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Cowards and Traitors
Fifteen years ago, in my first column, I saw cowards and traitors among us. They're still here.
Marriott, Starwood close the deal. More international routes. Phoenix closes a runway. And more.
Steals & Deals
Lufthansa briefly slashes premium economy fares. Car rental drive-in rates. New Zealand deals.
Flight Bargains Galore
Fares are at or near record lows. Book now if you want fabulous deals to Europe and Asia.
This Week's Best Travel Reads
San Francisco hotels are crazy expensive when big events are in town. But there are now some good bargains for business travelers.
Hospitality purveyors want to stifle our right to free speech, especially when we talk on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Don't let them shut us down.
ECBC's new messenger bag offers a savvy compromise between formal briefcases and casual backpacks. It may be the bag you need.
Will Allen III
How does the one percent of the one percent fly? It is all about fancy private planes, the pampered pooches and monkeys in Burberry.
A lot of songs we listened to over the years warned us about getting old. And now that we're old, they make some sense.
Fitbit, a pioneer of the fitness band, is a tech success story. But its products aren't very durable and they are often defective.
For Your Consideration ...
David J. Danto
My recent business trip went okay. Or, more accurately, at least nothing went wrong. What if that is as good as it gets on the road?
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.
Most of Berlin's most famous monuments, museums and war memorials are in the former Communist-controlled part of the German capital.
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.
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.
When Airlines Go Bad
Airline meltdowns this year have shown the U.S. carriers at their aabsolute worst, both operationally and attitudinally.
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.
Love 'Em or Leave 'Em
Are you planning to leave the country if your candidate loses? Here are some thoughts about where to go next year.
Revenge of the Dreamliner
After a rocky start and a grounding, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is changing how (and where) we travel.
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.
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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