My name is Susan Kistler, and I am the Executive Director for the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s aea365 alert. Summer is winding down and I know that over 2500 of you are finalizing your plans for attending AEA’s annual conference this November in San Antonio. Even if you won’t be able to join us in Texas, evaluators are a traveling bunch – from visiting clients to conducting site visits to providing capacity building and training, evaluators are out and about. So, this week I’m sharing three resources that I have found to be invaluable in preparing for travel.
Hot Tip – SeatGuru: SeatGuru provides airlines seating charts for almost all flights on major airlines. You enter an airline and a flight and it shows you the type of plane and then a seat map indicating which seats are good, get mixed reviews, or are bad, including providing information about such things as ending up beside lines to the lavatories or non-reclining seats. I never choose seats on a long flight without a quick check on SeatGuru first. A few years ago, thanks to SeatGuru, my husband and I shared the only pair of seats that had extra legroom and were two-across in coach from the United States to South Korea! These seats didn’t even appear on the airline’s own online seat charts.
Hot Tip – CompareAirlineFees: This site does exactly what you would expect. It provides a chart comparing airline fees (baggage fees, change fees, unaccompanied minor fees) for US-based airlines. While many sites have such charts, and none are always accurate given the rapidly changing landscape of fees, I find the ones here to be most regularly updated and formatted for easy reading.
Hot Tip – TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor is a group-sourced travel website with reviews of hotels and destination activities as well as ideas for what to do (check out the traveler lists). The key to TripAdvisor is to be a smart consumer of the reviews – look for recommendations that have been reviewed by multiple travelers and give more weight to reviews from people who have provided lots of reviews across different places (click on a contributor’s name to see all of her or his reviews).
The above opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the American Evaluation Association. See you in San Antonio!
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