Have Dog, Can Travel


Lessons for engaging customer feedback programs from an international flight I recently traveled from India to the United States on Lufthansa Airlines with my dog Zuri. She was going to be alone for almost 24 hours, traveling in the cargo hold.

5 Essentials for a Happy Business Travel Experience


I’ve been traveling a lot in the month of March. I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a business traveler (who happens to be a woman) on the road. I want all the coffee when I travel.

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How to create loyal customers and brand evangelists in the travel and hospitality industry

Up Your Service

This post makes the same point, but for the travel and hospitality – one of the most traditional “service” industries on the planet. Read on… Customer loyalty is a powerful marketing force that travel and hospitality businesses are always chasing.

The Startling Truth About Traveling With the Top 1%

Beyond Philosophy

These trends have led travel companies to rethink the experiences they offer to customers, especially the ones with lots of money to spend. But it could also make ordinary travelers feel inadequate and dissatisfied with the experience they are having.

7 Killer Tips for your Travel Site and Call Center to Navigate the Busy Holiday Season with Ease


According to Zendesk’s 2014 Benchmark report , customer service rankings dropped to their lowest during the holiday season, with the travel industry experiencing the largest -7 point drop, the most drastic in comparison to all other industries.

Travel Learning Open-Mindedness: JOIN #Peopleskills Chat Nov. 22

Kate Nasser

Travel learning open-mindedness is our #peopleskills global Twitter chat Nov. The post Travel Learning Open-Mindedness: JOIN #Peopleskills Chat Nov. 22nd 10amET. JOIN The People Skills Coach™ to explore this topic amidst all the hatred, discord, and strife racking our world today.

Customer Experience: The Road Less Travelled

Maz Iqbal

Given the demands on my time I will be keeping this conversations short – at … Continue reading Customer Experience: The Road Less TravelledIt has been a while since the last conversation. First, I took time out for a month of holidays. And then in September I was asked to lend a hand in a CX centred next generation CRM and omnichannel programme.

Travel and retail customers demand self-service: will you answer the call?


For travel and ecommerce sites in the months after New Year’s, bringing the right kind of traffic to your site can be tricky, and making the most of it is even harder. ” Read more about creating a winning cx with self-service for travel and for retail.

Unhappy holidays? The state of UK travel customer experience


The state of UK travel customer experience. Author: James Gladwish The internet has transformed the way we buy our holidays and flights, with the majority of people now booking all or part of their travel online. Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Unhappy holidays?

How Important is Customer Service in Travel and Tourism?


Travel and tourism can be difficult areas for retaining customer loyalty, with websites set up exclusively to pit brands against one another on the best deals for hotels and rock-bottom prices on flights. The Qubit Future of Travel Report 2016 shows that investing in customer satisfaction can be equally as important as competing on price points. Many businesses in the travel industry have tried out loyalty schemes and reward programs with varied success.

Innovation in Online Travel Bookings: Get Inspired by Lufthansa

Susan Abbott

I would have thought that online travel had pretty much matured, and it has. What tiny innovations -- in travel or elsewhere --have you noticed that are making a difference

What If Marty McFly Traveled Back to the Actual Future?

Think Customers

Happy Back to the Future Day, everyone! That's right. Today's the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive from the past to change the course of history once again.

Do WE Belong? Experience is Always Personal


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The ultimate report on Millennial customers: Gen Y attitudes and their impact on tech, finance, media and other major industries

Vision Critical

Providing a 360-degree examination of the Millennial lifestyle, the report has important implications for business professionals in all industries, including finance, technology, media, retail, health care and travel. They’re not delaying travel. They want to travel now.

Have Dog, Can Travel


Lessons for engaging customer feedback programs from an international flight I recently traveled from India to the United States on Lufthansa Airlines with my dog Zuri. She was going to be alone for almost 24 hours, traveling in the cargo hold.

Challenges of Understanding the Customer Journey End-to-End


In the case of airlines, yes, they want to travel to a certain destination. If you cater to business travelers, for example, then go beyond the obvious like wifi access and business lounges.

How to spectacularly fail your customers and damage your brand – by British Airways


As a result of travelling a great deal, I often write about my experiences of doing so. Some of the best and worst experiences I have ever had have been whilst travelling. I experienced this for the first time two weeks ago when travelling back from Johannesburg to Heathrow.

Do You Add “Hot Sauce” to Make Your Customers Feel Special?

Wired and Dangerous

Here’s one example from our many travels. Customer Delight Customer Appreciation Customer Expectations Customer Experience Customer interaction Customer loyalty TravelsCustomers today have higher expectations than ever.

Which Customer Experience Path Is Your Organisation Travelling? Is It The Right One?

Maz Iqbal

What Customer Experience Paths Are Organisations Taking? It occurs to me that under the Customer Experience umbrella one can pursue several distinctive paths. What might these paths be? One there is the lets suck less path. This almost always involves looking at way of reducing customer effort at specific touchpoints e.g. call-centre, or specific customer interactions e.g. when buying something.

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This Is What an Epic Customer Experience Fail Looks Like


We missed the connection. “ @AmericanAir : What’s your worst #travel mistake? Blog Featured Opinion Review airlines Customer Experience customer service linkedin loyalty management travel Spring Break! Fun in the sun! Time away!

DELTA Vs VIRGIN – a Customer Experience Comparison by Michael Bartlett


If you have been a follower of my writing for some time, you will know that I am no stranger to air travel! Customer Journeys Customer retention and loyalty CX Reviews Travel customer experience customer journeys cx Delta virgin Virgin Atlantic

Have a nice day! Is the US better than the rest of the world when it comes to Customer Experience?


