Trimming The Fat

Road Notes

Northwest's Dining for Miles program lets Northwest Airlines WorldPerks members choose from more than 2,300 restaurants in 57 cities and earn three WorldPerks miles for every $1 (excluding gratuity) spent there. Northwest is also offering 500 bonus miles for every first-time visit at over 1,500 participating restaurants. Call (800) 289-6902 for information.

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in San Francisco is offering business travelers an exclusive Executive Package now through December 31, 1997. The offer includes daily continental breakfast for two, your choice of daily newspaper, a complimentary shoeshine, one hour's use of the Business Center's conference room and late checkout. Prices for the Executive Package start at $275 per night. Call (800) 622-0404.

US Airways has added a touch of class with its new lounge, known as Envoy, in Philadelphia's airport. The lounge, next to Gate A8 in Terminal A, is available exclusively to passengers on US Airways' international business class. Amenities include complimentary business services, such as photocopying and incoming and outgoing fax service, plus ticketing and check-in services.

Lufthansa has lowered award levels for its U.S. frequent flier program, Miles & More, by as much as
44 percent. For example, an economy-class ticket for members has dropped from 90,000 to 50,000 miles.

In the mood for a bit of gambling? Swissair has equipped one of its MD-11 planes with an Interactive Flight Technologies' touch-screen system which allows passengers to play different games of chance on certain flights. Credit cards are used to place bets; winnings go as high as $3,500.

And you thought you were the only one who constantly checked your voice mail! Not so, according to a recent Courtyard by Marriott study, which found that 61 percent of those who had office voice mail checked it at least twice a day while away on business.

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This article was originally published in the June 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Trimming The Fat.

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