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Mar 21

Travel Ban 3.0: New Electronics Restrictions on Certain Routes

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Another day, another new government regulation. This one likely won’t affect you, but here are the details. Carry-On Electronics to be Limited on Some US-Bound Flights Last night, the US announced limits on electronic carry-ons from several mostly-Muslim countries (Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE). Not all the details are out, …

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Mar 17

And Now, for Something Completely Different…

In 2007, Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman published what would become perhaps his best-known work, “The World is Flat; A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.” The book addresses the issue of globalization and the continuing phenomenon of the world becoming more interconnected. Air travel, economic expansion and the internet have certainly made the planet …

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Jan 20

And Now, for Something Completely Different…

I have been thinking a lot about Aaron Sorkin ever since I read a few days ago that it is supposed to rain in Washington DC today. Sorkin often uses rain in his movies to indicate that “something bad” is about to happen, in much the same way that oranges in The Godfather indicated that …

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Jan 03

And We’re Back! About Credit Reports…

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Welcome back, and I hope you had a great holiday season and new year. And, the first thing that you should do for the new year is… Free Credit Scores Consumers are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three major credit agencies once every twelve months. You do not need to …

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Oct 15

Why I’m Thrilled That Delta Made $2 Billion Last Quarter

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In the third calendar quarter of 2016, Delta Airlines made almost $2 billion of pre-tax income. And the only thing that would have made me happier is if they had made $3 billion. Why Profitable Airlines Are Good There are few things in the country that are more American than disparaging airlines. I mean, Mom and …

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Sep 28

Amtrak Upgrades And Sales

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I don’t write a lot about Amtrak, but every once in a while, I see something interesting. So here’s something interesting. Amtrak Sale The key word here is “Select.” You’ll need to book at least 14 days in advance, and it’s only good on Saturday nights and “select” weeknight trains, but 25% is a decent …

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Sep 17

On The Road Again…

Hi folks, I’ll be traveling for most of the next two weeks, so posts will be infrequent. Until then, I leave you with this video of a 787 doing a near-vertical takeoff. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your …

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Aug 12

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part Two

A couple of days ago, I covered what I feel are the best levels to shoot for in each of the elite programs at Marriott, Starwood and Hilton. Today, I’m going to cover both Hyatt and IHG (Intercontinental and Holiday Inn, among others). The short version for these two? You’ll need the top tier to …

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Aug 10

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part One

Travelers, including myself, often put a lot of emphasis on airline elite status. Let’s face it: The gap between bottom tier and top tier can make a huge difference in how comfortably you fly and the fees you pay. Not as many people spend time thinking about hotel elite status. The reason, I suspect, is that …

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Aug 06

Everyone’s Welcome! Well, No, Not You, Or You…

Flying is, at the best of times, not much more than comfortable. At the worst of times, well, we’ve all been there. But it’s worse for some than it is for others. There have been a number of stories of passengers removed from planes over the past few years, and the vast majority of them …

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