Before making your air and hotel arrangements for the EIFS—Doing It Right® program, read these guidelines and tips. They may help you save time and money—and frustration.
- Register for the program immediately upon receiving the brochure and application. The registration deadline is 3 weeks prior to the program start date. Most programs do fill, so register early to ensure your space.
- Stay at (or near) the program hotel. AWCI negotiates a competitive guest room rate for participants, plus you'll have the opportunity to meet up with other participants to share a meal, discuss the course content and prepare for the exam. If you do stay off-site be sure to allow ample travel time in the morning—the class begins at 7:30 a.m. each day.
- Plan to arrive the night before the course begins. If you're traveling during the winter months, build in a weather delay cushion.
- Is there a benefit to coming in Saturday? Some airfares may be substantially lower if you travel on a Saturday. Also, be sure to check all nearby airports—a lower airfare might offset car rental or ground transportation costs.
- Don't plan any social activities for the first night of the program. You'll need the evening to review class materials and prepare for the exam the next day.
- Plan a return flight that requires you to depart from the hotel after 6 p.m. The two-hour exam usually starts at 3:30 p.m. on the second day. Don't rush yourself by selecting a flight home that requires your departure from the hotel before 6:00 p.m.
- Bring some cash for incidentals and meals. Continental breakfast and coffee breaks are provided, but lunch and dinner are on your own each day.
- Plan your travel now—but hold off on the purchase. Since programs may be canceled, we recommend that you wait to purchase your airline ticket until after you receive your program confirmation notice from AWCI.
- Use travel Web sites. There are many travel sites that can assist you with finding the best airfares, including www.kayak.com, www.expedia.com, www.travelocity.com, www.orbitz.com, www.priceline.com and www.hotwire.com. However, some airlines, such as Southwest, America West and Jet Blue do not participate in booking sites and must be contacted directly.
- Check with the IRS. Remember, the IRS allows an income tax deduction for educational expenses, cost of travel, meals and lodging—check into it!
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