Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Chartering a Bus

  1. Most websites first found on the internet are national brokers or "networks" adding on average, a 25% commission to the cost of your trip. (We are not one of those, we own our own buses.)

  2. You can verify that a company owns buses, check safety rating, inspections and insurance status at the Federal Motor Coach Safety Administration's SAFER Company Snapshot.

  3. The bus industry is made up of about 3,200 local and regional bus companies across the US and Canada. There are no national services that own buses.

  4. About 450 US bus companies have gone through the rigorous process of becoming Department of Defense Certified. We have our DOD certification based out of New Mexico.

  5. Unlike the airline industry, no site providing multiple instant quotes and availability exists in the bus industry (The best way to get the lowest quotes is to contact each company individually).

  6. Prices do not typically rise as the travel date draws near or in times of low availability.

  7. The average deposit to book a bus is 22%, however the current trend in the industry is to require 100% payment up front.

  8. Operators cannot drive more than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off-duty.

  9. Charters are typically priced by the hour for local use, or by the mile for out-of-state trips averaging more than 275 to 300 miles per day.

  10. The Better Business Bureau provides customer service ratings on most bus companies.

How to Pack for a Trip

Whether it's just overnight or an extended stay, making sure you have everything you need for your trip can be a chore. To keep suitcases to a minimum, follow our tips to efficient packing.

1. Make a list.
Before you start packing, it's a good idea to make a list of things you think you'll need. Be sure to check  no the weather where you're going to be so you can pack appropriately. If you want to get super organized, you can categorize your list into sections like clothes, accessories, toiletries, electronics, shoes, etc. However you choose to do it, having a list to check items off as you pack can ensure that you don't leave anything behind.

2. Lay it out.
As you're checking off your list, take everything to one place, like your bed, and lay it out so it's easier to see and pack.

3. Bag your toiletries.
After you've gathered all of your things, grab some baggies from the kitchen and use them for your toiletries. Quart size is great for tooth brushes and tooth paste, and gallon sized are great for shampoo, conditioner, body wash and other larger items. Keeping these items sealed in baggies helps if one pops open or breaks. The mess will be contained in the bag instead of the bottom of your suitcase.

4. Roll your clothes.
By rolling outfits together, you will be amazed at how much space you save. A great time saver is to fold everything length-wize and stack it, longest to shortest, by outfit. Then roll it up. You have an outfit ready to go that way, and won't have to sift through all of your clothes to put one together. You'll also have room this way to get everything into one suitcase.

5. Pack a dirty clothes bag.
Throwing a couple of plastic grocery sacks into your suitcase makes for a good place to put dirty clothes. They'll be kept separate from clean clothes if you don't end up wearing everything on your trip. Grocery sacks are a great option because they're smaller and more compactable than larger canvas laundry sacks.

6. Pack your list.
Remember that list you made? Don't toss it after you pack! Place it in your suitcase and take it with you so you can make sure you don't forget anything when you get ready to come home.

7. Don't pack what you won't need.
If you're staying in a hotel, there's a good chance that they'll have things like hair dryers available in the room. Also, if you're traveling to a place that doesn't get much rain, and there wasn't any in the forecast when you checked, leave the umbrella at home. You can save even more space by leaving your e-reader at home since you'll be taking your tablet with you.

8. Put your name on it.
Whether you're traveling by car, bus, plane or train, make sure you put your contact information on your suitcase. You never know when it'll come in handy.

9. Take a few snacks.
If you're traveling by car or bus, make sure you keep a carry-on that has a few snacks. You'll be less likely to need to make stops, and will save money.

10. Have fun!
Whether you're traveling for work or play, just make sure you have fun. Oh, and don't forget your phone charger.

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The Safest Way to Travel

Statistics show that bus travel is one of the safest modes of transportation available. According to the US Department of Transportation, bus travel is second only to trains in terms of safety. But trains can only travel where tracks are available. So for most people, buses are the best alternative for getting where you want to go – safely.

At New Mexico Texas Coaches, we take great pride in our safety rating. We are in the top 5% of motor coach operators across the country. Our company was also recently certified by the Department of Defense. It was a grueling inspection, but well worth it. It means we can now transport any military group and travel onto any military base – proof that we go the extra mile to achieve highest level of safety.
 

We also have some of the best drivers in the New Mexico and West Texas area. Most of our drivers have over 20 years of driving experience. They have all had extensive training, background checks, random drug tests, and DOT certification. Also, all of our equipment is routinely maintained and inspected for mechanical and safety-related issues to ensure that our equipment is top-notch. 

 At New Mexico Texas Coaches, our customers' safety is our top concern. We go above and beyond the call to achieve this. Call our Lubbock office today at 806-749-9999 or our Carlsbad office at 575-885-8848. Let us transport you in comfort and safety to your next destination.

At the end of every trip, our drivers ask you to complete a survey card. We enjoy hearing about how great your trip was and also welcome any suggestions you might make.

We've made trip surveys even easier with an online feature. With our new online survey tool, you can hop onto our website and let us know how your trip went anytime.

If you need to schedule a trip, contact us today and we'll give you the ride of your life. Don't forget to fill out the survey when you're done!

New Mexico Texas Coaches will be driving NMMI cadets to and from the Albuquerque airport for holiday breaks during the 2013-1014 year.

We have charter buses scheduled for the following dates:

  • December 20, 2013 at 6:00am – from NMMI campus to Albuquerque airport
  • January 12, 2013 at 6:00pm – from Albuquerque airport to NMMI campus
  • March 15, 2014 at 6:00am – from NMMI campus to Albuquerque airport
  • March 23, 2014 at 6:00pm – from Albuquerque airport to NMMI campus

Visit our Holiday travel page to book a seat or for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon.