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In a big win for Uber, the ride-sharing service today announced a new partnership with American, the world's largest airline. "The companies will work together to provide customers faster service, better airport navigation, rider promotions and mileage promotions."

Uber already has marketing and operational links with other major travel suppliers, including InterContinental Hotels, Starwood, Hilton, and United. ... read more»

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Red Lobster and Inside Edition. Two names I never expected to utter in the same sentence. Or, actually, in any sentence.

I'm a knee-jerk naysayer when it comes to chain restaurants. Given options, I'll choose an independent operator every time. But several weeks ago, at the urging of my girlfriend, we had dinner at a Red Lobster in Southern California.

As the restaurant's name would suggest, the menu featured lobster every which way: in seafood combos, paired with a slab of red meat or fish, in a bisque, with pasta, on pizza, stuffed into mushrooms.

Since it was the house specialty, we went all in on lobster. My daughter ordered the surf and turf (at $38, the most expensive item on the menu); my partner opted for a lobster-shrimp-crab combo; and I had lobster linguine. Everything was fine, if less than memorable. And while the meal wasn't a wallet-buster, neither was it cheap.

Today, though, I'm wondering what we ate and paid for. Or at least what I ate and paid for. ... read more»

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With fuel prices at historic lows and profits at historic highs, the airlines have come under increasing pressure from the public, regulators, and the media to lower their airfares. Albeit belatedly, it appears they've begun doing just that.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which this week released its latest report, for the third quarter of 2015, average domestic ticket prices were down 6.2 percent year-over-year, to $372. Adjusted for inflation, that's the lowest average fare since 2010. ... read more»

Restaurant Table - Up close of silverware (Photo: iStockphoto/mbbirdy)

For the 1 percenters, whose dining-out budgets are boundless, choosing a restaurant often entails a perusal of one of the established price-is-no-object restaurant review guides. You know the ones: the Michelin Guide, Zagat, Gayot, La Liste.

For the other 99 percent, there's Yelp. And it's no longer just the site's individual restaurant reviews. For the second consecutive year, Yelp has sliced and diced its voluminous stockpile of user-generated assessments to compile a list ranking the country's 100 best restaurants. ... read more»

Man clinging to airplane seat (Photo: Index Open)

Tired of squeezing your ever-expanding frame into those ever-shrinking coach-class seats? So is Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Aviation. And he wants the government to do something about it.

In his proposed legislation, the Safe Egress in Air Travel Act of 2016, or SEAT, Cohen is taking a novel tack in arguing for more capacious seating. Rather than whine about discomfort or claustrophobia—complaints that have gotten no traction with either airlines or legislators—he stresses the relationship between seat size and both safety and health. ... read more»

Danny Meyer is a restaurateur's restaurateur. As the founder of both high-end eateries like Grammercy Tavern and the affordable Shake Shack chain of burger joints, he's one of the country's most successful and acclaimed food purveyors. So he knows a thing or two about service.

Meyer has also been on the leading edge of the burgeoning movement to end the entrenched practice of tipping restaurant workers, instead raising the wages of his restaurants' waitstaff and back-of-house workers and increasing the prices of menu items accordingly.

It was in the context of a recent New York Times article on his no-tipping initiatives that Meyer, in an aside, mentioned his "Five Least-Favorite Service-isms": ... read more»

Flying dollars (Photo: Kativ, iStockPhoto.com)

OneGo's tagline says it all: "Unlimited Flying on Major Airlines." That's right, binge flying for a set price. Like Netflix for air travelers.

There are four basic OneGo pricing plans, depending on the geographic coverage of the included flights:

  • West - 35 routes, 14 airports, $1,500 a month
  • Central - 35 routes, 18 airports, $1,950 a month
  • East - 158 routes, 39 airports, $2,300 a month
  • Nationwide - 700+ routes, 76 airports, $2,950 a month

... read more»

Woman: Excited with Ticket in Hand (Photo: Shutterstock/Yuri Arcurs)

Enter the Jamba Juice "Pitaya Paradise" sweepstakes by February 29 for a chance to win a trip for two to the Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua. ... read more»

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Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly. ... read more»

Hotel: Bed and Two Nightstands (Photo: Thinkstock/Jupiterimages)

Best Western isn't known for its generous loyalty-program promotions. The rewards tend to be low value, and the offers have been hobbled by niggling restrictions.

The latest promotion is no exception.

Offer Details

Between February 8 and May 8, Best Western Rewards members can earn a $25 Best Western travel card after two qualifying stays, up to a maximum of five cards after 10 stays. ... read more»