Remember about a month ago when I said I was preparing to fly to Chicago and go through the lovely x-ray machines? Remember that?
Well, it didn’t happen. Chicago got its first snow of the year and although my flight from DFW would have been fine (although late). Several other parties were completely canceled and there was not another option until the next day. Which is fine if you are going to Chicago for more than 24hrs, but sadly we were not. Therefore, they rescheduled the group and tomorrow is the BIG day!
This trip is work-related, but not working…….not exactly (?) working….
You see, long ago, in a far away land, travel agents used to go on what they call familiarization trips. A tour company would pay for your air, hotel, meals, transportation, and tours, on trip to wherever they service, to get you familiar with the place and the hotels, tours, and services. They paid for IT ALL. Then you knew what they offered. You knew the set-up and you could send clients that way because of your familiarization. Brilliant, right?
Well, they don’t do that anymore. Not free any way and certainly not for business travel agents. BUT this Chicago trip is as close as it gets.
We will be visiting American Airlines at O’Hare airport. We will be touring a few planes, and the American Executive Center. Then we will get to visit several hotels in downtown Chicago that are part of the Kimpton Brands.
And all set up (for free) to stay in one.
Free air on American Airlines, free hotel room stay, meals, and airport tour. It’s a fam trip! I get to see Chicago (which I’ve never seen) and learn about the products I sell. It’s a win-win. Except, it’s only for a night, and not a whole week. Not to mention bitterly cold, but I will probably get to see snow, and it might be the only snow I see all year.
Soooooooo…… I am excited! I am packed. I am ready to go.
The only bad thing (the worst thing!) is my flight at 525am. LEAVES the airport at 525am. Yeah, 3am is going to come awfully early. But hey, I can sleep on the airplane, riiiiiight?
Be sure to follow my Tweets for all the exciting details. I am going to go all Wil Wheaton when I get there – CHICAGO I AM IN YOU. I just love him.
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Happy travels 🙂
I have never been to Chicago but hope to some day. Have fun!!
Chicago is going to be beautiful covered in snow. Cold, but beautiful. I haven’t been, but we have family friends there, and my sisters love it up there. I am jealous!
Yay!!! Dress warm because it’s cold out – 23 degrees right now =) Hope you have a great trip!
Wow, if I had know about “familarization trips” I would’ve been a travel agent. It’s a shame they don’t do them like they used to! But 24 hours in Chi-town will be great! Have fun! 🙂
Chicago…home sweet home 🙂
Wil Wheaton from star trek?
Do companies not do that any longer because of the IRS?
Hope you stay warm in the windy city!! xoxo
Like your new look! Hip, chic and so you! Have a safe trip
Too bad they didn’t send you to New York! They have 4 Kimpton hotels there and I think 3 or 4 in DC. They could send you to Atlanta! Only have one but then I’d get to see you too!!! I wanted to go to NY while we were in Philly and stay at one of their in NY but they were full up!