Gooding & Co in London 2022

Internationally acclaimed auction house and official partner of the Concours of Elegance, Gooding & Company, conducted its second-ever live sale in the UK last month, realizing a total of £22,811,938 million on Saturday, 3 September. The London Auction, conducted on the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace, resulted in the sale of 31 out of 39 lots, achieving a 79% sell-through rate. Seven cars brought in figures over the £1 million mark, and the average price per lot was £735,869.

The London Auction was led by the sale of the weekend’s star car, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione with well-documented period race history, which sold for an astounding £7,762,500. A world record at auction was also set with another Italian masterpiece from the 1960s, a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ, which sold for £1,181,250 – the highest price ever achieved for a Giulia. The wonderfully presented Giulia TZ, featuring coachwork by Zagato, came to auction with a known competition history and impressive provenance. Yet another highlight of the three-hour event was the sale of the genuine barn-find 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder, which was offered from over 40 years of single family ownership and sold well above estimate for an incredible £2,025,000. The 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS finished in an elegant color scheme of Bianco over black also sold handsomely, achieving a final figure of £1,350,000. 

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Updated: Aug 23, 2022By Kate PrinceLifestyle

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Airports are vibrant hubs of activity, full of travelers doing their best to get from A to B with as little disruption as possible. As much as we love exploring new places, it’s no secret that things often go a little bit awry when flying, but did you know there are things you can do to make the journey as smooth as possible? 

Airlines like Southwest might be able to help you out more than you think, or packing something extra could make the difference between an awful flight and a great one. Even if you think you’ve got your airport routine down to a T, you might want to consider these helpful tips and tricks. 

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1. Pack your liquids and electronic devices at the top of your carry on bag

Pros: No digging through your bag in line, saves time
What you need: Nothing 

TSA has a million and one rules about what you can and can’t carry onto an airplane, and, even when you’re allowed to carry something, it still has to be screened. That’s the way it is, and there’s no way around it.

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So, make it easier on yourself by storing your liquids and electronics near the top of your carry-on. That way, they’re a quick reach away when you have to take them out to go through security. You won’t be digging through your bag to find them, annoying everyone else behind you in line with the holdup.  

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2. Book your flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for better deals

Pros: Save an average of $73 on tickets
What you need: A computer/phone 

CheapAir did a study on the best time to buy airline tickets, and they found that Tuesday and Wednesday were the best times to book. On average, you saved $73 per ticket when you booked your flights on Tuesday and Wednesday. The cheapest days to travel were Thursday and Friday.

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Sunday was the worst time for both ticket-booking and traveling, as it was way more expensive to fly out before the workweek began. In terms of what month to choose, CheapAir said that January and February had the best deals on flights, while the summer months often led to more expensive ticket prices.  

3. Get a portable weight checker to avoid overweight baggage fees

Pros: You don’t get fined or have to pull stuff out of your bag in front of everyone
What you need: Portable weight checker (Etekcity, $11.99, Amazon.com)

Nothing, and we mean nothing, is more irritating than finding out your bag is over the weight limit. You can usually tell, walking into the airport while rolling or carrying your suitcase, that you’re going to be close. When you don’t make it and are a couple of pounds over, it’s a nightmare.

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In addition to being charged $1,000 extra, you then have to remove items until you meet the weight limit. Save yourself this hassle by buying a portable weight checker. Check your bag at home to make sure it’s within the limit. This is a doubly-smart purchase for people who fly often.

4. Don’t listen to your music

Pros: You won’t miss important announcements
What you need: Nothing, just your ears 

It’s tempting to want to put in your headphones and blast music in the airport. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck listening to the sounds of TSA making announcements, babies crying, and families arguing with one another. However, there are benefits to turning off the music when you’re in the airport.

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Sometimes, airlines do make important announcements. For example, they might come over the loudspeaker and offer a voucher for people who agree to take the next flight (a common practice if a flight is oversold). Flight delays and transit warnings are two other important announcements you could miss if you’re listening to music instead.

5. Use the TSA app to find out wait times

Pros: You can find out wait times and receive important news updates before getting to the airport
What you need: Phone, MyTSA app 

Most people just hope for the best when they get to the airport and are gauging security times. If the line looks long, you’re in for a wait. If it doesn’t, hurry up and get over there, so you can get through. If you want to be more prepared when it comes to security lines, download the TSA app.

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MyTSA was rated the “Best Government Mobile App” by the American Council for Technology. You can get information on wait times, traveler warnings and tips, and receive important news updates from the app. For people who travel frequently, downloading this app is a must.    

6. No need to rush to board

Pros: You’ll have the most important things with you even if your luggage is lost
What you need: Your carry-on bag 

This hack has been around since airlines were invented and began losing peoples’ luggage almost immediately thereafter. When you’re traveling, make sure you pack your most important items in your carry-on. This includes daily medications, phone chargers, important documents, underwear, toothbrush and toothpaste, and any valuables.

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That way, even if the plane loses your luggage and you have to go through the tedious process of tracking it down and getting it back, you’ll have your essentials. This hack is extra important for people who rely on daily medication. You don’t want there to be any disruption to your medical routine.     

7. Pack the most important belongings in your carry on

Pros: You’ll have the most important things with you even if your luggage is lost
What you need: Your carry-on bag 

This hack has been around since airlines were invented and began losing peoples’ luggage almost immediately thereafter. When you’re traveling, make sure you pack your most important items in your carry-on. This includes daily medications, phone chargers, important documents, underwear, toothbrush and toothpaste, and any valuables.

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That way, even if the plane loses your luggage and you have to go through the tedious process of tracking it down and getting it back, you’ll have your essentials. This hack is extra important for people who rely on daily medication. You don’t want there to be any disruption to your medical routine.     

8. Carry a power strip

Pros: You’ll have multiple power sources for all your devices
What you need: Power strip 

It can be hard to find an outlet in the airport. And, even when you do find one, you really only get one outlet. Bring a power strip with you to the airport; that way, you can charge your phone, Airpods, laptop, and tablet, all at the same time.

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If you’re feeling generous, you can even share some of the outlets with the person next to you. The power strip shouldn’t give you too much hassle going through security, especially if it’s not battery-operated. Even if you’re stopped, there won’t be an issue, just a small delay while they take it out of your bag and check it over.     

9. Invest in laptop stands so you can work in reclined seats

Pros: You can work on your laptop from a reclined position
What you need: Laptop stand 

Many people try to work when they’re at the airport or on an airplane. After all, vacation doesn’t always start the second you leave, and there are things you have to do. If you’re going to be traveling on an airplane and are one of those people who recline your seat on the plane (why?), consider a laptop stand.

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You can find them on Amazon for $20-$30, usually. These laptop stands give you a surface to prop your laptop on while you work from a reclined position. Make sure to ask the person behind you if they mind you reclining your seat before you lean back.     

10. Sit on the front side of the plane

Pros: You might get less sick or uncomfortable if you’re sensitive to flying
What you need: Nothing 

SmarterTravel found that the best seats on the plane are near the front. Our center of gravity is around 28%, and the center of pressure acts around a quarter of the way down the plane’s wing. Choosing a seat near the front is better for people who get sick on flights or are sensitive to flying.

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The other high points on a plane include exit rows and window seats. You might want to take an aisle seat near the front if you want to disembark quickly. Though you’ll sacrifice the window-seat view, you’ll get off the plane ASAP.

11. Rent a car, through the website rather than wait in line

Pros: More availability and possibly lower prices
What you need: Computer/phone to book 

Often, you need to rent a car when you travel to a new place. The airplane gets you to the destination, but you still gotta get around. Book a car online at the rental website instead of waiting in line. You’ll have better availability, and you can even save money if you prepay.

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Also, you won’t have to wait. Plus, when you book online, you can check to make sure the car fits your specifications and budget. For example, if you need a car with more space, you won’t have to rely on luck to make sure you get what you need. Reserve yours before you even land.      

12. Download or print your boarding pass and airport map

Pros: Saves time and confusion
What you need: Printer 

Consider downloading and printing your boarding pass and a map of the airport before you even get there. If you have a printer at home, you can check in early and save time. Checking in early, if you’re flying with an airline like Southwest, often gets you a better boarding position.

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You can skip the kiosk line at the airport and go straight to baggage check. Printing out an airport map is also a good idea if you are traveling to a bustling airport like LAX or ATL, both of which were ranked two of the most confusing airports in the world by TravelTrivia.

13. Switch to glasses from contacts

Pros: Your eyes won’t dry out mid-flight
What you need: Glasses

Those of us with contact lenses have likely heard the stories about why you shouldn’t fly with them in. Often, flying with contacts dries them out, making your eyes irritated. When you’re 30,000 feet in the air, the atmospheric pressure, oxygen, and humidity are reduced, causing your eyes to dry out and wreaking havoc on your contacts.

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Unless you want to keep reapplying contact-safe eye drops the entire time, do yourself a favor and switch to glasses. You will likely have to pack your contact lens solution in your suitcase, not your carry-on. Your lenses, by contrast, can (and should) go with you in your carry-on.

14. Wear shoes with socks

Pros: Can be extra comfortable without being weird
What you need: Socks and shoes 

We’ve all seen the pictures and memes making fun of people who take their shoes off on planes, exposing their bare feet to the world. And rightfully so. There’s no reason to just have your bare feet out on an airplane.

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However, if you’re flying eight hours or more, why have shoes on the entire time? Make sure you wear socks and shoes so that you can slip off your shoes during long-haul flights. More than likely, everyone else will be doing this, so you won’t be the odd man out. Don’t do anything crazy like put your feet up on the back of the chair in front of you, but just having your socks on should be fine.

15. Airport lounges sell all-day passes

Pros: You can experience a way more luxurious airport visit
What you need: Lounge pass 

For most of us, we just get to the airport, get through security, and get on our flight. Some people might end up having to stay at the airport a little longer to catch their flight, and, for those people, buying an airport lounge pass might be a great idea.

