The real danger

The recent dust-up over humiliating and invasive body searches by the Transportation Security Administration has fixated our collective attention on the wrong issue. Of course patting down a woman's bra - a knee-jerk reaction to the two Chechen women who were thought to have carried nonmetallic explosives on two Russian airlines that were bombed - is a bandage solution to the security threat from terrorists. Where's the real danger?

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A Commonly Overlooked Travel Spoiler Can Interrupt Your Summer Vacation Plans

A Commonly Overlooked Travel Spoiler Can Interrupt Your Summer Vacation Plans
What to Pack to be Prepared

If you're like most summer travelers, there's probably an item you're forgetting to pack...
laxatives. Because travelers tend to be off their routine, perhaps not getting enough exercise and eating different types of foods, they could experience an occasional bout of constipation.

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Avoid Jet Lag with New Travel App

Check out the New JetReady World Clock and Travel Fatigue Manager and tell us what you think.

Available on:
The Apple Store
Google Play

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Loylaty is Still the Key to Luxury Travel

Travel industry loyalty marketing and rewards programs have seen a 31.2% decline in active participation since 2007, according to COLLOQUY survey research on U.S. consumer attitudes and perceptions in the recession economy.

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5 ways to get an upgrade

Summer's coming, and with it hordes of travelers. It's the time of year when you can get stuck in a security line for two hours. Or get a smoky room in a noisy hotel. Or get a rental car that's ready for the resale lot. Unless, of course, you get an upgrade. But how exactly do you do that?

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The positive side of Spirit Air’s carry-on fees

The latest salvo against the airline industry came recently when ultra-low cost Spirit Airlines announced a sensible proposal to charge travelers’ for carry-on baggage. Without delay the popular media, including one of my favorite reporters—Neil Cavuto—who berated Spirit’s CEO on air about this fee without listening to his rationale, along with supposed in-the-know bloggers,

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Should you change your summer travel plans?

I seldom buy into the latest travel hype, especially when it's negative, but I have to agree that this summer is shaping up to be a bad time to travel. Airfares are high, hotel rates are higher, the dollar is weak abroad, and gas prices seem headed for the $5-a-gallon mark at home.

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Going on a cruise? Not me!

I've never taken a cruise.
Friends rave about their relaxing days at sea experiencing cruise-ship luxury and fabulous food, but I don't see the appeal. I originally balked because being stuck on a boat for days at a time just isn't my cup of tea. I'm more of an out-and-about kind of guy. But after the recent rash of stories about such cruise-industry problems as noroviruses, missing passengers, pirates and sinkings, I think my chances of taking a cruise are now slim to none.

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Let airlines set baggage policies

Some have suggested that forcing airlines to allow one free checked bag will dramatically reduce Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoint wait lines. That suggestion overlooks basic facts.

There is a cost to transporting bags, and many carriers have adopted business models that account for that cost by giving their customers more choice.

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Be careful what you say

I have long extolled the benefits of customer databases, which help travelers and travel providers build mutually beneficial relationships. By tracking their best customers' preferences and purchases, providers can reward them with upgrades, special pricing, personalized service and other perks that make travel more pleasant.

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