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Asked and Answered
You have big questions about "resort fees" at city hotels, the value of Delta and American miles and United's new biz class. I've got answers.
If travel is now so good--fares down, on-time up and record lows in lost luggage, denied boarding and cancellations--why are we so unhappy?
Steals & Deals
Air France and KLM mount a last-minute Easter/Passover business class sale. Omni, GHA global deals. Lufthansa premium economy sale.
This Week's Best Travel Reads
In a Manhattan neighborhood once known for meat packing, a coastal Italian restaurant designed by Renzo Piano is packing them in.
Frequent flyers are becoming literal road warriors thanks to a range of luxe bus lines that offer plush rides and regular schedules.
Boat, bus or fly? There are many ways to get to Burma's lost city of Bagan. We chose a 10-hour boat trip along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay.
There are very many things I prefer over tasteless, cheap food dumped in front of me to distract from the sheer misery of flying overcrowded coach.
There has been a big change in the overpriced accessories that we purchase for tablets, computers and phones. You can thank China for that.
On the roundtrip run between New Jersey and Washington, I compared flying on United to traveling on Amtrak. Surprise! Both rides came up short.
We the Travelers
President Trump's now-suspended travel ban was sloppily imposed by men who had the hat, but not the heart or the brains.
The Death of Travel Loyalty
Airlines and hotels have so bastardized and diluted their frequency plans that the only winning move is not to play.
Less for Them, Less for Us
All the legacy airlines have Basic Economy. Now we know fares aren't cheaper, just repackaged and stripped of functionality.
Strategies & Tactics
Europe? Go Right Now!
Very low fares, cheap hotel rates and an incredibly strong dollar make this the best time to go to Europe in maybe 30 years.
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?
A First Class Coach
Flying from Seattle to Dubai nonstop in coach for 14 hours on an Emirates Airbus A380 is a first class experience.
BA's Business Class Woes
British Airways' international business class product is aging, needs a lot of fast fixes and a new seatbed.
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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?
Delta's Big Diss
Delta thinks it is a "better" airline and doesn't need to reward your loyalty.
Hotel Hot Sheet
Year of Lodging Dangerously
Hotel loyalty plans will change this year. Don't change your lodging choices.
Can a hotel be "independent" and still part of a chain? The "soft brands" claim to offer indy charm and chain convenience.
Hyatt's Small World
Hyatt scraps Gold Passport for a Brutalist plan that seems very much like revenue-based airline programs.
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
Downgraded to the Bus
I got downgraded to a bus--and I got upgraded. It's part of the tale of Amtrak's secret network of Thruway motorcoaches.
My Dinner With Danny
Restaurateur Danny Meyer's dining rooms pop up inside hotels all around New York.
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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