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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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