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Review of the Element hotel Miami

A reader shares her experience with a hotel. When I make a reservation at the Element hotel - part of the Marriott chain - at Miami International Airport, I am unaware that it is an airport hotel without curtains and sound insulation. After arrival I walk to the hotel shuttle area as the shuttle picks up customers every 30 minutes. I am lucky because I need to wait just 10 minutes until the shuttle arrives.

Connecting room

I am a gold member of Bonvoy, the new name for Marriott's loyalty program....
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Will Air France/KLM split?

The cultural differences between Air France and KLM are large and the Air France/KLM holding company is certainly no love affair. But both personal and business interests facilitate the takeover by Air France in 2004.

Business and personal interests

The business interest is that Air France - thanks to KLM's top management - can buy KLM for next to nothing. The personal interest is that Air France showers KLM's management with princely salaries and very high bonuses. However, the takeover creates a combination of 2...
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Timing for booking cheap tickets

booking onlineThe closer to the departure date you book a flight, the higher the fare. But this is not always true. If you book long before the flight's departure the fare will be relatively high. In many cases the optimal time to book is 3 weeks out.

Key tips

This is what Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and Expedia Group find in their travel pricing trends study they published for the 5th consecutive year. Their 5 key tips are: 1. Book flights at least 3 weeks ahead of travel 2. Book...
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Flybmi bankrupt: now what?

FlybmiIn the evening of Saturday February 16, 2019, Flybmi collapses without any warning. As a result, hundreds of passengers find themselves stranded throughout Europe. The airline cites higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by the UK's upcoming departure from the European Union as factors determining its fate.

Demise not unique

In 2018, the carrier operated 17 aircraft on European routes and employed 376 people in the UK and 3 other EU countries (Belgium, Germany and Sweden). Flybmi's demise is far from unique. Other European airlines that recently went bust include Monarch in the UK, Air...
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How useful are air marshals?

air marshalThe Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has investigated the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), which is part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The conclusion is shocking, but doesn't come as a surprise. Air marshals are not very useful as half of the FAMS budget could be put to better use.

Inefficient use of funds

According to the Inspector General's report, no less than $394 million (€349 million) in funds could be spent better. The total FAMS budget amounts to...
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Air France bigger, but less profitable than KLM

Air France/KLMIn 2004. Air France takes over KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for next to nothing, Air France pays less than KLM's intrinsic worth. KLM's top managers receive generous rewards for making the profitable deal possible. As part of the deal, they receive several years later an equally generous "retention bonus" for extending their contracts.

Cultural differences

Right from the start, cultural differences play an important role. The French - or Latin - culture is more permissive as to corruption than the Dutch culture.
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