- Don’t get stuck. Before a flight, Burri scans the daily FAA ground-delay program, the weather report and his airline’s web site to check his incoming plane’s route. After identifying any trouble spots, he looks for availability on two backup flights.
- Pull down a few perks. If a first-class ticket doesn’t cost more than double the price for coach, he’ll take it.
- Lighten your load. Bring only one carry-on bag and use the hotel’s laundry.
- Make your connections. This tip is not what you’re expecting. We mean connections of the human variety. Burri has the private e-mail address of an airline CEO, but he insists that the real way to get bumped up to first class is to make airline employees laugh. When an attendant asks what he wants to drink, he asks for a seat belt extender on the rocks.
- Look at flying as a game. Burri says he’d sooner fly to Hong Kong for Chinese food than order delivery.
For fun, he took a week and flew from Los Angeles to Honolulu to Guam to Manila to Taiwan to Macao to Hong Kong to Seoul to Tokyo to Newark to Tampa.
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