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The Big Business of Business Class Cabins

August 3, 2013

I just read a pretty interesting article in the NYT about the fierce competition between airlines to build the perfect business class seat- one that maximizes both passenger comfort and airline revenue. The piece interviews a bunch of industry execs who offer unique insight to the behind the scenes “arms race” that is going on […]

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Comparing Airline Checked Bag Fees To Baggage Shipping Services

May 8, 2013

Like many other airline fees, checked bag fees have become a fact of life, so we asked TPG contributor Adee Braun to take a detailed look at how much you can expect to pay to check your suitcase and compare airline fees to the services that will ship your bags for you. With checked bag […]

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Higher Airline Change Fees Are Here To Stay – United, US Airways and Delta All Raise Prices

May 1, 2013

Update: On the morning of the publication of this post, American Airlines also announced it would be matching United, US Airways and Delta in increasing its ticketing change/cancellation fees for travel within the U.S., between the U.S. and Canada, and between both the U.S. and Canada and Mexico, Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands, the […]

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Congress Ends Air Traffic Control Furloughs…Until September

April 26, 2013

Well it looks like after all the political posturing over the air traffic controller furloughs brought on by “sequestration cuts” that Congress is finally getting its act together and has approved a bill that will end the furloughs and should keep the air traffic control system operating normally…at least until September 30. The House passed […]

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Sequestration Air Traffic Control Cuts Go Into Effect – Tips On Avoiding Huge Air Travel Delays

April 22, 2013

Well, today’s the day that Congress’s sequestration cuts finally go into effect for the FAA and air traffic controllers have to start taking one furlough day per 10 work days. The FAA and major news outlets are all predicting huge delays – up to 6,700 flights per day – but is all this going to […]

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Interesting Travel Data: Cheapest Times to Fly and Top Destinations From 2012

April 3, 2013

Every so often I like to check in with the good folks over at Kayak since they’re always gathering mountains of up-to-the-minute data about travel trends, consumer behavior and what all of us can expect from airlines, hotels and destinations in the coming months and years. Recently, they sent over data they’d compiled from 2011 […]

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Spring Break Travel Trends. The Best Time To Book Is…

March 6, 2013

One of the best vacation times of the year fast approaches: Spring Break! And it’s not just about tequila shooters in Cancun or dragging the kids out to Hawaii for a week. The holidays are far behind us and summer is still far ahead, so it’s about time to start thinking about a relaxing trip […]

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How the Sequestration Could Negatively Impact Travelers

February 25, 2013

Budget cuts – also known as sequestration – currently set to take place in Washington on March 1 (Friday!) could mean significant flight delays for U.S. travelers, though the hope is that these cuts can be averted in time to save a lot of these airport nightmares from taking place. In a press conference at […]

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Reminder: Come See Me at the LA Times Travel Show This Weekend

February 21, 2013

Just a reminder for any readers who are in or around the Los Angeles area, I’ll be speaking on a panel at the  LA Times Travel Show this weekend at the LA Convention Center downtown.  Admission is $10 per day and you can buy tickets here. The other people I’ll be on the panel with […]

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Come See Me at the New York Times and LA Times Travel Shows – January and February

December 24, 2012

Over the next two months, I’ll be appearing at both the New York Times Travel Show (January) and the Los Angeles Times Travel Show (February), so if you are around either city on the dates listed below, I’d love for you to come by and hear me speak and for the chance to meet some […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals – Discounts at Priority Club, Marriott, Starwood, Airlines and More

November 23, 2012

We’re foregoing the usual Destination of the Week – especially because this Black Friday, rather than braving the hordes overrunning retailers from coast to coast, it’s better to be safe and sound at home clicking away to get great savings and mileage bonuses…all without having to sleep out on the sidewalk outside your favorite store […]

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When Is The Best Time to Buy Holiday Flights?

