The CEO guide to business travel: Rules of the road

Survival is all about gaining an edge. Check out these tips from expert travelers, CEOs and road-weary startup founders.

Joe Essenfeld
Joe Essenfeld
Founder and CEO, Jibe
My friends and I decided to try different ways of asking the hotel staff to see what works best to get an upgrade. We discovered that instead of asking for an upgrade you should just say, "Do you have a nice room for me?" It works 50% of the time.

Jack Dorsey
Co-founder, Twitter, Founder and CEO, Square
I pretty much travel between four blocks -- Twitter, Square, and my apartment. In New York, I like the Mercer Hotel in SoHo.

Alex Laskey
Co-founder and president, Opower
Smile. The world treats you better if you do. And wear earplugs.

Neil Blumenthal
Co-founder and co-CEO, Warby Parker
I opt out of the new X-ray scanner because I travel a lot and want to avoid the negative cumulative effects of radiation, namely cancer.

By Caitlin Keating and Alex Konrad @FortuneMagazine - Last updated June 06 2012: 4:41 PM ET
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