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Rental Car Programs And What They Can Do For You

One of the most overlooked aspects to travel is the rental car.  Unless you are working in a downtown area, or one with good access between your work site (tourist spot), hotel, and the airport, you most likely have to get a rental car.  Most companies that have extensive travel have one or more  rental car companies that they have negotiated agreements with.  While you are of course bound to choose one your corporation has an agreement with (if they impose such a policy) ...

Anti-Merger Oberstar Defeated, Replaced by Pro-Business former Northwest Pilot

Normally, the political shift that occurred yesterday would have no place on a travel blog.  However, the outcome of one of the races has major implications for the wave of consolidations that have swept the US airline industry.  

For those who do not know James Oberstar, he is currently the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and has been the most vocal critic in Washington against airline mergers.  He threatened to do everything he ...

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Good Contest

Doing my regular checking of avaition blogs, I found a link to this contest.  I don't think anybody here would complain about a free mileage/segment run. And for those charitably minded, they are also donating 5 miles for each entry.  While not a lot, it does build up when you figure out the number of people registering.

So, what sort of run would you construct if you won the contest? 

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Weekend Saver Awards

Weekend Saver Awards are possibly one of the best things for United, and one of the worst things for consumers.  These are special awards that function almost exactly like e-fares, except that instead of paying with cash, you are using miles.  The selection is much more limited than e-fares, and the redemption is a marginally better rate than a regular domestic saver coach award.  With the flights from 15k-19k miles on a domestic round-trip, it makes me wonder how many people ...

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What Sort of Flyer Are You?

I've been grounded for a few weeks, but I will be taking a road trip to Charlotte this weekend for an event (and have a good hotel rate, that goes great with the Hilton promotion).  But in the meantime, I stumbled across this article while I was catching up on my blog reading.   I'll post the quick summaries below, but in the article they give a great breakdown that is extremely detailed in backgrounds in preferences.

Window choosers are more likely to be ...
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Crocodile as a part of a plane crash

 Recently, there was a crash of a propeller plane in Africa, initially thought to be the result of a lack of fuel, but according to the report of a survivor, the real reason is quite different:

The propeller plane was approaching its destination when, according to the sole survivor's account, a crocodile hidden in somebody's carry-on bag escaped and caused a panic. Passengers stampeded to one side of the tiny plane, causing it to be thrown off-balance.

As someone ...

Introduction

First, allow me introduce myself. I'm Nick and I work in the technology industry for a major multi-national corporation, in a position where I am traveling pretty much all the time I am working.  I do not live in a hub airport (RDU, although 3 airlines do use my current home as a focus city).  I am a United Premier Executive by segments, along with being Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Platinum, and Marriott Silver.  I do make a few personal trips, but I keep those down ...

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