Chris Barnett writes about business-travel tactics and strategies that save time and money and help minimize hassles. He is based in San Francisco and has written for a wide variety of publications. Chris was a contributing editor of
Frequent Flyer when JoeSentMe founder Joe Brancatelli was the magazine's executive editor. He was the first columnist Joe approached to join JoeSentMe. Chris' column, syndicated for decades in newspapers around the country, has appeared exclusively at JoeSentMe since 2012.
SEPTEMBER 5: NOT YOUR FATHER'S CAR RENTAL
I was recently quoted nearly $200 a day to rent a Toyota Corolla. Why have car rental rates skyrocketed while other travel costs remained flat?
JULY 25: ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Not unlike a bear coming out of hibernation, I am back on the road again after a year-long injury. Some things have changed, but some haven't.
MAY 30: THE CLIFT IN SAN FRANCISCO PLOTS ANOTHER REVIVAL
The Clift in San Francisco is working on its latest revival, this time as a four-star hotel with lots of style and lots of personal service.
MARCH 7: ONCE UPON A TIME IN WAN CHAI
On my first trip to Hong Kong, I walked into the Mandarin Oriental, the finest hotel in the then-Crown Colony. Then I wound up sleeping in the city's worst hotel.
FEBRUARY 21: I LEFT MY CAR IN SAN FRANCISCO
As a California kid, I never thought I'd voluntarily jettison my car. But for the past two months, I've done nothing but Uber and Lyft and it's working out fine.