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Airport lounges have been around for at least seven decades, and they cost $40-$50 per person (though some places charge as little as $20-$25). They are super comfortable, with TVs, comfy chairs, couches, fast Wi-Fi, and even showers. You can book them through the airline or through third parties like LoungeBuddy.

16. Start emptying your pockets when on the security line

Pros: TSA doesn’t get mad at you, you don’t get held up passing through security
What you need: Nothing

One of the key checkpoint mistakes that drives TSA agents nuts is when people don’t empty their pockets before they get into the security line. In order to go through security and the scanners with no problem, you can’t have anything in your pockets.

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TSA will yell this at you while you’re in line, but, for some people, that still doesn’t track. Even a big piece of lint can be enough to set off the scanner’s alert system. Though you won’t be in trouble, it’ll be a hassle to step out of line, and TSA will probably be annoyed that you didn’t listen. In conclusion, empty your pockets before you get into the scanner line. 

17. Compression socks help with jet lag, if you wear them for more than 5 hours

Pros: Blood won’t pool in your feet, and your circulation won’t be damaged by long flights
What you need: Compression socks 

Even healthy people with no circulation issues can benefit from this hack. Jet lag is tough, and it can feel extremely tiring, almost as though you’re coming down with the flu. Consider, instead of medication, compression socks. Compression socks help prevent blood from pooling in your feet, instead circulating it back to your heart.

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The recommended tightness is between 30 and 40 mmHg (extra firm). This hack is especially important for long flights, as the risk of developing blood clots while flying increases with the travel time. Though it’s not a high chance, you still should take precautions against swelling or something even worse, like deep vein thrombosis.  

18. Don’t fly on the eve of major holidays

Pros: Lower ticket prices, fewer people at the airport
What you need: Nothing 

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Everyone flies out on the eve before major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or the Fourth of July. They want to get to their families before the holiday begins, but not too far out, as that would mean they’re stuck there for a while.

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The worst days to travel, according to APRFinder, are December 23-26, November 25 (the day before Thanksgiving), July 3, May 22, and September 4. If you’re planning a trip and don’t want to be bothered by high ticket prices and hassle at the airport, consider booking around those dates. 

19. Be the last one on board

Pros: Less people crowding your space, cuts wait time
What you need: Nothing 

The Points Guy, a travel hack guru, made a compelling case for why boarding last on a plane isn’t the worst thing in the world. This hack is recommended for airlines that have assigned seating; otherwise, boarding last means a seat next to the back toilets.

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Boarding towards the end, according to TPG, means far fewer people clogging the jet bridge and gate area. In addition to this social distancing hack, you also minimize the time you spend on the airplane itself, which, for people who hate flying, that’s a lifesaver. Boarding last cuts your wait time by fifteen to twenty minutes. 

20. Pack a lot of snacks

Pros: You save money
What you need: Your own snacks and a carry-on bag 

Snacks are incredibly expensive at the airport. The markup is crazy, and you might find yourself paying three times more for snacks and drinks than you would otherwise. Airports charge more because their business operating costs are higher. So, they’re part of the reason their food prices are so high.

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The solution? Bring your own snacks to the airport. Treat it like a movie theater. Solid food items can be transported in your carry-on. You might have to separate these items out of your carry-on bag, but they can go through the scanners. As for a bottle of soda, that’ll have to wait until you’re past security, sadly.  

21. Stand in line near the business class check-in

Pros: You save time when it’s time for you to board
What you need: Nothing 

For those who don’t like boarding at the end, they should get ready to board near the front by standing in line near the business check-in area. Though you’ll get booted if you’re not in business class, standing near there will put you in an optimal position when it comes time for you to board the plane.

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According to Thrifty Traveler, you might as well splurge and go for business class if you’re taking long-haul flights. Business-class offers decent food, extra space, and comfortable seating. Why be miserable for ten-plus hours, when you can spend extra to travel in comfort?

22. Take the seat near the Emergency Exit, and opt for the 2nd row instead of the 1st one

Pros: More leg room and reclining space, no kids allowed
What you need: Exit row seat 

If you’re tall and/or hate sitting next to babies on flights, consider picking an exit row seat. There is more legroom in these seats, which means you can stretch your legs, something that can be pretty valuable on a long-haul flight. Exit row seats on long-range aircraft provide the best legroom. The second exit-seat row in particular has a lot of room and incline.

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Also, kids aren’t allowed to sit there, which will make your flight much quieter. You just have to be prepared to help out if something actually does happen. For safety reasons, the flight attendant will usually ask you to give them a verbal “Yes” to indicate that you’re ready for exit-row responsibilities. 

23. Shrink wrap your luggage to minimize scratches and dents

Pros: Your luggage won’t get damaged or dented, keeping your suitcase looking nice
What you need: Shrink wrap or an actual luggage cover 

In 2017, according to Luggage and Suitcase, it was estimated that 22 million pieces of luggage were mishandled. This means they came back damaged, battered, and just not in the same condition in which they left their owner.

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To prevent damage to your luggage, you can shrink wrap it. It’s allowed, and your bag will still pass through the scanner, even if it’s shrink-wrapped. If shrink-wrap is too much work, consider buying an actual luggage cover. You can buy a Yotako clear PVC suitcase cover on Amazon for $16.99. The average price for suitcase covers is $10-$20, an expense that’s worth it to keep your suitcase looking pristine. 

24. Charge your battery portable battery pack, not your phone

Pros: No risk of data theft from using the USB charger at the airport
What you need: Portable power bank for your phone, USB cord

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office was one of several law enforcement organizations issuing some stern warnings for travelers, regarding the use of USB chargers at the airport. The LA DA’s said to avoid using USB charging stations at public locations like hotels and airports because these stations could “contain dangerous malware.”

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So, if you don’t want your phone to die, what can you do instead? The solution is simple. Buy a portable power bank for your phone. You’ll pay $15-$25 for a portable bank on Amazon. You can charge that at the airport, with no risk of data theft. 

25. To get extra time on the airport WiFi, roll back the time on your device

Pros: You won’t have to pay for Wi-Fi
What you need: Just your phone 

There are a lot of airports that offer complimentary Wi-Fi with no restrictions, though, sadly, quite a few still have time caps on their Wi-Fi. Once you hit the time cap, you either have to pay for more Wi-Fi or go through the tedious reboot process.

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One way to get past that is to roll back the time on your device. The Wi-Fi’s time gauge is based on your device’s time gauge. If you roll back your device’s time, that might be enough to trick the Wi-Fi into continuing without shutting you off. It’s worth a shot unless you want to pay some exorbitant price or another hour of access. 

26. Resist the urge to drink before your flight

Pros: Won’t get dehydrated
What you need: Nothing

While getting plastered on a flight is no doubt the fastest way to pass the time, sadly, we’re going to have to advise against it in large quantities. Avoid drinking before your flight, especially if it’s a long journey, because alcohol can cause dehydration.

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Alcohol works as a diuretic, which means it makes your body remove fluids from the blood through the renal system (kidneys, bladder, and ureters) at a faster rate than other liquids. On a flight, you might not be able to drink enough water with the alcohol, leading to dehydration. Headache, confusion, extreme thirst, and dry mouth—not exactly symptoms you want while arriving at your destination.

27. But, You Can Bring Alcohol Under 3oz

Pros: Can drink on the plane
What you need: 3 oz. (or less) mini alcohol bottles, single, 1-quart plastic zip-lock bag

However, if you just can’t help yourself, you can bring alcohol bottles under three ounces. The TSA prevents you from taking containers of liquid with more than 3 ounces of liquid. Miniature liquor bottles, which are sold in pretty much any store, have to be packaged a certain way in order to comply with TSA rules.

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You have to carry your mini-bottles in a single, one-quart plastic bag. The bag has to have a zip-top. You can buy these bags at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and most grocery stores. You can only bring one of these bags, so that’ll cap your alcohol intake at whatever you can fit in the zip-lock. 

28. Bring gum if traveling with children

Pros: Will help unclog kids’ ears
What you need: Sugar-free gum, hard candy 

Kids can be annoying, but they do have a reason to complain on flights. Children are often more prone than adults to ear issues caused by takeoff and landing pressure changes. Though the pain goes away after a few minutes, it can be pretty unpleasant. You shouldn’t even attempt to fly with your kid if they have an ear infection or cold.

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Bring sugar-free gum or hard candy for the flight. Have your child (if they’re old enough, of course) chew the gum or suck on the candy during take-off and landing. This will help with ear pressure. Also, give your kids plenty of fluids on the flight, as that will help unclog their ears. 

29. Don’t wear a belt

Pros: Less hassle and holdup going through security
What you need: Nothing 

The goal of the entire airport experience is to get where you’re going with as little hassle and effort as possible. If you want to be a real travel pro, wear a belt-free outfit. This will save you time when you’re going through security. TSA requires you to remove them anyway, and you don’t want to be fumbling with it when you could just not wear one breeze through.

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Belts are banned by TSA because of the buckles, which almost always set off the metal detectors. Though a plastic belt won’t set off the scanners, TSA will still ask you to remove it if they see it, as it isn’t always easy to tell the difference.  

30. Put jewelry in a ziplock bag

Pros: Won’t lose valuables, and less likely to get your bag searched
What you need: 1-quart ziplock bags 

TSA, on its website, actually strongly suggests that you travel with your jewelry in your carry-on bag. It’s permitted in both, but, if your jewelry is valuable and/or sentimental, you should carry it with you to avoid losing it if your checked bags are lost (an all-too-common occurrence).

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Place each individual piece of jewelry in a one-quart, clear, Ziploc bag. This will make it easier for TSA to scan it, lessening the chance that your bag will be pulled aside and searched. TSA advises that, if you’re worried about your valuables being spotted by other passengers, you should ask an agent to search your things privately.   

31. Catch a cab home from departures, not arrivals

Pros: Faster to catch a cab from departures
What you need: Cash or cell phone to call the rideshare

According to the L.A. Times, traffic is up to 80% faster on the departures level (people flying out) than it is on the arrivals level (people flying in). This is especially true for big airports like J.F.K. or L.A.X. If you’re going to catch a cab home from the airport, go up to the departures. 

