The Tactical Traveler for 2001

joe The Year-End Briefing Briefing for Business Travelers
Here are some of the best items published in The Tactical Traveler during 2001. Among the items: How to buy two adjacent seats in coach; Northwest slashes legroom in first class; Congress grants airlines $5 billion (costing every American $17.85), then regrets its decision; and more.

December 20 Briefing for Business Travelers
A 60-day strike countdown at United; how AirTran drives down fares in Delta territory; LAX restores curbside service; 11 planes were off-course or out of touch on 9/11; airlines continue to shuffle schedules; and much more.

December 13 Briefing for Business Travelers
Midway returns next week; AirTran fills the gap at BWI; the new Salk Airport Guide is out; Diners Club begins accepting online payments; the definition of terminal dump; Amtrak needs a liquidation plan; and much more.

December 6 Briefing for Business Travelers
The Feds won't operate fast-track security screening; Midway will fly again; United and US Airways offer selected discounts; Orbitz now charges for the privilege of being an airline customer; the politics of airline snacks; and much more.

November 29 Briefing for Business Travelers
The DOT will miss its deadline for screening checked bags; Dogbert Airlines flies; Sun Country contracts, but WestJet expands; Emirates delays its U.S. flights; two carriers begin selling frequent-flyer miles to travelers; and much more.

November 22 Briefing for Business Travelers
United is 90 days from a strike; Northwest delays the new Detroit terminal again; DFW builds a passenger center; Yahoo! adds security news; the DOT has a bad record on security deadlines; and much more.

November 15 Briefing for Business Travelers
Congress votes on the federalization of airport screening; LAX tacks a $10 fee on car rentals; Canada 3000 goes under; airlines get another tax bailout; United Airlines protects its elite flyers; and more.

November 8 Briefing for Business Travelers
Northwest pollutes the muddied fare waters; low-fare carriers prosper while full-fare airlines bleed; TWA reaches the end of the road; Continental and British Airways add surcharges; and much more.

November 1 Briefing for Business Travelers
Aviation security legislation heads for oblivion; the nation's alternate airlines introduce new flights to Florida; international carriers are slashing their flights to the United States; America West extends the credentials of its elite frequent flyers through 2002; and our "no-fly zone" of airlines and routes to avoid right now.

October 25 Briefing for Business Travelers
Major developments at the airports in Washington, Los Angeles and Newark; three luxury hotel chains expand their reach; airlines extend their double-mile offers; Delta introduces Web-based award redemption; and an update on airline safety and security issues.

October 18 Briefing for Business Travelers
Airports scale back their expansion plans; fare sales at the nation's alternate carriers; the Concorde resumes service next month; airlines sharply reduce routes to Japan; United's cutbacks will impact the flights of 90 percent of its customers in November and December; and Alaska and Hawaiian airlines forge a code-share and frequent-flyer link.

October 11 Briefing for Business Travelers
The FAA plays a numbers game on carry-on bags; our weekly update of America's alternate carriers; the airlines close a raft of airport clubs; Air Canada creates its low-fare carrier; two more firms ease their rules for qualifying for elite status; several more fatal tragedies mar the air-travel landscape; and Aloha slashes the price of flying to paradise.

October 4 Briefing for Business Travelers
Airlines launch the fare sales and mileage promotions; Washington's Reagan National reopens and curbside check-in resumes at most other airports; legislators are already beginning to regret the $5 billion airline bailout; new luxury hotels are opening, but without the hoopla; and Swissair and Ansett resume flying.

September 27 Briefing for Business Travelers
Airlines plan big fare sales next week and hotel chains and car-rental firms are sure to follow; don't fly Pan Am if you travel with a laptop; a quick look at the route and service cutbacks; your share of the taxpayer-funded airline bailout is $17.85; and several carriers impose "security" surcharges.

September 19 Briefing for Business Travelers
Airlines face 50 percent capacity cuts before the end of the year; Southwest bucks the trend and resumes flying its full schedule; Ansett Australia folds and Reagan National Airport remains closed; and you won't believe what is being confiscated from travelers at security checkpoints.

Emergency Briefing for Business Travelers on September 13
The information reported here was accurate as of 10 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, September 13. Due to the extremely fluid nature of events arising out of Tuesday's tragedy, however, you should reconfirm all relevant details and be prepared for drastic changes with little or no notice.

September 6 Briefing for Business Travelers
How to buy two cheap coach seats to increase your personal space; our weekly look at America's alternate airlines; the two best Web sites for airline-safety information; Amtrak is losing $21 for every passenger it carries; British Airways rolls out a huge fall promotion for business-class travel; and much more.

August 30 Briefing for Business Travelers
The Laptop Lane chain of airport business centers collapses; American Airlines and British Airways launch a Web site to promote their bid for antitrust immunity; TWA drops its remaining Middle East flights; Hilton and Marriott offer more points and miles; heavy losses don't deter the airlines from adding flights on peculiar international routes; and much more.

