With all the traveling Insider does, mostly in coach, dressing for
a flight has gotten a lot like dressing for weekend grocery
shopping: Comfort is key.
But according to a new survey by Fodor's, Insider and other
like-minded travelers might be missing out on some special
Fodor's found that travelers believe they get better service in
the air and on the road if they dress up a bit.
In fact, 77% of men and 68% of women said they get better
service if they dress up while traveling for business.
Dressing up, Fodor's said, could be the key to getting the full
can of soda or the "cherished upgrade."
But there were other reasons for donning something special,
too:Twenty-eight percent of women and 18% of men said they dress up
while traveling in case they meet "someone interesting."Twelve percent of women and 9% of men dress up because they
don't want their best clothes to be inside their lost luggage.
Either way, the smart thing to do, according to the survey, is
to not look as if you're going grocery shopping.
Sounds like smart business casual to Insider!
San Juan's Ritz-Carlton is known for the impressive collection of
art work on display throughout the property. This even extends to
the ashtrays, which resemble, and perhaps are, expensive Chinese
As Insider practically sprawled on the lobby floor searching for
the best angle to photograph these treasures, a bellman happened
by. Somewhat embarrassed to be caught shooting ashtrays, we
attempted an explanation.
His response left no doubt
as to the hotel's emphasis on good employee manners.
"Oh, madam," he assured us, "most of our guests photograph the
Too many kids?
At Orlando Airport, it was announced at the TWA boarding gates that
families with children will not get priority boarding, although
passengers in the upper echelons of the Aviator's Club qualify for
The reason: There are just too many families with kids boarding
planes at Orlando.
With no fanfare -- yet -- Richard Branson's Virgin Group is quietly
moving forward with plans to launch a major Web-based travel
agency, headquartered in London.
Some poking around inside the Virgin.com Web site found an
invitation to apply for jobs with the planned site.
The travel category inside the Jobs at Virgin section, clickable
from the home page, tells visitors that Virgin "will be launching
an on-line travel agency which will revolutionize the industry...by
taking the hard work out of finding the best travel solution at the
It continues: "Travelers will simply tell us what's important to
them and we'll do the rest. We are currently building the team to
launch this business."
Virgin spokespeople are staying mum on the details for now, but
a source close to Virgin.com told Insider that the new site would
bow "sometime later this year" and provide a wide range of
offerings, "including its competitors' products."
Industry observers have long pondered Branson's noticeable
absence in the on-line arena, particularly because the
well-established Virgin brand already has considerable clout in the
traditional business world.
One observer suggested that Branson has purposely delayed the
launch of a major e-commerce initiative because he wanted to see
"where all the chips were falling" from on-line players who jumped
into the game earlier.
Virgin, with a goal of becoming "the first global brand name of
the 21st century," already has businesses in aviation, rail,
finance, soft drinks, music, mobile phones, vacation packages,
cars, wine, publishing and clothing -- bridal wear to be exact.