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There are a lot of possible reasons why it’s faster to catch a cab from departures, instead of arrivals. One reason is that people block traffic trying to get out of baggage claim with all their luggage. By contrast, when you’re on the departure side, your driver practically pushes you and your bags out of the car while it’s still rolling. It’s easy to hail a cab there, but you have to be quick about it.

32. Get a universal adapter

Pros: You can plug your electronic device in anywhere
What you need: Universal adapter 

At the airport, you never know what kind of plug you’ll stumble upon. Will it be a two- or three-prong plug? A USB port, which you shouldn’t use because it might get hacked? Or something else?

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Cut through the guessing game by buying a universal adapter. That way, no matter where you are, you’ll be able to plug in and charge your phone, tablet, computer, or any other electronic device. You can buy a universal adapter on Amazon for just $10-$15. For example, the NEWVANGA International All-In-One Travel Adapter has a 4.5/5-star rating out of 4,272 ratings. It costs just $11.99.      

33. Pick the furthest security line, it’ll be the shortest

Pros: Less wait time
What you need: Nothing 

There are plenty of websites and travel guides dedicated to finding the shortest security line. There almost seems to be a mathematical formula to it, though it can be overwhelming and disheartening to arrive at security and see a sea of people milling about.      

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According to PopSugar, the security line at the far end, especially to the far left, is usually the shortest. The reason why is simple: most people don’t look that far, and most people are right-handed, so they’re going to prefer the right. Go where fewer people have gone. Walk yourself and your bags down to the furthest security line for check-in. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much shorter it is.

34. Add a FRAGILE sticker so luggage will be loaded last/off first

Pros: Bag might get special treatment, will be there quicker at baggage claim
What you need: “FRAGILE” sticker from check-in

We’re not going to say that this is a for-sure win, because there’s always the chance that baggage handlers won’t even notice the sticker. Or, if they notice it, they won’t care about it, and just throw your baggage around anyway.

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It’s worth a shot. Attach a “FRAGILE” sticker to your luggage (baggage check will usually provide them in some type of kiosk near the counter. If you can’t find a sticker, just ask for one). Technically, that means that your bag has to be loaded last and taken off first, and it means that handlers have to treat it gently. 

35. Make sure checked luggage can withstand a six-foot fall

Pros: Luggage will be durable and less likely to sustain damage during transport
What you need: Durable luggage from brands like Samsonite, Rimowa, and Pelican Elite

We’ve talked about shrink-wrapping your luggage and attaching a “FRAGILE” sticker to it, but there’s another option for making sure your bags don’t get obliterated. You can always just buy luggage that is super durable.

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If your luggage can withstand a six-foot fall, it will be able to handle the journey. Expert World Travel gave its list for the most durable luggage of 2021, including Pelican Elite Luggage (“Most Durable,” $419), Samsonite Omni (“Great Budget Option” at $129), Samsonite Winfield 2 ($194, “Best Value”), and Rimowa Topas (“Best High End”, $1,499). You should be prepared to shell out some money for extra-durable luggage, but the purchase will be worth it, as your things will be protected from all but a nuclear blast.  

36. Wrap breakable items in clothes and cushion with socks

Pros: Can protect breakable items easily
What you need: Socks, clothes 

It’s the morning that you’re due to leave, and you realize that you don’t have any packaging material. There are no packing peanuts or Styrofoam to cushion your breakable items, you’re facing a long flight ahead of you. You know your luggage is about to get jostled and thrown around, so what can you do?

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Use your clothes and socks to protect valuable, breakable items. For example, if you have a small, glass trinket that you’re trying to transport and can’t bring in your carry-on, stick it in a sock. Then, wrap that sock in t-shirts and other clothing to keep it safe on the journey home.

37. Put checked liquids inside more than one plastic bag in case of leaks

Pros: Liquids won’t leak all over your stuff
What you need: Quart- and gallon-sized Ziploc bags, hair tie or rubber band 

If you’re checking liquids like mouthwash and makeup foundation, the last thing you want to have happen is the liquids leak. It can happen, especially in transit, when your luggage is jostled and thrown about. There’s nothing more annoying than opening your suitcase and seeing that all your clothes have to be re-washed.

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To mitigate and even prevent leakage, place your checked liquids in more than one plastic bag. Another trick is to take a small Ziploc bag and place it over the bottle’s lid. Then, wrap a hair tie around the base of the lid, sealing it off before you put the entire bottle into a gallon-size Ziploc. 

38. Carry two wallets: one for cash and one with IDs and credit cards

Pros: Everything won’t go missing at once if you lose a wallet
What you need: Two wallets 

Think about what’s in your wallet right now. It probably has your cash, ID, debit or credit cards, and other important documentation. If your wallet goes missing, you’ll lose all of that in one go. And, if you’re traveling, that loss can be extremely stressful and anxiety-inducing.

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Separate the contents of your wallet into two wallets. This risk mitigation tactic means that, if one goes missing, you won’t lose everything. Sure, it’ll be a pain to lose either cash or cards/ID, but you won’t lose both. You’ll be able to keep yourself afloat until you can figure out what to do. 

39. Distribute cash in different hiding places

Pros: Prevents thieves from taking all your cash if they get into your bag
What you need: Pacsafe backpack or sewing materials to create hidey-holes in your bag

Allianz Travel Insurance came up with this recommendation for travelers who are journeying with a lot of cash on them, ostensibly to exchange it. Bag slashers, pickpockets, and unscrupulous bag-handlers are always a threat, however minor that threat might seem.

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If you’re traveling with cash, hide it in different places in your bag. A travel backpack by Pacsafe ($77 on Amazon) is a really smart option, as it has steel wire straps, security hooks, and built-in safeguards that help you protect valuables. You can also cut and sew pockets into your bag for extra hiding spots. Even if the thieves get some of your cash, they won’t get all of it, if you hide it well enough.  

40. If you get a free upgrade, don’t tell people about it

Pros: Continue to get free upgrades without the airline tightening up its handouts
What you need: Nothing 

Free upgrades are a godsend to travelers, whether these upgrades come in the form of better hotel rooms or business class. There are a lot of ways to achieve a free upgrade, including joining your airline’s frequent flyer club, booking with a savvy travel agent, checking in early, volunteering to get bumped from a flight that has been overbooked, or simply asking at the ticket counter (the worst they can say is no).

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If you manage to score a free upgrade, keep it to yourself. Don’t tell anyone, as if too many people game the system and get these upgrades for free, the airline might tighten ranks and could be less likely to hand them out easily in the future.   

41. Download the FLIO app to see all the airport’s amenities

Pros: Lets you track airport amenities, discounts, and flight information
What you need: Smartphone, FLIO app 

The FLIO app has a 4.6/5-star rating at the Apple Store. The app is a “flight companion,” and it holds the distinction of being the most-used app in the world for airports. FLIO is a centralized solution, and it helps airport passengers navigate flights while generating revenue for its partner airlines, retailers, and brands.

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With FLIO, you can check your flight status online, track flights, and view airport amenities and discounts. You’ll be the first to know about changes in gates, boarding times, baggage claims, and delays with FLIO. The app is now available for Android users as well.   

42. Look for free WiFi by checking Yelp and TripAdvisor for airport restaurants’ passwords

Pros: Don’t have to pay for WiFi
What you need: Phone/computer 

Most airports are hopping on the trend of providing free WiFi (albeit with a sign-in screen and an agreement you have to check), but there are still some that are behind the times. If you don’t want to pay for WiFi, one way around that is to check Yelp and TripAdvisor for nearby restaurants’ passwords.

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Most airports have a chain restaurant (or several). Check Yelp or TripAdvisor for the passwords to these chain restaurants, or just Google it. That way, you can use the restaurants’ WiFi without having to pay for the airport’s. Just make sure you’re close enough to the restaurant to be in range.   

43. Don’t exchange all of your currency

Pros: You’ll have a cash reserve that you won’t have to re-exchange
What you need: Cash in home currency

Exchanging currency is a necessary part of traveling. You need to make sure you have the money in your pocket to enjoy your vacation. However, don’t exchange all of your currency. Leave a small fund for yourself in your home currency, in case of emergencies. Also, if you don’t spend all your money abroad, you won’t have to re-exchange it back, possibly incurring fees and losing some of your cash.

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According to Investopedia, there are some places you should definitely avoid when exchanging currency. Airport kiosks and currency exchange shops have bad rates and high fees, while local banks and bank ATMs often have the fairest rates. You should also check to see if your home bank offers refunds for the fees you incur when using a foreign ATM.   

44. Call your bank to let them know you’re traveling

Pros: Tells the bank not to freeze your card if you post a transaction while on vacation
What you need: Phone 

This has happened to pretty much every traveler, even if you’re going a few miles outside of the city. Some banks are quick to lock your card if they suspect fraud. While it’s appreciated, it’s not always necessary, as just because you’re in a different location, that doesn’t mean someone has stolen your card.

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To avoid a locked card, call your bank ahead of time. Explain that you’re going to be traveling, and there is no need to lock your card if they see a transaction posted in a different location. This will save you time and hassle. If, worst-case scenario, your card does get stolen while on vacation, you can always call the bank back and immediately cancel it.

45. Those moving walkways aren’t actually faster, they just let you rest

Pros: You can rest if you have heavy luggage, power walkers will go faster
What you need: Nothing

Moving walkways aren’t actually faster unless you’re intentionally power-walking while you’re on them. These moving walkways are a feature in most major airports, and the belt travels around 1.4 miles per hour, according to Chicago Tribune. That’s approximately half of a normal walking speed.

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When people get on the belt, they walk 2.24MPH, which is actually slower than the average 3MPH stride. In conclusion, don’t expect to go into hyperdrive just because you get on a moving walkway. It’s really just there for passengers with heavy luggage to rest. If you want to walk, walk on the left. If you want to stand, stand on the right. 

