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Beat the Digital Distraction


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The Key to Low Airfares Is Competition


Airfares are lower than ever in the recent past. Right? It’s a mantra that’s repeated constantly by airline executives, analysts and even journalists. But it’s based on data that – like all data – can reflect lies, damn lies and statistics. Actually, fares are far from low for many Americans, thanks to numerous factors, including rampant industry consolidation, a lack of competition and the endless introduction of new and higher “optional” fees. READ MORE

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Infrastructure Spending Bill Sliding Down Agenda


President Trump’s change of heart on a core component of his $1 trillion infrastructure package has left the entire effort in doubt. Trump is now questioning behind closed doors whether public-private partnerships are an effective tool, raising fresh questions about how the massive rebuilding project would be paid for. READ MORE

Flier's Rights: Your Recourse for Common Airline Glitches


What recourse do you have when a flight is canceled or delayed, or the airline changes its schedule, or loses or delays a checked bag or bumps you from a flight? Even though the U.S. Department of Transportation and European regulators promulgate and enforce consumer protections, there are probably fewer rights than you think, and these vary depending on the country you’re flying within, which airline you buy your ticket from, and which airline is operating the flight. READ MORE

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Black Friday Is About to Become a Victim of the Retail Apocalypse


Black Friday is dying in the age of Amazon. "I think the traditionalists will have a hard time stomaching that," Josh Elman, a consumer and retail analyst with Nasdaq Advisory Services, told Business Insider. "But I think at the end of the day...the whole idea and concept of Black Friday deals in store will diminish over time." READ MORE

We All Have a Retail Flinch Point


The retail “flinch point” is not yet a well-documented consumer psychology phenomenon, but it should be. I found plenty of similar-yet-different concepts in behavioral economics that could be related to this idea of the flinch point, but none that answered the question of what determines the magic dollar amount that makes us wince: Why is one person’s point $15 while another’s is $500, and how much does our access to disposable income affect that number? READ MORE

Luxury Luggage Raises the Bar for Sophisticated Content Marketing


From stylized video clips to long reads on local culture, luggage brands offer a surprising depth of content dedicated to honoring the exploration that their products make possible. Our look into luggage-aligned content started when we noticed Away, a relatively new luggage brand launched last year, start popping up on our Instagram feed, podcast playlist, and even Pocket queue. Did a brand that sells rolling bags for the airport really have so much to say? READ MORE

There Are Two Types of Performance – But Most Organizations Only Focus on One


Harvard Business Review’s research into over 20,000 workers of all skill levels across U.S. industries, and a review of hundreds of academic studies on the psychology of human performance, shows that most leaders and organizations tend to focus on just one type of performance. But there are two types that are important for success. READ MORE

5 New Luggage Collaborations Worth Traveling for


Designer collaborations are a well-worn part of the fashion cycle at this point, but this year's partnerships have been especially fruitful. But we're not just talking about clothes. Luggage and bags have been especially ripe for reinvention this year. Here are five mashups we're feeling right now. You probably don't need five different pieces of luggage. But if you're in the market for one new bag, or just want to dial in your airport style before you spend the holidays in a series of airport bars, this is a great place to find something that isn't an ordinary black roller. READ MORE