The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel: How to Arrive with Your Dignity, Sanity, and Wallet Intact by Scott McCartney, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel: How to Arrive with Your Dignity, Sanity, and Wallet Intact

by Scott McCartney
     
 

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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,

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061688713
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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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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