Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Business | The Airport Lounge Is Much Improved, if You Can Squeeze In Advertisement Supported by ByJulie Weed July 22, 2019 The airport lounge ain’t what it used to be. Once seen as quiet retreats for businessmen on expense accounts looking to get some work done, lounges are now trying to serve a variety of purposes and, in the process, have become one more area of competition among the airlines and independent operators. Some lounges are offering spa treatments and expansive views of the tarmac, and most are upgrading their food options. A few have even added playrooms for families traveling with children. With the robust economy, more passengers than ever are willing to pay to get into the lounges, said Gary Leff, creator of the travel advice website View From the Wing. And that has added to a … [Read more...] about The Airport Lounge Is Much Improved, if You Can Squeeze In
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Finding respite from airport mobs getting tougher Chris McGinnis Updated 8:59 am PDT, Monday, June 24, 2019 Delta’s exceptional Sky Club at SFO is getting harder to access (Chris McGinnis) Delta’s exceptional Sky Club at SFO is getting harder to access (Chris McGinnis) Photo: Chris McGinnis Photo: Chris McGinnis Image 1 of / 85 Caption Close Image 1 of 85 Delta’s exceptional Sky Club at SFO is getting harder to access (Chris McGinnis) Delta’s exceptional Sky Club at SFO is getting harder to access (Chris McGinnis) Photo: Chris McGinnis Crowding pushes airport lounges to raise prices, limit access 1 / 85 Back to Gallery United celebrates Pride Month this June … [Read more...] about Crowding pushes airport lounges to raise prices, limit access
Every once in a while I’ll be on a tour or staying at a hotel where I can’t help but hear the conversations around me. Sometimes I hear something that makes me stop what I’m doing and listen. The latest happened on a trip to Peru recently when one traveler asked, in amazement, “Why would you use a debit card to pay for an $8,000 tour? Are you out of your mind?!” The recipient of this question mumbled something about responsible spending and not going into debt, but the others at the table hit him with a barrage of arguments that had him saying, “Okay, OKAY—I get it. So what card should I get?” On the one hand, you’ve got to admire a guy who got to retirement age without putting things on a credit card. That restraint and fiscal responsibility are admirable. On the other hand, half the people at that table I was eavesdropping on had not paid for their flight—they cashed in miles to get to Peru. This guy, on the other hand, had … [Read more...] about Are You Getting All the Credit Card Perks for Travelers?
While you’re waiting out a long layover, nothing seems more enticing than the airport lounge. With amenities like free Wi-Fi, drinks, snacks, and glossy magazines, these airport lounges feel like the answer to most of your travel annoyances. At the very least, they can give you sanctuary from the concourse noise and hubbub. Entrance to most airport lounges usually comes free for those carrying a first- or business-class ticket (and often, for economy-class flyers carrying an active military ID). But for the rest of us stuck in the back of the plane, there are ways to gain access to these comfy inner sanctums without shelling out thousands of dollars for an upgrade. When you’re the one sinking into a cushy armchair instead of clamoring for a seat at the gate, you’ll be glad to have airport lounge access as a respite from the usual airport irritations. Following are a few ways that savvy travelers can get into airport lounges, even if their tickets read … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Score Airport Lounge Access
Robin Saks Frankel, NerdWallet Published 11:48 am CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Ever come back from a family vacation feeling like you need a vacation? All the planning, packing, kid-corralling and sightseeing can make adventure time an exhausting time. Here’s a tip: Try thinking of your credit card as an efficient little suitcase. If you have the right one, you can unpack a bundle of time- and money-saving benefits that can make your family trip easier. This is how credit cards can help make your family travel more about fun and less about labor. » MORE: How to choose a travel credit card 1. Get treated like a VIP at the airport Many travel credit cards come with an annual fee — but if you’re traveling with a family, it might still save you money. The Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers complimentary Priority Pass Select membership, which lets you and a limited number of … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Credit Cards Rule for Family Vacations