Don’t you just love it when you get your way? The problem is that it is not always possible to have things go the way you want. This is even truer when you’re traveling. We all want to have free room upgrades. We all want excellent plane seats. The list can go on forever!
If I were to tell you that there are certain things that you can do to get your way, would you be interested? I bet! Well, here are some tips that can help you do just that.
Believe it or not, staying calm works wonders. Some people think that shouting and screaming does the trick, but believe me, being FIRM but CALM works even better. Try it, but don’t be surprised at how far being nice can get you.
Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
Travel agents, airline employees, and hotel clerks have to deal with irate customers day in and day out. It can get pretty tiring. The thing is, not all travelers understand this. All they can think of is their situation. Try putting yourself in the shoes of the person you’re dealing with and you might be able to put tip #1 into effect more easily. Then, they will probably cut you more slack.
Treat other travelers with consideration.
Case in point: a couple with a child has been seated separately on the plane. Naturally, they would want to sit together. Offer your seat if it means they can sit together. The airline crew will certainly take notice and treat you more kindly for it.
Remember, courtesy and consideration will get you a long long way.