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Want To Travel In Business Class Flight Cheaply? Here Are 8 Tricks How

Want To Travel In Business Class Flight Cheaply? Here Are 8 Tricks How

Every once in a while we all want to take a vacation or visit someone special. Whether you are an avid flyer or this is your first time, you have to know that you can take advantage of that luxurious business class privilege. We know it is expensive – with all the lavish seats, meals and champagne, and great service from the attendants – but here are some tricks where you can grab this luxury at a lower price.

Upgrade by using loyalty points

Airlines nowadays use loyalty points to entice customers into coming back. If you frequently fly, the miles can add up and you can use them one day for upgrading. A good number of airlines allow their customers to get upgrades on tickets bought for cash. If you have accumulated sufficient points over the past several flights, you can use the earned points to get yourself a seat in the business class. Accumulated points normally have an expiration date. Keep yourself updated with the airlines’ newsletters and emails to know when your points are due to expire.

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Last minute upgrade

Some airlines will offer cheap upgrades to business class if there are empty business class seats available a few hours prior to departure. Airlines can send you such offers in your email or via pop ups on their websites.

Try going through a travel agency

Travel agencies that book large number of passengers usually get impressive discounts when using certain airlines. Buying tickets using a travel agency can help you land a cheap business class flight.

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Check the sales

Sometimes, but not frequently, airlines have sales on their business class tickets. You need to check regularly to avoid missing such offers. One way of getting the offers is by subscribing to airlines’ newsletters or even following them on their social media pages. The alerts will be sent to you via email or notification, so make sure you read them and never mark them as spam.

Book in advance

This is probably the most common practice used by people to save on tickets, and usually airlines offer cheap business class tickets as well if they are booked several months prior to take-off. Try booking very early to enjoy such big discounts.

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Fly when the usual business class is not flying

You are likely to get a cheap upgrade or fare when you travel on the days when people who usually fly business class tend to stay at home. Early Saturday or Sunday mornings as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas are good days to travel when you want to save on a business class ticket.

Register for a frequent flyer plan

You can easily get regular upgrades by joining a frequent flyer plan and continually accumulate miles. For you to accrue a lot of points, you need to travel regularly. Higher rankings, like gold or premier, put you at the forefront for available business seats in the flight. Occasionally, higher rankings can equal an upgrade whenever one is available. The great thing about the plan is that it is free to sign up for and you don’t actually have to fly regularly. If you fly inconsistently, the plan still puts you ahead of anyone who is not registered with the airline in case there is an available upgrade or offer. You should feel free to register with different airlines. Just contact them and inquire about how it works first.

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Know somebody

Knowing somebody working for an airline at any level can grab you some privileges. The person you know may be aware of offers and inform you when you these offers are available. A number of airlines give vouchers to their staff, which they may let you use to upgrade your flight privileges if unoccupied seats are available.

Whether you love to travel or not, it would be nice to experience business class once in a while. These are just a few of the methods which I know; there are more out there if you want to look.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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