There a few things that every business traveler looks for when flying from meeting to meeting. Whether you seek efficient route networks, desirable in-flight products, excellent customer service, or skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers. So which airlines are keeping up with the needs of today’s traveling businessmen and businesswomen?
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With the recent American and US Airlines merger, American Airlines is considered to be one of the top performers of 2014 by industry analysts. Brian Kelly, founder of ThePointsGuy.com points out, “They are in the process of updating their fleet with a top lie-flat long haul product, have not devalued their frequent flyer program… and still offer top frequent flyers complimentary upgrades–even on transcontinental routes.”
Delta and American Airlines are also letting you connect to in-flight wireless internet and offering regularly scheduled flights across their broad networks. Virgin America will play a bigger role in the business travel world in 2014 as it expands its presence in New York City, and JetBlue is poised to launch their Mint business class transcontinental service this summer. According to Brian Kelly, “The pricing allows small and large business alike to buy premium transcontinental seats at a fraction of the regular price that the major legacy airlines charge.”
Some industry analysts say that one important thing to keep in mind for 2014 is the changes to Delta Airlines and United Airlines’ frequent flyer mileage programs. Grant Martin, contributor to Forbes.com, points out that new constraints in both programs limit the flexibility to earn miles when traveling with partner airlines, and eligibility for elite status in the 2015 year will be based in part on how much you spend with the airline. If you earn elite status on these airlines by frequently booking low cost tickets, changes to the programs may put you in jeopardy of not meeting the minimum spend requirements.
Other Airlines, including the American Airlines group and Southwest, are refraining from major changes to the frequent flyer programs. However according to the article on Forbes.com, once its merger is complete the new American Airlines may follow suit with competitors.
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