46. Tear up plane tickets after flights, the barcodes contain personal information

Pros: Will prevent hackers from accessing personal information
What you need: Scissors (if you want to cut tickets up instead of ripping them)

Clark.com pointed out that a lot of information is stored in the QR and barcodes on airline boarding passes. This information includes frequent flyer account information, personal details, and even future travel plans. While it doesn’t exactly have your credit card number and security code spelled out, there’s still some pretty personal information on these barcodes. The same goes for barcodes on your tickets.

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When you’re done with your flight, rip up your tickets and boarding pass to prevent hackers from accessing the codes’ information. If you want to save the tickets/passes for nostalgic, scrapbook reasons, just cut off the barcode section and rip only that up, saving the rest.  

47. Use the time without internet while on the plane to digital detox

Pros: Can get away from social media for at least a few hours
What you need: Nothing (and that’s the point!)

Compared to other technologies, social media is still pretty new. Because it’s relatively new, there is little research into the consequences of using social media. There are some studies that say that it’s harmful and we should “detox” from it every once in a while, while other studies say that it’s not as bad as it’s portrayed.

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Either way, if you want a digital detox, use the time on the airplane to get away from the constant connection. Don’t purchase in-flight WiFi. Instead, just listen to music (you can download playlists ahead of time so that they’re playable without WiFi) or read a book. Just take a break from the social media swarm for a few hours. You’ll come off the plane feeling refreshed.   

48. Join frequent flyer rewards programs

Pros: Discounts on future flights, upgrades for seating and baggage, other amenities for flying often
What you need: A way to access and join the frequent flyer rewards program

If you fly often, you should definitely join a frequent flyer rewards program. Alternatively, if you aren’t someone who flies often (at least 20,000 miles per year), you probably won’t be able to rack up the miles you need to get the benefits.    

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Frequent flyer programs tally up the miles you’ve traveled and turn them into a points system. Hitting a certain number of points might get you a free upgrade, a discount on flight or baggage services, or even cheaper flights in the future. This saves money over time, as frequent flyers don’t have to pay full price when they take one of their many flights. 

49. It might be cheaper to drive and pay for parking than take a cab

Pros: Potentially save money
What you need: A car

This one comes down to simple mathematics. If you live far from the airport, taking a cab there and back could cost you quite a bit of money. Cab fares vary from city to city, but they can be expensive, depending on where you live. Even if a rideshare is cheaper, it might only be less expensive if there isn’t a surge that causes prices to increase.

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It could be cheaper to just drive and park at the airport. Most airport extended-parking lots have an area where you can park for under $10 a day. Do the math before you leave to ensure that you’re choosing the transportation option with the lowest price.

50. Always pack important medication in your carry on

Pros: If your checked baggage is lost, you won’t be without your medication
What you need:
 Medications you can’t live without 

We’ve talked a lot about the danger of checked baggage getting lost. According to USA Today, the odds of losing your baggage are less than 1%, but that’s still a little nerve-wracking, especially when you consider how many important things are in your bags. 

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If you have important medication, take it in your carry-on bag. That way, it will be with you wherever you go, and, even if your checked baggage is lost, you won’t be without what you need to stay healthy. TSA even recommends that you take your medication in your carry-on with you, and it’s perfectly legal, no matter how many pills you have. You can take your medication in “unlimited amounts,” as long as it can all fit through the scanner. 

51. Put plastic bags over your wing mirrors when you park at the airport

Pros: It’ll protect them from birds
What you need:
 A plastic bag, elastic band

This one may seem a little nuts, but a plastic bag and an elastic band can go a long way. If you park at the airport, especially at one that has open-air parking, then place a plastic bag over your wing mirror and tie it on with an elastic band before you leave the car. 

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This stops birds pecking at it when they see their own reflection and will prevent you from coming back to find you’ve got a broken mirror. Plus, if you’re going away for an extended period, it keeps the mirrors clean so you won’t have to wipe them when you get back.

52. Bring your own food on the plane

Pros: Saves money
What you need: Your own food

According to the TSA, you can take solid food (not gels or liquids) in your carry-on or checked bags. If the food is larger than 3.4 ounces, you’re going to want to place it in your checked bag, if possible. Though you can’t bring drinks, you can bring food, and, considering the prices at airports, there’s plenty of incentive to do so.

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Airports have to pay tons of fees and commissions, and one way that they make that money back is by driving up their food prices. That’s why food is so expensive at the airport. If you want to save some cash, bring your own food.

53. Always keep your boarding pass

Pros: Serves as proof of your flight for airline miles, information won’t get into the wrong hands
What you need: Boarding pass 

When you get done with your vacation and you’re unpacking, you probably will stumble upon your boarding pass. Though it might be tempting to toss it in the trash, you’re going to want to keep that pass—or at least, shred it thoroughly before throwing it away.

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The boarding pass serves as proof of your flight in case the airline doesn’t give you your miles. Additionally (and arguably more importantly), the pass has information and personal data about you that could be dangerous if it got into the wrong hands. Keep the pass or shred it, but don’t just throw it away.     

54. Be strategic with flight cancellations

Pros: Saves you a fee
What you need: N/A 

When you’re canceling a flight, you should be strategic. Maybe your plans didn’t go the way you wanted them too or you got sick—either way, be sure to look at the airline’s policy for flight cancelation. This includes when you can cancel it, as well as whether you’ll be penalized in the future.

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Never canceled a flight with that airline before? You’ll probably be okay. If you’re a repeat canceler, you might get charged a fee. If your ticket is non-refundable, you might have to haggle with customer service to get at least some of your money back. Be strategic, and don’t give up right away.     

55. Download Google Maps for offline use

Pros: Lets you navigate while offline
What you need: iPhone or iPad 

WiFi can be spotty on a plane, and you don’t want to keep your phone’s data on, lest you increase your roaming charges. If you want to be able to access a map, download Google Maps. This way, you’ll be able to download entire areas and navigate while offline.

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First, on your iPad or iPhone, open Google Maps. Make sure that you’re on the Internet when you’re downloading. Search for a location, and, at the bottom, type in the address for the place. There will be an option to “Download” the map for offline use. Click it, and now you can navigate with no Internet.  

56. Fight jet lag with exercise

Pros: Helps your body get back onto a good rhythm
What you need: Weights (optional)

It can be hard to shake jet lag. The internet is full of tips that you can use to get yourself back on a good sleeping pattern in no time, and we have another one for you. You can fight jet lag by exercising. The Journal of Physiology published new research that indicated that exercising at certain times of the day can switch up your circadian rhythms.

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When you arrive in a new location, take a fast twenty- to thirty-minute walk. Follow up with light weights or calisthenics, if you want. You might find that this helps you stay away until it’s actually time to go to bed.      

57. Consider looking beyond the obvious sites like Kayak and Expedia

Pros: Might save money
What you need: Phone/computer to access the Internet 

Kayak and Expedia are two of the most-used sites when it comes to finding tickets. And it is true that they often help people get great deals. However, they shouldn’t be the only sites you look at when you’re trying to find low ticket prices. First, you’ll want to try to book directly through the airline’s site.

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If those numbers aren’t doing it for you, other sites you can check include Momondo, Priceline, Orbitz, Agoda, Hotwire, Travelocity, BookingBuddy, TripAdvisor Flights, OneTravel, Travelzoo, Skyscanner, and CheapOair. One of those many sites is bound to have the budget you’re looking for.       

58. SeatGuru has seat maps to help you pick the very best seat on every plane

Pros: Gives you information on good/bad seats, airline amenities, etc.
What you need: Computer/phone to access the website 

If you’ve ever flown before, you know the importance of picking a not-terrible seat. Whether you’re flying with assigned seats or at-random, SeatGuru can help. This website features aircraft seating maps and seating reviews, as well as a color-coded system that will identify good and bad airline seats.

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It’s also a good source for flight shopping, in-flight amenities, and airline information. SeatGuru basically is a big compare-and-contrast service. It’s been around for almost two decades, and TripAdvisor owns the site. It can be a useful tool when you’re picking your seat and deciding when and with what airline you want to fly.

59. While at the airport terminal, don’t choose the closest line for the bathroom. Try one a few steps beyond or in a less-trafficked part of the terminal

Pros: Saves you time
What you need: Nothing 

When you’re at an airport terminal, it might be tempting to just go to the closest bathroom, even if there’s a long line. After all, it beats walking, which could take even more time. Time’s precious, especially if you’re trying to catch your flight or you have to pee really bad.

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Consider rethinking the bathroom situation. Try and find a less-trafficked part of the terminal, or even the next bathroom in the terminal. You might find that there are fewer people there, which will save you time and energy. It’s worth a shot, particularly if you hate waiting in line.

60. Moisturize inside and out

Pros: Keeps your skin moist, hydrates you
What you need: Moisturizer, water 

Planes zap the moisture in the air, which leads to dry skin. The air in the cabin is very dry, and that can wreak havoc for those of us who are prone to skin dryness. Lack of moisture in the skin can actually lead to acne, as the skin over-produces oil to attempt to combat the dryness.

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Beat the recycled air by packing moisturizer on your flight. You can pack it in a size that is TSA-approved. If you have a water bottle, put it to good use by drinking water and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine. 

61. Turn on “Private Browsing” for cheaper flights

Pros: Might save you money
What you need: Google Chrome or Safari browser

There is some debate on whether this works or not. Men’s Journal says yes, while Travel and Leisure says no. Still, it is worth a shot, especially if it’ll cut your costs. One flight booking hack is to keep your searches secret when you book flights.

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Flipping on “Incognito Mode” (Chrome) or searching from a “Private Browser” might seem a little strange for something as innocuous as booking a flight, but it might be able to save you money. If your browser uses cookies, you might get directed to search results that are higher-priced. Thwart that techie system by going Incognito to book.

62. Compare flight prices using Airfare Matrix

Pros: Helps you save money and find the lowest-priced tickets
What you need: Access to Google 

The Google ITA Matrix is a powerhouse tool for finding cheap airline flights. The Matrix is a software search tool, and it’s one of the best ones out there. The Matrix runs on an algorithm that gives great results. Just put in your flight details and click to search.