August 23 Briefing for Business Travelers
Desperate airlines won't lower fares, but are inventing creative promotions; our weekly look at America's alternative carriers; Marriott ends its energy surcharges; Hyatt upgrades its Business Plan rates; Concorde may soon return to the skies; Korea's carriers take a safety hit; strange tales of sex at the airport; and much more.

August 16 Briefing for Business Travelers
United and American's much-ballyhooed new fares from Chicago are much less appealing than they seem; Midway Airlines flies into bankruptcy and slashes flights; an anonymous passenger-rights Web site wants your name; JetBlue and Frontier mount fare sales; and much more.

August 9 Briefing for Business Travelers
Negotiators race the strike clock at United Express/Air Wisconsin; Southwest and Canada 3000 are adding more low-fare flights; Hilton drops its energy surcharge; Cathay Pacific resumes its New York flights; United and TWA improve some first-class seats; and much more.

August 2 Briefing for Business Travelers
Northwest delays the opening of Detroit's new terminal for six weeks and claims an "on-time arrival"; Continental retreats on a lawsuit against a frequent-flyer coupon broker; several hotel chains are ready to drop their energy surcharges; United's lost-baggage rate skyrockets--again; and much more.

July 26 Briefing for Business Travelers
JetBlue and Southwest bring their low fares to new cities; New Orleans names its airport after Satchmo; Los Angeles covers up art at LAX; how alternate carriers broke the US Airways monopoly in Buffalo; new hotels keep opening despite the economic slump; a call for a two-drink limit on flights; and much more.

July 19 Briefing for Business Travelers
Loss-plagued major carriers begin considering a drastic overhaul of the fare structure; Delta and AirTran go to war in Atlanta; United Airlines continues to pay the price for last summer's meltdown; Northwest Airlines offers a free Minneapolis stopover on Canadian flights; and Delta reduces service in some BusinessElite cabins.

July 12 Briefing for Business Travelers
Air Wisconsin is 30 days from a strike; work stoppages cripple Cathay Pacific and Iberia; Frontier is nipping at United's heels in Denver; Four Points hotels open at six U.S. airports; Alaska Airlines comes East; there's a unique golf club hotel just seven miles from London's Heathrow Airport; and much more.

July 5 Briefing for Business Travelers
Northwest adds seats--but reduces legroom--in its domestic first-class cabins; our weekly report on America's alternate airlines; Chicago mayor Richard Daley has grandiose--and expensive--plans for O'Hare; several major international airlines face strikes this month; and much more.

June 28 Briefing for Business Travelers
Comair begins to rebuild its Cincinnati hub; AirTran and Delta duke it out on fares--and bend the truth--in Atlanta; President Bush's intervention in a potential American Airlines strike raises serious questions; hotels in Hong Kong and New York change names; a desperate El Al slashes summer business-class fares to Israel; and much more.

June 21 Briefing for Business Travelers
Hotels extend energy surcharge to more properties; Southwest Airlines flies into its 30th year; Hertz adds luxury-car rentals at 20 airports; Detroit/Metro will increase its passenger-facility fees; American Airlines races a July 1 deadline in contract negotiations with flight attendants; and much more.

June 14 Briefing for Business Travelers
TWA begins converting to American's more spacious coach seating configuration; our weekly report on America's alternate carriers; CBS MarketWatch adds a business-travel columnist; Northwest is finally renewing its aging fleet; airline strikes are causing chaos around the world; and much more.

June 7 Briefing for Business Travelers
Europe will be an incredible summer vacation bargain; ProAir may live to fly again; an invaluable new business-travel news Web site; Detroit's new midfield terminal may not open on time; and Transportation Secretary Mineta now doubts that the United-US Airways merger will be approved.

May 31 Briefing for Business Travelers
Good news and bad news on fares; alternate carriers will expand dramatically this summer; the State Department's mealy-mouthed terrorism warning; AT&T introduces Internet-capable airport phones; Japan Airlines has a bonus for first- and business-class travelers; and much more.

May 17 Briefing for Business Travelers
The United-US Airways deal may be dead; several alternate airlines are launching new flights; the end of the TWA Aviators program; and British Airways launches an amazing summer fare sale to Europe; and much more.

May 10 Briefing for Business Travelers
AirTran challenges US Airways on a key route; Air Canada eliminates Roots Air after less than two months of competition; two of three United Shuttle flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles are delayed or canceled; a new terminal opens in Minneapolis; and much more.

May 3 Briefing for Business Travelers
Expect big discounts now that the Caribbean off-season has begun; the new Canada 3000 gets off to a rough start; dead airlines live on the Web; Qantas wants to buy out a low-fare Australian competitor; airlines continue shuffling their international routes; and much more.

April 26 Briefing for Business Travelers
Marriott introduces unrestricted hotel awards; American inconveniences TWA Aviators members; our weekly look at America's alternate carriers; there's chaos in the skies of Australia and New Zealand; El Al hits the skids; and much more.

