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...

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...


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.

Northwest Airlines announced it would add a...


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.

So, first of...

Summer travel tips from a 3.5-million miler
Summer flying poses special challenges for travelers -- everything from airport logjams and full planes to severe weather, long delays and cancellations. It is 90 days of heat, crowds, sudden...

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...

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...

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...


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,...


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. Some of them get...

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