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You’ll find the lowest ticket prices around. There are a lot of details you have to input, so make sure that you have time to search. The ITA Matrix’s results are solid, according to UpgradedPoints.com, which did a comparison of the Matrix to other booking sites. The result? Google had the best software, of course.

63. Keep a pen in every bag/pocket

Pros: Less germy, won’t have to scramble
What you need: Pen(s)

There are a lot of places at the airport where a pen comes in handy. You should carry several pens with you so that you’re not scrambling when it comes time to fill out Customs sheets, luggage tags, and more.

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Sure, the airlines will provide pens, but consider the time and place. Is it a good idea to be using a pen that thousands of people have touched? Probably not. Also, people often take those pens with them, so who’s to say they’ll even be there when you need them. At the end of the day, it’s best to bring your own.

64. Use AirHelp to get compensated for flight delays or cancelled flights

Pros: Will help you compensation, enforces passenger rights
What you need: Access to AirHelp 

One of the worst things ever is when an airline delays or cancels your flight, leaving you in the dust. The founders of AirHelp were so fed-up with this happening that they started their own claims management company. AirHelp Ltd. enforces passenger rights when airlines disrupt flights by delaying or canceling them.

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AirHelp will argue for compensation on your behalf if your flight is canceled or delayed. Airlines have an incentive to cooperate with AirHelp, as they publish annual rankings of airlines and airports. These rankings carry a lot of weight with passengers, and big air wants to stay in AirHelp’s good graces. Use this service if your flight is delayed or canceled without compensation. 

65. Download the airline’s app beforehand

Pros: Might help you save time or money, gives you news alerts/information
What you need: Smartphone 

If you want to be super-duper prepared, consider downloading the airline’s app beforehand. This is especially useful if you’re going to be flying with the airline frequently in the future. For example, if you only ever fly Southwest, downloading the Southwest app might benefit you in the short- and long-term.

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Airline apps have a lot of valuable information on them, from schedules to delays to in-flight amenities. The apps also are the first to let you know when there is an important airline announcement. Turn on your notifications to get badges or lock-screen alerts; the information might help you save money or time. 

66. Challenge yourself not to check a bag

Pros: Saves money and time
What you need: Nothing 

This one might be difficult for those of us who are over-packers. Over-packing is a real thing. You never know when you might need forty-seven pairs of underwear for a three-day trip. For most travelers, not checking a bag is unheard of. And, if you’re flying on some airlines, you can even check a bag for free.

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If you’re not flying on one of those airlines and want to save money, it might be time to challenge yourself to not check a bag. The web is full of packing tips that will help you maximize space in your carry-on bags.

67. Order a “special meal” to get your food first

Pros: You get your food first
What you need: Rewards account (sometimes)

If you don’t feel bad about gaming the system, this is a good hack for you. United is a good example of ordering a special meal. A “special meal” is an in-flight meal that adheres to certain restrictions. For example, kosher meals fall under the “special” designation.

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You’ll get your meal first if you order it “special.” Airlines like United only offer these meals on specific routes, and you have to make the request after booking. You might also need to have some sort of MileagePlus or similar rewards account with the airline. If getting your food ASAP is important, consider using this hack.

68. Take a massage ball in your carry-on

Pros: Helps relieve your neck and back
What you need: Non-electric massager 

Let’s face it. The seats on an airline are not the most comfortable in the world. Unless you’re up in first class, away from the rest of the plebeians, you’re not going to be entitled to a comfortable ride. The best it will be is manageable.

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You can bring a massage ball on the plane, as long as it’s non-electrical. Stick rollers and spiky balls are two TSA-permitted items that won’t give you trouble when you go through security. Things might get dicey if you bring electric massagers, but massage balls are fine. They’ll relieve your neck, if you don’t have a pillow.

69. Buy a dummy wallet to confuse pickpockets

Pros: Confuses pickpockets, you get to keep your wallet
What you need: Dummy wallet 

One of the worst things that can happen when you’re traveling in a foreign country is getting mugged. You’ll be stuck in an unknown environment without money or identification, and that might be the end of the trip right there.

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Pickpockets are everywhere, sorry to say. If you want to confuse them, buy a dummy wallet. These wallets won’t cost more than $10, and you can keep them in your back pocket. When the thief goes to open it, they’ll get a big fat load of nothing. Meanwhile, keep your real wallet tucked away near your chest, where someone won’t be able to cut it loose.

70. Get the best travel credit card

Pros: Saves money, gets rewards for spending
What you need: Travel credit card

If you travel frequently, you should consider getting a travel credit card. These cards offer rewards based on your mileage, and, when you use the cards while traveling, you can really rack up the cash savings. According to CNBC, some of the best travel credit cards include; American Express Gold Card, Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card, Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card, and Chase Sapphire Reserve.

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CNBC looked at how much cash you can save using these cards, and the results were stunning. For example, the estimated annual rewards for using the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card were $3,346, after you used it for five years. It takes time and patience, but the savings are worth it.

71. Try buying one-way tickets using multiple carriers

Pros: Might save money
What you need: Access to ticket booking 

Split-ticketing is allowed with most airlines. When you split-ticket, you buy one-way tickets from multiple airlines. This can help you save money and get you to your destination as fast as, if not faster, than you would if you didn’t split-ticket.

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Southwest and JetBlue, two low cost carriers, started this trend when they permitted people to buy one-way tickets, instead of forcing them to take a full, roundtrip flight. Legacy carriers had to follow suit. Now, split-ticketing is common. Shop around for the best one-way flights, and you might find that taking your arrival flight with one airline and your return flight with another is a huge money-saver.

72. Use FlightAware to track your flights

Pros: Lets you track your flight
What you need: Access to FlightAware 

As airlines have proliferated, so have the many websites and apps that come with them. These websites and apps aren’t just run by airlines; a lot of them are third-party resources that let you find the best service for your journey. One such website is FlightAware, an aviation-related company.

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This tech service provides real-time, predictive, and historical flight data and flight tracking. FlightAware is the largest flight-tracker in the world, and it has a network of more than 32,000 ADS-B ground stations in two-hundred countries. The service has been around since 2005, and it is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to keep updated on where their flight is.

73. Leave a gap in the middle – book the aisle and window

Pros: You get a lot of legroom
What you need: Money to book three seats 

This one is sure to cause debate about who is the jerk here. Is it the person taking spots they don’t need just so they can have a little leg room? Or is that person not a jerk because they paid for the seats and are entitled to them?

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Either way, if you have money to burn and like your space, who says that you have to fly like the rest of us? Book the window and aisle seat in addition to the middle seat. You can take up an entire row, stretch out, and enjoy a far more comfortable ride than your fellow passengers. 

74. Take a hydration multiplier for long flights

Pros: Prevents dehydration on long flights
What you need: Hydration multiplier 

Dehydration is a serious problem on long flights. When you’re flying for sixteen or eighteen hours, it’s easy to forget to drink. You’re not getting up and doing any activity, so you’re probably not thinking about the need to hydrate. By the time you do stand up, you might feel quite woozy from the lack of water.

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For long flights, bring a hydration multiplier. Liquid I.V. ($24.47) is a good example of this supplement. Hydration multiplier packets maximize water uptake because they utilize the co-transport of sodium and glucose across your abdomen, pulling water with it as it goes. The result is better hydration, even on a long flight.  

75. Download Your Own Personal Arrival And Departure Board – Flightboard

Pros: Gives you helpful information about your flight, right at your fingertips
What you need: App (Flight Board, FlightAware, airline apps, etc.)

There are plenty of apps out there that allow you to download your own Flightboard (there is even an app called “Flight Board” on Google Play). It will give you peace of mind to download your flightboard, as this handy information will tell you the basics: arrival and departure time, gate, and whether you are delayed or not.

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As one website put it, the flightboard in the airport “tells you when [you should] start panicking.” Having it on-hand on your phone, tablet, or laptop will keep you updated on your flight’s status and where your gate is located.  

76. Charge Electronic Devices Through A TV

Pros: Lets you charge your phone, even if you forget your wall port
What you need: USB cord, USB port in the hotel TV 

This hack has more to do with a hotel than anything, but it’s still important to the travel process as it involves a vital piece of technology: your phone. You can charge your tablets, phones, and other smart devices using the television in your hotel room. Note, some TVs won’t have this outlet, in which case you’ll have to just go to the store to buy a wall port.

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If your TV does have a USB port on it, you’re in luck, as you might be able to attach a USB cable to it. Link the cable to your phone and check to see if it’s charging. TV USB ports are a lifesaver for anyone who loses their wall port during their travels.  

77. Bring your own headphones

Pros: No need to pay for extra
What you need: Your own set 

Bringing your own headphones to the airport is highly recommended for a number of reasons. Not only will it stop you from buying your own set when you want to watch the in-flight movie, but they will be more comfortable and won’t fall out of your ears at a moment’s notice.

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It’s good of airlines like American Airlines to provide them, but they aren’t exactly top-quality. If you want to truly relax and watch the entertainment without interruption, you’re better off sticking with your own pair than taking a risk and buying a set of theirs. 

78. Don’t be afraid to ask for a free upgrade

Pros: You might get a better seat
What you need: Confidence 

Most people are so polite that they would never dream of asking for anything for free, but that’s where we’re going wrong. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and if making it known that you’re celebrating a special occasion means you’ll get special treatment, do it. 

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Airlines like United have been known to give passengers free upgrades if they’re able to, just to make their experience as memorable as possible. Of course, it doesn’t always work, but if you don’t ask you don’t get – and you have nothing to lose!

79. When entering the security check, head to the left checkpoint

Pros: Get through quicker
What you need: To be able to tell right from left 

We all know how excruciating it can be to be stood in the security line forever, but there could be a way to eliminate this stress forever. Instead of going automatically right when you get to security, head left and for the one furthest away from you on that side. 