Amazon; Disney; Ritz Carlton; USAA – just to name but four – are all companies I talk about regularly as I travel around the globe. In 2015, I visited twenty countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East – on my travels I observed varying degrees of Customer Centricity.

The epic failings of Emirates: are brands really trying hard enough when it comes to Customer Experience?


Customer Journeys Customer retention and loyalty Recovery Travel customer experience customer experience failure customer experience recovery Emirates Etihad As someone who spends his life eating, talking, breathing, writing and generally living everything to do with Customer Experience, it is inevitable that on occasion I may get tagged as a serial ‘moaner’ It is true to say that I often highlight the less than palatable experiences I encounter.

The British Airways pilot who got off his bum! How to wow customers with the unremarkable


Fog is a weather condition not particularly conducive to seamless air travel – the pilot had to ask all passengers to turn off their electronic devices due to an order from air traffic control in London. Last week I witnessed something that I consider to be incredibly unusual.

‘The ‘e’ in easyJet does not stand for empathetic’ – the real cost of sticking to the rules!


That is why when it comes to the summer holiday – or any holiday for that matter – we hope and expect that the organisations we choose to travel with are able to deliver an experience that takes away as much of the potential stress as possible. The summer holidays are upon us.

Making life difficult for customers makes no sense at all! Case studies from Marriot Hotels and Debenhams


Customer Journeys Customer retention and loyalty CX Strategy Retail Travel changing consumer expectation customer expectation customer experience Debenhams emotional Emotional engagement making life difficult for customers Marriot wi-fi marriott Marriott Hotels We are living in a world where consumer expectation is changing as rapidly as ever before. New technology is enabling people to do what they want, when they want to do it, wherever they happen to be.

Emirates Vs Etihad – Customer Experience Review


I am very fortunate to travel a great deal as I help and guide organisations on their customer centric journeys. Last week I had the pleasure of travelling to Kuala Lumpur. Due to a complicated schedule, I ended up travelling out to Kuala Lumpur with Emirates and home again with Etihad.

Customer Empathy – ignore it at your peril!


We have been more than willing to furnish a consultant’s letter to confirm the above and his inability to travel. Have you ever looked up the definition of the word Empathy? I would suspect that you have not! It is not often that we take the time to read dictionaries!!

VoC Leaders: How Travelzoo uses CX data to make smarter decisions (video)


Lisa Oswald is a customer experience (CX) advocate and Senior Vice President of Customer Service for Travelzoo, a trusted online publisher of travel and entertainment deals that places a premium. Client Insights Case Stories socializing data Travel Industry Travelzoo video VOC Leaders

Focusing on Customers: Lessons from Medellin


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Explaining the power of customer expectation: stories of splashing sinks, free tea and broken curtains!


Despite all the travelling I do these days, I am still someone who gets excited about travelling to places I have never been before. Even when travelling for the purposes of work, we all feel that sense of excitement and anticipation. Last week was as manic as they get for me.

Ryanair – the brand we can now learn to love


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Norwegian – Customer Experience Review


There is a ‘new kid on the block’ – one that could potentially change the face of air travel. If you have not heard of Norwegian, it will not be long before the name of the Nordic airline is as common in ‘budget’ air travel as Ryanair or Easyjet.

Do you know what ‘it’ feels like? Why experiencing your customer AND employee journeys is so important!


I recently endured a dreadful experience with Scandinavian Airlines – you can read about it in this article I wrote for CustomerThink in October – the story was all about a cancelled flight – something that is sadly not uncommon for the air traveler.

Rail delay compensation – Light at the end of the tunnel?

Helen Dewdney

All rail companies are signed up to National Conditions of Travel which states that the amount of compensation offered by train companies in their Passenger’s Charter varies between them. Travellers are taking to social media to voice their concerns: "Your train is delayed by approximately 29 minutes" But it arrived 31 minutes late. Make a note of your journey: Date, time, where travelling from/to and how long you’ve been delayed at the time before you forget!

The wonderful sound of Customer Experience: Tales from South Africa


Now I have made it clear that I travel a lot. So you would imagine I have my travelling routine down to a T – wrong!! I arrived in South Africa after 14 hours of travelling, only to realise that I had forgotten to bring any underwear or socks!

Ryanair ‘always getting better’ – has the world’s largest international airline really changed?


Always Getting Better (we promise to listen and be open to change; we promise to be relentless in finding new ways to improve your travel experience and the choice of destinations we offer). Some say that I am easily confused!

How to Keep Customers Happy After a Merger: Travelocity & Expedia - Frank Reactions

Tema Frank

Customer Service / Customer Experience Frank Reactions Podcast Process Shows Strategies call center call centre competition Expedia merger travel agencies TravelocityKeeping Customer Service Great After a Merger Can Be Tough (photo by Tim Fields, on Flickr).

Never rest on your laurels (or your brand name)! How the Waldorf Astoria can serve as a lesson to all!


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NO communication; NO bags; NO rooms; NO wifi!!! Customer Experience stories of unnecessary EFFORT, STRESS & INEPTITUDE


Whatever happens, I hope that they and others who read this learn from the experiences that I and my colleague Neil had travelling from South Africa to Zimbabwe and then back to South Africa – brace yourselves, it will be a rough ride!! As regular travelers, it happens.