The Tactical Traveler for 2018
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TACTICAL TRAVELER
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.


June 28 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Marriott releases award chart for its to-be-named-later new program. United opens Polaris Lounge in Houston. Hyatt and Chase roll out a credit card with better benefits. British Airways dumps Oakland flight permanently. El Al cracks down on bigots. And more.

June 21 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Will JetBlue founder David Neeleman help us fly around the hubs with a new airline? The TSA tells passengers to take a powder. Delta juggles international routes, but don't ask too many questions. Marriott is taking over the lodging landscape. And much more.

June 14 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Boeing 737 MAX now flies long hauls, too. Southwest and Alaska airlines add to their route networks. Priority Pass brings (a little) relief to club-poor Dulles and Newark airports. Norwegian cuts another U.S. route. And much more.

June 8 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Airlines, hotels and credit cards shuffle the loyalty deck again. Virgin Atlantic dumps Vegas, but adds an LAX-Manchester run. Limited-service hotels are the coin of the lodging realm. American Airlines adds more RJ routes. El Al delays launch of San Francisco flights. And much more.

May 31 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Hidden trip wires that could mess with your travel this summer. Delta shuffles its autumn route map. Singapore Airlines will try again with Newark and LAX nonstops. Hilton slaps its brands on a slew of hotels in China and Britain. More hotels for Montreal. And much more.

May 17 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: It is Marriott's world. We just check in to it. United shifts some feeder routes to Dulles from Newark. Delta begins pre-select meal service for international flyers. Alaska Air adds new fees and ticket rules. Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas moving to Hilton. And much more.

May 10 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Gogo Inflight might soon be gonegone. United and JetBlue alter their routes to Mexico. Hyatt finally adds some hotels (but not many). Airlines take another run at Havana service. Marriott opens hotels in Africa. Chase trims a Priority Pass perk. And much more.

May 3 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: New sun runs and beach hotels to burn your miles and points. Useful new clubs at key hub airports. PreCheck for five new international airlines. American will dump Chicago-Beijing route. Video of a nearly catastrophic near miss in San Francisco. And much more.

April 26 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: JetBlue is heading West with new routes around the region. Better perks coming for United and American credit cardholders. United Airlines finally opens a second Polaris business class lounge. Alaska Airlines trims some Virgin America routes. The strikes will continue at Air France into May. Marriott begins testing homestay rentals. And much more.

April 19 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Alaska Air will switch Virgin America flights to new computers next week. Los Angeles finally gets its Amex Centurion Lounge. Delta will expand winter flying to Europe. Air Canada upgrades business class on some long-haul U.S. and Canada flights. And much more.

April 12 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: The TSA doesn't like your cluttered carry-on. Why does British Airways' parent company want to buy Norwegian? Alaska Airlines trims carry-on bag size. Marriott unveils a new frequent guest plan next week. Prepare to be livid. Delta offers free credit monitoring. And more.

April 5 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Airlines still want Havana routes for some reason. Alaska Airlines juggles its California route network. Memphis closes an airport concourse. France transportation is in chaos. The once-grand Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia changes names again. And more.

March 29 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Denver gets two new airport lounges--and we get a peek behind the financial curtain of clubs. Air New Zealand is flying to Chicago and Qantas won't be far behind. France's double trouble: Air France and railroad strikes. More awful American Airlines planes. And more.

March 22 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: The spending bill is mostly good news for business travelers. April in Paris (and May and June) will be nasty. Hotel chains bulk up in California. Airlines bounce back from this week's storm. Delta restores more hub flights. Southwest adds six routes. And more.

March 15 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: United Airlines is putting the brakes on Polaris. Chicago plans a 35-gate, $8.5-billion expansion at O'Hare. Air France/KLM Flying Blue eliminates award charts. Air Canada says wait 'til next year for new flights to warm-weather destinations. Hotels continue rapid global expansion. And more.

March 1 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Airlines make your day-to-day travel worse with new fees, crappy "cheap" fares and less comfortable seats. Hyatt adds home and apartment rentals to frequency plan. A burst of airport hotels and international flights. Delta loses to the NRA in Georgia. And more.

February 8 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Marriott jacks award prices at 20 percent of hotels. Air France and KLM join PreCheck. El Al flies to San Francisco. WestJet adds flights to Paris and London from Halifax. More hotels in Middle America. Delta cuts in Tokyo, adds in Cincinnati. And more.

January 25 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: International travel costs more--and the Trump Administration may (or may not) like that. Delta adds flights at Sea-Tac and Boston. America's lodging future will probably carry a Marriott brand name. Newark gets nonstops to Dubai and Abidjan. And more.

January 18 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: Why Alaska Airlines will fly from Paine Field just 35 miles north of its Sea-Tac hub. Embassy Suites takes another run at Manhattan. Emirates saves the Airbus A380--for now. Seoul/Incheon opens a new terminal for Korean Air and SkyTeam. Wyndham Hotels buys LaQuinta. And more.

January 11 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: American Airlines shrank in 2017 while Delta and United grew. Hilton overhauls Hilton Honors and eliminates the "double dip." Lufthansa switching to Airbus A350s on three routes to Munich. Future of hotels? Big chains. Virgin America finally disappears. And more.

January 4 Briefing for Business Travelers
The briefing in brief: "Private" air traffic control loses its Congressional sponsor. Hotel chains fiddle with frequency programs. Johnnie Walker opens a store in Miami Airport. Qantas adds an SFO-Melbourne route. Hyatt's small expansion. TSA backpedals on Real ID. Again. And much more.

These columns originally appeared at JoeSentMe.com.

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