February 12, 2013
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SmartBrief for The Business Traveler

A US Airways-American merger and its impact on road warriors
This feature takes a look at a potential US Airways-American Airlines merger and how it could affect business travelers. Areas analyzed include airfares, alliances and frequent-flier programs. "If a deal is approved, frequent-fliers will see a gradual marriage of the two airlines," Darren Booth writes. CNBC/Road Warrior blog (2/11)
Report: Airline fees went up in 2012
A new TravelNerd study says that at least 36 airline fees went up last year and "16 others were redefined, bundled or unbundled with other services," this feature says. According to the research, the average increases were $5 to $10. "Travelers really have to be extra cautious when booking a flight," said Alicia Jao, vice president of travel media at TravelNerd. "U.S. carriers are becoming creative at charging consumers extra fees." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/10)
The Smarter Traveler
Fast and familiar: The preferred restaurants of business travelers
It could be the fast service and familiar, budget-friendly food. Or it could be the presence of free Wi-Fi. Whatever the case, Starbucks and McDonald's are the restaurants that appear most frequently on business traveler expense reports, according to Certify, a Portland, Maine-based software company that released its findings after sifting through 6 million expense report transactions conducted between January and November of 2012. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/10)
Airport in Athens, Greece, combines tech and travel
Athens International Airport in Greece has installed new high-tech extras such as "time to gate" screens that estimate the time it will take a passenger to arrive at their gate based on wait times and distance to the gate. The airport also features virtual assistants, new lighting and Internet islands for phone charging and connectivity. FutureTravelExperience.com (U.K.) (2/7)
Refuel and Refresh
Airports work to enhance traveler layovers
Airport upgrades around the world have widened passengers' layover options from being forced to reread old magazines to taking a relaxing dip in a rooftop pool. Delta Air Lines has invested in enhancing technological amenities at its terminals, and has done away with fast-food outlets in favor of high-class restaurants. Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea, offers an ice-skating rink, while Changi Airport in Singapore offers free gaming rooms and a 24-hour movie theater. CNN (2/6)
Emirates testing live TV in advance of World Cup fever
Emirates could equip its fleet of more than 100 Boeing 777 jets with in-flight entertainment that includes live television, this feature notes. The airline is testing the technology on a single 777 jet and is expected to line-fit its A380s with the suite starting in the second quarter of 2014. The push may be spurred by the looming FIFA World Cup soccer tournament slated for 2014. APEX Editor's Blog (2/8)
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