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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel: How to Arrive with Your Dignity, Sanity, and Wallet Intact

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Imagine a world without late planes, missed connections, lost luggage, bumped passengers, cramped seating, high fees and higher fares, surly employees, and security lines. . . .

Ordinary travel is an extraordinary ordeal. Yet despite the high prices and huge hassles, travel is essential—along with the need for tips, tricks, and techniques to improve the journey. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel is an entertaining road trip and a helpful guide, drawn from Scott ...

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Overview

Imagine a world without late planes, missed connections, lost luggage, bumped passengers, cramped seating, high fees and higher fares, surly employees, and security lines. . . .

Ordinary travel is an extraordinary ordeal. Yet despite the high prices and huge hassles, travel is essential—along with the need for tips, tricks, and techniques to improve the journey. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel is an entertaining road trip and a helpful guide, drawn from Scott McCartney's popular Middle Seat column, which explains why bad things happen to good travelers and what you can do to improve your lot. Expert advice and tips include:

  • How to get cheap fares, first-class upgrades, and better seats.
  • How to minimize chances of lost luggage and what to do when baggage doesn't show up.
  • How to avoid delays, get around TSA bottlenecks, and minimize the chances you'll get stuck at some distant airport—and what to do if you do get stuck.
  • How to complain to an airline and get some attention, right down to what to ask for in compensation and how to get the government's attention.
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Wall Street Journal"Middle Seat" columnist McCartney (ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer) has created a guide to navigating and getting the most out of airline travel. Heavy on airline industry information, the book features only two chapters devoted to hotels and cruises. Topics include airfares, upgrades, frequent flier plans, boarding, weather, security, and baggage woes. Not as generally comprehensive as Peter Greenberg's The Complete Travel Detective Bible, which also covers lifestyle, active, and other travel, this guide does provide extensive, detailed airline information that will surely be useful to frequent air travelers who want to improve their journey. This is not a quick read; instead, the dense narrative is loaded with great information, fantastic tips, and additional resource recommendations, making it a good choice in these economically tough times, when travelers want to get the best deals, avoid travel hassles, and work the system.
—Louise Feldmann

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061688713
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott McCartney is the author of three books. A veteran journalist and licensed private pilot, he has been explaining airlines and travel to readers of The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    Not for seasoned Travelers

    This book was very disappointing to me. I expected to find some cornucopia of "new Ideas" to make my travel life easier. Instead, I found a regurgitation of every oft stated little "secret" or cliche of travel that has appeared in a number of articles. I travel 150,000+ miles globally every year and have for nearly 30 years. I found nothing herein that will help my efforts. Probably good read for a first time International traveler or business person who needs some reassurance that it is possible to travel without it becoming a nightmare. Still the best primer for new travelers is to talk to someone who has been where you are going and learn from their mistakes. God only knows we have all made enough of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Surprisingly interesting and informative!

    I bought this book for my husband's birthday after reading a review of it in the newspaper. Although he is an experienced traveler, he found quite a bit of new and helpful information. He often read passages to me, and I heard him chuckle on numerous occasions as he worked his way through the book. (He read it on a trip!) The information is current, but we all know how quickly regulations can change, so READ IT NOW!

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