagnie provides nothing but business class at economy rates.

Making the best of economy or a no-frills flight

  • Check seat maps and splurge on roomy bulkheads. Lots of legroom, your own screen and no one tilting their seat into your lap. Expect to pay around $100 per person extra. 
     
  • Stock your carry-on bag with your favourite luxury brand cleansers and creams in travel sizes. Invest in noise-cancelling ear buds, a sleeping mask and aromatherapy roll-ons. A cozy cashmere wrap will leave economy-class synthetic fleece blankets in the dust.
     
  • Meals on board are always bad and snacks for purchase are overpriced, over-salted and overrated. Before you head to the airport, grab a sandwich or salad that travels well from your favourite takeout spot to slip it into your carry-on. Or pack your own in a disposable container. On red-eye flights to Europe, think about packing something for breakfast too since stone-cold rolls and sugary yoghurt are not the best way to greet the day. Reserve your onboard purchases for a much-deserved mini-bottle of wine or cocktail. 
 

More on Golden Girl Finance

Book value: What Canada's finance experts are reading this summer

Book value: What Canada's finance experts are reading this summer

By
Smashing the diamond ceiling

Smashing the diamond ceiling

By
The gold standard: What's new in women & money this week (July 14th)

The gold standard: What's new in women & money this week (July 14th)

By
 
0 Comments
 
Jul 21 2017 7:42am
 
 
 
 

Business - Get Listed

Golden Girl Finance was designed for women to more effectively connect with the financial services community, national brands and local businesses of all types - supporting entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders. It's the modern way to engage with financially savvy females. Best of all, it's simple, easy to use, and your listing is completely free.

Create your profile and start engaging with the female demographic today.

Join Now →

goldengirlfinance.com

Golden Girl Finance is a leader in financial digital media - the modern woman's guide to finance - making the discussion of money and investing real, relevant and relatable (and shockingly entertaining). With a voice that reaches millions of women across digital, print and television platforms, our goal is to engage, educate and empower women of all ages to take charge of their finances. We do not invest on readers' behalves nor offer personal advice. It is this unbiased and innovative financial literacy approach that our community values and trusts.

goldengirlfinance.com Worldwide:

Canada USA
 
A financial voice for women. Get Started Now.