2024 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.

FEBRUARY 18 BRIEFING FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS
The briefing in brief: American Express opens a huge airport lounge in Atlanta and Delta Air Lines promises three business-class-only clubs this year. Hilton steals Small Luxury Hotels from Hyatt. British Airways resumes Tel Aviv flights in April, but American Airlines delays its return again. Carl Icahn takes a 9.91% stake in JetBlue and immediately receives two board seats. United grounded five jets this week because of an obsolete FAA regulation. Would Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart use rolling luggage? And more.

FEBRUARY 3 BRIEFING FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS
The briefing in brief: Air France and Austrian Airlines launch intriguing new U.S. routes. United will trim SFO flights in late spring. American launches flights to Brisbane, Australia, and will begin a New York-Tokyo route. Start-up BermudAir will begin flying to Baltimore/Washington and Orlando. Ted Cruz wants politicians to get escorts and private airport security screening. Eurostar will continue direct trains between London and Amsterdam after all. And more.

JANUARY 21 BRIEFING FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS
The briefing in brief: JetBlue and Spirit are shocked--shocked!--that their proposed merger has been blocked. New transborder routes will make travel between the United States and Canada easier. SAS will fly to Atlanta as it transitions to the SkyTeam Alliance. The newest Las Vegas destination casino may be a bad bet. Hotel room rates soared in 2023. Chase opens a Sapphire Lounge at New York's LaGuardia Airport. And more.

JANUARY 15 BRIEFING FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS
The briefing in brief: No one knows when the grounded Boeing 737MAX-9s will be back in the air for Alaska and United airlines. Barry Sternlicht, who created Starwood Hotels, purchases ten properties in London. Southwest drops five routes to Hawaii. Japan Airlines will launch its newest first class later this month on New York-Tokyo route. Caribbean carrier LIAT is folding. And more.