Airline info-sharing could increase airfares for some travelers | Slideshow: Top 10 essentials for business travelers | Top travel apps ease flying for business executives
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March 7, 2013
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Ancillary-service growth dims luster of elite-status perks
Priority boarding lines and complimentary upgrades are becoming less the exclusive province of frequent fliers and more often services available to travelers willing to pay extra, this feature says. The increase in passengers buying access to perks has meant elite-program members frequently find themselves competing for upgrades and facing flights for which as many as half of travelers have priority boarding. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/4)
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Airline info-sharing could increase airfares for some travelers
An industry standard adopted by numerous airlines could enable them to charge travelers different amounts based on their personal characteristics, according to this editorial. Airlines "may be counting on the new airfare pricing standard to increase revenue and profits," the editorial notes. "It is hard to see how this approach could result in more competition or anything but higher costs for many travelers." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/3)
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The Smarter Traveler
Slideshow: Top 10 essentials for business travelers
Picture if you will... a slideshow presentation featuring the must-have gadgets and versatile accessories that make business travel less daunting. On the menu: compression bags, smartphone battery extenders, and noise-canceling headphones. The Huffington Post (3/2)
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Top travel apps ease flying for business executives
Tech-savvy business travelers frequently turn to applications such as TripCase, SkyScanner and SeatGuru to search for and organize travel, according to interviews with several executives who travel often. Those frequent fliers also reported that cramped conditions on planes make working onboard a challenge, and they most often try to send e-mails while at the airport. APEX Editor's Blog (3/4)
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Refuel and Refresh
Want to shine at a Chinese banquet? Mind your manners
The formal banquet plays a key role in Chinese business relationships, but it's easy for Western bosses to fall foul of its rules of etiquette. Be careful about where you sit, be mindful about how you make toasts and don't use chopsticks unless you know what you're doing. "Don't embarrass yourself -- just ask for a fork and knife," advises Burt Helm. Inc. online (free registration) (3/5)
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Airlines seek to make the in-flight meal mouth-watering
Air France has teamed up with Michel Roth, a French chef with two Michelin stars who runs L'Espadon in Paris' Ritz hotel, to create new meals for business-class fliers. That is just one example of how airlines are trying to step up their game and offer more appetizing food; a new trend is to offer an improved menu for an additional fee while other airlines have purchased better ovens to freshly prepare meals. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (3/6)
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Hyatt Listens to Guests
A service providing frequently forgotten items and new healthy, balanced menu offerings are a sampling of new features available at Hyatt hotels and resorts as a result of its efforts to listen more to guests and provide an experience tailored to their individual preferences. Read more at the MPI site.
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Travel Pulse
Have you tried baggage-delivery services?
No  96.41%
Yes, and I was satisfied  2.05%
Yes, and it's been hit-or-miss  1.28%
Yes, and I was dissatisfied  0.26%
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