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TripIt Reveals the Thanksgiving Top 10 Flying & Hotel Faux Pas

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New research from TripIt, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app from Concur® (Nasdaq: CNQR), reveals the top 10 travel faux pas and how to keep the peace.


Knowing the behaviors that are the biggest turnoffs to travelers can make everyone’s experience better during the travel-heavy Thanksgiving holiday, and year-round.

TripIt conducted a survey in September 2014, among 400 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, to explore the biggest pet peeves while traveling. As it turns out, travelers value courteous customers above all else. The vast majority (62 percent) found it unbecoming to argue with TSA employees, flight attendants, and other airline employees.

“You can take the tension out of conversations with airline and hotel staff by having your confirmation or reservation number handy when you approach the service desk,” said Amy Jackson, Senior Director for TripIt at Concur, and frequent traveler. “In addition, TripIt Pro makes it easy to look up alternate flights with open seats right from the app, so you save a lot of time for yourself and the attendant by providing the flight number you would like to be re-booked on if there’s a delay or cancellation.”

As for those kicks against the back of your seat? Not disciplining children when they’re disturbing passengers and seat “hogs” took the second and third spots respectively. While not intentional, seat “hogs” have the tendency to crowd your seat (including both armrests) while in flight or utilize the limited seating available in crowded boarding areas to house their personal belongings.

“When your neighboring passengers are too close for comfort or knocking the back of your seat, it’s easy to forget that they probably don’t realize their actions are affecting you,” said Jackson. “To keep the peace, ask calmly for armrest space or a lighter touch on the touchscreen. That usually takes care of it. If a child is the source, then ask the parents so they can help enforce it.”

Of the 60 percent of travelers that plan to stay in a hotel over the Thanksgiving holiday, the majority of these hotel patrons (65 percent) felt that being a loud neighbor is the most irritating faux pas someone could commit.

“Noisy neighbors can add extra stress when travelers are trying to get a good night sleep away from home, so keep the revelry in the lobby bar or outside the hotel,” said Jackson. “If all else fails, call the front desk and have them deal with the situation directly. In general, noise-canceling headphones can be a lifesaver on planes, in loud airports or hotels.”

Top 10 Flying Faux Pas: What other travelers find the most annoying

  1. Travelers being rude to crew/ staff – 62% of Travelers
  2. People who don’t discipline their children when they’re are misbehaving or disturbing other passengers – 57% of Travelers
  3. Someone that crowds your seat and/or hogs the “extra” middle seat – 51% of Travelers
  4. Travelers talking loudly on the plane – 49% of Travelers
  5. People blocking the baggage claim area for others – 44% of Travelers
  6. Those that recline their seat into your seating area – 44% of Travelers
  7. People that bring stinky food on the plane – 44% of Travelers
  8. Travelers that hog the carry-on bin – 43% of Travelers
  9. Those that rush off the plane versus waiting for passengers in front to exit – 41% of Travelers
  10. People who block the aisles during a flight – 41% of Travelers

Top 10 Hotel Faux Pas: What other travelers find the most annoying

  1. Hotel guests that are loud neighbors – 65% of Travelers
  2. People who are rude to other travelers and hotel guests – 64% of Travelers
  3. Guests that are rude to hotel staff – 56% of Travelers
  4. Those that line jump for a taxi or “steal” a taxi from another guest – 51% of Travelers
  5. Hotel guests that make a mess in common areas – 45% of Travelers
  6. Travelers that complain about being interrupted or woken up by housekeeping when they don’t put up the “Do Not Disturb” sign – 34% of Travelers
  7. Travelers that take things from their hotel rooms that they aren’t supposed to – 33% of Travelers
  8. Guests that don’t tip bellmen, porters or housekeeping – 24% of Travelers
  9. Travelers that have more people stay in their hotel room than allowed – 22% of Travelers
  10. People that leave their luggage in the hall – 19% of Travelers

For more information on how you can avoid committing these faux pas and other travel etiquette tips, visit their blog.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by GutCheck on behalf of TripIt between September 8-11, 2014 among a sample size of 400 travelers. Survey participants include adults, male and female, 18 and older. This also includes travelers that, in the past 12 months, have flown on a commercial airline and have stayed overnight for at least one business trip and leisure trip.

About TripIt from Concur

TripIt from Concur, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app, automagically creates a master itinerary for every trip, giving you instant access to all your travel plans in one place—any time, on any device. To get started, simply forward flight, hotel, rental car, and restaurant confirmation emails to TripIt Pro has all the organizing power of TripIt, plus extra features for stress-free travel, like real-time flight alerts, seat tracking, refund notifications, and more. Companies can also extend the power of TripIt to the entire office with TripIt for Teams. For more information on how TripIt organizes and delights more than 10 million travelers worldwide, please visit their website.

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