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Friday, 16 February 2007

The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel - Page 2

Written by Sasha Keeler Didier
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“Provide me with good service—I’m a loyal customer.  Treat me otherwise—you have competition.” As Joel L. Widzer expresses in his travel guide, The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel, anyone can indulge in a lifestyle of luxury with the right attitude and approach.
       

Most travelers in recent years have been relying on credit cards as their main form of payment.  Widzer suggests the use of certain credit cards that offer travel benefits such opportunities for upgrades, providing emergency cash, and flexibility for redeeming travel points.  He recommends looking for gold or platinum cards that provide the most superior customer service with a variety of conversion options, no annual fees, cash-back rewards, and more favorable exchange rates.

           

The last section of Penny Pincher’s discusses the importance and etiquette of tipping and how it determines the service one receives.  Widzer looks at tips as an investment in the quest for luxury travel.  He recommends to be consistent yet moderate and to tip in the beginning of a trip/meal/stay/ to ensure future preferential service.  With an analogy of “Ducks” vs. “Eagles,” Widzer warns travelers not to pay too much attention to the “Ducks,” and instead focus on the “Eagles,” who take pride in their jobs and are willing to take an extra step to make their customers happy.

 

Widzer ends his guide with tips for travel safety and ways to avoid travel mishaps.  He also lists useful resources and references for travelers and a glossary of travel terms.  Though most of the elements in this book are based on common sense knowledge of the effects of customer service, it may be useful for travelers who have never considered that obtaining the benefits of luxury travel can be accessible through a variety of resources and techniques.

 

Widzer concludes with a recap, “The philosophy behind this book is to promote an understanding of the finer points of travel, hospitality, and luxury, cultivating an environment in which you can indulge in a lifestyle of unparalleled comfort.”

 

The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel (2nd Edition), Travelers Tales.

 

 

©Sasha Keeler Didier

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