The Professor's Travel Blog

Perhaps the Best Airline Booking Tip Ever

Fly in Comfort and Leisure Without Spending a Lot More

The Traveling ProfessorOne of the worst experiences in travel is being on a long haul flight overseas being stuck in economy class in a packed 3 across seating configuration.  The seats are small and uncomfortable.  I think airlines do this on purpose in order to motivate flyers into buying expensive upgrades. But wait.  There is another option to make an overseas flight much, much more comfortable GUARANTEED.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post to find out how.

Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (868)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3

Avoid This Airline Ticketing Mistake

Save Yourself LOTS of Headaches

airline ticketing mistakesGone are the days of a good travel agent to help make airline ticket purchases easy.  Travelers are on their own now and boy, do we see travelers make some bad mistakes when purchasing airline tickets.   It can cause them to lose all their money and possibly have no recourse to get it back.  It can cause major headaches when trying to make changes or get adjustments.  The Traveling Professor will tell you what mistake to avoid and why.

Thursday, November 09, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (457)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare

Quick and Useful Airfare Booking Tips

Practical Tips When Booking Flights

airline booking tipsThe Traveling Professor has been consulting with travelers regarding airfare for a few small group tours coming up this fall and in 2018. It seems like anything to do with booking airfares can be somewhat of a hassle these days.  However, The Traveling Professor tells you some quick and easy things to remember when booking airfare.  See The Professor's easy airline booking tips in today's blog post.

Thursday, August 24, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (345)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

When to Use Award Miles Instead of Points

Tips for Making the Most of Award Miles

best way to use award milesWith airlines devaluing their award miles programs lately, award miles are becoming less and less valuable. In most situations, travelers get a better value by using travel points instead of award miles. However, the savvy traveler can find ways to get the best value out of their award miles program by following the tips presented here by The Traveling Professor.

Monday, August 07, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (334)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare

3 Basic Tips for Booking International Flights with Miles

3 Basic and Useful Tips for Using Award Miles on International Flights

Tips for Redeeming Award MilesAirline award miles keep getting devalued.  Less and less seats are available with award miles. The number of miles required to book a seat keep going up. Fees for booking with award miles seem to be on the rise too.  However, there are situations where award miles can be used to the traveler's advantage.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives you his basic tips for booking international flight with award miles.

Friday, July 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (986)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Save on Airfare

5 Basic Tips for Getting Better International Air Fares

Better Air Fares 101 from The Professor

The Traveling Professor helps well over 100 travelers a year get the best airfares.  Whether they are on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours or if they are traveling on their own, it is always a pleasure to help them get the best air itinerary possible. Not only do I book about 75,000 to 100,000 air miles for myself each year, I am also booking hundreds of thousands of miles for other travelers too.  So, here are my most basic tips on how to get the best airfares.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (387)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare

Tips on Getting a Better Seat on the Plane

Get a Better Seat and Pay Less

how to get a better seat on a planeLet's face it.  Flying is miserable these days.  Coach class seats are tight to start with and no one wants to get stuck in the dreaded middle seat.  So, why not just upgrade to a premium class like first, business or premium economy?  Well that can be expensive.  For example, I priced a R/T flight between JFK and Madrid in October.  The coach class fare is a bargain $483 departing on October 30 and returning November 6.  But upgrading to business class is a whopping $2676. Premium economy is more than double the price at about $968.  But there are ways to get a better seat without spending so much money.

Monday, July 17, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (484)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Why You Need to Switch Airlines

There are Better Options Out There

small group tours to europeThe major overseas legacy carriers:  American, Delta, United and even British Airways, Lufthansa along with their "alliance airlines" control the most passenger traffic between the U.S. and Europe.  You have heard the horror stories of poor customer service, old planes, unfair fares, tight seats, lousy meals, passengers being treated like cattle, etc.  But now, there are some new kids on the block in terms of airlines going to Europe.  Are they worth a look?  You bet they are.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out how to get to Europe cheaper and in more comfort.

Thursday, July 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (668)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare

Find Award Flights on American Airlines

Find Flight You Want the Easy Way

american airlines award mapIt seems like airlines are giving away frequent flyer miles all over the place today.  Get them by using a credit card, flying, buying flowers, dining in restaurants, even when buying electricity for your home.  Getting frequent flyer miles is easy - but spending them is another story.  Airlines have "cheapened" miles earned by making flights unavailable for redemption with frequent flyer miles or simply raised the number of miles needed to ridiculous proportions.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor shows you the easiest way to find the diminishing award flights available on American Airlines.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (914)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.4
Categories: Save on Airfare

Cheap Airfares to Italy

4 Tips to Save Money Without Sacrificing Comfort

cheap airfares to italyThe Traveling Professor runs several small group tours to Italy each year.  We travel to major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Sorrento.  We also take small group tours to Italy to smaller cities like Padua, Verona, Lucca, Siena, and Vicenza.  Italy is not always the easiest place to fly to and fares can be high.  In this blog post, The Professor shows you how to save a significant amount of money on your next tour to Italy with cheap airfares.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (844)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.6
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Should You Get a Travel Credit Card?

best travel credit cardYou've been asked by Jennifer Garner with the "what's in your wallet?" advertisements for travel credit cards.  No doubt that you have been pitched all types of credit cards on airlines, on posters, on radio and on TV for credit cards that promise free travel. In today's blog I will tell you if you even need a travel credit card and what are the best features to look for in a travel credit card. 

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3 Great Tips for Booking Hotels

best hotel booking tipsOver the years, through my small group tours and through my personal trips, I have gained much experience in dealing with hotels. I've found strategies I can use to save money and get perks.  The Traveling Professor is happy to share his hotel booking experiences so that you can get the best hotel experience possible while saving money.  Read today's blog post for some great tips on booking hotels.

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The "I See Dead People (and Pets)" Tour of Paris

montmartre cemeteryParis has something for everyone. There is food, culture, history, nightlife, architecture, and more.  And for something else, check out the last resting places of people and their pets. In today's blog post I have listed several places of interest that you might not go to on your first trip to Paris, but are definitely interesting and enjoyable.

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What to See and Do in Norway

We have been on several small group tours to Norway - it is one of The Traveling Professor's favorite destinations.  It cannot be beat for natural beauty.  It is also rich in culture and history.  We love the food there too. In our travels on our small group tours, we've found some great hotels and developed exciting itineraries. Check out today's blog post to learn more about traveling to Norway.

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