April 19 Briefing for Business Travelers
The airlines lose their taste for carry-on baggage sizing templates; Canada 3000 prepares to challenge Air Canada's monopoly; a slew of major hotels change names and management; five Nordic nations join Europe's passport-free travel zone; hotels in London and Paris reduce rates; and much more.

April 12 Briefing for Business Travelers
Desperate times mean a startling business-class fare sale at Delta; Aloha Airlines is expanding its service between Hawaii and the mainland; San Francisco airport will impose a passenger-facility charge this fall; a must-avoid new hotel in New York; good news on the strike front at Northwest and Delta; and much more.

April 5 Briefing for Business Travelers
Airlines add new flights to Asia; a new mileage-exchange site is a flop; our weekly look at America's alternate airlines; carriers add new flights to Europe even though traffic is falling; the new Athens airport is in crisis; there's some progress at Kennedy in New York; and much more.

March 29 Briefing for Business Travelers
Both sides dig in for a long strike at Comair; fare sales at the nation's alternate carriers; a flash point in Delta's negotiations with pilots; the TWA purchase irritates labor at American; new airports in Seoul and Athens get off to rocky starts; and much more.

March 22 Briefing for Business Travelers
"Split" tickets can save big bucks on some international itineraries; our weekly look at the nation's alternate airlines; how to track a possible Comair/Delta Connection strike on the Web; Roots Air takes off next week in Canada; a safety scare for two-engine, over-water jets; and much more.

March 15 Briefing for Business Travelers
Midway Airport gets a new passenger terminal; Ryanair plans a European hub in Brussels; a Web site devoted to a closed airport; the dollar surges in value around the world; President Bush delays, but can't stop, a strike at Northwest; the $99 deals to London are back; and much more.

March 8 Briefing for Business Travelers
Protecting yourself against possible strikes at Northwest and Comair; more new flights from Southwest, JetBlue and WestJet; updates on the proposed TWA-American and United-US Airways mergers; travelers are booking away from high-fare airlines; and much more.

March 1 Briefing for Business Travelers
More flights to the nation's high-tech centers; our weekly review of America's alternate carriers; how Canada is surviving the Air Canada merger; a range of new international flights; a stylish new airport hotel in Rome; and much more.

February 22 Briefing for Business Travelers
Several of your favorite hotels may have just changed names; Roots Air gears up for its launch in Canada; business centers open at two Florida airports; a new arrivals lounge opens at Heathrow; nonstop flights between the United States and Nigeria resume; and much more.

February 15 Briefing for Business Travelers
Contrary to media reports, airlines do not face immediate work stoppages; our weekly look at the nation's alternate carriers; the Transportation Department says (surprise!) that voluntary airline customer service plans are failing; Newark Airport's monorail still doesn't work; the airlines say Athens' new airport isn't ready to open; and much more.

February 8 Briefing for Business Travelers
Airlines roll out February bargains for international travel; JetBlue is transforming fares and traffic in New York; Hilton expands its appealing Hilton Garden Inn chain; frequent flyers convicted of indiscretions are sentenced to (no kidding!) caning and flogging; major carriers contributed twice as much to Republicans as Democrats during the recent election campaign; and much more.

February 1 Briefing for Business Travelers
Kansas City is becoming a bastion of airline competition; JetBlue starts daylight transcontinental flights; a restaurant where you can wait out the inevitable flight delays at LaGuardia; Air Canada gets some meaningful competition; Korean Air launches a long-haul nonstop from Seoul to Washington; several more airlines raise their ticket-change fees; and much more.

January 25 Briefing for Business Travelers
Continental crows about profits, then raises ticketing fees; our weekly look at the nation's alternate carriers; Air Canada flies into the Silicon Valley; a Los Angeles judge upholds Southwest's fat-flyer surcharge; Camino Real and Hilton join forces in Mexico; two airlines offer cheap premium-class companion fares; and much more.

January 18 Briefing for Business Travelers
Three new Transportation Department studies say the major airlines try to eliminate low-fare competition; Southwest's profits soar while full-fare carriers flounder; more valuable reading on the potentially fatal Economy-Class Syndrome; SAS adds a fourth class of service; Continental will offer more seats to Hawaii; and much more.

January 11 Briefing for Business Travelers
Europe's winter fare sales are underway; Frontier surges at Denver as domestic travelers book away from United; Air Canada claims everything's rosy up north; a court rules against baggage-sizing templates at Washington/Dulles; Northwest pays $7.1 million to settle a snowstorm suit; United extends Economy Plus seating to international routes; and much more.

January 4 Briefing for Business Travelers
Delta hits the skids in its squabble with pilots; our weekly look at the nation's alternative airlines; an Alitalia protest Web site joins other anti-airline sites; Bush's nominee for Transportation Secretary is a qualified token Democrat; free flights to and hotel rooms in Hawaii suddenly get scarcer; and much more.

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