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Q1, 2011 Markets Review – Good Gains USA

21 July 2011 di Parma Golosa WebPublications

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Q1, 2011 Markets Review – Good Gains

In percentage terms, the first quarter of 2011 provided the best gains for U.S. stocks in more than a decade–the best quarter since 1999.  We experienced positive–albeit modest–returns across almost the entire spectrum of investments for the first three months of the year.   The Wilshire 5000, which is a proxy for all the stocks in the U.S. market, gained 6.27% for the quarter, and has been up 17.43 over the past 12 months.  The comparableRussell 3000 rose 6.38% in the first three months of the year.   Large cap stocks provided single-digit gains, with the widely-followed S&P 500 up 5.42% in the first quarter, 5.92% on a total return (including dividends) basis.

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Brazil Tourism Report Glows!!!

21 July 2011 di Parma Golosa WebPublications

Research and Markets: Brazil Tourism Report Q3 2011 – As Of Mid-2011, Brazil’s Largest Airline TAM Is In The Process of Taking A 31% Stake in Smaller Rival TRIP for US$250mn

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Frequent flier tips

21 July 2011 di Parma Golosa WebPublications

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Fly Guy: Frequent flier tips that only the pros know

By George Hobica, Airfarewatchdog.com

Updated 06/28/2011 10:20 AM

I don’t know how some frequent fliers manage. Travel can be so discombobulating and disruptive, yet some road warriors spend half their lives on planes, sometimes just to collect miles and attain elite frequent flier status. But with the work comes the perks, as that same group knows how to make the best of it, collecting as many frequent flier miles as possible and using the status they earn from traveling so much to their advantage. Here are some of their tricks that any flier can put to good use.

  • Hostess Svetlana Shapiro serves a glass of wine to Brian Lannutti, of Seattle, as he waits for his flight in the British Airways Terraces first class lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in January.By Stephen Brashear, for USA TODAY
  • Hostess Svetlana Shapiro serves a glass of wine to Brian Lannutti, of Seattle, as he waits for his flight in the British Airways Terraces first class lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in January.

By Stephen Brashear, for USA TODAY

Hostess Svetlana Shapiro serves a glass of wine to Brian Lannutti, of Seattle, as he waits for his flight in the British Airways Terraces first class lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in January.

1. Getting into business class lounges even if you’re in economy class

Airports aren’t much fun, but one way to make the whole flying experience more pleasurable is to wait for your flight in an airline lounge. Savvy fliers know that even if they are flying in economy class, they can access business class lounges when flying overseas. If you’re a member of Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge, Continental’s Presidents Club, the United Red Carpet Club, or the US Airways club you can access any Star Alliance business class lounge when flying internationally. No matter what class of service you are flying or elite status, show your club membership card and you gain access to alliance member lounges across the globe.

2. Getting elite status

Elite status is an important tool in every road warrior’s bag of tricks, but achieving status can be troublesome if your travel patterns change each year. But did you know that most airlines award elite status for life upon reaching the one million miles flown mark? Sure, it takes a lot of flying to get there, but you are a road warrior and you will live a long time.

 

Most airlines are very specific about what miles they count towards the accrual of elite status, usually including only flown miles on the airline and its alliance partners. However, American stands out of the crowd to include any miles earned (such as credit card spending and promotions) towards its AAdvantage program as part of its million mile status calculation. This makes it the easiest program in which to earn lifetime elite status. United counts elite levels from only its own UA-coded flights towards elite status whereas airlines like Delta and Continental also count its alliance partners’ flights towards lifetime accrual.

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U.S. Travel Plan to Create 1.3 Million Jobs

21 July 2011 di Parma Golosa WebPublications

U.S. Travel Plan to Create 1.3 Million Jobs

Increasing travel to the United States is the most effective form of economic stimulus—supporting communities, injecting billions into the U.S. economy and creating millions of new American jobs.

Recapturing America’s historic share of worldwide overseas travel would create up to 1.3 million U.S. jobs by 2020 compared with 2010 and produce $859 billion in cumulative additional economic output.

U.S. Travel has conducted the first comprehensive review of the negative impact that inefficient and unpredictable U.S. visitor visa and entry processes have on U.S. jobs, economic growth and exports.

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