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Kudos to these Web sites for offering terrific travel tips.
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Even the most seasoned business traveler can use a little advice every now and then. Check out these savvy sites for some pearls of wisdom:

  • Joe Sent Me (
  • : Joe Brancatelli has covered the business travel beat for decades, and there's no better place for articulate, pertinent travel news, along with a heavy dose of opinion. His weekly newsletter has attracted a following of about 25,000 readers.
  • : In 1999, college recruiter John E. DiScala started e-mailing friends with travel tips he was picking up as a result of his heavy travel schedule. Friends forwarded the e-mails to other friends-and soon, DiScala was getting e-mails from around the world asking to be put on his list. Since then, DiScala has quit his job and expanded to include a well-categorized and nearly exhaustive Web portal with links to thousands of travel Web sites. His weekly newsletter is now sent to more than 25,000 subscribers.
  • First Class Flyer (
  • : With advice on getting a seat in business or first class for a fraction of the standard airline fare, Matthew Bennett's First Class Flyer is a must-read. However, his advice doesn't come free. Annual subscriptions are $187. But you'll save at least that much with advice that, for instance, helps you snag a seat for $1,000, when everyone else is paying $3,000 or more.
  • : Tim Winship launched this site in 1998, and has since grown his mailing list to a staggering 160,000 by providing thoughtful and intelligent advice on playing the increasingly complex frequent-flier game. The weekly newsletter, The FrequentFlier Crier, covers the world of miles and points with a consumer advocacy focus, helping readers get the most value from their various memberships.

Chris McGinnis, travel correspondent for CNN Headline News, is author of The Unofficial Business Travelers' Pocket Guide.

Edition: June 2017

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