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The thinking behind this is simple. As most people are right-handed, they head for the right checkpoint. By going left, you’ll play the system and likely end up getting through it all faster. It might not be a hack that will save you a ton of money, but it will save you precious time!

80. Don’t forget to bring a portable charger

Pros: You’ll never run out of power
What you need: A portable battery charger 

There’s no denying that we love our tech, so keeping it charged is often top priority. Traveling without access to a phone can be incredibly annoying as well as unsafe. Airports have plenty of charging points, but the chances of landing a seat next to one is unlikely. Instead, bring a portable charger with you. 

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When your iPhone starts to run out of charge, you can just get it out and start charging. Bonus tip: turn your phone off or put it into airplane mode after takeoff. Otherwise, it could keep scanning for a network which will end up draining the battery at a very fast pace.

81. Bring wet wipes and hand sanitizer

Pros: You’ll be protected against germs
What you need: Wet wipes, hand sanitizer 

Planes are essentially floating tin cans, and with so many people in such close proximity to you, it’s only natural that the chance of catching a bug is increased. To be on the safe side, make sure you travel with a pack of wet wipes and hand sanitizer. 

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Use them at every available opportunity to try and keep the nasties at bay. Plus, wet wipes will help you feel refreshed after a long flight. Everyone feels a little groggy after spending a long stretch of time on a American Airlines plane. You may not be able to shower straight away, but at least you can wipe yourself down. 

82. If you don’t like turbulence, book an early morning flight

Pros: A more relaxing flight
What you need: A morning flight 

Turbulence is a horrible part of flying that no one really enjoys. A white knuckle ride that lasts for hours isn’t going to do anyone’s nerves any good. Sometimes it’s simply unavoidable, but there are a few things that you can do to lessen your chances of experiencing it. 

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Most turbulence tends to occur in the afternoon, so booking a flight in the early morning could mean a smoother ride. It won’t eliminate the chance of it happening totally, but it will lessen the odds and hopefully allow you to watch that downloaded Netflix movie in peace.

83. Bring Your Own Spare Ziploc Bags

Pros: Traveling with liquids, keeping stuff safe
What you need: Ziploc bags 

When you’re packing to go away for a trip, it might not occur to you to run into the kitchen and grab the pack of Ziploc bags. That being said, it’s actually a really good idea to make some room for them in your suitcase for a variety of reasons. 

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Even if you’ve already packed all of your liquids, you might end up buying something last minute at the airport. On the flip side, if you’re planning on going to a beach, putting your tech inside a clear bag can actually protect them while you use it. If you don’t have any at home, you can pick them up at stores like Walmart for a fairly minimal amount. 

84. Check-in 24-hours before your flight

Pros: No waiting in the check-in line
What you need: Online check-in 

Many moons ago, online check-in wasn’t even an option. But, these days, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, almost every modern airline has this option as standard. You can check in online up to 24 hours prior to your flight time. 

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That way, you don’t have to stand in the line to have someone do it for you, you can just shuffle on through with your electronic boarding pass already printed. There’s a lot to be said for the internet, but this is definitely one of the better perks. It’s a modern marvel. 

85. Take a photo of your checked luggage

Pros: Easier to spot at baggage claim
What you need: A camera phone 

When it comes to luggage, there are tons of people out there that have the same bags. There are things that you can do to make your suitcase look more identifiable so it’s easier for you to spot. Even then, it’s best to get out your phone and take a quick picture of it before you check it. 

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That way, you’ll be able to refer to the picture while you’re standing at baggage claim so you know you’re definitely picking up the right one. Even if you think you know which one is yours, someone could have got the exact same one at Target. Better to be safe than left red-faced!

86. Freeze Your Liquids to Bring on Planes

Pros: Get your liquid through security
What you need: A frozen bottle of water etc 

It’s no secret to anyone that liquids have been banned on planes for a while now, with only smaller containers allowed. If you really want to bring a drink onto the plane and don’t want to mess around with buying one, then you can always freeze your bottle of water first. 

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The only downside is that it must still be totally frozen when it goes through the checks with you. Even if that bottle of Pepsi is just a little bit defrosted, it won’t pass and it will be a big waste of time. So, if you’ve got a long trip to the airport, this one might not be for you.

87. Find the best seat on the plane when you check-in

Pros: You’ll be super comfortable
What you need: SeatGuru 

Different airlines have different planes and different seat layouts, so it’s sometimes difficult to know whether the seat you go for is going to be a comfortable one. That’s where SeatGuru comes in. You can use it to search for reviews on your seat, so you’ll know if you made the right choice or not. 

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It’s a novel idea that has helped many tired travelers in the past. Just remember to return the favor and leave a review for your own seat when you’ve disembarked. You never know, it could really make a difference for the next person that walks in!

88. Fly red-eye

Pros: Peace and quiet
What you need: A red-eye flight 

Not many people actually chose to fly red-eye. It makes sense, considering most of us would rather be asleep in a cozy bed at night rather than on an airplane, but if you hate crowded airports and would rather have a quieter experience, book a plane that leaves late at night and arrives early the next morning. 

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All you’ll have to do is read your Amazon Kindle, take a long nap, and by the time you wake up, you’ll be at your destination. It’s not for everyone, but if you like peace and quiet then try to opt for the red-eye. 

89. Check ahead to see which restaurants and shops are at the airport

Pros: You’ll be organized
What you need: The internet and a good sense of direction 

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of traveling and just think you’ll grab dinner at the airport. However, not all airports have a great choice of restaurants and shops. Quite often, fast food restaurants dominate the space, which can mean a poorer quality of food. 

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Instead of settling for something unhealthy, check ahead before you embark on your journey. If you know what’s there, you’ll have more time to plan and look at menu options instead of being flustered when you arrive and panic buying something you don’t really want.

90. Bring an Empty Water Bottle

Pros: Free water
What you need: Empty water bottle 

One of the major ways that airports make money is by people grabbing snacks when they are waiting for flights. If you always find yourself buying a bottle of water when you check-in, then don’t. Bring an empty water bottle with you and fill it up once you get through security. 

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That way, you’ll end up with as much water as you want, without having to pay extortionate prices. It’s a simple little hack, but one that will end up saving your wallet a lot of heartache in the long run. 

91. Always check your flight’s status before heading to the airport

Pros: You won’t be waiting forever
What you need: Internet 

Getting to the airport with plenty of time to spare is often the mark of a successful trip, but there are instances when you’ll arrive, only to be presented with a huge delay. Instead of assuming that everything is running on time, it’s best to check your flight status before you head over to the airport.

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That way, if your flight is delayed by 5 hours, you won’t have to sit around in uncomfortable seats waiting for it to arrive. You can relax a little bit at home and take your time double-checking your luggage before locking up and starting your journey. 

92. Keep a collection of hotel toiletries

Pros: No need to buy travel size
What you need: Hotel toiletries  

Checking into a hotel is fun for a variety of reasons. Fluffy pillows, big heavy blackout curtains, and room service. We also love the small collection of toiletries that they usually have in the bathroom. Those are yours to keep, so take them even if you didn’t plan on using them during that trip. 

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By stocking up on toiletries from places like Hilton, you could save yourself a lot of money on buying travel-sized items in the future. Instead of rushing to the store and grabbing some for a few dollars, you could just take a couple of bits from your collection. 

93. Sign Up For a VIP Airport Lounge

Pros: Comfortable VIP lounge experiences
What you need: Frequent flyer miles/a spare $40-$50 

The more you fly, the more perks you get. It’s only natural that airlines want to keep you in the sky, so many offer frequent flyer miles. These can sometimes be exchanged for VIP lounge memberships. VIP airport lounges are often very luxurious, offering comfortable seating, free drinks, and entertainment. 

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Even if you don’t have frequent flyer miles, you can still get into these lounges in some airports. Depending on the location, the lounge might offer day passes for around $50. While it’s not cheap, it will greatly improve your airport experience and help you feel more relaxed when you travel. 

94. Avoid waiting in line to get your flight re-booked

Pros: You won’t have to wait in line
What you need: A phone 

When something happens and a flight is canceled, everyone automatically rushes to the desk to try and rebook. It seems like the only thing to do at the time, as everyone is so concerned about getting where they need to go. Instead of being part of the crowd, head to a phone instead. 

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Call the airline and talk to somewhere there. The rep on the end of the phone has the exact same abilities as the one at the airport, so they will be able to take care of your problem in a heartbeat. No long lines, no battling to get to the desk. Just a simple resolution. 

95. Take a Nap at the Airport

Pros: You’ll be refreshed
What you need: A quiet place/a sleep pod 

If your flight has been delayed, then it’s often difficult not to get cranky. Actually, the best thing you can do is try and take a nap. Sleeping on the hard seats isn’t always a breeze, but some airports actually have sleeping pods that you can rent. London’s Heathrow is one of them. 

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For around $60 you can get your very own pod for four hours. Not only that, but you can also have access to the showers and towels, too. It’s a surefire way to make your entire airport experience more enjoyable. No one likes waiting when they’re tired.

96. Store Your Laptop in an Easy-to-Access Place

Pros: You can reach it at any time
What you need: A laptop case, a big bag 

This one might go without saying, but how many of us have packed our laptop in our carry-on luggage, only to struggle to get it out mid-flight? The solution is so simple: buy a laptop case. If you use a case, all you’ll have to do is dive in and pull it out. No more rummaging, no more struggling. 

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Laptop cases don’t have to be expensive either, with some going for as little as $10 on Amazon. It’s a small investment that will save you a lot of time in the future, considering just how much more organized you’ll feel while traveling.

97. Take a photo of your parking space so you won’t forget where you parked

Pros: You’ll never get lost again
What you need: A camera phone 

They say that the best things in life are free, and with a tip like this, they might just be right. Parking at an airport can be difficult at the best of times. Finding a space can be challenging, but once you’ve got one, don’t just dump the car and run. 

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Take a picture of the space so you know where it is when you come back. Even if you think you’ll remember, you might forget by the time your trip is over and done with. If you’ve got visual evidence, you’ll easily be able to find the spot.

