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“Frankenstorm” is grounding thousands of flights across the globe. As the hurricane travels up the eastern seaboard, scores of travelers are left stranded from Hong Kong to Europe.
The AP reports that major carriers, such as American Airlines, United and Delta, cancelled all flights into and out of three area airports in New York, the nation’s busiest airspace. According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, nearly 7,500 flights had been canceled for Monday and Tuesday, almost all related to the storm.
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(Fly.com and Fodors.com)
Finding the best seat on a plane and utilizing ones award points to snag an upgrade are two highly sought after perks for seasoned travelers. But putting the two together, so you can not only find a desirable seat, but use your points to nab it — well, that’s Nirvana.
In two recent articles, ExpertFlyer is featured as a top resource for both. Read Fly.com’s story on “How to get the Best Seat on a Plane,” and Fodors.com’s piece on “Top Tools for Tracking Points and Miles.”
According to a study by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), business trip volume is expected to slip to 438.1 million from 445 million last year – a 1.6% drop. While total U.S. business travel spending will be up 2.6% to $257 billion by the end of 2012, the increase in spending is largely driven by higher travel costs.
MarketWatch reports that business travel declines are principally due to factors, such as Europe’s economic woes, a slowdown in China and stubbornly high unemployment in the U.S.
Travel troubleshooter, Christopher Elliott, questions whether American Airlines recent labor trouble with pilots is a sign of bigger long-term problems. Still operating under bankruptcy protection since late last year, scores of pilots have reported in sick for work or have slowed operations by filing additional maintenance reports. The net effect: hundreds of flight cancellations and concern over how this aviation icon will weather mounting issues.