What The Airline Industry May Have Up Its Sleeve

Over the past week, the airline industry has been hit with a triple whammy. Oil seems to have settled into a comfortable range of trading at over $105 a barrel, three U.S. airlines bit the dust, and the annual Wichita State Airline Quality Rating once again named the airline industry as a disaster.

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When safety is more important than one person’s comfort

When safety is more important than one person's comfort
Imagine my surprise when the ticket agent told me that I did not have a first class seat.
What? I sputtered. But I confirmed that seat just an hour ago!

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Making a case for fees

Air fares normally drop faster than leaves during the fall. But this autumn, a series of ticketing fees promise to keep prices a little higher.

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Travel is a patriotic act

At the height of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt took the occasion of his first inaugural address to remind Americans of their common enemy: fear.

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Summer travel tips from a 3.5-million miler

Summer travel got you down? Airports jammed? Flights canceled? Take some advice from a 3-million miler: Plan ahead, be proactive and practice patience. And, oh yeah, finesse your frequent-flier program for all its worth. Joel Widzer tells how.

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Airline Mergers? Forget It

A lot of noise has been made recently about the coming consolidation of the airline industry and the doomsday effect such mergers would have. In my typical style, if I can't add much more than a rehash of current events, I'll remain sidelined, which I have done until now.

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Holiday Travel & Stress

Stay Regular on the Road This Holiday Season

Whether you plan to be on the road or celebrating at home for the holidays, you'll likely get caught up in the excitement and the frenzy the season brings.

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What's the status of your status?

It's time to give your elite status a boost. I'm not talking about your frequent flier mileage statement - I'm referring to the number of points or miles you have that will provide you elite membership with your preferred airline next year.

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A contrarian's best bet: Vietnam

Experience luxury travel at very affordable prices
I have traveled a lot this year. In fact, I have traveled 245,000 miles to 21 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Panama, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Ethiopia, Korea and Vietnam.

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Tips to fight the ills of long-haul flights

Tips to fight the ills of long-haul flights
Jets are great. They allow eager travelers and hard-charging business people to travel thousands of miles in a matter of hours.

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