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Really Relax Before You Fly
Our friend Rick sends us this story published in Incentive Mag last month, but who are we to complain since we left this weblog unattended for 10 days? Ah, the joys of business travel... But I disgress. The fact of the matter is:
"travelers leaving from, transferring through or arriving at the Jet Blue terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport will soon be able to spend some of that down time getting a facial or massage."
The service, provided by Oasis Day Spa, is now supposed to be available (I told you, it's old news) but a couple other airports already had similar facilities so this is decidedly a less than super fresh story. I'm exhausted by the heavy research that went into this post, I think I need to lay down and rest now. Work on my toes first, thanks.
Olivier Travers | November 23, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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Watch That Hotel Bill
Chris Woodyard at USA Today (is it me or does he indeed look slightly like a thinner John Edwards?) explains that during the last few years, hotel prices on their way up met airfares on their way down. His logical conclusion is that you'd better pay attention to the overall cost of a business trip rather than be obsessed with just the price of your flight. And then there are plenty of costly extras like outrageous parking fees, telephone and internet bills that would make sense if the cabling was gold-plated, and $5 water bottles. According to the article it's now hard to find full-service hotels for less than $150 a night. What happened to American affordability?
Olivier Travers | November 8, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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Frequent Flying Is a Privilege
Chris Cloud notes all is not well in frequent flyer programs, aka Nickel 'N' Dime Land:
"In March American Experess started charging a fee per point (up to $50) for transfer of Membership Awards points to frequent flier miles. Diner's Club also tacks on $.95 for every 1,000 miles redeemed throught its Club Rewards program."
Olivier Travers | November 1, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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American Airlines Puts Diets Back In Fashion
USA Today reports that American Airlines squeezes passengers in tighter to make money. The company explains that the current economic conditions, with less people travelling and higher fuel prices, forces it to roll back part of its "More Room Throughout Coach" policy in order to add more seats by plane and reduce the number of planes. No word came as to whether this new policy would be co-marketed with Atkins or South Beach as Low Carb Flights.
Olivier Travers | October 25, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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Businesses Shift to Low Fare Airlines, Travelers Lose Perks
All those frequent flyer miles you've accumulated allowing you the get that free upgrade to first class may soon be worthless. As businesses continue to tighten the belt on travel costs and force employees to travel on discount airlines, those who have earned thousands of miles on "traditional" airlines may be unable to use them. Many corporations such as Black & Decker are moving away from majors like Delta to economy carriers like AirTran. USA Today reports major airlines will react to this shift by lowering mileage requirements or by completely revamping programs.
Steve Hall | August 24, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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Star Trek and Dungeons and Dragons Conventions and Norwegian Trouser Snakes
Various remaindered stories today. Who knew Indianapolis was Nerd Central?
- NY Post:
The NY Jets football team were unable to book hotel rooms in Indianapolis this week for their big game because nerds in town for a Star Trek convention had every room booked. Wedgies ensued.
- Wizards.com: Celebrating the 35-year-anniversary of the game, Dungeon and Dragons fanatics will also take over Indianapolis August 19-22 for the Gen Con convention. Flood-water pants and pocket protectors run out of stock across the Hoosier State.
- ic Wales: Welsh poll finds that many parents believe that travel better prepares their kids for the world than university. (Related news: Wales's economy is in the toilet. Go figure.)
- Aftenposten: Vacationer in Norway attacked by trouser snake. No kidding.
- AAA: Strong Labor Day Travel To Cap Off Strong Summer Travel Season
Rick Bruner | August 19, 2004 | News, Trends | Permanent link
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Solution to Drunk Driving: ScooterMan
ScotterGirl has nothing to do
with ScooterMan, but she's cute
According to this NY Times piece, if getting drunk on a Saturday night were an Olympic sport, the British would be world champs. So what to do about the real concern of drunk driving?
Fear not: ScooterMan to the rescue! The idea is brilliant, really. In London, anyway, you go out in your own car and eat, drink and be merry to your heart's content. Then, you call ScooterMan (or make arrangements earlier in the evening). ScooterMan shows up on a small scooter, which he folds up into the trunk (or "boot" if you're British) of your car and drives you home in your own car. Once you and your car are safely home, ScooterMan retrieves his scooter from your trunk and scoots himself off into the night.
Manhattan Transfer, from whom we stole the above photo (wholly unrelated to the story, but cute nonetheless), notes that an L.A. company offers a similar service.
Rick Bruner | August 18, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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Global Air Travel Shows Steady Recovery
Smart Money reports the International Air Transport Association says global air traffic has seen a 20.3 percent increase for the first half of 2004, up from the same period last year. Cargo traffic rose 13 percent. Ominously, the biggest increases came from the Middle Eastern carriers who saw a 44.3 percent rise. IATA Chief Giovanni Bisignani predicts the year will end with double digit growth.
Steve Hall | July 28, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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MetroNaps Providing a Refreshing Respite for $14/20-minutes
The napomatic MetroNap Pod
No doubt, travel is exhausting. Well, MetroNaps has the solution: next time you're in midtown NYC, why not pay $14 for 20 minutes of glorious shut-eye in one of their nap "pods"? So far, the pods can be found only at their office in the Empire State Building (34th and Park), but you can soon expect these things to spread like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, if it catches on with sleepy-eyed travelers nationwide.
Rick Bruner | July 18, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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Individual Online Travel Booking to Increase Thirty-Four Percent
Reuters reports PhoCusWright, an online travel research firm, predicts over one third of U.S. travel will be booked online by 2006. For those that book their own travel, for leisure or business, the industry will see a 34 percent increase from $39.4 billion in 2003 to $52.8 billion in 2004. The study also notes many hotels are promoting their own sites to consumers to make travel plans and use of third party travel sites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity will see rapid growth.
Steve Hall | July 8, 2004 | Trends | Permanent link
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