98. Wear your extra luggage

Pros: More space in your suitcase
What you need: Extra clothes

No one wants to pay more money to check an extra bag when there are only a few essentials inside, so instead of giving in, think outside of the box. Put your bulkiest clothing items on and wear them to the airport if you can. It might be slightly uncomfortable, but you can always take it off once you’re past security. 

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Arizon Concours coming in Jan 2023



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Media contact: Bob Golfen, [email protected]
The British automaker that would become Jaguar took a bold step in 1935 with the introduction of its first sports car, the SS-90 prototype. The luscious roadster with its gleaming chrome grille, sweeping fenders and distinctively sloping rear deck, was greeted with excitement by the motoring press and public.
The SS-90 set the stage for all Jaguar sports cars to come, as well as launching the marque’s legendary reign in motorsports – the prototype served as the factory’s first competition car.
That first SS-90 prototype, now restored to superb original condition, will be a star entry in the 2023 Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which takes place Sunday, January 22, at its new location at the Scottsdale Civic Center.

More than 80 exceptional automobiles ranging from early runabouts and pre-war classics to notable sports cars and modern exotics will compete in the Concours for awards and spectator admiration. The show, formerly held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, will be presented on the grass at the freshly renovated Scottsdale venue, where it is expected to take its place as a signature event for the upscale Arizona city.
The Arizona Concours is being organized in partnership with Scottsdale Arts, a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization; all proceeds will benefit local arts organizations. The theme for the 2023 Concours is the Art of Aerodynamics.
The SS-90 prototype, arguably the most historic of all pre-war Jaguar models (the SS car company, originally Swallow Sidecars, changed its name to Jaguar later on because of the SS initials’ Nazi connotation), is owned by Terry and Darlene Larson of Mesa, Arizona.
Terry Larson is a famed Jaguar restorer, collector and historian, and he completed restoration of the SS-90 in 1998 for a Swiss collector, who went on to amass international awards for the car. Larson was able to obtain the SS-90 and bring it bck to Mesa in 2019.

The roadster has a colorful early history, purchased from the factory in 1937 by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Hugh Kennard, a decorated fighter pilot who flew the first Spitfire for the RAF. Kennard would drive the prototype regularly, including parking at the airfield when he went on missions, such as taking part in the heroic Battle of Britain. He was shot down over the English Channel but survived.
Kennard is shown with the SS-90 in a number of photos from the period, and some that show the shapely sports car posed with the Spitfire that he flew.
Kennard sold the SS-90 in 1944, and it went through a number of owners during the 1950s, when it changed hands cheaply as a used car. In 1962, an enthusiast purchased it with the intention of restoration, but it sat essentially untouched for 30 years in a garage in Norfolk, England. It was bought in 1996 by the Swiss collector, a noted Jaguar enthusiast, who then shipped it to Larson for its restoration.

Although 22 more SS-90s were eventually produced, the prototype is unique for its dramatic rear styling. Behind the cockpit, the sculpted body slopes down between the fenders with a large spare tire inset at the center affixed with leather straps.
While the rear styling was beautifully rendered, it was considered to be impractical for private owners and too expensive for the factory to produce in series. Subsequent SS-90s and the following SS-100 models had more-traditional upright fuel tanks and space for folding fabric tops.
Arizona Concours spectators are invited to examine the SS-90 close up while it’s on display and competing in the class for Aerodynamic Pre-War Sports and Race Cars.
For information about tickets, vehicle entries and sponsorships, visit ArizonaConcours.com or scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/arizona-concours-delegance.
(Period photos courtesy of Terry Larson)


About the Arizona Concours d’Elegance
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The sleek roadster was factory’s entry into racing
For immediate releaseMedia contact: Bob Golfen, [email protected]The British automaker that would become Jaguar took a bold step in 1935 with the introduction of its first sports car, the SS-90 prototype. The luscious roadster with its gleaming chrome grille, sweeping fenders and distinctively sloping rear deck, was greeted with excitement by the motoring press and public.The SS-90 set the stage for all Jaguar sports cars to come, as well as launching the marque’s legendary reign in motorsports – the prototype served as the factory’s first competition car.That first SS-90 prototype, now restored to superb original condition, will be a star entry in the 2023 Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which takes place Sunday, January 22, at its new location at the Scottsdale Civic Center.
More than 80 exceptional automobiles ranging from early runabouts and pre-war classics to notable sports cars and modern exotics will compete in the Concours for awards and spectator admiration. The show, formerly held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, will be presented on the grass at the freshly renovated Scottsdale venue, where it is expected to take its place as a signature event for the upscale Arizona city.The Arizona Concours is being organized in partnership with Scottsdale Arts, a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization; all proceeds will benefit local arts organizations. The theme for the 2023 Concours is the Art of Aerodynamics.The SS-90 prototype, arguably the most historic of all pre-war Jaguar models (the SS car company, originally Swallow Sidecars, changed its name to Jaguar later on because of the SS initials’ Nazi connotation), is owned by Terry and Darlene Larson of Mesa, Arizona.Terry Larson is a famed Jaguar restorer, collector and historian, and he completed restoration of the SS-90 in 1998 for a Swiss collector, who went on to amass international awards for the car. Larson was able to obtain the SS-90 and bring it back to Mesa in 2019.
The roadster has a colorful early history, purchased from the factory in 1937 by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Hugh Kennard, a decorated fighter pilot who flew the first Spitfire for the RAF. Kennard would drive the prototype regularly, including parking at the airfield when he went on missions, such as taking part in the heroic Battle of Britain. He was shot down over the English Channel but survived.Kennard is shown with the SS-90 in a number of photos from the period, and some that show the shapely sports car posed with the Spitfire that he flew.Kennard sold the SS-90 in 1944, and it went through a number of owners during the 1950s, when it changed hands cheaply as a used car. In 1962, an enthusiast purchased it with the intention of restoration, but it sat essentially untouched for 30 years in a garage in Norfolk, England. It was bought in 1996 by the Swiss collector, a noted Jaguar enthusiast, who then shipped it to Larson for its restoration.
Although 22 more SS-90s were eventually produced, the prototype is unique for its dramatic rear styling. Behind the cockpit, the sculpted body slopes down between the fenders with a large spare tire inset at the center affixed with leather straps.While the rear styling was beautifully rendered, it was considered to be impractical for private owners and too expensive for the factory to produce in series. Subsequent SS-90s and the following SS-100 models had more-traditional upright fuel tanks and space for folding fabric tops.Arizona Concours spectators are invited to examine the SS-90 close up while it’s on display and competing in the class for Aerodynamic Pre-War Sports and Race Cars.For information about tickets, vehicle entries and sponsorships, visit ArizonaConcours.com or scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/arizona-concours-delegance.(Period photos courtesy of Terry Larson)
CLASS 1 Pre-Aerodynamic: The Brass Era (pre-1916)
CLASS 2 Pre-Aerodynamic: The Vintage Era (1916-1927)
CLASS 3 Birth of a Concept: Aerodynamic Pre-war Sports and Race Cars
CLASS 4 The Awakening: 1930’s Aerodynamic American Coachwork
CLASS 5 The Awakening: 1930’s Aerodynamic European Coachwork
CLASS 6 French Art: 1930’s Aerodynamic French Coachwork
CLASS 7 The War Years: 1940’s Coachwork
CLASS 8 Development of the Art: 1950’s Leading-Edge Coachwork
CLASS 9 Preservation: Pre-1973  
CLASS 10 Personal Interpretations: Iconic 1950’s Aerodynamic Customs
CLASS 11 The Modern Era: Sports & Racing Cars, 1948 through 1975
CLASS 12 The Beat Goes: Exotic Sports Cars, 1975 through 2000
CLASS 20 State of the Art: Contemporary Hypercars (display only)
About the Arizona Concours d’EleganceA curated and judged exhibition of the world’s finest collector cars, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance is a celebration of automotive design held every January. A point of pride for the region’s car community, the non-profit event supports the arts and local artists.About Scottsdale ArtsThrough its partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually.

Intel processor/ graphic cards

G.SKILL Announces Up to DDR5-7800 for 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Desktop Processor & Z790 Platform

(20 Oct 2022) – G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading brand of performance overclock memory and PC components, is excited to announce new extreme overclocked performance DDR5 DRAM specifications up to DDR5-7800 under the Trident Z5 family. Designed for use with the latest 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processor and Intel® Z790 chipset platform, these new flagship specifications mark a new era of DDR5 performance.

Extreme Overclock Performance with DDR5-7800
Pushing the memory performance to the limits of the latest 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processor and Intel® Z790 chipset platform, G.SKILL is announcing new DDR5 memory specifications up to a blazing speed of DDR5-7800 at CL38 with 32GB (2x16GB) kit capacity, under the flagship Trident Z5 family. Refer to the screenshot below to see the DDR5-7800 memory kit validated on the Intel® Core™ i9-13900K desktop processor and ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Apex motherboard:

Ready to Overclock at DDR5-7600
For those who can’t wait to get started with high overclock memory performance on the latest computing platform, the G.SKILL DDR5-7600 CL36-46-46-121 32GB (2x16GB) memory kit is now listed on some retailers, and has also been validated under the Intel® XMP 3.0 program. Refer to the validation screenshot below to see the DDR5-7600 memory kit tested with the Intel® Core™ i9-13900K desktop processor and ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Hero motherboard. For more product information, please visit the G.SKILL product page at: https://www.gskill.com/product/165/374/1665644764/F5-7600J3646G16GX2-TZ5RK

High Kit Capacity 64GB (2x32GB) at DDR5-7400
For those looking for higher kit capacity at 64GB (2x32GB), G.SKILL is pushing the overclock memory speed to an astounding DDR5-7400. Please see the screenshot below to see the high-capacity DDR5-7400 64GB (2x32GB) memory kit validated on the Intel® Core™ i9-13900K desktop processor and ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Apex motherboard:

