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 The Tactical Traveler for 1998

joe December 21 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Check your mileage ticker before the new year; life with laptop; the airline end game on travel-agent commissions; sublime and ridiculous travel deals; and much more.

December 14 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Plunging Asian currencies mean cheaper electronics; an 'old-fashioned' travel Web site; will carry-on luggage rules move the market?; a tiff over tipping; and more.

December 7 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Using mobile phones to bypass overpriced hotel phones; a slow start for the Heathrow Express; will hotels try airline-style alliances; New Year's football packages; and more.

November 30 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: 'Tis the season for hotel discounts; Paul Grimes is back on the travel beat; the airline-alliance scorecard; the Ghosts of strikes past and future; a bargain on the Concorde; and more.

November 23 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Use your miles or lose them; hotel REITs go back to the future; currency change, quite literally, on the fly; London hotel rates are falling; and more.

November 16 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Phony full-fare offers; airline safety in Cyberspace; a new generation of airline travel-pass programs; picture-taking for business travelers; Renaissance Hotels cuts its nightly rates; and more.

November 9 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Millennium mayhem; all or nothing at all for hotel dining; the regulatory lambs finally attack the airline lions; a new carrier's bargain fare to Basel; and more.

November 2 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: A snow-season strategy; fares, fair and otherwise; to the incumbents go the flights; consulting the airline Oracle, winter rate deals from Kempinski Hotels; and much more.

October 26 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Dialing for frequent-flyer miles; another airline rating scheme; the dollar weakens; travel taxation without representation; restaurants for business travelers; and more.

October 19 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Shop where you stop on the road; the time of the season; Hyatt's Wholly German Empire; falling rates for fall travel; and more.

October 12 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Test drive new cars at the rental lot; a language-translation Web site; the costly-city catalog; tips for kids in tow; lower rates at London hotels; and more.

October 5 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: The Brussels bonanza; the travel danger zone; travel by the numbers; the new Metro hotel in Milwaukee; venting by a usually unflappable journalist; and more.

September 28 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: The deals Down Under; how to pack like a pro; airline alliances sound like World War I alliances; flying with the cattle at EasyJet; cooking in Tuscany; and more.

September 21 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Cutting the cost of airport lounges; the site from Diners Club; the Grand Alliances of Spring look small now; Chicago is my kind of hotel town; Florida without flying; and more.

September 14 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Flying first class in Delta's dust; local voices on the Northwest strike; flat-rate mobile-phone pricing; a book of business-travel tips; a new Swiss carrier slashes fare; and more.

September 7 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Asian fares skyrocket; it's not Greek to this web site; misery loves company in flights; a Northwest strike update; a New York hotel bargain; and more.

August 31 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Short-term gain when you travel with dollars; a Web site with vision; how will fares move before and after a Northwest Airlines flight; a package with tennis for the U.S. open; and much more.

August 24 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Airpass plans for Europe; the battle of the Web city guides; flying to Africa isn't easy; a nice chicken sandwich at the airport; preferred hotel upgrades; and more.

August 17 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Bomb-scare scares; getting to the airport via the Web; robber barons of the air; the shape of a Sheraton-Westin loyalty program; Christmas in Lapland; and more.

August 10 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Contingencies for the Northwest Airlines strike; news from home via the Web; watch out for lost miles when Sheraton and Westin merge programs; sauce for the airline ganders from the EC; bed, breakfast and art in London; and more.

August 3 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Heads up for a fare war; where to find restaurants on the Web; why fuel is cheap and fares are high; Delta loves itself--and it shows; the Mansion on sale in Dallas; and more.

July 27 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Early warnings on Europe fares; Jon Carroll on airports; bigger isn't better at Hartsfield; a New York hotel contender; car-rental rate simplicity; and more.

July 20 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: The taxi cab conundrum in dangerous cities; hearing the news on the Web; deregulation doesn't play in Period; Cathay's All-Asia Pass improves; Sofitel's summer deals; and more.

July 13 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Rethinking Hawaii travel; on the road intelligence; frequent flyer program alliances; a superlative airport club at O'Hare; a Shanghai hotel surprise; and more.

July 6 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Training yourself in Hong Kong; airline Web sites update; making lemonade from hotel lemons; best Honolulu convention center hotel; a London hotel bargain; and more.

June 29 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Changing airports in London; finding CVBs on the Web; Iridium's irritating ads; high style and personal service in Washington; passing it around Europe; and more.

June 22 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Halting hotel-rate inflation; Crandall's after-American odyssey; double points for Oreos; low-ball pricing on Bali hotels; lower rates and more perks at Shangri-La; and more.

June 15 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Watch for falling laptop prices; the Star Alliance's deceptive Web site; a fare hike by any other name; hot rates in the hot season; and more.

June 8 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Not believing what you read about business travel; the Kai Tak countdown; World Cup Chaos in France; a paranoid book about business travel; Sunday driver's special; and more.

June 1 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Breaking the frequent flyer stranglehold; travel 'hot spots' on the Web; a cell-phone price war; a workhorse hotel in Frankfurt; an All-Star Game bundle; and more.

May 25 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Summer relief from steamy hotel prices; United gets pushed; ugly numbers at fortress hubs; the right book on travel rights; a London hotel rarity; and more.

May 18 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: It's all in the calling cards; a subway navigator on the Web; flying planes older than you are; what do business travelers want most; a rare sale on Japan fares; and more.

May 11 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Don't go back to the counter; deciphering the rules of the road; the statistical state of affairs; lodging perfection in Chicago; big deals Down Under; and more.

May 4 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Shooting the currency gap to lower Asian fares; Bib at his best on the Web; mergers, monopolies and frequent flyer programs; fighting the power; putting on the Ritz (Carlton) for less; and more.

April 27 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: All's fare in the frequent flyer programs; a digital tool from Forbes; asleep at the switch at AT&T; TWA's short-trip strategy; fast starts and free seats in Tampa; and more.

April 20 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: The price isn't right at Priceline.com; beat the car-rental gas gambit; is the wild ride over for airline stocks; Radio Maxa; are E-tickets the real ticket; good hotels at great rates; and more.

April 13 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Warsaw's the way to lower fares; get your 'stuff' from Magellan's; all in the (hotel) family; dim sum at the departure gate; Paris, when the prices sizzle; and more.

April 6 Briefing for Business Travelers
This week: Unfair fares on code-share flights; useful downloads from AT&T; the Tokyo two-step on flights on slots; Trump gets it right on Broadway; how in-flight food is changing on long-haul flights; and much more.

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