I’m excited to bring you one of my favorite guys on tour and an old pro of mine, Brice Garnett. Brice is coming off a two-win season on the Web.com Tour to get back to the PGA Tour. In his fourth season on the PGA Tour, he’s looking to keep things rolling after recording two top-25’s and a top-30 this fall to get himself in the top 75 of the FedEx Cup rankings heading into the new year.
Like always, we’re leaving the golf talk out and just focusing on how Brice travels. Enjoy.
What’s your preferred airline? What is your status level with them?
Since I spend most of my time in South Georgia now, Delta is my preferred airline and the only airline that flies from Valdosta, GA. I use the Delta Reserve AmEx for all my expenses, so I always get the additional 30,000 bonus MQM’s and reach Platinum status each year.
Do you prefer a window or aisle seat?
It really depends on the time and duration of the flight. If I take an early-morning flight, I typically prefer the window to sleep and not get bumped constantly by people passing along the aisle. If it’s a longer flight I’ll usually choose an aisle seat so I can get up and move more easily.
Favorite in-flight beverage?
You can never go wrong with a ginger ale or tomato juice on ice. But if I have nothing to do or headed home I’ll have a domestic beer or two.
What’s one thing you can’t travel without?
My phone charger. It’s sad we depend so much on our phones nowadays. I like to listen to Spotify while in the airport and flying… it drains my battery. I also use the Delta mobile boarding pass, and use my maps to find the golf course or hotel. So I need my phone to have charge.
What’s the best flight you’ve ever taken?
It was a Delta flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Detroit on the way home from Malaysia. Maybe it was because I was headed back to the good ol’ US of A, but the lie-flat seats in business class were sweet. The Westin Heavenly pillows and blanket, the food, drinks, and stewardess were all great.
What’s your favorite airport?
Valdosta, GA. It’s great. Show up 45 minutes before the flight, no lines, boarding in less than 15 minutes, bags arrive within 15 minutes, and parking is free!
What is your preferred hotel brand, and why?
I don’t necessarily have a preferred hotel brand. A college teammate works for Marriott, so I book a lot of Marriott properties using the Family Friends Rate. With the IHG status we receive from the PGA Tour, I did a status match and got Diamond status with Hilton for a couple of years. The Hilton upgrades and their free breakfast are nice.
City view or water view?
I never pay much attention to the views when booking hotels. I usually just book the cheapest room for the room type I’m wanting.
What’s the best hotel you’ve stayed in?
The Inn at Spanish Bay. I played in the Callaway Invitational a couple of times. They put you up at the Inn for seven nights, and pay for all the food and drinks for the week. The ambiance is second to none with fire pits, great wine, and bag pipes playing in the background. It’s a place every golfer needs to see once.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I really enjoy Monterey/Carmel when the weather is nice. It’s such a quaint area with great golf, views, food, and drinks!
What’s your dream vacation?
I really want to travel to Europe. With all my travel, that is one part of the world I’ve never seen. Not sure it will ever happen, but I think a two-week trip to Europe would be awesome.
Do you keep up with your hotel and airline points?
I’m always keeping up with my airline points. I have over 200,000 points on Delta, United, and Southwest. I rarely book any of my travel with points. I usually save those to book travel for Suzan and my family. Hotel status for me has never been a priority. As long as I have a clean room, TV, wi-fi, and a good bed and shower, I’m happy.
Do you have any travel horror stories?
This past year on the Web.com Tour we started the season in Exuma, Bahamas. It’s a beautiful place, but the airport in Exuma is literally a trailer. They don’t have a scanning system for their baggage, it’s all done by paperwork and phone calls. My clubs were stuck in Orlando, and no one could seem to get them on a flight. After three days, they finally arrived on the last flight before the first round. I guess there are worse spots to have lost clubs!
With as much travel as you do, What are a few travel tips you have learned along the way?
Stay loyal to an airline; getting any status saves with bags and upgrades. TSA pre-check is also a must. It saves so much time and headache. Everyone in the line is usually a seasoned traveler and has their stuff ready for the scan belt. Also, Avis Preferred is super nice. There’s nothing worse than getting off a plane and waiting in a long rental car line. With Avis Preferred, your car and car spot is emailed to you. You walk past the lines and straight to your car. For food, I use Yelp to find restaurants. I always find some amazing mom-and-pop breakfast spots.
I want to give another big thanks to BG for taking the time and doing this Travel Talk with me. He is spot on with the Avis Preferred, having car rental status can save you from a lot of headaches. If you want to know more, you can follow Brice on his Twitter page.
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