international travel

I have been mystery shopping now for a few months and I am going to be traveling internationally. I have done Duty Free at DFW, various restaurants (PDX, PHX) and airport parking. I'm going to be traveling at the end of the month and am looking for any international opportunities. I will be in 3 intl airports as well as flying through ATL with a 3 hour layover - Lisbon, Madrid and Milan. I would assume there are companies that look for the same things - duty free, restaurants but I don't seem to be finding them. My dates don't line up with the United Club, In Flight Shops credit applications, though I try every time I have a trip to do these easy shops! What other travel opportunities am I overlooking? I'm not fluent in Italian, Spanish or Portugese, which is why I tend towards the airport shops where I can likely speak English to my target. (PS I did search for international on this board but didn't see any promising leads!)

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/07/2019 11:16PM by Cassandraj.

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Hey, Cassandraj, I can't help you with your question, sorry. But I would like to point out that there is an ICA violation in your post (you named a MSC and client in the same post). That's an ICA violation and also against forum rules, so it would be a good idea to edit your post and either take out the name of the MSC or take out the name of the client.

I am sure that some people who travel more than I do will be able to help you with your question.
Coyle sometimes has international shops, but not sure if you need to speak the language there or not? In many European countries, most hotels and restaurants in the tourist areas (the ones most likely to be shopped) have English speaking staff. You could check Coyle's job board and then inquire with a scheduler about that. And again, I am sure some people who go abroad more frequently will chime in eventually.
Oh also, about those United shops, you can email the scheduler with your available dates and see if there can be a date change to accommodate your travel plans.
Be careful when doing shops in other countries. There are countries that are very strict about not allowing visitors to work when on a tourist visit. Canada is among the most strict. All of the EU has the same legal restriction. There are people on this Forum who will tell you that they haven't been caught, and at least one who may share a cautionary story about his experience. BTW, the UA inlight shops are for domestic flights only, and I have done a number of them. I have also done several in-club shops, but be careful if you are in large airports because you might not have enough time between connections to scurry from one termonal to another.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
Spend thousands on a trip to Europe then do some $15 mystery shopping assignments. ABSOLUTELY TOTALLLY CRAZY.

You are going to have jet lag. You will be like a zombie doing a 5 hour Coyle report at midnight.

Enjoy your vacation. Do some additional shops before you depart if you need money.
I agree with Book! Just enjoy the vacation!

But if you have oodles of free time, I think Bare has some shops. I've seen some in Europe, China, and Brazil, but I could not read the languages so I really have no idea what they were about.
" be careful if you are in large airports because you might not have enough time between connections to scurry from one termonal to another."

OR there might be hours between flights and doing something from home like a mystery shop can be comforting.
Airport shops tend to pay more than $15.
oh yeah and be careful in large airports because sometimes if you're in one terminal they don't let you go to another!
International Service Check, and these would be the easier of the reports if you don't have to do the long narrative at the beginning of the report you can ask. In defense of doing Coyle International reports, I have done several of these, not any hotels, just restaurants, and they were fantastic. Some were at restaurants that I would have never gone to on my own and I was happy with the experience, and amount of time it took. I went to one of the best restaurants in Italy, and, its Coyle so they always reimburse fairly and on time. Take at least onesmiling smiley if you can find them. Good luck Ciao Bella!
that's my mindset. I'm not going to arrive to the airport early, but on a layover where I'm stuck anyway, why not. I think sitting at the gate is extremely boring.
helpmehelpyou, I booked my first Coyle hotel this morning. I'm excited! It's fun how many aspects of the service you get to evaluate, from valet, to room service.
Pay close attention while doing your Coyle report. Keep the shopper guide Coyle Resource Center (over on the right side of the page under help) open and refer to it frequently while doing your report. They are very particular about how they want things written, so read and study it before you even check-in.
Some people, myself included, have never experienced jet lag.
Whether I would want to do a shop after getting off a long plane ride is another question. For me it would depend on what time it is and if I had some down time after getting situated where ever I was spending the next night. Everyone has different experiences when traveling. I never understood why many people assume you are tired and want to rest after a trip. For me when I arrive is when I am sick of sitting down and want to go somewhere and do something exciting.
@Book wrote:

Spend thousands on a trip to Europe then do some $15 mystery shopping assignments. ABSOLUTELY TOTALLLY CRAZY.

