Maximizing credit card benefits; UK rental car scrape finally paid off by Chase Visa; Wall Street Journal's US airport rankings compared to Skytrax's international scores; my Christmas gift guide for frequent travelers.
Regional jet delays; effects of "de-hubbing" on airports; frequent business travel -- poor health choices and the need for "mindfulness;. time needed for a fun layover tour; my Chicago restaurant and taproom recommendations
A last-minute trip to Pune, India provided material for this episode: a visa dash, very hands-on airport security, worthless rupee notes, flight disruptions. We read obits for smart bag companies and hear why MSP's T2 isn't so ghetto after all.
Talk about physical travel technology rather than latest phone app; TSA K9 screening; new Lyft gadget; TravelCommons now on Alexa; National Business Travelers Day; dingy terminals in Detroit and Minneapolis, and flight attendants' safety demonstrations have become a bit more strident.
Four weeks into the new year and 50% have already ditched New Year's resolutions, but there's still time to get 2018 travel status lined up. Over the holiday break, I bought a non-smart carry-on to replace my now-banned Bluesmart; I walk through my shopping criteria.