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Will PreCheck and Global Entry Programs Merge?

Delivering better security at a lower cost might be achieved by merging two of the “trusted traveler” programs that have become so popular with airline passengers, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said this week. In a speech before the airport industry, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said merging the TSA’s PreCheck program with…

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The Ritz Carlton Buckhead is now The Whitley

Effective this week, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, a mainstay in Atlanta for more than 30 years and the city’s eighth-largest hotel, has been rebranded as The Whitley, a Luxury Collection hotel. Marriott International and Host Hotels & Resorts announced the change, adding the 510-room property to the five-star brand that’s new to Atlanta. HEI Hotels & Resorts will manage the…

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Will Business Travel Make Your Life Better?

Plenty of people are apprehensive about beginning a career that requires a lot of traveling. With the time away from home and unpredictable hours, will business travel make your life better? The truth is, there is no definitive answer. Travel can make your life better or worse depending on various factors.  Often, how you travel is what makes the experience positive or negative. Business travel agencies can relieve stress in the…

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Airline Restrictions on Smart Bags

US carriers Delta and American Airlines have announced that they will prohibit passengers from checking in ‘smart bags’ that have non-removable lithium-ion batteries starting on January 15, 2018. Smart bags, made popular by companies such as Bluesmart (pictured) and Modobag, feature integrated technology that allows users to track their luggage, weigh it and lock it…

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Save Time with the Mobile Passport Control App

International Travelers can save time at US Border check points with an easy-to-use app that puts you on the fast track. Mobile Passport Control (MPC) allows U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors to use the Mobile Passport app to expedite their entry process into the United States. It is the first app authorized by U.S. Customs…

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Hot New Hiring Tool: Your Corporate Travel Policy

With the national labor market tightening to levels not seen in two decades or more, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that job candidates are comparing companies’ benefits packages before accepting a new job…or that existing corporate employees are leaving, or considering leaving for jobs that offer less costly insurance benefits, more paid time off,…

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Spain, Portugal and France

Discover the delectable cuisines and spirits of Spain and France at their authentic best on this fabulous Windstar cruise. Treat your palate to Europe’s best seafood in Spain’s Galicia region, to sweet port in Porto, cognac in La Rochelle, and world-famous wines in Bordeaux. Spend time absorbing the culture, history, and landscapes that have gone…

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Are Shrinking Airplane Seats a Safety Hazard?

Whether you’re booking independently or through a corporate travel agency, traveling for business can be stressful and uncomfortable. Airlines are continuously working to find new ways to get more seats on a plane to make more money.   Their recent tactic is to decrease pitch size, the distance between a row of seats, from 31 to 28 inches. A smaller pitch size means more seats, and thus, more tickets sold. It allows airplanes…

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Hawaiian Airlines Tightens Its Grip on Interisland Flights

Ever since Aloha Airlines folded back in early 2008, Hawaiian Airlines has dominated Hawaii’s interisland travel market. There have been ebbs and flows over time, but the carrier’s market share has routinely exceeded 80% on all of the major interisland routes. Hawaiian’s dominance was assisted earlier this month as Island Air shut down for good,…

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Passenger Bumping Plummets

Remember all that horribly negative publicity that the airlines endured earlier this year after a United passenger, Dr. David Dao, was forcibly pulled from his seat and dragged off the aircraft, sustaining serious injuries? Apparently the ensuing public debate and the reforms adopted by major carriers after that incident are having a big impact: New government…

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