INANE 2016 in London is just 4 months away! The Planning Committee is hard at work putting together an excellent program, which is posted on this site. Guidebook is being developed, tote bags are ordered–all in all, it is going to be a great event.
One travel tip, especially for those coming from the US, is to pay attention to your credit cards. Determine what card you plan to use primarily for the trip and then find out, does it have a transaction fee for foreign charges? Transaction fees can range from 0% to 3%, depending on the card and company. If you have a card with a fee, those 3% fees can add up, especially on top of the 20% VAT that you’ll be paying (included with most everything you buy, from the hotel room to meals to souvenirs).
If you are not sure about the fee, call your credit card company and ask. If there is a fee, can it be waived? If you don’t have a no-fee card in your wallet, you might want to consider applying for one. This article has an overview of a number of no-fee cards currently available. They also have a list of companies that offer no-fee cards; CapitalOne is on the list, as are many credit unions.
Once you have sorted out which card you are going to use, make sure to call the credit card company in advance of your trip (60 days or less) and let them know your itinerary. I forgot to do this before our conference in Las Vegas last year, and my card was denied several times before I had a chance to get to a phone and get everything sorted. Silly mistake and I learned my lesson. Don’t let the same thing happen to you!
Regular registration for INANE 2016 is still open. Remember, the registration fee goes up on May 1! If you are planning on attending, register today. It helps with planning and gives you something to look forward to, in just a few short months!