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On the Road With Brancatelli

Existential Hotels

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

Travel Steals & Deals

Global business-class and hotel deals. Airline and car-rent bonus offers. Cheaper Italy flights.

The Tactical Traveler

United goes big(ger). Citi makes a points play. New hotels open. Delta adds Colombia flights.

A Month of Strikes

April showers bring May flowers and nasty strikes in Europe that are messing with our schedules.

Phone Home (Cheap)

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


On Your Own Time

Carol Pucci*

Raucous and ridiculous, Naples remains the place to experience Italian life exuberantly well lived.

Mister Meatball*

Gnudi is tricky to make and also tricky to cook. But the payoff is a delicious, cheesy pasta dish.

Robert McGarvey*

Google's new mobile service is a game-changer if you can handle strings as thick as ropes.


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.

Fresh Airport Dining

U.S. airport dining has improved dramatically in recent years. But we still favor burgers and pizza.

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.

Business Travel This Week

Robert McGarvey*

More seats in coach isn't just a comfort issue. The airlines may be risking our health, too.

Will Allen III*

A seat in first is no guarantee
that a flight won't go awry or that you'll get a lime for your drink.

David Rowell*

Business travelers depend on WiFi, but it's not a smart or safe way to connect on the road.

Phil Baker*

The Internet of everything has reached nightlights. And a $100 item makes surprising sense.

Chris Barnett

Once upon a time, Stan Freberg crafted an advertising campaign that made airline palms sweaty.


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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