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Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1017
Posts / Week:5.2
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Surprisingly accommodating

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AIRBNB, a short-term apartment and room-rental service, is an increasingly popular choice for business travellers. That's according to Concur, a company that makes software that tracks business-travel expenses. The money that road warriers...Show More Summary

The rarefied air at the front

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"THE rich even get better air than the rest of us," proclaims Mother Jones's Kevin Drum, riffing off an American Prospect story on "the airlines' war on the 99%". Mr Drum is referring specifically to Lufthansa's decision to install humidifiers...Show More Summary

Basic concepts

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AIRLINES owe a lot to us frequent flyers. We are their best customers; often the difference between being in the black or in the red. In exchange for our loyalty, carriers have long offered mileage programmes, which come with certain perks: special seating, special treatment, even free flights. Show More Summary

The final Frontier

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FRONTIER AIRLINES announced last month that it would begin charging passengers for carry-on bags. It isn't the first to do this—Spirit Airlines, a much-moaned-about "ultra-low-cost" airline, also charges for cabin baggage. Indigo Partners,...Show More Summary

The battle for the sky

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON FEBRUARY 28th, an Atlastjet flight from Istanbul to Crimea made a U-turn over the Black Sea and headed back to Turkey. The pilots had been informed that Simferopol Airport, the main gateway to the peninsula, was occupied by unidentified armed men. Show More Summary

Sanctioning the sultan

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

DORCHESTER COLLECTION, a group that runs ten prestigious hotels, including the Dorchester in London and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, has admitted that a boycott of its properties has started to affect bookings. ProtestorsShow More Summary

A fantastic idea

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE GUARDIAN is running a story today (citing a piece in the Beijing Times) that China is considering building a rail line from Beijing to America. The line, it says, would run for 13,000km, going north through Russia, under the Bering Straits via a 200km tunnel, and then south through Canada. Show More Summary

The end of 3-1-1?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SINCE 2006, security rules have forbidden flyers from bringing large containers of liquid through airport security. Instead, we have to abide by the 3-1-1 rule—any liquids or gels have to be in containers of 3.4 ounces or less, and they have to be in a single, one-quart plastic bag. Show More Summary

The government can monitor your in-flight Wi-Fi, too

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GOGO WIRELESS, the dominant provider of in-flight Wi-Fi in (or, rather, above) America, goes above and beyond what the law requires it to do to enable government snooping on its users, Wired reported last month. The key evidence forShow More Summary

Location service

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A NEW survey of business travellers reveals what we want most in a hotel, and—no surprise—it's a great location. The survey, by the Choice Hotels chain, found that 73% of business travellers value location when selecting a hotel, with room value and free Wi-Fi coming in second and third, at 61% and 55% respectively. Show More Summary

Line up, line up

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

PITY the poor travellers flying into London Heathrow. It is the second time this week that Gulliver has felt compelled to open a post with these words. This time, though, the problem is not the tube and rail strikes which welcomed those arriving at Europe’s busiest airport, and which are set to be repeated next week. Show More Summary

No underground movement

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

PITY the poor travellers flying into London Heathrow. This statement usually holds true regardless of when it is uttered, but it is particularly apposite at the moment. Over the coming days, not only will flyers have to deal with the...Show More Summary

A good wheeze

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

STARBUCKS is a familiar haunt for business travellers: you can find one nearly anywhere, and they have Wi-Fi, seating, power outlets and (naturally) coffee. They are tolerable options for travellers on the go. But they are far from perfect. Show More Summary

A price worth paying

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

CENTER PARCS, a firm that runs adventure-holiday villages in Britain, has been censured for running an advert showing children enjoying a midweek break at its resorts. As the deal was only available during term-time it encouraged parents to take their children out of school, said the Advertising Standards Authority. Show More Summary

Good to be high

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week Scott Mayerowitz, the airline writer for the Associated Press, published a fascinating theory about high fuel prices. High prices, he argued, are actually good news for airlines because it has forced them to adopt better business practices. Show More Summary

Self-congratulations all around

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week, US Airways, which is in the midst of a merger with American Airlines, suddenly started trending on Twitter. But the surge in interest wasn't about the airlines' big deal. Rather, it was because someone on the company's social...Show More Summary

Cheap and not so cheerful

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

REGULAR Gulliver readers already are already aware of the reputation of Spirit Airlines, the American low-cost carrier that recently earned the worst possible scores in all six of Consumer Reports' airline-ranking subcategories. NowShow More Summary

Not pulling its weight

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE phrase “self-loading freight” has been a favourite put-down among aviation workers for decades. The term demotes passengers to the lowly status of cargo, sardonically crediting their ability to board and disembark without assistance. Show More Summary

Time to make the right call

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE GLOBAL BUSINESS TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, an important lobby for business-travel managers, is fighting a plan by America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow cellular phone calls on planes, the Los Angeles Times reported recently. Show More Summary

Plumbing new depths

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR anyone in any doubt about the scale of the task facing the team trying to recover the flight recorder from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the Washington Post has published an excellent graphic. The Post gives some idea of the depths to which the crews will need to sink by scaling the distance to the sea-bed against some impressive examples. Show More Summary

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