February 14, 2013
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Corporations temper travel boom with reduced spending
Business-travel volume may be rising, but most companies are tightening their road warriors' travel budgets to reduce overall spending. Even high-ranking executives are being compelled to fly coach, and travel managers are urging corporate travelers to cut down on flight and hotel amenities. The Wall Street Journal (2/12)
U.S. airlines reported fewer long tarmac delays in 2012
U.S. airlines reported fewer tarmac delays of longer than three hours in 2012. The airlines had 42 lengthy tarmac delays for the year, compared with 50 in 2011, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics says. Airlines also reported the lowest rate of mishandled luggage since record keeping began in 1987. USA Today (2/12), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Money & Co. blog (2/12)
The Smarter Traveler
Which airplane business seats are worth the price?
Worth magazine has unveiled its "Top 10 Seats in Business Class." Emirates, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways are some of the carriers with business-class seats that made the list. Luxury Travel Magazine online (2/12)
Coping with jet lag while staying productive
An exhaustive study conducted by AirPlus International and Business Travel Market shows road warriors who frequently crisscross time zones tend to suffer "decreases in mental capacity, increased stress levels and decreased productivity." So, what's the best way to shrug off the ravages of jet lag? It seems to depend on the individual. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/11)
Refuel and Refresh
Cathay Pacific reopens first-class lounge at Hong Kong airport
Cathay Pacific Airways has added more dining space and The Champagne Bar to its first-class lounge in The Wing at Hong Kong International Airport. The 12 Cabana luxury shower suites include a shower, bath and day bed. PAX International (2/6)
Delta plans rates increase for lounge memberships
Delta Air Lines has announced that it will raise annual rates for most lounge memberships beginning in March. Rates for individual membership from the Silver Medallion through the Diamond Medallion tiers will rise by $50. CNBC/Road Warrior blog (2/6)
Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Social Networking from the Inside
Companies can improve morale and reduce turnover by encouraging employees to participate in internal social networking, according to a Baylor University case study published in the European Journal of Information Systems. Read more at the MPI site.
Travel Pulse
What is your least favorite airline fee?
Carry-on luggage fees  44.19%
Baggage check fees  29.04%
Fees for "premium" coach seating  16.29%
Fees for boarding early  6.23%
Overweight bag fees  4.25%
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American politician

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