BostonCoach Friday Finds for 3/29/13: The BEST Business Travel News of the Week

BostonCoach_RGB_Logo_250x250@72[1]Every Friday the BostonCoach blog scours the World Wide Web for the BEST business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: Scary facts about hotels, fly by weight, WiFi for JetBlue, revenge of the hotel staff, places to relieve business travel stress and more!

Eight Things You Should Never Do in a Hotel – Smarter Travel
You may think of it as your “home away from home,” but try not to get too comfortable in that hotel room. Private hotel rooms are a surprisingly public space, shared by several thousand strangers each year. And whenever you share something with that many people, things are bound to get dicey. For your own sake, we recommend that you avoid these eight activities no matter where you stay.

Pay-as-you-weigh for airline passengers a possibility?
Airlines should introduce “pay as you weigh” pricing for plane tickets, an academic has suggested. Charging overweight fliers more would help carriers recoup the cost of the extra fuel required to carry them.

Can Wifi Really Be a Differentiator for JetBlue?The Cranky Flier
When JetBlue first launched, it used inflight entertainment as one of the greatest initial product differentiators of all time, and now it’s trying to do it again with a new breed of wifi. Is this really going to have the same impact? I’m far from convinced, but it’s an interesting play.

Hotel Staff Revenge: Rude Guests Face Sabotage, Says UBC StudyHuffington Post
While it’s always a good idea to treat your fellow human being with kindness, failing to do so can end come with some nasty results according to a study from the University of British Columbia. The study found that when faced with rude customers, disgruntled hotel staff reacted with sabotage but the severity of that payback depends on where travellers are staying.

Female Business Travelers Make a Case for Pen KnivesNew York Times
Here is what the Transportation Security Administration said its screeners discovered in passengers’ carry-on bags at airport security in the seven days that ended last Thursday: 32 guns, 23 of them loaded and seven with rounds in the firing chamber; eight stun guns; a four-inch knife concealed in a suitcase lining; and an eight-inch tactical spike hidden in a sock.

Find peace and quiet on business trips at these placesUSA Today
At USA TODAY’s request, editors of Menasha Ridge Press’ Peaceful Places guidebook series chose the 10 top places in six cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Menasha Ridge publishes Peaceful guide-books for those cities and Portland, Ore. Its No. 1 choice, Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, may be fitting so soon after Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln, won two Academy Awards.

US Airways Remains Without an App for Its PassengersYahoo Finance
US Airways finished last among the five biggest airlines in a recent survey of customer satisfaction with their mobile apps and Web sites, which is not surprising given that US Airways is the only major airline without an app for its passengers.

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