Flying the Friendly Skies


Flying the not so friendly skies is getting expensive with extra fees for luggage and food. But which airlines rank the worst when it comes to customer satisfaction?

Earlier this week the University of Michigan released the latest American customer service satisfaction index for the airline industry. The survey shows that the level of contentment is on the rise, but most of the time just being content is simply not enough. Passengers took the opportunity to vent about plane food and flight attendants. And when it came to high flying cuisine, Delta/Northwest reportedly serves the worst, followed closely by United and American. And if travelers were given the chance to speak to the CEO of any airline they would request, “to be fed food you’d eat yourself.”  read more »

The World's Best Dining


There is a new list out of the best restaurants in the world. Is your favorite on the list?

S. Pelligrino’s list of the world’s 50 best restaurants was released earlier this week and the U.S. was the most honored country with eight locations selected. France came in second with six restaurants, followed by Spain and Italy who each had five. The list, compiled by 806 of the world’s most respected chefs, food critics and restaurant owners always creates debate and this year was no exception. After an eight year reign the Spanish restaurant El Bulli was knocked off the throne by Noma in Copenhagen. Noma’s head chef only uses local products, an idea Thomas Keller, head chef of the famous French Laundry told me he appreciates.  read more »

Airport Overnighters

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Airports are not known for their top notch sleeping arrangements. But if your travel plans are going to land you on the floor of your local terminal you should be aware of the accomodations.

Whether you're looking to save some cash or your plane is flight impaired, the travel website sleeping in airports has compiled a list of the best and worst airports to sleep in should it be necessary. Dirty floors, overcrowded bathrooms and biting insects topped the list of complaints of the six thousand travelers who took part in the poll. And featuring all of these problems is Charles de Gualle Airport of Paris, France which came in as the worst airport for a slumber party. This was followed closely by Sheremetyevo in Moscow which one passenger described as "hell on earth."  read more »

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The Job Hunt


Last week's unemployment numbers did nothing to boost employment morale. But despite all the bad news there are jobs out there and Yahoo Hot Jobs has set out to prove it.

Over the past five years economist Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires, Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University have been compiling a list of the best places to do business. The study focused on 333 regions across the U.S. and is based on job growth in the last year and how employment figures have changed since 1996. Kotkin says the 13 year spread is to paint a more complete picture of the potential each region holds for job seekers.  read more »

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