Part 2: Another Six Ways Business Travel Dug Me Deeper into Debt

Sunrise During an O'dark-Thirty Flight
Sunrise During an O'dark-Thirty Flight

Welcome to Part 2 of ways business travel dug me deeper into debt. I’ve come up with 10 ways how I foolishly spent while on the road. Here’s a link to Part 1 which explains a little of my situation and four ways. Onto the next six ways…

#5. Forgot to Cancel (Ouch!)

Ugh! Have you had this happen? Thankfully I’ve only had this happen once. Being responsible for my own travel is usually pretty easy to manage but one week I was swamped and forgot I had made hotel reservations at a conference host hotel. I thought I had made reservations at another hotel and when I arrived, they didn’t have a reservation for me but had availability. A month later, a $350 charge for a hotel stay appeared on my American Express (AMEX) card. Problem was, I didn’t stay at the hotel.

After trying to dispute the charge, I realized it was for a reservation I made and didn’t cancel. Can I say OUCH! again?

Solution:

When booking a hotel I read the cancellation policy thoroughly and have a preference to those hotels with 6 p.m. same day cancellations. I also PRINT (kickin’ it old school) the confirmation and email it to another account hoping this would remind me to cancel if need be.

Oh Where, Oh Where, Did My Luggage Go?
Oh Where, Oh Where, Did My Luggage Go?

#6. Airline Lost My Luggage

One of my first business trips was to Sweden. My flight connect