Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You Missed Your Flight Now What?

You planned every second of your trip and you still missed your return flight now what?? Get together a plan is my best suggestion! Here are some tips to help you get out of town. All you need is time, a clear head, and patience. 

Get to the airport and let the procedures they have in place work to your advantage. If you are on hold with the call center, you may be missing valid opportunities in the airport. 
 
1. Stop blaming yourself. There is plenty of time to blame yourself later. Walk away from the stress of shoulda, coulda, woulda. Clear minds produce solutions to your problem.
 
2. Be nice to the gate agents. The agents are happy to help you. Most airline employees are hired because they are great with people and have analytical skills. In a missed flight situation, they will help you move mountains. 

3. Check available flights. If you have a full fare tickets the easiest solution is rebooking on a new flight and asking to be on the standby list for an earlier flight. Use your phone app to find any deals and available seats. 
 
4. Get on the standby list. This is critical. Hopefully, you aren't the only one missing a flight today! Get on a list and be prepared to split up your party if you need to. Your friends can help you manage coordinating a pick up. 

5. Be flexible. If you can't fly into your original city, check nearby locations. You can always rent a car and drop it off in a different location. Use a phone app! Don't do this at a counter if you want to save money. 

6. Stay in the boarding area of your standby flight and listen. After a missed flight and the Hail Mary pass.... You don't want to miss any gate change announcements. Stick around the area and listen to what is going on. 

7. Write down your options. Write down the top 4-6 options to solve your travel issues. The number of solutions depends on how many you need to get all of the passengers on your itinerary home. 

8. Consider taking a credit and flying another airline. What's done is done. Take your money and go to another airline to get home. 

9. Understand the costs involved. If you have to delay your travel plans for a day or more, how is that going to affect your life? You should know how missing work can impact your career.

10. Make confirmed plans. Flights sell out quickly, confirm seats on an alternate flight before you leave the airport! So you know you will get home... Even if it's a day or two later.

Thank you for reading the tips that got me out of San Diego this weekend! I ended up using Option B.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PAINT. DRINK. HAVE FUN. BE AWESOME.

Are you looking for a fun go to activity for a first date, friends' night out, or a place to calm yourself? Maybe you need a Paint and Sip party!

So you think you can't paint? Think again! With step-by-step instructions and as much leeway as you want, you can create a masterpiece of your very own. This concept is coupled with BYOB wine for a truly fun event. You can grab a friend or more and make it a Friend's Night Out. They even have date night painting you can complete that complement each other! You can share them with your grandkids years down the road.

All the cool cities have them and now, there is such a place in the Phoenix metro area! Pinot's Palette is located at 10625 N. Tatum Blvd, Ste D142, Phoenix, AZ 85028. The interactive class calendar shows the paintings that will be available for each session at the Paradise Valley location. You can sign up and pay online.

You pay one fee depending on the length of time you will be painting usually 2 or 3 hours. Instead of racking up your bill with wine and food, it is a #BYOB situation. Bring as much as you want... just drink responsibly! The information from the venue is: Feel free to bring any beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and/or food you may want to enjoy during the class for yourself and your group; we have glasses, plates, silverware, corkscrews, ice, etc.., along with all the paint supplies you will need.  We are a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle/Beverage and Food) establishment so we will not have drinks or food available.  

On Tuesday, April 7, I will be enjoying my first session at Paradise Valley location! Sign up here: http://www.pinotspalette.com/paradisevalley/class/50619

Vicki Bezio
The painting we are completing is featured above and is described as: The bright swirling colors create a dramatic sunrise-lit background for this old oak tree that appears to be waiting for spring to reveal its own colors to the world.

We are all planning to meet at the venue at 7:30 to exchange business cards and socialize then start painting at promptly 8pm for 2 hours! Just for you there is a 10% off code you can use on this night only... "Vicki10."

Check out their website! https://www.pinotspalette.com/paradisevalley

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