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7 changes to be thankful for with airline travel

Admittedly, most airline holiday travel these days is more of an ordeal than anything. However, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are a few developments for which we can be very thankful. My travel Thanksgiving list follows.
By |November 24th, 2011|Today|8 Comments|

Bill mandating one free checked bag included with airfare filed in Congress

A new bill, the Airline Passenger BASICS – or Basic Airline Standards to Improve Customer Satisfaction - Act would require airlines to allow passengers one checked and one carry-on bag for free.
By |November 24th, 2011|Columns|23 Comments|

What we’re reading: Airline snacking survey, iPads in every stateroom, air travel tax increase could affect small cities

Airline snacking survey, iPads in every Royal Caribbean stateroom, air travel take-off and landing tax increase could affect small cities

What we’re reading: Ads on control towers, battling for United orders, Las Vegas tourism recovering

Advertisements on control towers, battling for United orders, Las Vegas tourism on the rebound

Hartford tarmac stranding doesn’t justify new laws

The Halloween weekend stranding of more than 1,000 airline passengers at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., brought the tarmac delay activists out in full force again, pushing for new laws that they claim would prevent lengthy ground delays.

What we’re reading: KLM’s new menu offerings in coach, Britain says no opt out of body scan, Skyscanner launches new iPad app

KLM's new menu offerings in coach, Britain says no opt out of body scan, Skyscanner launches new iPad app

5 holiday travel trips for frequent fliers who don’t normally need tips

Most frequent fliers know the airport drill at this point, get there early, limit your carry-on liquids, wear shoes that are easy to get on and off, etc. And, of course, board as early as possible if you have bags that need to go overhead.

During holiday periods, even regular travelers can get caught up in the craziness. Thus, here is a handful of additional tips for surviving what some of my clients refer to as “amateur week.”

By |November 21st, 2011|Today|11 Comments|

A STEP for keeping safe while traveling in countries with fast-changing political conditions

Ned Levi has just returned from Cairo, Egypt, and an extensive trip through the Middle East Region less than a week ago, discusses problems of Egyptian tourism, and keeping safe while traveling in countries with a difficult and fast changing political climate, in light of the new turmoil in Egypt since he left.
By |November 21st, 2011|Columns|3 Comments|

What we’re reading: Earn SWA loyalty points for shopping, airline policy app introduced, Thanksgiving away from relatives

Earn SWA loyalty points for shopping, airline policy app introduced, Thanksgiving away from relatives

Weekend what we’re reading: Sleepboxes at airports? Why trains are best in Europe, high-speed rail expands except in U.S.

Is Sleepbox the right solution for weary business travelers?
We’ve heard of tiny hotel rooms showing up in the middle of London and New York, but now sleeping cubes are being introduced to airports as a place to catch a few winks between flights. Who knows? This idea might catch on if the price isn’t too high.

The first notice I took of these stylish pods was at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Although the ones I viewed in the terminal are only demos at this point, I have no doubt business travelers will soon start seeing them in many more places — and not just at airports. The Sleepbox brand also is targeting railroad stations, city centers, shopping malls, and other public facilities.

By |November 20th, 2011|Today|6 Comments|