The travel editor for CBS News logs about 400,000 air miles a year, and he has this advice: Most travel rules and policies are misguided. Here’s a sampling:
√ Minimize baggage. “There are two kinds of airline bags,” he says, “carried on, and lost.” Pack a carry-on strategically for a short trip, or use FedEx, UPS or 15 other courier services that will deliver directly to your hotel.
√ Pick farm-team airports. Unless you’re flying long-haul international nonstop, forget O’Hare, JFK, San Francisco and Boston. Instead, use Milwaukee, Islip, Oakland and Providence. Milwaukee is Chicago’s “secret” airport—a third of the cars in its lot have Illinois plates.
√ Stick with cheap seats. Tempted to pay extra for more legroom? Don’t be. Maybe it’s not a scam, but it’s an aggressive upsell and spam generator with little benefit.
√ Count your TSA agents. Look at how many agents are watching that computer screen. If there are two agents, that means one is being trained, which means more stopping and scanning. Pick another line.
Final tip: Go find this article and read all the tips—they’re gold.
— Adapted from “Best Travel Tips Ever,” Peter Greenberg, Fortune.