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Here are ten ways to mitigate the weird electronics ban imposed by Homeland Security.
A crazy week for business travelers included a bizarre electronics ban, a terrorist attack in London and little motion on the travel ban.
Alaska dumps Virgin name, adds premium seats. DCA will dump hellish Gate 35X. Another low-fare transatlantic airline. And much more.
Steals & Deals
Super-cheap business class to Paris. Aer Lingus summer business class sale. Finnair cuts fares to Eastern Europe and Russia. And more.
This Week's Best Travel Reads
Rome's culinary scene is in its food adolescence. It is a gastronomic transition that sometimes successfully plays with tradition.
I spent ten days camping in Tanzania. Well, it was luxury camping. Still, living in the wild teaches you a lot about yourself and your life.
Beware Basic Economy fares that don't allow changes or refunds, restrict seat selection and limit carry-ons to what can be shoved under a seat.
Terrorism? Most travelers I know are concerned about what they've always worried about: cancellations, weather and missed connections.
In California, flyers are finally finding options: New airlines flying from close-in airports, shiny new trains on new tracks and even buses.
Contrary to what we're being told, self-driving cars are still years away. Even leaders in the category may be only 25 percent of the way to reality.
Travel Tech Talk
Inexpensive and high-quality camera technology and high-speed home Internet have created an era where we can have HD video anywhere.
The new electronics ban is so bizarre that we do not know how big is too big. What
the maximum size item you can now take on board?
Why do we think technology can solve all our problems when it cannot even stop robocalling? Maybe the new FCC chairman can fix that.
Literal Road Warriors
Frequent flyers literally have become road warriors thanks to a range of luxe bus lines that offer plush rides and regular schedules.
May I Remind You ...
There are many things you
about life on the road that you may have forgotten. You need to be reminded.
None Shall Pass
U.S. Customs officials in recent weeks have gotten nasty and abusive--and are suddenly demanding ID on
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?
Hyatt's Small World
Hyatt scraps Gold Passport for a Brutalist plan that seems very much like revenue-based airline programs.
The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable perks in travel. Here are a few tricks to getting one.
Delta's Big Diss
Delta thinks it is a "better" airline and doesn't need to reward your loyalty.
Hotel Hot Sheet
Here's how to protect yourself against the apparently endless string of data breaches hitting hotel chains large and small.
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.
High Intrigue on Low Rates
Want to know where to find the lowest hotel rates? The hotel chains don't want you to know.
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.
Who Needs Free Food?
There are many things I would prefer over cheap food put in front of me to distract me from the misery of flying in coach.
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 fights travel industry booking engines and thinks we should pay for it.
Tales From the Road
We are in a new era of foreign policy and, suddenly, many travelers wonder if they should buy insurance for trips abroad.
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.
Doha's Big Squeeze
Business class service on Qatar Airways is world-class--except for the frenzied connections in both directions at Doha.
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