You are going to have jet lag. You will be like a zombie doing a 5 hour Coyle report at midnight.

Enjoy your vacation. Do some additional shops before you depart if you need money.
Two more cautions from a Million Miler. Four more things can happen with connections. 1) You schedule a shop to be done during a comfortable 3-hour layover. What could go wrong? Nothing, until your first flight is delayed by 2-1/2 hours. 2) You schedule a shop to be done at O'Hare while flying from Philadelphia to San Francisco on United. Problem 2a >> Your United flight is canceled and they rebook you on American through Charlotte. Problem 2b >> Your United flight to Chicago is delayed or canceled, so they very nicely rebook you through Houston. Problem 2c >> Your evening flight is delayed by only two hours and you will make your connecting flight because you had scheduled a 4-hour layover (yeah!), but when you get to O'Hare, the store you were supposed to shop has closed.

I have had all of those (and more) happen to me, and sometimes I am doing shops. The good news is that the schedulers know that "stuff happens" when people are flying. the key is to communicate, COMMUNICATE, then communicate some more. Let the scheduler know what is happening.

Shopping Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware above the canal, and southwestern NJ since 2008
Just wondering how you got a Coyle hotel since you havent done any assignments with them? Have you?

[just quote=Cassandraj]
helpmehelpyou, I booked my first Coyle hotel this morning. I'm excited! It's fun how many aspects of the service you get to evaluate, from valet, to room service.[/quote]

Hobbyshopper
If she took one in another country or in a hard-to-fill location...that's not unheard of. When there is an urgent need, they will give someone new a chance.

I only had to do one restaurant shop before they gave me my first hotel shop. It was the first hotel shop I had ever applied for, BTW.
@sandyf wrote:

Some people, myself included, have never experienced jet lag.

I remember being on a sightseeing bus tour of Europe. A bunch of the Americans missed the ‘sights’ while having an afternoon nap.
@myst4au wrote:

Be careful when doing shops in other countries. There are countries that are very strict about not allowing visitors to work when on a tourist visit. Canada is among the most strict. All of the EU has the same legal restriction. There are people on this Forum who will tell you that they haven't been caught, and at least one who may share a cautionary story about his experience.

The only people who will know that you are ‘secret shopping’ are the people that you tell.

I think immigration and customs have other priorities than looking for ‘secret shoppers’.
@Cassandraj wrote:

that's my mindset. I'm not going to arrive to the airport early, but on a layover where I'm stuck anyway, why not. I think sitting at the gate is extremely boring.

I get the airport 4 hours early. It is quite pleasant to grab and a coffee and something to read and people watch.
Ick. No way I am getting to the airport with my husband in tow any earlier than 1.5 hours before my flight. He is a restless dude. If my home airport was more interesting, I might go earlier when I travel solo...nah.
@Cassandraj wrote:

helpmehelpyou, I booked my first Coyle hotel this morning. I'm excited! It's fun how many aspects of the service you get to evaluate, from valet, to room service.

If you haven’t already done a restaurant report for Coyle try to do one before the hotel one. Only very experienced shoppers should contemplate doing a Coyle Hotel report or at least someone who is used to writing detailed reports in their main job.
@JASFLALMT wrote:

Ick. No way I am getting to the airport with my husband in tow any earlier than 1.5 hours before my flight. He is a restless dude. If my home airport was more interesting, I might go earlier when I travel solo...na

Some international airports recommended you get to the airport 3 hours before the flight. By the time you have checked in, gone through immigration, made it to the departure gate (which can take 30 minutes alone) you won’t have much time to even get a coffee.

90 minutes at a small regional airport for a domestic flight is obviously more than enough.
I fly several times a year (always at least once of those is out of the country) and have been doing so for a couple of decades now. I have always had plenty of time after checking bags and getting through security, and spend a lot of time just sitting at the gate. Now when I fly back HOME from an international destination, I give myself 2 hours from takeoff. Still always too much time, but better to be safe...and I am not doing any shops on those flights.
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