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On the Road With Brancatelli

Summer Summary

We all deserve summer time off. I'll be asleep, but here are some ideas for where you could go.

Travel Steals & Deals

Asiana, Emirates cut business-class rates. Cathay's premium-economy sale. BA discounts.

The Tactical Traveler

Cash your Delta, United miles. Airlines head south. New hotels. Singapore's premium economy.

Play the Club Card

Now that the paid Priority Pass
is passe, it's time to shuffle our (credit) cards for club access.

Righteous Rentals

Hoping to rent something better than another Chevy or Toyota? National and Silvercar want you.


The Robert McGarvey Show*

Travel Agents Return

Long ago filed in the dead-as-a-doornail category, travel agents are making a comeback.

Airbnb's Dark Side

Airbnb may be sucking up good apartment units that otherwise would be available to renters.

Time for a Road Trip

You know what cheap gasoline means, right? Road trip!!! Here are five that'll make summer fun.


The Life We Lead ...

Check Your Perks

You shouldn't pay for on-the-road perks you already have free via your credit card or insurance.

Existential Hotels

Hotel chains have created "soft" brands for independents and that makes for strange bedfellows.

PreCheck Tumbles

The TSA's arrogance has made PreCheck a crapshoot instead of a useful security bypass plan.

The Almighty Dollar

A strong dollar is great news for travelers at home and abroad. But beware airport ATM scams.

This Week's Best Reads

Phil Baker*

Hardware makes a comeback thanks to good ideas and better ways to fund clever start-ups.

Kathy McCabe*

Do you dream of Italy? I always do and now I do it on a new six-part public television series.

Chris Barnett

Getting a 787 Dreamliner on a domestic United run shows the disparity in how it treats flyers.

Carol Pucci*

You know what the people say: Latvians have more fun. They don't say that? They should.

Phone Home Cheap

Savvy international travelers are always on the lookout for ways to cut their phone and data fees.


The Flight Stuff

Flying Fourth Class

Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific do an excellent premium economy class, but outliers matter, too.

All Business Class

All-business-class flights make a modest return. But profits remain an elusive commodity.

JetBlue Goes Dark

JetBlue goes downmarket and that never worked for a niche carrier before. It won't now.


Strategies & Tactics

Why Fares Don't Fall

Oil and gasoline prices plunge, but airlines aren't cutting fares. They won't while you're buying.

Survival Strategies

Life on the road is chaos. Here are eight tips to make the flying part a little less miserable.

Miles, Points, Cards

Five new strategies and tactics for maximizing the benefits and value of frequent-travel plans.

Pots and Kettles

U.S. carriers are pissed at Gulf airlines. But we've seen it before. American pot, meet Gulf kettle.

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