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Snacks and Sales
Airlines want to talk snacks, but travelers should be more interested in falling prices.
Airbnb and Hotels
Surprisingly, the rapid growth of Airbnb hasn't hurt traditional hotels and resorts.
Hilton's big burst. IHG raises award prices. JetBlue launches Buffalo-LAX nonstops.
Steals and Deals
Big mile bonuses Down Under. Best Western offers cold cash. Weak Easter fares to Europe.
United's problem is the culture, broken years before the awful merger with Continental Airlines.
This Week's Best Travel Reads
Hotel rooms aren't nearly as clean as they should be. But don't blame the overworked housekeepers. Blame their penny-pinching bosses.
Oh, Canada! The U.S. dollar is surging against the loonie and that makes for fabulous travel bargains in the Great White North.
Has the digital era doomed printed guidebooks? In the age of smartphones and tablets, do travel guides on paper have a purpose?
Will Allen III
The allure of travel to me? The exotic. The unexpected surprises. And the challenge to one's ability to adapt to changing situations.
Aviation safety doesn't just happen. It is hard-won and composed of lessons learned from accidents and incidents. Just ask the NTSB.
If you are discerning about the coffee you drink and grind your own beans, you may also want to consider roasting your own beans at home.
Making the Cuba Connection
I recently flew to Havana on a whim at the last minute. I got lost in translation, literally and figuratively, and I loved every moment of the experience.
It has been more than half a century since I last set foot in Cuba and I miss Havana. I'd certainly like to go "Latin from Manhattan" again.
Tour packagers often charge travelers thousands to visit Cuba. You don't need them. You
do Cuba on your own. Here's how.
Strategies & Tactics
Here's what you need to know about the credit cards that offer the best travel perks and return on spending.
Winter Flying Woes
Winter weather destroyed holiday travel for many flyers. Don't make the mistakes they did. Here's how to prepare yourself.
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.
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.
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
Fixing the TSA for the Future
The 9/11 attacks gave birth to the TSA, but now the agency needs a total overhaul. It also must stop treating
as the enemy.
Travel Terror's New Face
The terrorists are changing their tactics and hitting "soft" targets. Here's how you need to change your rules of the road.
A Tip: Rethink Your Tips
The old 20 percent standard for "generous" restaurant meals may be outdated. Time to rethink your tipping practices.
When 'Better' Is Worse
Delta thinks it is a "better" airline than its competitors and doesn't need to reward your loyalty anymore.
Fly Transatlantic? Try Dublin
BA's parent company is buying Aer Lingus and hopes flyers will connect in Dublin instead of overcrowded London/Heathrow.
Chimera of Cheap
Stripped-down fares allow the airlines to imitate low prices--and then upsell you "perks" shamelessly.
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How to Fix the Airlines Fast
Forget Justice Department probes and DOT fines. Here are five airline fixes that federal regulators could impose now.
The Rigged Games We Play
Frequent flyer plans as we knew them are over. It's time for a new playbook, new strategies and a new approach.
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.
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.
An 'Amazing' Experience
A 30-room boutique hotel in Barcelona overlooks the Mediterranean. It's flawless and a wonderful refuge from the chains.
The Marriott-Starwood Deal
What you need to know--and fear--about the Marriott and Starwood merger.
Flying Fourth Class Now
Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific have upped the stakes for premium economy class, but airline outliers have their charms.
Flyers Driven to Drive
Flying is so dreary that many frequent flyers are now driving instead.
All Business, Still Dicey
All-business class flights make a modest return, but standards differ and profits remain an elusive commodity.
Why Fares Don't Fall
Oil prices have plunged, but airlines have not lowered fares. Why should they? You keep buying tickets at their high prices.
Will Allen has flown five million miles with Delta Air Lines and all he receives for a lifetime of loyalty is a lousy baggage tag.
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.
Null and Nearly Void
There's plenty of solid circumstantial evidence that frequent flyer miles are a nearly worthless currency for award trips.
Uber's Mysterious App
The Uber app hides crucial data from customers when things go wrong.
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