So, why do airfares rise and fall? | What food to pack for a flight | Automated hotel check-in is a breeze
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March 21, 2013
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So, why do airfares rise and fall?
Columnist Josh Noel examines why prices rise and fall for airline tickets depending on the date of purchase. "[C]onventional industry wisdom says the optimal time to buy a plane ticket is three to four weeks before departure, the sweet spot between early bookers and last-minute shoppers," he writes. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/19)
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Tax risks associated with business travel to Canada
Business travel is especially taxing for fliers heading north of the border. This feature notes that the tax laws are tough on business travelers heading into or out of Canada. "As Yogi Berra may or may not have said: 'If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else,'" Adrienne Woodyard writes. The Lawyers Weekly (Canada) (3/15)
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The Smarter Traveler
What food to pack for a flight
Fliers who want to bring food from home for a flight should choose items such as crackers, chocolate, fruit, cheese or a sandwich on a bagel. What should a flier never pack? Tuna, says Maggie Battista of ABC News/ (3/18)
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Automated hotel check-in is a breeze
Some hotels are using kiosks complemented by ambassadors in their lobbies to speed the check-in process, while the Inn at St. Botolph in Boston e-mails guests a room code key so they can gain entrance quickly. People are looking for the same automated experiences in hotels as they have at ATMs and in airports, and the hospitality industry is responding, says Tyler Craig of NCR. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/18)
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Refuel and Refresh
KLM debuts business class with fully flat seats
Crowds at Amsterdam Schiphol airport got a first look at KLM's new fully flat business-class seats. The carrier will retrofit the seats on 22 of its Boeing 747-400s by April of next year, and then work on its Boeing 777-200s. (U.K.) (3/19)
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High-end lodging with an eco-friendly touch
Luxury has met sustainability in the hotel sector, but a few trends are taking it to the next level. Last year, the Cottage Lodge bed and breakfast in the U.K. required guests to pedal in order to generate electricity to watch television, marking a trend in which environmental responsibility is embedded into the guest experience. Other hotels have incorporated living walls into their designs. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/15)
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
How to Avoid Being Blindsided by Unexpected Challenges
Not every company has an Iron Man, but many have a Tony Stark -- a highly powerful, intensely focused individual who often ignores risk in order to achieve his or her goals. Read more at the MPI site.
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Travel Pulse
How do you feel about biometric technology being used to improve your airport experience?
I'm on board  38.95%
Sounds too much like Big Brother to me  32.28%
I'd have to try it myself to be sure  28.77%
There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water."
-- Kate Chopin,
American writer
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