Europe moves to Summer Time this weekend

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clockEurope returns to Summer Time this weekend, with one notable exception, which means that clocks in North America and Europe will return to their customary offset. In North America, you know this better as Daylight Savings Time.

For the past three weeks, European and North American clocks have been one hour closer together, which makes scheduling of conference calls and the like somewhat easier, but we lose that advantage with Monday morning’s calls. (Unless you have calls on Sunday, in which case, I am so sorry.)

The clock moves one hour forward in every country in the European Union early Sunday morning, plus most other European countries. However, Read more…

Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 3:49pm in Americas, APAC, CWT Traveler, EMEA

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5 things to see while in Paris for business

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Photo by Christian Scheja

When traveling for business, regardless of the city, make sure to take time to see the sights. In the case of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe should certainly be on your list. (Photo by Christian Scheja)

In a city as beautiful as Paris, you won’t have to choose between business and pleasure. Chances are, at least one of these top five outings for corporate travelers fits perfectly with your existing itinerary. Read more…

Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 4:11pm in Americas, APAC, CWT Traveler, EMEA

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Make sure your American, US Airways rewards merge

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US Airways and American Airlines

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If you have membership in Dividend Miles from US Airways or American’s AAdvantage program, there is a transition period coming up which is important to keep in mind.

The merger of American and US Airways means that their rewards programs are merging as well. Tomorrow, March 25, is the last day to book reward travel on Dividend Miles, for example. After that, there will be a blackout period Read more…

Posted by CWT Savvy Traveler at 4:39pm in Air Travel, Americas

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Digging into data shows which flights are truly late

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This is just part of the equation (fivethirtyeight.com image)

This is just part of the on-time equation. (fivethirtyeight.com image)

Patrick Coleman
I don’t remember when I finally figured out that airlines’ departure and arrival times were significantly padded, but I am pretty sure it was on a flight from Chicago to Minneapolis.

The amount of time a flight is actually in the air, wheels-up to wheels-down, between O’Hare and Minneapolis, is a little over an hour, maybe 75 minutes. But the posted flight time is anywhere from an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes.

This is done, in part, to improve airlines’ on-time ratings, which is what the U.S. government measures and allows flights to be up to 15 minutes late and still be considered on time. (Never mind if you have 34 minutes to change planes at O’Hare.)

But Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com has made a living digging past the spin and the surface analysis and uncovering the truth in actual data. He’s taken the same kind of rigor that helped him call the 2012 U.S. presidential election in detail and applied it to the big data problem of airlines’ on-time performance.

Some of the findings are not surprising, such as the fact that Chicago O’Hare and the three major New York City-area airports are big sources of delayed flights. But where the analysis truly shines is in its detail. Which airport pairings are the slowest? Which airline is statistically the fastest to get from Point A to Point B?

If you have a choice as to which airline to fly on a particular route, it’s worth investigating the data to see how each airline performs. If you are stuck flying a particular airline on a particular route, the data can tell you how likely you are to truly be on time.

Because there are times when “within 15 minutes” is not on-time enough.

Posted by Patrick Coleman at 3:41pm in Air Travel, Americas, CWT Traveler

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