International Air Travel: Make It Enjoyable and Hassle Free – Part I

International travel is an expensive and time-consuming exercise. Many of us go on international trips either for business or work related trips, to visit families, for studies in foreign countries or just for a vacation. Here are some tips to make this travel pleasant and easy on you and your pockets.

Planning your trip:

Plan your trip well in advance, if possible. This presents you an opportunity to get better air ticket deals. Airfares for international travels are seasonal. There are three main seasons: Low, Shoulder and Peak. Traveling in peak season is always the most expensive. If your trip is not time bound, plan to travel in the low season to get cheapest and low airfares. For travel in peak season, shop for deals well in advance. This assures you good price, your choice of airlines and your choice of dates. If possible, keep the travel dates flexible, as that would help you in getting lower fares. There is a notion that you can get cheap air tickets if you wait till the last minute. This is not necessarily true and during the peak season, you may run the risk of not getting a seat on any airlines at all.

There are many ways on how you can save money. Many airlines have different fares for weekday and weekend travel. If you are planning to break your journey midway, some airlines offer free stopovers while others charge a fee. Sometimes, direct / non-stop flights are expensive than the ones with one or more stops. Less known airlines can offer hard to resist deals. You can either call individual airlines to get their air fares and then compare or search on travel websites, which offer online booking facilities. While calling individual airlines can be a time consuming and tedious process, online booking sites may not be the right option if you have a few twists in your trip. And both these options may not give you access to the promotional and discount fares. The best bet will be to call a travel agent and let them do the job for you.

Travel agents are a good source to get great deals. They can help you in finding deals with more than one airline and can offer tickets for discounted prices. They have access to almost all airlines and have the expertise to search for the cheapest tickets in the market. Travel agents are a great source of information. Do not hesitate to ask them questions. They can provide valuable tips on how you can save money. Travel agents deal with more than one traveler at a time and hence may not be able to give you the details in the first call. Give them your trip details and give them some time and they can come up with really good deals for you. Travel agents are easy to spot as many of them have websites. A travel agency with excellent customer service is an asset. Some travel sites like [http://www.TravelWorldServices], [http://www.LowfareAlways.com], etc. offer personalized over-the-phone services on travel to various destinations across the world.

There are several travel agencies around the world. However, it is important that you choose the right travel agency, which offers the best customer service at the cost of a few additional dollars. This is better than booking the ticket online or offline through a travel agency who may offer really cheap deal but may end up not delivering you the ticket or not confirming your seats.

So the first step to planning your next international trip is to get yourself a really good travel agent.

Airport Travel Tips: Reducing Waiting Times

Key Travel Tips

Following these tips will help you reduce your wait time at the security checkpoint.

Before you go to the Airport

o Do not pack or bring Prohibited Items to the airport.

o Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry-on baggage only.

o Tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop.

o Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal. Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector.

o Avoid wearing shoes that contain metal or have thick soles or heels. Many types of footwear will require additional screening even if the metal detector does not alarm.

o Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film.

o Declare firearms & ammunition to your airline and place them in your checked baggage.

o If you wish to lock your baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock.

o Do not bring lighters or prohibited matches to the airport.

o Do not pack wrapped gifts and do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival or ship your gifts prior to your departure. TSA may have to unwrap packages for security reasons.

While at the Airport

Each adult traveler needs to keep available his/her airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID until exiting the security checkpoint. Due to different airport configurations, at many airports you will be required to display these documents more than once.

o Place the following items IN your carry-on baggage or in a plastic bag prior to entering the screening checkpoint:

o Mobile phones

o Keys

o Loose change

o Money clips

o PDA’s (personal data assistants)

o Large amounts of jewelry

o Metal hair decorations

o Large belt buckles

o Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes OUT of their cases and place them in a bin provided at the checkpoint.

o Take OFF all outer coats, suit coats, jackets and blazers.

The Best Health Insurance Telemarketing Script

Developing a working script is one of the essential elements of any health insurance telemarketing strategy. While many companies that provide telecommerce have scripts available its advised that you create your own script, at least as a reference so you are getting the qualified prospects you want. There are many reasons behind this including:

You understand your prospects and their needs much better than another script creator ever will.
General scripts might have been used by the competition and potential customers could have previously heard them.
The script will be designed to generate qualified prospects you want, and will not include extra questions which are irrelevant to your needs.
Even though it is important to use a script made just for you there are a number of approaches that can be used to enhance sales.

Uncomplicated scripts are generally the most effective telecommerce scripts. The prospect has to know why you’re calling and why they should be interested within several second of getting on the phone.
Get to the point promptly, do not go with your entire sales pitch on a cold call, stick with the essentials.
Keep the goal of the call in mind when creating the script. If you are generating a lead or setting an appointment that should be the objective of the call. Nothing else should be included.
Here is a basic script outline you can follow:

Hi, This is NAME with XXX Insurance Company and we are a local health insurance broker here in your city and we specialize in saving individuals like you a lot of money and improve your medical coverage. With all of our plans you get to keep all your current doctors!

Rebuttals to common questions:

This isn’t a sales call, we just want to verify some of your information and get out a free quote that can save you money on health insurance.This will only take a couple minutes and could save you thousands of dollars.
I just need to ask you a couple quick questions so we can make sure you are qualified and get you out the lowest rate quotes with the best coverage possible:

Are you currently insured?
(If yes) who do you currently buy your health insurance from?
What is your age?
Do you use tobacco?
Is there anyone else to be covered with you on the quote? (Wife or kids)
What is the best email to send the quotes to?