2021 Archive
Business Travel Briefings
Joe Brancatelli created The Tactical Traveler in 1998 for the now-defunct Biztravel.com. The column was conceived as a series of items that would make frequent business travelers more productive on the road. There was also a heaping helping of Joe's trademark cynicism about the travel industry and its practices. After the 9/11 terrorism attacks, however, Joe recreated Tactical Traveler as the news and analysis column for JoeSentMe. There's still plenty of skepticism, of course, because life on the road makes us a wary lot.

JANUARY 14 BRIEFING FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS
The briefing in brief: The CDC orders negative Coronavirus tests for all international arrivals. Marriott cuts 2021 elite-status requirements. The DOT approves an American-JetBlue alliance. United slashes long-haul Hawaii routes and delays JFK relaunch. Canada skies empty as Air Canada and WestJet drop flights. Washington and Washington-area airports lock down after Capitol Riots. And more.

JANUARY 7 BRIEFING FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS
The briefing in brief: Elaine Chao quits as the Transportation Secretary and her motive is, um, political. Sonesta suddenly grows to 1,200 hotels. Alaska Airlines adds more long-haul nonstops from Southern California. Airlines go to the dogs--and only the dogs. WestJet will resume Boeing 737 MAX flying. The humbling of the Airbus A380. And more.

JANUARY 3 BRIEFING FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS
The briefing in brief: 2020's travel numbers were brutally bad. Emirates becomes the first Middle East carrier with a premium economy cabin. Delta and WestJet abandon proposed alliance. A new "Velcro" hotel in San Francisco. Delta suffers another operational meltdown over Christmas. A widowed swan mourns on Germany's rails. And much more.