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find lower-price premium class travel to Europe. Just look past the major airlines.
Steals & Deals
Business class sales from Aer Lingus and Singapore Air. Huge coach savings to India, Australia and New Zealand. And many more.
The terminal shift at LAX is coming. Alitalia on the brink (again). Delta versus JetBlue in Boston. BA will remake T7 at JFK. And more.
Ella! Live! In-Flight!
Before airlines beat us for not vacating our seats, they had in-flight concerts. Like that time Ella Fitzgerald scatted during two Continental flights.
Europe? Go Right Now!
Very low fares, cheap hotel rates and an incredibly strong dollar make this the best time to go to Europe in maybe 30 years.
Happy Fare Days
Happy days are here again: U.S. domestic airfares are at or near record recent lows. How often do we get to say that?
Basic Economy? Basic Ripoff!
All the legacy airlines have Basic Economy. Now we know fares aren't cheaper, just repackaged and stripped of functionality.
This Week's Best Travel Reads
David J. Danto
As frequent travelers know, the airline and hospitality industries have so watered down "loyalty" that there are no benefits left.
Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S8 and it is a sleek, futuristic package. But it is plagued by some incomplete or unfinished features.
Why am I leaving Delta? Let me count the ways: the high prices, worthless elite status and weak partnerships. There are better options in Seattle.
Since you have status with an airline, are you willing to use it to express distaste for how carriers are treating the flyers without such benefits?
Will Allen III
During decades of frequent flying, I have witnessed the steep and steady decline in service and a corresponding rise in travel stress.
Bose has been sued by an irate customer. The charge? Collecting data about his listening habits while using his Bose headphones.
La Dolce Vita ...
One of the big reasons I love living in Rome is because life is all about the neighborhood. And in Prati, there's a curated deli of international quality.
Aside from the omission of tomatoes, here is a basic (and very tasty) Bolognese sauce, or, more properly,
. Except it's not.
In food-obsessed Florence, chef Fabio Picchi builds an empire of local dining rooms that eschew the most familiar Florentine dishes.
Literal Road Warriors
Frequent flyers literally have become road warriors thanks to a range of luxe bus lines that offer plush rides and regular schedules.
May I Remind You ...
There are many things you
about life on the road that you may have forgotten. You need to be reminded.
None Shall Pass
U.S. Customs officials in recent weeks have gotten nasty and abusive--and are suddenly demanding ID on
Here are ten savvy ways to mitigate the weird carry-on electronics ban imposed by Homeland Security.
The Death of Travel Loyalty
Airlines and hotels have so bastardized and diluted their frequency plans that the only winning move is not to play.
Rocks and Hard Places
Airlines are literally beating us in the aisle. Reregulation wouldn't work, either. In other words, we are screwed and without hope.
Strategies & Tactics
Here are twelve tips for writing a complaint letter to airlines, hotels and car-rental firms that will get results.
Best of Business Travel
What works best in business travel? These ten products and services make life on the road much better.
How The Airlines Rate
How do the six big U.S. carriers rate? Your mileage may vary, but here are my thoughts on their strengths and weaknesses.
Unbreakable Travel Rules
Here are seven rules about business travel you should never break if you want your life on the road to be smooth and productive.
How to think about frequent flyer programs now that airline loyalty is irrelevant and first class upgrades impossible.
Flooding the Zone
International carriers are opening routes to secondary cities as a way to flood the zone and beat other airlines to passengers.
Life on the Road
A Babel of Bags
Here's how to separate the carry-on wheat from the checked luggage chaff and get the bag you need.
A boutique hotel in San Francisco, ground zero for boutique lodging, attracts business guests with buzz and pineapple cupcakes.
Let's Get Small
The future of the hotel industry? More brands, much smaller rooms and lobbies that sell you stuff.
Never Mind ...
Airlines are never loyal to us. Now they aren't loyal to each other, tearing apart the alliances they once begged us to use.
A First Class Coach
Flying from Seattle to Dubai nonstop in coach for 14 hours on an Emirates Airbus A380 is a first class experience.
BA's Business Class Woes
British Airways' international business class product is aging, needs a lot of fast fixes and a new seatbed.
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Credit Card Monte
Why am I playing three card monte with slick hustlers in the sky? It's time to rethink our loyalty to airline credit cards.
Screw the Programs
It's time for frequent flyers to stop being loyal to frequent flyer plans and do what is best for them.
Luggage Tag Loyalty
Will Allen flew five million miles on Delta Air Lines and all he got for the loyalty is a luggage tag.
The Why of It All
Why do the airlines believe they are above the dictates of "good faith and fair dealing" with frequent flyers?
Hyatt's Small World
Hyatt scraps Gold Passport for a Brutalist plan that seems very much like revenue-based airline programs.
The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable perks in travel. Here are a few tricks to getting one.
Delta's Big Diss
Delta thinks that it is a "better" airline and doesn't need to reward your loyalty. So SkyMiles is designed to be awful.
Hotel Hot Sheet
Here's how to protect yourself against the apparently endless string of data breaches hitting hotel chains large and small.
Year of Lodging Dangerously
Hotel loyalty plans will change this year. Don't change your lodging choices.
Can a hotel be "independent" and still part of a chain? The "soft brands" claim to offer indy charm and chain convenience.
High Intrigue on Low Rates
Want to know where to find the lowest hotel rates? The hotel chains don't want you to know.
Lobbying for Change
Hotels now mimic the airlines with their ups, extras, surcharges and resort fees. The practice has to stop and stop now.
The Airbnb Effect
Surprisingly, the rapid growth of Airbnb hasn't hurt traditional hotels and resorts. Traditional lodging is doing just fine.
Four Star lodgings in Rome is a category so vast with numbers so large that it is impossible to define them.
Who Needs Free Food?
There are many things I would prefer over cheap food put in front of me to distract me from the misery of flying in coach.
How to Fix the Airlines Fast
Forget Justice Department probes and DOT fines. Here are five airline fixes that federal regulators could impose now.
Taking Back the Skies
Airlines treat us like trash because we let them get away with it. We need to stop enabling them and fight back.
Greecing the Competition
Emirates adds a second route between the United States and Europe, literally flying where U.S. carriers won't go.
Telling Lufthansa No
Lufthansa fights travel industry booking engines and thinks we should pay for it. Tell Lufthansa you won't.
Wrong Lessons Learned
Airlines shouldn't be able to charge for a service--in what they have forgotten is a service industry--and then not provide it.
Tales From the Road
We are in a new era of foreign policy and, suddenly, many travelers wonder if they should buy insurance for trips abroad.
Downgraded to the Bus
I got downgraded to a bus--and I got upgraded. It's part of the tale of Amtrak's secret network of Thruway motorcoaches.
My Dinner With Danny
Restaurateur Danny Meyer's dining rooms pop up inside hotels all around New York.
Airlines sometimes just make it up as they go along. And they don't think we notice.
How the One Percent Flies
The super-duper elites really do fly better than the rest of us. And the gap is getting wider and more annoying.
Doha's Big Squeeze
Business class service on Qatar Airways is world-class--except for the frenzied connections in both directions at Doha.
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