The Tactical Traveler for 2017
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Joe Brancatelli created The Tactical Traveler in 1998 for the now-defunct Biztravel.com. The column was conceived as a series of items that would make frequent business travelers more productive on the road. There was also a heaping helping of Joe's trademark skepticism about the travel industry and its practices. After the 9/11 terrorism attacks, however, Joe recreated Tactical Traveler as the news and analysis column for JoeSentMe. There's still plenty of skepticism, of course, because life on the road makes us a wary lot.


July 13 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Alaska Airlines won't be Switzerland anymore. The U.S. security guys bullying the world's airports have a 95 percent failure rate. Hotel "soft" brands continue to grow rapidly. United subtracts and adds international flights. El Al adding Dreamliner runs. And more.

June 29 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Homeland Security backs off its global electronics ban and settles for stale rhetoric and more security kabuki. United devalues MileagePlus. Shake Shacks are coming to an airport near you. Delta and Korean Air will form a joint venture. And more.

June 22 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Marriott and Starwood stand alone on 48-72-hour cancellation rules--and it's not competitive. Delta starts flying A350s configured with premium economy in the fall. Virgin Atlantic cuts its frequency plan. Qatar Airways wants to buy into American. And more.

June 15 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: United Adds Hawaii flights and an LAX-Singapore nonstop. Limited-service hotels scale the Himalayas. American will offer premium economy on 12 international routes this winter. Etihad dumps San Francisco. Amtrak trims New York/Penn service. And much more.

May 27 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: The TSA is testing more dumb checkpoint rules. Candidate Trump trumps President Trump as an appeal court continues ban on travel ban. Delta and Aeromexico will add new flights. Big hotel chains finally add some new full-service properties. And much more.

May 18 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Fierce EU resistance temporarily delays the electronics ban. Boston/Logan gets more lie-flat flights. Air Canada adds six new winter routes to warm-weather destinations. Marriott is growing faster than any other hotel chain. And much more.

May 11 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Homeland Security is poised to ban electronics on flights from Europe. Air Canada dumps Aeroplan. El Al will return to Miami for the first time in a decade. The terminal chaos at LAX starts on Friday. More airport clubs open. And much more.

April 27 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: May will be very messy at LAX. United has a Let's Get Past David Dao Day. Alitalia is collapsing (yeah, again). BA will remake JFK Terminal 7 and Alaska Air and Virgin America will move there. Delta bulks up against JetBlue at Logan. Statistics show Airbnb isn't hurting hotels. Another strike on the London Underground is coming. And more.

April 20 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Learning the lessons (or not) on denied boarding. Emirates claims (without evidence) that Trump is to blame for its U.S. flight cuts. A hotel atop a hotel at an Alabama mall. Alaska Air juggles flights at Dallas/Love Field. More woes at United Polaris. And more.

April 6 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Alternate carriers offer more choice on transcontinental routes. Low-fare transatlantic carriers expand U.S. routes. Alaska Airlines will keep Virgin America's Dallas/Love Field gates. DoubleTree by Hilton now slaps its name on factories. More Priority Pass options. And more.

March 30 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Trump Administration slow-walking appeals of the travel ban. Delta adds lie-flat beds on two new transcontinental routes. American now selling international premium economy seats. United's Polaris business class is delayed again. Oh, snap! Alaska and Branson fight over Virgin name--again.

March 23 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Alaska Airlines will dump Virgin brand and add more premium seats, but won't go lie-flat on transcon service. A new low-fare/high fee transatlantic airline is backed by British Airways and Iberia. Washington/National will replace hellish Gate 35X with a new concourse. Meet your shadow DOT Secretary. And much more.

March 16 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: American joins United in adding lots more O'Hare flights. Alaska Air bulks up in San Diego, too. Marriott super-elites get United Gold status. Air Canada adds two new (old) transborder routes. Huge losses at Turkish Airlines and Air India. United's Polaris seat woes. And much more.

March 9 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Alaska Airlines and Virgin America build a redoubt in the San Francisco Bay area. Priority Pass adds more domestic options. Six airlines win new routes to Mexico. Small-town America gets a little love from the major hotel chains. Qatar Airways adds double beds in business class. And much more.

March 2 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: United reverses course again. Singapore Air and Amex Platinum give--and take away. Delta says poles with signs will improve airport boarding areas. Hyatt will operate 1,800 rooms at a jinxed Bahamas resort. Tel Aviv gets more and better flights. And more.

February 23 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Norwegian Air adds 10 U.S. routes with a $65 bait-and-switch fare. The five cities with the most hotels in the development pipeline. Hainan Airlines adds two new routes to China from LAX and more are coming. The Trump Administration is now slow-walking a revised travel ban.

February 16 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: If these are good times to fly, why don't you feel better about travel? American's Phoenix hub shrinks. TSA "behavior detection" unit is fake news and fake science. Airlines are wild about Montreal flights. Delta restores coach meals on 12 long domestic routes. And more.

February 9 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Trump meets airline and airport executives. Flying to Cuba is so last year. Delta shuffles international schedules. Alaska Air adds two routes from Albuquerque. Hilton Honors drops an 'H' and the award chart. Not seeing red: At Air Canada, black is the new black. And more.

January 26 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Eleven more carriers get PreCheck privileges. New American 737 aircraft won't have seatback monitors. Air India will fly to Washington/Dulles. JAL adds a JFK-Haneda flight. Long Beach says no to international flights. Hilton creates another hotel brand. And more.

January 19 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: What is in your wallet? American invents nine boarding groups (and a secret one). Fear, loathing and delusion at the TSA. Delta adds seven more routes from Sea-Tac. Hyatt buys a chain of resorts. The DOT wants to change fare displays. And more.

January 12 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Falling international coach fares revive the two-seat scenario. Cathay Pacific is moving to Terminal 8 at New York/JFK. This week's intersection of politics and business travel. Another new batch of Marriott hotels. JetBlue is all WiFi all the time. And more.

January 5 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Southwest will fly to Cincinnati, but drop Canton and Dayton. Hong Kong Airlines launches a Vancouver route. A burst of frequent travel plan changes for the new year. Marriott grows Fairfield Inns fast. Another British Airways strike ahead. Global train talk. And more.

These columns originally appeared at JoeSentMe.com.

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