DDR5-8000 CL38 Tech Demo – the Overclocking Potential of DDR5 Memory
Dedicated to developing ever faster overclocking memory kits, G.SKILL is pushing the boundaries of memory overclocking potential with the latest 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop platform. As a technical demonstration, G.SKILL is revealing the achievement of reaching a blistering, ultra-fast DDR5-8000 2x16GB memory kit operating with a low latency timing of CL38-48-48-125 with the Intel® Core™ i9-13900K desktop processor and ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Apex motherboard. Please refer to the screenshot below to see the DDR5-8000 memory tested under Memtest:

New Trident Z5 Specifications for Z790 Platform
The Trident series product line is synonymous with noteworthy overclocked performance, and these new additions are no exception. Intended for use with the latest 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processor and Intel® Z790 chipset platform, these new specifications under the Trident Z5 RGB and Trident Z5 series offer options with high-capacity or high-frequency. See a list of DRAM specifications below:

Intel Processors and what is coming

Houston and Barrett Jackson Auction Oct 2022

SUPER SHELBY SATURDAY: Limited Production GT500 Raises Over $1,000,000 For A Good Cause

October 22, 2022
Posted by Barrett-Jackson

Lot #3001 – 2022 Ford Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition – $956,938 with 100 percent of the funds going directly to Samaritan’s Purse and the Florida Disaster Fund. Lot #749 – 2019 FORD GT – $1,028,500

The second of two charity vehicles had bidders and auction-goers alike on their feet Saturday afternoon at the 2022 Houston Auction. In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, George Shinn and his wife Megan generously donated a 2022 Ford Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition to aid relief efforts. The Shinns joined Craig Jackson, Steve Davis and Edward Graham from Samaritan’s Purse, which, along with the Florida Disaster Fund, benefited from the GT500. Shawn Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby, drove the limited-production GT500 onto the block for the sale, making the moment even more memorable.

The Brittney-Blue Shelby brought $400,000 on the auction block with additional donations from the audience and friends of Shinn bringing the total to $650,000. It was then re-donated by Mike Patterson to raise an additional $300,000 for a total of $1,000,938 with 100 percent of the funds going directly to the charities. The additional $250,000 in donations were made by George Shinn, the Mauzy family, Kathy Lee Gifford, the Ingram family and Rick Hendrick. A “collection” hat was spontaneously passed in the Muscle Lounge skybox and filled to the brim

Lot #3001 – 2022 Ford Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition – $956,938 with 100 percent of the funds going directly to Samaritan’s Purse and the Florida Disaster Fund.

The second of two charity vehicles had bidders and auction-goers alike on their feet Saturday afternoon at the 2022 Houston Auction. In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, George Shinn and his wife Megan generously donated a 2022 Ford Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition to aid relief efforts. The Shinns joined Craig Jackson, Steve Davis and Edward Graham from Samaritan’s Purse, which, along with the Florida Disaster Fund, benefited from the GT500. Shawn Shelby, grandson of Carroll Shelby, drove the limited-production GT500 onto the block for the sale, making the moment even more memorable.

The Brittney-Blue Shelby brought $400,000 on the auction block with additional donations from the audience and friends of Shinn bringing the total to $650,000. It was then re-donated by Mike Patterson to raise an additional $300,000 for a total of $1,000,938 with 100 percent of the funds going directly to the charities. The additional $250,000 in donations were made by George Shinn, the Mauzy family, Kathy Lee Gifford, the Ingram family and Rick Hendrick. A “collection” hat was spontaneously passed in the Muscle Lounge skybox and filled to the brim with $6,938.

America’s Supercar also topped the charts on Super Saturday. Lot #749, a 2019 Ford GT adorned in Liquid Grey, and Lot #757, a 2019 Ford GT finished in Matte Black, brought a combined total of $2,018,500.

There was plenty of action in addition to the GTs and the charitable moment, with several records set and many noteworthy sales. Among the top sales was a 2006 Ford GT (Lot #766)

for $429,000 followed by Jeff Hayes’ 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #737) for $379,500; a 2003 Hummer H1 Predator custom SUV (Lot #726) for $323,400; and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren roadster (Lot #745) for $302,500.

Other top sellers of the day, such as the 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition (Lot #728) that brought in $275,000 and a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 (Lot #750) which sold for $225,500 showed that Resto-Mods and original muscle continues to command attention at auction.

More than 10 record auction sales were set on this spectacular Saturday, including Lot #760, a 2000 AM General Hummer H1 Predator that crossed the block for $126,500 and Lot #658, a 1968 Ford F-250 custom pickup that sold for $121,000.

The yearlong 2022 Fantasy Bid game officially came to a close today. The winner of the 2022 Dodge Challenger was Marc W. with 16,841 points overall for the year. Another round of Fantasy Bid will begin with the 2023 Scottsdale Auction.

A Ford Mustang 5-cent kiddie ride (Lot #8263) set a trailblazing price of $51,750. Gas pumps and neon lit up the automobilia auction block with the sale of a 1928 Ford Wayne Model 515 visible gas pump (Lot #8287) that brought in $41,400 and a stunning early 1950s GM Chevrolet Oldsmobile porcelain sign with animated neon (Lot #8296) which sold for $23,000.

Another unique gas pump that secured a top sale was a 1930s Gilmore Oil Tokheim Model #850 clock-face gas pump (Lot #8279) selling for $24,150.

America’s Supercar also topped the charts on Super Saturday. Lot #749, a 2019 Ford GT adorned in Liquid Grey, and Lot #757, a 2019 Ford GT finished in Matte Black, brought a combined total of $2,018,500.

There was plenty of action in addition to the GTs and the charitable moment, with several records set and many noteworthy sales. Among the top sales was a 2006 Ford GT (Lot #766) for $429,000 followed by Jeff Hayes’ 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible (Lot #737) for $379,500; a 2003 Hummer H1 Predator custom SUV (Lot #726) for $323,400; and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren roadster (Lot #745) for $302,500.

Other top sellers of the day, such as the 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition (Lot #728) that brought in $275,000 and a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 (Lot #750) which sold for $225,500 showed that Resto-Mods and original muscle continues to command attention at auction.

More than 10 record auction sales were set on this spectacular Saturday, including Lot #760, a 2000 AM General Hummer H1 Predator that crossed the block for $126,500 and Lot #658, a 1968 Ford F-250 custom pickup that sold for $121,000.

The yearlong 2022 Fantasy Bid game officially came to a close today. The winner of the 2022 Dodge Challenger was Marc W. with 16,841 points overall for the year. Another round of Fantasy Bid will begin with the 2023 Scottsdale Auction.

A Ford Mustang 5-cent kiddie ride (Lot #8263) set a trailblazing price of $51,750. Gas pumps and neon lit up the automobilia auction block with the sale of a 1928 Ford Wayne Model 515 visible gas pump (Lot #8287) that brought in $41,400 and a stunning early 1950s GM Chevrolet Oldsmobile porcelain sign with animated neon (Lot #8296) which sold for $23,000.

Another unique gas pump that secured a top sale was a 1930s Gilmore Oil Tokheim Model #850 clock-face gas pump (Lot #8279) selling for $24,150.

Lot #726 – 2003 HUMMER H1 PREDATOR CUSTOM SUV – $323,400

Lot #728 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG ELEANOR TRIBUTE EDITION – $275,000

Lot #737 – 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $379,500

Lot #745 – 2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN ROADSTER – $302,500

Lot #750 – 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 – $225,500

Lot #766 – 2006 FORD GT – $429,000

Another unique gas pump that secured a top sale was a 1930s Gilmore Oil Tokheim Model #850 clock-face gas pump (Lot #8279) selling for $24,150

McLearn to build electic SUV.

Are McLaren’s customers asking for a car for family use? ‘Yes,’ replies the 51-year-old engineer. ‘This is an effect every [successful] brand has, a customer is falling in love with your product. Why shouldn’t you offer something for a totally different purpose without negating your brand DNA? I think there are very, very good examples in the market which have shown how it works.’

McLaren’s new CEO loves SUVs, says the segment is “really important”

Michael Leiters took over the reins in July and recently told Autocar that a McLaren SUV was at least being discussed.

McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader

25 August 2022 at 08:40

By: Christopher Smith

Published by: Brian Potter

Will McLaren offer an SUV? That question has been asked repeatedly for the last few years but as of August 2022, the answer is inconclusive. Under the helm of former McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt, the response was no. Now, Michael Leiters is the boss of the UK-based supercar brand. And his take on the subject isn’t quite as firm.

Speaking recently to Autocar, Leiters openly admitted that he loves SUVs, seeing the segment as “attractive” and still growing. However, he also noted that the prospect of a McLaren SUV was still very much a subject of discussion at the company.

“I developed an SUV at Ferrari, I developed an SUV at Porsche, so I love SUVs,” said Leiters, according to Autocar. “But we won’t do it for me. Yet I think it’s a really important market. What we have to understand as McLaren is, ‘how can we find a product that is in line with our DNA?’. We shouldn’t do a classic SUV.

McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader
McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader
McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader
McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader
McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader
McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader
McLaren Extreme E electric off-roader

There’s certainly a business case for offering some form of SUV or crossover. Leiters’ former company Porsche continues to see tremendous success with SUVs, with Cayenne and Macan sales far exceeding those of all other Porsche models combined in 2021. Lamborghini just celebrated its best half-year sales performance ever, driven by the Urus which accounted for just over 60 percent of sold vehicles. And of course there’s Ferrari, which is poised to launch its first SUV in just a few weeks.

Rumours of a looming McLaren SUV were fanned in part by the automaker directly, back in December 2021. McLaren debuted a one-off electric SUV racer built for competition in the Extreme E championship. Earlier this year, we reported on another Autocar story claiming that McLaren was already working on an electric SUV, launching in the second half of the decade.

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At the very least, we know McLaren’s new CEO is open to the idea of a super SUV. Whether it pans out that way, morphs into some kind of super crossover, or simply disappears completely, all remains to be seen.

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