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Survey results suggest new fee possibilities for airlines

Lots of consumers no doubt think that airlines are already charging way too many passenger fees for so-called ancillary services, but a new survey of several hundred air travelers reveals that there are some things many of them would be willing to pay extra for if only they could.

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Younger generation shows changing travel preferences

New surveys show that members of the so-called Millennial generation — those age 18 to 34  — could bring big changes to the way people travel in the future, if their current preferences are any guide.

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Spending report finds road warriors eat cheap and on the fly

Your colleagues who stay in the office probably have the idea that business travelers live pretty high on the hog, eating and drinking in swanky restaurants and putting it all on the company tab. But a new report from Certify, a firm that tracks business travel spending, puts the lie to that notion.

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The next tech boom for travelers: Rise of the tablet

According to new research, many travelers are finding that a laptop may be too big, a smartphone may be too small, but a tablet is just about right. And with the growing popularity of these devices, a big change could be coming to some airline tray tables.

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International business trip spending expected to jump this year

Are more overseas trips on your agenda this year? The Global Business Travel Association says the outlook for increased spending on trips by U.S. companies in 2014 is “robust,” especially for international travel, as the world economy continues to recover.

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U.S. travel recovers from one of its worst-ever disruptions

When your flight is cancelled, how soon do you generally expect to be rebooked on another aircraft to your destination - the same day? The next day? How about a week or more later?  That’s what many travelers have had to endure as the New Year brought with it a blast of winter weather including snow and arctic temperatures that shredded airline schedules nationwide last week.

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What's New in Orlando

What's New in Orlando
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Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center—the second largest in the U.S.—started a five-year, $187 million improvement project to renovate its West Building and bring upgraded Wi-Fi to the whole complex. On the lodging scene, Starwood opened the 118-room Aloft Orlando Downtown in late September, at 500 South Orange Ave., near City Hall and the Amway Center. Also coming to the area is a 434-room Four Seasons hotel, but it won’t be in Orlando proper—instead, it will be inside the Walt Disney World Resort. At Orlando International Airport, Hertz opened its first location for Firefly Car Rental, a new low-priced brand. A study by CheapCarRental.net found that Orlando has the nation’s lowest rental rates, starting at $17 a day. With the new Drive Electric Orlando program, visitors who rent an all-electric Nissan Leaf from Enterprise at the airport can charge it for free at 300 local charging stations. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has big plans for the airport’s future: building a $2 billion south terminal, adding 16 gates and doubling passenger capacity. Airport officials don’t expect to solicit designs for the terminal until 2017, and it isn’t likely to open before 2022. Meanwhile, officials are planning to build a new people-mover system at the airport by 2016.

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Rent a Harley in Las Vegas

Rent a Harley in Las Vegas
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The next time you’re in Las Vegas at a conference, why not pull up to your meeting on a Hog? Enterprise Rent-A-Car is offering Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Vegas for roughly $120 to $160 a day, comparable to the company’s exotic car rental prices. Helmets are included so drivers can comply with Nevada helmet laws. If the pilot program is successful, Enterprise may expand it to other parts of the country. The Enterprise fleet includes seven Harley models: Street Glide, Road Glide Custom, Electra Glide Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, Road Glide Ultra, Heritage Softail Classic and Fat Boy Lo. A caveat: You must be licensed to drive a motorcycle.

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Survey finds travelers don't take precautions on public Wi-Fi networks

Do you take any steps to protect your personal information when you log onto a public Wi-Fi network at an airport, coffee shop or in-flight? According to a new survey, you probably don’t — even though you know you should.

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Business Travel Pays Off

Business Travel Pays Off
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Companies that spent the most on business travel through the last recession are posting higher revenues and profits than others, according to an Oxford Economics study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association. In contrast, companies that reduced business travel spending were more likely to see a decline in profits, the report said. In a separate survey of business travelers, Oxford Economics found that business travel delivers a measurable return on investment: For every dollar invested in business travel, U.S. companies experienced a $9.50 return in terms of revenue and $2.90 in profits. Business travel helps companies obtain new customers and retain existing ones, the survey said, with in-person meetings doubling the likelihood of “prospect conversion.” Business travelers believe that 42 percent of customers would eventually be lost without in-person meetings.

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