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Airlines earn record profit, yet they don't think we pay enough
The Why of It All
Why are airlines above the dictates of "good faith and fair dealing" with frequent flyers?
Yes, more terror is coming. The British takedown. More Alaska at Newark. Regional meltdown.
Steals & Deals
Political cruises. Marriott's big credit card bonus. BA's AARP discount returns. And more.
Can you believe what you read when a big government agency issues a travel warning?
This Week's Best Travel Reads
What happens when a hotel owner rips the luxury brand flag off his property and then manages it himself? You'll be surprised and intrigued.
Want to leave the country because of politics? Word of advice: It's possible. It can even be done on the cheap. But it won't always be easy.
The Mazda CX-3 is the firm's new subcompact SUV. It gets loads of accolades. It's got a load of features and boasts a surprisingly low price.
David J. Danto
Like it or not, I get to travel to Las Vegas more often than a gambler. I used to find Las Vegas to be a lot of fun. Not so much these days.
It was a great year for music in 1966. Submarines were yellow, trains were headed to Clarksville and many of us were eight miles high.
Will Allen III
Rex Stout harbored a cold, unsympathetic feeling for railroad timetables in the first half of the twentieth century. There's a reason for that.
For Your Consideration ...
High-capacity micro SD cards are great for travelers. But finding the right card at the right price can be tricky. Here are my best tips.
Martin B. Deutsch
Looking for some mindless summer reading? I've got thoughts on two novels from best-selling detective series. And I promise nothing heavy.
Sadly, today's travel industry specializes in duping us with currency games, phony Web content and all sorts of other sleazy schemes.
Strategies & Tactics
Here's what you need to know about the credit cards that offer the best travel perks and return on spending.
Best of Business Travel
What works best in business travel? These ten products and services make life on the road much better.
Art of the Airline Deal
Searching for the best airfare? Sure you are. Here are seven things you must know before you buy.
Here are twelve tips for writing a complaint letter to airlines, hotels and car-rental firms that will get results.
How to think about frequent flyer programs now that airline loyalty is irrelevant and first class upgrades impossible.
Shuffle Clubs and Cards
The paid Priority Pass card is now passe, so it's time to shuffle our credit cards for optimal airport club access.
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.
No Room for Sane Prices
Nighly hotel prices get nuttier with phony "members-only" rates and non-guaranteed price guarantees.
Life Among the Unicorns
Business travelers generate lots of revenue for the travel industry, but they don't know how to serve us.
Seven Tips for Better Travel
Here are seven new tips for better business travel. They'll help. Worst case? You'll drink better on the road.
Revenge of the Dreamliner
After a rocky start and a grounding, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is changing how (and where) we travel.
Britain's shocking decision to leave the EU has pounded the pound, so now's the time to visit at a big discount.
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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.
Value Null and Loyalty Void
The pop-up holiday shop at Terminal C in Newark Airport drove the point home: air miles are plunging towards no value.
The War on Elites
Elite airline status has eroded to the point where you don't need to pursue it.
Delta's Big Diss
Delta thinks it is a "better" airline and doesn't need to reward your loyalty.
Hotel Hot Sheet
Can a hotel be "independent" and still part of a chain? The "soft brands" claim to offer indy charm and chain convenience.
Two Guys Named Chris
Does Airbnb make sense for business travelers? The sorry tale of two travelers named Chris makes you wonder.
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.
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.
Telling Lufthansa No
Lufthansa is fighting the travel industry's booking engines and thinks we should pay for it. Time to push back and boycott.
Airlines sometimes just make it up as they go along. And they don't think we notice.
Three (Amex) Card Monte
American Express insists you shouldn't leave home without it. But poor service makes relying on Amex dangerous.
Lost Bag, Lost Airline
The tale of a lost (and found) checked garment bag explains almost everything you need to know about United's plight.
Trump's Travel Travails
Donald Trump's travel ventures have been a mix of hubris, errors and abject failure.
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