Amtrak rolls out ad campaign to tout its premium business class | First airfare increase of 2013 targets business travelers | AirGo seat lets fliers recline in their own space
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February 26, 2013
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Amtrak rolls out ad campaign to tout its premium business class
Amtrak has rolled out a new ad campaign that plays up productivity and comfort for business travelers who use the Acela line to shuttle among Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and other East Coast cities. "The new campaign reflects the enhanced amenities and services that Acela provides for its business travelers," said Matt Hardison, Amtrak’s chief marketing and sales officer. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/25)
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First airfare increase of 2013 targets business travelers
Delta Air Lines has raised airfares by $4 to $10 for business travelers who book flights a week or less before travel. Other airlines followed suit by the end of last week in the first airfare increase of 2013. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/25)
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The Smarter Traveler
AirGo seat lets fliers recline in their own space
Alireza Yaghoubi, a student at the University of Malaya, has designed a plane seat that lets passengers recline 45 degrees without encroaching on their neighbors' space. The AirGo design is vying for a Dyson Award. It includes foot rests and trays that are not connected to the seat in front of the passenger, along with a drop-down computer screen. Travel Agent Central (2/19)
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Miles vs. money: Programs change for million-mile fliers
Some carriers are changing the way they structure their frequent-flier programs, shifting from miles earned to money spent. Find out more about the different programs for fliers with more than a million miles that American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines use. CNBC/Road Warrior blog (2/20)
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Refuel and Refresh
Malaysia Airlines adds "Chef-on-Call" service to more flights
Business-class travelers on Malaysia Airlines traveling between Kuala Lumpur and 10 cities can take advantage of the carrier's "Chef-on-Call" service. The service brings an ever-changing menu of fresh meals to fliers. PAX International (2/19)
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Not your average luxury-hotel bars
Hotel bars are raising the bar by offering cocktails made from hard-to-find liquors and fresh ingredients, as well as small dishes served alongside drinks. Other trends that bar-goers will find include specialty ice, more non-alcoholic choices and farm-to-table drinks. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/22)
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Travel Pulse
How do you feel about Delta's recent changes to its elite frequent-flier program? 
VoteI think they're bad enough that I'm switching airlines
VoteThey won't affect me -- my spending is high enough
VoteThey won't affect me -- I fly another airline
VoteI hope my airline doesn't follow suit
VoteI hope my airline does follow suit
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Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary."
-- Milan Kundera,
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