Business Travel In 2060 (White Paper)

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When I was browsing the Economist over the weekend, I came across one article (access here) about the business travel in the next 50 years that was based on a white paper published by AirPlus (download the white paper here).

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Of course, nobody can tell for sure what the next 50 years will bring, but that doesn’t prevent someone coming up with scenarios.

beVancouver $75 Amex Gift Card Per Stay Promotion

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beVancouver is run by the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association (VHDA) that consists of 37 hotels in the downtown Vancouver, BC. To trump the business during the slower winter months the association is now offering $75 Amex gift card per stay.

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This offer is valid for stays until February 28, 2014, that are booked by December 31, 2013. Note that the rates offered on beVancouver websites are not prepaid and are completely cancelable per the cancellation deadline.

SNL Comedy Skit: The Worst Lady On An Airplane

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Two months ago, the SNL had a skit about airline priority boarding (access here). This time “the worst lady on an airplane” is giving out hints and tips for holiday travel.

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The entire skit is hilarious and all the “tips” are those annoying things that some passengers do.

Complimentary LMTC (Last Minute Travel Club) 12-Month Membership

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Last Minute Travel Club (LMTC) is part of Last Minute travel, but requires you to be a member before having access to their hotel prices.

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Luckily, LMTC usually runs a promotion once a year for 12-month complimentary membership.

New Airline Seat Concept With Adjustable Seat Width

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By now, LoyaltyLobby readers should know that I like the Economist magazine a lot for the quality content they produce. They had interesting piece on an airline seat concept (read more here) that was partially taken from another website Verge (read more here).

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Seymourpowell has come up with a new design concept that would allow the airlines to sell the seat based on the width used.

Boeing 777X Launch

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There is an interesting piece on the WSJ (read here) about the launch of the new Boeing 777X that should happen at the Dubai Airshow that starts tomorrow (November 17).

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The plane is expected to hold 350 to 400 passengers and be ready for deployment sometime around 2020 (you never know with the new airplanes), although this is more of a derivative of the current 777 than a brand new model.

The Atlantic On Airline Fees (Economist Series Video)

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The Atlantic has a video up on their site (access here) on “Economic In Plain English”-series about airlines fees and how they got so bad.

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The main message on the video is that the fees got so bad because of us. How could it be?

FAA Allows Electronic Devices To Be Used From Gate To Gate

FAA made an announcement on Thursday that electronic devices no longer need to be turned off during taxi, take off and landing. Cell phones still need to be turned off, however. You can read more about this on CNN’s website here.

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Until now, the FAA has required that all the devices must be off until the plane has risen above 10,000 feet.

Shrinking Airline Seats & Widening Passengers

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WSJ (Wall Street Journal) had an interesting piece yesterday about the shrinking width of the airplane seats in economy. You can access the full article here.

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Airlines have started to order their planes with more seats per row than previously and this will lead to tighter space for all in economy. Especially those that have heavy frame or are overweight will feel uncomfortable in coach.

SNL Comedy Skit: Airline Priority Boarding

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The number of boarding groups that the US airlines have has become borderline comical. The SNL (Saturday Night Live) live comedy program had a funny sketch about them this weekend.

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There shouldn’t be geographical block to access this video from Yahoo’s archives here. Edit: The Yahoo doesn’t seem to work for all. I have now linked it to NBC’s archives here.

More Boeing 787 Woes: LOT’s Forced Landing In Iceland & Norwegian’s Grounded Plane

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There were more bad Boeing 787 news when I turned Bloomberg on this morning. Seems that the reliability of these planes is not getting any better after all the earlier incidents this year.

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You can read more about the LOT incident on Reuters article here and about the Norwegian incident on WSJ piece here.

Chengdu Is The Fourth Chinese City For 72-Hour Visa Free Transits

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Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou all instituted visa free transits for international transit passengers for stays of three days or less earlier this year.

Both Shanghai and Beijing had shorter visa free transit previously that allowed passenger to leave the airport and roam the city.

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Now, Chengdu, the provincial capital of the Sichuan region of China, is joining the above mentioned cities and started to offer this same 3-day visa free transits from the beginning of September.

IBahn Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Didn’t see this coming. How could hotel internet provider find its business so unprofitable that they need to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy?

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For those outside of the North America, the chapter 11 bankruptcy is not a bankruptcy where the company would be liquidated. It is rather reorganization of existing debt and other liabilities. Most of the US Airlines have done it at least one time.

The Most Liveable Cities (And Likely Tourist Friendly As Well)

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The Economist Magazine’s EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) has again published a report of worlds most liveable cities that you can download here and access the Economist web page for the story here.

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All of the cities is assigned a rating based on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories of stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure. These are then tallied together to come up with a liveability number between 1-100, where 1 would be intolerable and 100 ideal.

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