How To Upgrade Your Travel Experience

Posted on Jan 15 2016 - 2:06am by Adam Meaden

Thanks to the digital age, travel upgrades are no longer a thing exclusively limited for the elite and famous.

In the past, you’d expected first class treatment to be provided to only those with an excess amount of cash to splash but that is not necessarily the case nowadays. According to VISA’s Global Intentions Travel Study for 2015, it seems that more and more of us are upgrading our travel experience and opting for the travel perks.

The study was conducted with 13,603 travellers over 25 countries who were aged 18 years and above in January and February 2015 and found that 71% of travellers would be prepared to pay a bit extra during their vacation if they found an opportunity or deal to take advantage of.

The results of the study also found that those living in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) were much more spontaneous than the rest of us. These travellers were more likely to save the planning of their vacation and booking activities to when they were actually on their trip – 32% according to the 15% of the rest of the world.

The increased reliance and use of credit and debit cards actually has had a massive effect on our vacation habits too. Most travellers were choosing credit cards as their preferred mode of payment whilst on their travels and was up in 2015 when compared to 2013 (54% from 51%).

Most leading credit brands also offer travel perks when using such cards on holiday. For example a few of the perks to come alongside Visa’s Signature card was a 24/7 concierge which could help to arrange hotel reservations and flight bookings 24 hours a day alongside offering a number of discounts for fine-dining restaurants around the world.

Check out the infographic from VISA below for some of the many other perks available to the ‘everyday’ traveller that are out there nowadays.


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Adam is based in Manchester, UK. Continuing to write outside of work, Adam enjoys writing short scripts and articles for his own blog. He is a big fan of going on short, adventures around Europe whenever he can.