November 2013

What’s the strip over the door of planes? Are fast lanes the newest revenue producer for cash-strapped highway funds? And, hotels team up with Cornell sleep experts to help clients sleep better.

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With Christmas fast approaching, have you finished your gift list, checked it twice and finished your shopping? Or do you still have some presents to buy? If you need ideas for what to get for folks who travel a lot for pleasure or business, a “gift of go” can be the perfect solution.

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Possible Qantas takeover law change, be a good restaurant customer, travel sales

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In 1863, along with the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln also declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. He is the one who made the last Thursday in November the official date.

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Frequent fliers and regular readers of Consumer Traveler are by now familiar with most of the things that can go wrong with joint tickets on airline partners. But, this recent Lufthansa/United debacle for one of my clients was a new one and resulted in his bag being checked onto a flight that didn’t exist; and, hadn’t existed for months.

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AA judge to rule on merger before Thanksgiving, DOT fines GOL Linhas, discover something new at home

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The travel industry likes to describe itself as “family friendly.” But some customers and family travel experts claim the travel industry preys on families as much as it pampers them, broadsiding these helpless customers with junk fees and surcharges.

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New Boeing interiors, Bidding for first class, Airfare increases

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The FCC is considering lifting its ban on cellphone use for phone calls on airplanes inflight. Ned Levi explores the problem of cellphone use inflight, in part, by examining cellphone use on Amtrak, and proposes a possible solution which would allow airline passengers to make phone calls without disturbing fellow passengers.

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US needs to improve travel infrastructure, to talk or not to talk? AIR Chicago radio station debuts

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