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British Airways knows its aged Club World needs a fix.
Hyatt's Small World
Hyatt's new plan for frequent guests isn't rich enough for the chain's small world and limited options.
New United clubs. Trump's swamp at the DOT. Marriott's phony chart. Europe route changes.
Steals and Deals
Some year-end Europe business class deals. Asiana cut fares up front. Best Western spiffs.
Europe. Now. Cheap.
The dollar is strong, fares are cheap and hotels are cheaper. In other words, go to Europe now.
This Week's Best Travel Reads
Will Allen III
Does buying miles ever make any sense? Most times, the answer is a resounding no. But then there's the odd exception that surprises.
The past year made it plain that the familiar old rules for succeeding as a frequent flyer are repealed. Here are six new rules to fly by.
The holidays are a magical time of year in Italy. New and old traditions are especially delightful for U.S. visitors to provinces in the south.
Retirement planning? When
it comes to understanding money or most any type of financial planning, I'm an idiot. That bothers me.
Does Amazon Echo make good on its promise to allow you to control much of your home and your life with simple English commands?
As a frequent traveler who hates to check luggage, I'm always intrigued by the latest carry-on designs. The ECBC Sparrow II is fascinating.
Will Allen III
Maybe Delta should call its premium economy section "Discomfort+" or "Comfort-" because the product is not comfortable.
With a winter Restaurant Week in New York coming soon, consider targeting Boulud Sud, one of Daniel Boulud's fine-dining stars.
It's not a leading economic indicator of business travel, but the average price of a cocktail in a welcoming bar is skyrocketing.
Strategies & Tactics
Ripples Across the Pond
The Brexit vote has quickly and dramatically shaken up airline service between Britain and the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's Get Small
The future of the hotel industry? More brands, much smaller rooms and lobbies that sell you stuff.
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?
Here's how the bizarre 2016 election may change business travel in 2017. There is bad news and good news.
Fear Itself on the Road
Our actions on the road lately indicate that we're unduly afraid of everything. We can't fly that way.
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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.
The Why of It All
Why do the airlines believe they are above the dictates of "good faith and fair dealing" with frequent flyers?
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.
Tales From the Road
Airlines sometimes just make it up as they go along. And they don't think we notice.
Is United Getting Better?
Are the skies getting friendlier at United Airlines? Business travelers and United workers seem to think so.
How the One Percent Flies
The super-duper elites really do fly better than the rest of us.
The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable perks in travel. Here are a few tricks to getting one.
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