Should Your Boss Get The Upgrade Instead of You?

Years ago during one business trip when I worked for a company and held the highest level of elite status with Continental Airlines, I was upgraded to a seat in the premium class cabin; while the person to whom I reported did not — and as I watched him walk the “walk of shame” down the aisle towards the seat he was assigned in the economy class cabin, I simply smiled at him from the comfort of my seat while sipping on my pre-departure beverage. In response, he sneered at me while mumbling a few expletives under his breath. We had a great relationship where we joked around with each other all of the time. He never acted like he was my superior. We worked very well together, laughed a lot and had a great time at work. We were quite productive as well. I still miss that interaction which we had — but I also never let him forget about that upgrade. Do not feel bad for him: he never let me forget a lot of things either — and that was just fine with me. I could take it just as well as I dished it out…but more often than not, many people unfortunately do not seem to have that kind of relationship with their bosses. That can lead to some awkward scenarios — such as when you get an upgrade and your boss does not. What do you do if you find yourself in that situation?

Voting Ends Tomorrow, May 31: FlyerTalk Nominated for Best General Travel Site in 2014

Time is running out, as FlyerTalk has once again been nominated for the GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site — which is based on votes by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine — after having won the award in 2013 and in 2012. If you believe that FlyerTalk is indeed the best general travel Internet web site in the world, then please show how you feel by…

In Canada: Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft to Be Expanded to Taxi, Takeoff and Landing

Following the decision which was announced on October 31, 2013 from the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and a similar decision which was announced two weeks later by the European Aviation Safety Agency, Lisa Raitt — who is the Minister of Transport in the Cabinet of Canada — released an official announcement which will eventually allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight on aircraft operated by airlines based in Canada. Current rules dictate that portable electronic devices may only be used when the aircraft is flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet during a flight. The revision of the rules will…

Travel Alert: Strike in Italy on May 30, 2014 Causes Some Flights to Already Be Canceled

If you are traveling to or from Italy tomorrow, you might not be saying “Thank God It’s Friday.” As an exercise in caution in preparation for the strike to be conducted by unions representing ground handlers at the airports in Venice and Milan, some flights have already been cancelled by airlines such as Alitalia and EasyJet in order to give customers an opportunity to change their travel plans; while Vueling has changed the departure times of at least two flights. In addition, employees of Alitalia and…

Could This Be The Worst Airline Promotion In Recent Memory?!?

When I saw the name of this promotion, my first thought was “you have got to be kidding me.” Even worse is that this promotion is targeted — so targeted that FlyerTalk members who have received the e-mail message communicating to them to register and participate in this promotion received the following message after attempting to register and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the promotion…

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