The Weekly Recap – August 30, 2015

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Difficult to believe that the end of August is upon us. Probably a good thing because I was getting bored with my typical summer business travel lull. Now, I have a slew of hotel reservations for September and October and need to book flights too. Good times. And much to do before a late October sabbatical and trans-Atlantic cruise. Now, let’s take a look at the last week’s posts here at MJ on Travel. Most Viewed Small Business Key to Big Amex Offers? The Best of the Rest Cheap Oil – The All-Inclusive Drink Package for Airlines Delta Flight Attendants Have New Technology in Hand Delta in Partnership with Nine Universities New Delta Sky Club Open at SFO Who Knew?…

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Who Knew? Airlines Were Once Cool

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I’ve heard of the “golden age” of air travel, but having not taken my first flight until 1980 (Eastern DC-9, RDU-DCA, flight 390 for those keeping score), I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced it. The closest I’ve ever come is The Pan Am Experience in Los Angeles, an unforgettable total AvGeek immersion experience I should write a blog post about for sure. As a student of the airline industry for as long as I can remember, I’ve seen many a picture of upper deck lounges and piano bars in flight. However, being a pedestrian domestic business traveler in 2015, it is sometimes difficult to believe that airlines really were (OK, still are) cool. That’s why sharing a New York Times article…

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New Delta Sky Club Now Open at SFO

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Delta Air Lines has opened its newest Sky Club at the San Francisco International Airport. Unlike the old club, the new Sky Club is located beyond security, and has been doubled in size. The new space occupies 9,900 sq. ft. and is Delta’s signature club offering all of the latest Sky Club amenities including: A full menu designed by signature Chef Mai Pham (Author, Culinary Instructor, Chef and Founder of SFO’s finest Thai restaurant – LemmonGrass) Food options including healthy selections like Greek yogurt, fresh bagels, hot soup and tasty salads THE BAR at Delta Sky Club® (a selection of premium spirits, new local complimentary local IPA craft beer from Anchor Steam Brewing Co., seasonal cocktails, including inspired cocktails by signature chef, Mai Pham)…

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Delta in Partnership with Nine Universities

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Delta Air Lines is launching a partnership with nine universities across the country this fall. According to the airline, the effort will “go beyond traditional stadium signage to embed the airline and its employees in campus and alumni events, academics and career recruiting and counseling, all in an effort to become a lifelong travel partner to future customers.” Delta is partnering with Duke University, The University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Penn State University and University of Wisconsin. It already has partnerships with Boston College, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, and Syracuse University. According to Delta, the effort will include: Delta employees providing hands-on help as 10,000 new freshmen arrive for Michigan State Sparty Move-In Day Aug.…

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Small Business a Key to Big Amex Offers?

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I have to be honest with you – I’ve been major league jealous of some of my friends who have gotten big time points offers from American Express for personal and business cards. For the handful of years I have been tacitly dabbling in this space, the biggest offer I have personally received from American Express has been for 75,000 points for the Premier Rewards Gold card a while ago. Granted, the dearth of points deals from Amex is my fault. My Amex Platinum card is the one card I’ve never churned even though I rarely use it. Of course, I keep it for the benefits, not points earning. It also happens to be my card with the lengthiest credit…

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Delta Flight Attendants Have New Technology in Hand

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Flight Attendants at Delta Air Lines are now empowered with a new tool on their handheld devices. According to the airline, the Guest Service Tool is the newest enhancement in a long line of technology innovations, providing Delta’s more than 22,000 flight attendants key information so they can better engage with customers while in flight. The Guest Service Tool will offer flight attendants information ranging from customer Medallion status to whether or not the customer may have experienced a travel disruption. As the tool evolves, flight attendants also be able to proactively provide customers with the status of down-line flights and connecting gate information. Further, beginning next month, Delta’s Flight Attendant manuals will be available via the same handheld devices. According to Delta this…

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Cheap Oil – The All-Inclusive Drink Package for Airlines

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I have written on the hidden danger of cheap oil before. However, at the time I penned my last article on the topic I would have defined “cheap” as $55 per barrel. Now, it appears that we may see $30 per barrel again. I’m sure someone can quickly calculate the price of $38.84 oil in let’s say 1999 dollars. Whatever that number is, I’m pretty sure it means that oil is historically cheap at the moment, and the results are flowing through to the bottom line at airlines worldwide, not just here in the U.S.A. The ex-airline guy in me spends a little time surfing the internet, soaking in information, and talking to former colleagues. One thing is certain – dollar signs…

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