The Very Strange Idea of the Frequent Flyer Weekend

Walking into a Westin lobby last night — Thursday — I was confronted with this projected onto the floor.

To a frequent flyer business traveler this makes all the sense in the world. Thursday is done. The work week is, for all intents and purposes, done.

If you’re walking into the Westin lobby you weren’t one of the lucky ones that got to catch a flight home Thursday night. Maybe your engagement took you through to the end of the business day and it was too late to make it to the airport and get back home to your base. There aren’t as many late evening flights as there used to be, especially late evening flights that will still connect if you aren’t headed to a major hub.

But either way you probably aren’t at a client site, or remote location for your own company on Friday. On Friday morning you’re headed to the airport. The upside of that is that you don’t have to spend Friday catching up on administrative tasks either in the office or from home. You’re flying. Home in time to drop things off at the dry cleaners, hopefully pick them up on Saturday so you’re ready to start the work week. One of your greatest wishes is that dry cleaners all opened on Sundays. That one hour window between when clothes are ready for pickup on Saturday and when the cleaners closes puts a real crimp in your Saturday plans.

To the median American, the Frequent Flyer Weekend seems just as odd as the Friday-Saturday weekend of much of the Muslim world. In fact, the Friday weekend day is probably why we get so much screening by the TSA.

Filed under: the culture that is business travel.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Yeah, your life is hard and boring. Especially compared with a street sweeper in Kolkata or a shoe mender in rural China.

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