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The TSA is incompetent. Its solution: Be bad more slowly.
The Brancatelli File
It's time for frequent flyers to stop being loyal to frequent flyer plans. There's a better way to go.
down. Marriott reverses course. Lufthansa slashes first class. Sleazy Delta spin.
Steals & Deals
Promotions from the major hotel chains. Air France premium economy deals to Paris and Europe.
Here's how to find the best deals on international flights this summer and autumn.
This Week's Best Travel Reads
The battle between hotels and online travel agencies should benefit us. But we have to book in the right place to win the game.
Martin B. Deutsch
You can't read the definitive one-volumne tome on the Civil War during a layover between flights. But it's worth an investment of time.
I despise flying regional jets. Then I took a one-way flight on Air Dolomiti. I'd forgotten how good and how productive short hauls could be.
It was a chilly, blustery, rainy Sunday in Greci, a tiny town in Southern Italy's Avelino province where my Grandpa Pucci was born.
It's still braising season here in the Northland. I might as well get with the program and rustle up some short ribs and homemade pappardelle.
Universal Studios Hollywood has opened its $500 million Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Kids seem impressed with the park's authenticity.
There Are Places I Remember ...
The Serras, a 30-room boutique hotel in Barcelona, overlooks a new yacht harbor and the Mediterranean. It's a flawless 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.
From squid on a stick to hot springs and temples, Taipei has much to offer. Part of the reason: Few Westerners visit the capital of Taiwan.
Strategies & Tactics
Here's what you need to know about the credit cards that offer the best travel perks and return on spending.
Looking for an on-time flight? Check the data and then check your preferences and biases at the boarding gate.
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
A Babel of Bags
Here's how to separate the carry-on wheat from the checked luggage chaff and get the bag you need.
There are hard truths about soft targets like landside areas of airports that the television talking heads don't understand.
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.
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.
The Airbnb Effect
Surprisingly, the rapid growth of Airbnb hasn't hurt traditional hotels and resorts. Traditional lodging is doing just fine.
Trump's Travel Travails
Donald Trump's travel ventures have been a mix of hubris, errors and abject failure.
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.
Virgin No More
What you need to know about Alaska Airlines' surprise $2.6 billion purchase of Virgin America.
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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