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1. Memphis, Tenn., airport is ranked No. 1 for cell service

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 24, 2015

A ranking of airport cell service by RootMetrics put Tennessee's Memphis International at the top, followed by Pa.'s Pittsburgh International, Chicago's O'Hare International, Southwest Florida International and Texas' Dallas Love Field. Bloomberg (03/23)


2. Potential cabin features could improve flying experience

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 24, 2015

Travel columnist Marisa Garcia describes airplane cabin features designed to make flying more pleasant, including patterned seat fabrics and inviting entryways. Other innovations include the maneuverable Elisava food-and-drink trolley; B/E Aerospace's Haptikos capacitive touch-screen technology, which makes seat-based environmental controls more user-friendly; and the Panasonic Avionics JAZZ high-tech economy seat. Skift (03/23)


3. Amazon Local is allowing users to book rooms at published (not discounted) rates. Have you used this service, or do you plan to?

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 24, 2015


4. More than 1 million have enrolled in TSA PreCheck

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 26, 2015

More than 1 million travelers have enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, which launched in 2011. Program participants are given access to special airport security screening lanes where they don't have to remove their shoes, light jackets and belts. Air Transport World (03/24)


5. In-flight entertainment boxes cut into passengers' legroom

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 26, 2015

Under-seat boxes that hold in-flight entertainment equipment can take up significant space. "The under-seat entertainment boxes make it impossible for both feet to fit under the seat in front of you," posted a SeatGuru user. Passengers don't know which seats have the boxes until they board the plane. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (03/25)


6. American, US Airways to merge frequent flier programs

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 26, 2015

Bloomberg (03/24)


7. High-end restaurants elevate airport dining scene

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 24, 2015

Top chefs are opening locations in U.S. airports to cater to travelers looking for high-quality, locally sourced fare delivered with 5-star service, such as James Beard–nominated One Flew South at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. FSR Magazine (03/2015)


8. Amazon begins offering independent hotel rooms at published rates

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 24, 2015

Several independent hotels have begun offering their rooms on Amazon Local at published rates. Amazon has made no indication that it plans to compete with discount booking sites such as Hotels.com or Expedia, but one hotelier has claimed the retail firm has promised a site redesign. Skift (03/23)


9. Mobile app for hotel services begins beta test

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 26, 2015

MobileSuites deployed a beta test last week for 2,000 users of the mobile application, which allows users to book services such as spa appointments or room service at U.S. hotels. The app includes more than 1,800 hotels, including the Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood brands. "We think we're giving guests a way to engage with hotels, and we believe that's a similar goal that the hotels have," said Basel Fakhoury, co-founder of MobileSuites. American City Business Journals (03/18)


10. Mobile-friendly payment systems ease booking process

SmartBrief for The Business Traveler | Mar 24, 2015

Several airlines have simplified the travel booking process with technology that makes it easier for travelers to use mobile devices to book and pay for flights. Last month, for example, JetBlue became the first carrier to use Apple Pay during flights to accept contactless payment, and Virgin America incorporated the Visa Checkout payment system into its website. Meanwhile, the Google Flights search tool lists in-flight amenities, flight time and flight price. FutureTravelExperience.com (U.K.) (03/19)




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