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On the Road With Brancatelli

Fall Travel Agenda

Hope you're enjoying the long weekend. But don't take your eyes off these autumn stories.

Joe's Steals & Deals

EVA lowers premium-economy fares to Asia from JFK and LAX. Avis has big AA bonuses.

Tactical Traveler

Passengers turn on each other. China hotels. Europe air strikes. Delta adds in Salt Lake City.

Some Timely Tips

On-time performance is near record lows, so here are tips to beat the worst airline delays.

Where Elites Meet

You can parlay your elite status with one travel firm into special treatment with another.


On Your Own Time

Mister Meatball*

Pepperoni and eggs? The salty and silky? The red and yellow? Perfect together.

Robert McGarvey*

When's the best time to book fall and winter holidays? Right now is about the right time.

AC Loses Its Gamble

A two-year-old, $2.4 billion hotel closes in Atlantic City. And AC loses its gamble on gambling.


The Life We Lead ...

100 Years of Terror

Terrorism, our worst on-the-road nightmare, can be traced to one assassination 100 years ago.

PreCheck Tumbles

The TSA's arrogance has made PreCheck a crapshoot instead of a useful security bypass plan.

Great, Cheap Hotels

Good, cheap hotels, the great American lodging innovation, make their way to the world.

The Club Life

We need airport clubs more than ever. But it's more complicated than ever to ensure access.

Business Travel This Week

Robert McGarvey*

Do college towns need college-themed hotels? A new company hopes to build a chain of them.

Phil Baker*

Apple and Samsung dominate the cell phone market now, but Chinese firms are coming fast.

Carol Pucci*

The new capital of cool in Latin America? Bogota. It fills the bill, literally and figuratively.

David Rowell*

Even on the ground, we travel with more gear, so a four-port USB car charger makes sense.

David J. Danto*

Spend less? Hope to get more--or at least enough? Welcome to the new era of business travel.


The Flight Stuff

Flying Fourth Class

More airlines add the premium-economy service, but standards and seating vary wildly.

The Last First Class

International first class is dying, but it's leaving a good-looking corpse and nice private suites.

Airline Lying Game

The big airlines deceitfully claim taxes on tickets are rapacious. The exact opposite is the truth.


Strategies & Tactics

Fares, Now and Then

The airlines want you to believe "fares" are lower than ever. But the cost of flying is rising fast.

Rigged Games

Travel industry frequency plans are rigged. You must know how if you want to play them to win.

Seasonal Strategist

The business-class fares are out for Europe trips for Thanksgiving and the end of the year.

The Fog of Fees

The DOT is trying to prevent big airlines from turning a la carte pricing into a nasty shell game.

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