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  • Road Warrior Tested: Singapore Airlines Business Class Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 9:48 AM ET
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    Singapore Airlines is consistently rated one of the world's best airlines. My experience flying with them from New York to Frankfurt in business class reveals why.

  • Airline Ad Campaign: Your Fourth Wife Flies Free Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
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    Low-cost airlines enjoy poking fun at trendy news items. Spirit Airlines offers a deal to Colombia amid the Secret Service prostitution scandal. But you can’t beat one carrier’s “fourth wife” deal.

  • Highlights From the Beijing Auto Show Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 3:28 AM ET
    China overtook the U.S. in 2009 to become the world’s largest auto market with car sales surging a whopping 46 percent that year.Since then, China's auto sales have softened considerably with growth of just 5.2 percent in 2011. The country saw 14.5 million car sales last year, about 2 million more than the U.S. This year, analysts forecast car sales will grow around 10 percent.

    This week the world's top auto executives have been gathering in China for the Beijing auto show. We’ve put together photos of new models and concept cars introduced at the event.

  • Southwest Airlines planes

    Southwest and AirTran enhanced their frequent flyer programs by allowing the redemption of travel credits for flights on either carrier. The move is good news for Southwest travelers, who now have access to AirTran's international destinations.

  • Virgin Atlantic "Upper Class Suite"

    Virgin Atlantic introduced its new "Upper Class Suite" this past weekend on a flight from London Heathrow to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. They managed to out swank themselves from the previous version of the suite with new features and other cabin comforts.

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    Car renters differ on the prepay gas option, but a new study finds filling the tank at a local gas station is usually the most economical.

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    More airlines are installing equipment that will allow passengers to use Wi-Fi-enabled devices during flights for internet connectivity and new entertainment options, according to a new market research report.

  • Singapore Airlines entree

    Complimentary meals in economy class are scarce these days, and when they're served, they often bear the brunt of jokes. In premium cabins, however, airlines tend to invest a little bit more and Singapore Airlines is offering a unique experience for passengers.

  • Busiest U.S. Trade Hubs Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:03 PM ET
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    U.S. exports are almost certain to hit a record high in 2012, remaining one of the anchors of the nation’s economic recovery. See the list of busiest land, water, and air trade hubs.

  • No Heir Apparent but Lots of Alternatives Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 12:58 PM ET
    A worker installs solar panels at the Lieberose Solar Park in Lieberose, Germany.

    It's not a question of which alternative fuel will replace crude oil, but which renewable sources will help reduce America’s reliance on it.

  • Airports Develop Plans for Diversions, Tarmac Delays Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 10:21 AM ET
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    Airports are developing plans to tackle unexpected plane arrivals, especially during bad weather, to keep passengers from sitting on tarmacs for hours. A Congressional deadline for the plans is May 14.

  • Unclaimed baggage

    With the busy summer travel season just months away, there’s good news and bad news on the baggage front. Mishandled bag rates are down, but airline cabins are more crowded with passengers bringing bags onboard.

  • American Airlines

    Speculation of a merger between American Airlines and US Airways increased today with the latter reaching an agreement with American's unions. What would such a marriage mean to frequent flyers?

  • Spirit Airlines' Secret Service Special Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 2:06 PM ET
    Spirit Airlines

    The folks inside the Spirit Airlines marketing department must have a blast. Imagine your job is all about coming up with the most outrageous promotions possible, ripped from the headlines, employing a heavy dose of snark.

  • People Express May Fly Again Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
    People Express Airlines

    People Express Airlines is trying to launch service by the end of summer to several cities in the Northeast and Florida. The new start-up whose name is taken from the popular 1980s airline also is considering a public offering to secure additional funding.

  • Spirit Airlines Giving Away 300 Million Miles Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 12:11 PM ET
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    Leisure-oriented Spirit Airlines is giving away more than 300 million frequent flyer miles during a road tour of the United States. Certificates issued can be redeemed for a free roundtrip flight.

  • Tips For Traveling Solo Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
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    Are you filled with wanderlust, but sticking close to home because you lack a like-minded companion? Solo travel is an extraordinary, accessible opportunity that can involve big or small adventures.

  • US Economy Improving, CSX Shipments Up: CEO Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 1:26 PM ET
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    CSX chief Michael Ward told CNBC's Squawk Box Wednesday that having "a very diversified portfolio of shipments" overcame a 14 percent decline in coal shipments in the first quarter.

  • Delta Raises Domestic Airfares: Source Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
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    There's a new airfare increase underway with Delta Air Lines raising some round-trip domestic fares by $10 to $20 roundtrip, according to FareCompare.com.

  • CSX CEO on Q1 Earnings Beat Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 7:10 AM ET
    CSX CEO on Q1 Earnings Beat

    Michael Ward, CSX Corporation chairman & president, discusses his company's better-than-expected first quarter results, and the outlook for the rails and the economy, with Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard chairman & CEO.