To make travel better, let’s lose the titles

Let’s scrap the titles.

That’s my takeaway after one of my sources raised the issue of adding “doctor” to her name when she flies.

Let’s dispense with Rev., Dr. and Hon. on our tickets. These prefixes create unnecessary divisions in an industry that’s already unnecessarily stratified.
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Is it time to eliminate first class?

This morning’s USA Today column about entitled travelers is whipping up a little turbulence.
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Economy class gets an upgrade – or is it a downgrade?

The lowly economy-class section is getting an upgrade in 2015. Or a downgrade, depending on your point of view.
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Have travelers lost the class war?

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Mikhail/Shutterstock
Whenever an airline introduces new lie-flat seats for its richest customers or makes its “elite” level more elusive by restructuring its loyalty program, as has been happening lately, it sparks a predictable debate about the growing rift between the “haves” and “have-nots” in travel.

Next month, American Airlines will begin flying a new Airbus A321T between New York and San Francisco. It comes with lie-flat seats in the front of the plane and an espresso machine only for first-class customers.
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Charged for an online class I didn’t take

Not going back to school./ Photo by Harry Doyle – Flickr Creative Commons
Question: My daughter registered online for a class with the University of Phoenix and filled out a form for financial aid. She decided that the online course was not for her and never took the class.
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The Insider: How to book the right rental car

Editor’s Note: This is part two of our new “Insider” series on car rentals. Here’s the first part. By the way, if you see something I’ve missed in this post, please tell me in the comments or email me.

Looking for a set of wheels?
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Ridiculous or not? Lie-flat airline seats = snoring epidemic

While everyone else is touting the benefits of new “lie-flat” airline seats in business- and first class, I know I can count on you, dear readers, to find a “down” side.

And here it is.
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