UP FRONT WITH MARTIN DEUTSCH IN 2013

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARTIN B. DEUTSCH
Martin B. Deutsch created Frequent Flyer magazine in 1980 and was editor-in-chief and publisher for 15 years. He also wrote a column called Up Front for Frequent Flyer during those years. That column later appeared in Travel Agent magazine and he now writes Up Front for JoeSentMe.com. In a nearly 60-year career, he created, published and edited dozens of other travel publications. Among his other work, Deutsch wrote the Travel Trails column for Argosy magazine and those are also archived at JoeSentMe. Deutsch is based in New York.

December 12: CLUBBING IT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
After rummaging around some drawers, Martin found the remnants of a great gift for frequent flyers: lifetime membership in what were the four preeminent club networks in the days before deregulation. And it reminded him that there's probably no better gift for the frequent flyer than a club membership. Lifetime offers have mostly disappeared, but he gives the current options.

September 26: THE AUTUMN BUSINESS TRAVELER'S READING LIST
The pleasures of diversified reading are exemplified by a trio of unrelated books I recently enjoyed and appreciated. Any or all would make for fine reading during a business trip this fall.

July 18: GO (UPPER) EAST (SIDE), MANHATTAN DINER
Not far from the increasingly dense core of hotels in Midtown Manhattan is the Upper East Side, a mostly residential neighborhood that has a collection of fine Italian and French restaurants. Here's an in-depth look at three places you may want to visit on your next business trip to the Big Apple.

June 21: THE FREQUENT FLYER'S SUMMER READING LIST
The summer has finally arrived, so I once again offer you a reading list that has nothing to do with current best-sellers. Nor are these books the usual light and disposable summer literary fare. But I assure you that all of my choices are suitable for a comfortable read on the beach or in an aircraft seat or while you're waiting out a delay in an airport club or ensconced in an air-conditioned hotel room.

April 18: TITANS OF THE GREATEST GENERATION
This is a crucial week in the history of World War II. In 1945, there were key battles on the islands of Okinawa and Mindanao, the collapse of Mussolini and the suicide of a German field marshall. Less than three weeks later, the war in Europe would be over and Japan would be trying for a negotiated peace. That leads me to recommend three books that will make excellent reading on the road this week.

February 21: WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD CRUISE?
As a self-confessed contrarian and confirmed cruise fan who has completed at least 85 voyages, I don't see anything in the Carnival Triumph affair or last year's Costa Concordia tragedy that would dissuade me from cruising again. In fact, I heartily recommend cruising for business travelers looking for relief from another round of mediocre airlines, airports and hotels.

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