November 21, 2012

The holidays are among the busiest travel times of the year – making it even more difficult than usual to gauge when is the right time is to buy your tickets, what alternative routes you might take, and how you’re going to get your whole family to your destination. If you’ve procrastinated and still haven’t […]

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Registration Now Open for Frequent Traveler University-Tyson’s Corner

November 6, 2012

Registration is officially open for April’s Frequent Traveler University in Tyson’s Corner, VA April 26-28. Tickets are $100 and go towards covering the cost of the event as it’s a non-profit affair. I will be presenting, however my topic is yet to be determined. (Personally, I have the most fun mingling and swapping stories at the […]

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Travel Science: Improving Airplane Boarding Procedures

October 1, 2012

TPG contributor Katharine Gammon is a science writer for publications including WIRED, Popular Science and Los Angeles Magazine. When she’s not jetting to international conferences to interview some of the world’s leading scientific minds, she’s globetrotting herself, exploring unique destinations including recent trips to New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Today she explores the science behind […]

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Giveaway: Be My Guest at Conde Nast Travelers Visionaries Gala in NYC

September 4, 2012

Conde Nast Traveler is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a huge gala on the evening of Tuesday, September 18 at 6pm, at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City to honor the 12 “remarkable global citizens” doing extraordinary things across the world detailed in this issue’s “Visionaries 2012” feature. I’ll […]

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Ways To Thank Travel Industry Workers on Labor Day

September 3, 2012

Though most of us (I hope) are lounging around this Labor Day, hitting the beach, firing up the barbecue or just hanging out with friends and family, the hard-working people in the travel industry don’t get a day off. So on this holiday that’s meant to recognize the workers of America, take some time to […]

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Fun Read: New York Times – Have Elite Fliers Been Downgraded?

June 11, 2012

The New York Times published an interesting article titled Have Elite Fliers Been Downgraded? this weekend that discusses whether airline elite status benefits and perks have been eroded to the point of being irrelevant. While I agreed with some of the points, I don’t fully think the current state of elite status is so doom […]

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Which Airline Frequent Flyer Program Is The Best?

May 19, 2012

I get asked the question, “Which frequent flyer program is the best?” all the time. My response is always: “the one that works the best for you.” However, consulting groups always try to create surveys that definitively figure out which frequent flyer truly are the best. The only thing is, since frequent flyer programs confuse […]

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US Airways to Potentially Takeover American Airlines- What it Means for Your Miles

April 20, 2012

Per this CBS News report, US Airways filed preliminary Securities and Exchange Commission filings to begin a takeover of American Airlines. This does not mean a takeover/merger has been agreed upon, but simply that US Airways has discussed the possibility with the key labor unions involved and they’ve come up with an agreed upon plan […]

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Video Interview with Seth Miller, Blogger & Travel Tool Creator

April 7, 2012

While I was in Singapore recently, I met up with fellow travel blogger Seth Miller, the man behind The Wandering Aramean blog on Boarding Area, and a FlyerTalk legend with over 56,000 comments to his username, SBM12. We met for lunch at the Banana Leaf restaurant in Little India, and I took the opportunity to […]

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Summer 2012 Airfare Trends And 5 Tips on Saving Money With Points

March 26, 2012

Apart from the freaky weather we’ve been having all over the country, the big national news lately has been about soaring gas prices and how they’re going to affect other aspects of daily life through the summer, including airfares. Well, the findings are in, and they’re bad. Like the temperature during those weird March heat […]

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Reminder: Frequent Traveler University, The Freddies and Chicago Seminars

March 17, 2012

I’ll be speaking at three upcoming events about maximizing miles and points, and I’m on the nomination committee of The Freddies, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I really enjoy meeting readers in person, and I could use your support, so please consider attending any or all of these events. There […]

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My New York Times Travel Show Talk

March 5, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I had a blast talking to a crowded room of miles and points enthusiasts  at the New York Times Travel Show. You know I can (and often do) talk about points all day long, but I had to condense my speech into 45 minutes, so I boiled it down to the basics of […]

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Korean Air Bungles Palau Fare Mixup

November 15, 2011

Airline pricing is a science that I’ll probably never understand. Most of the time I’m frustrated with how much tickets cost (especially last minute tickets), but once in a while amazing deals come along that finally make you feel like you got a great bargain. This year alone I went to Stockholm and Copenhagen on Delta/KLM […]

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