TravelSkills founder Chris McGinnis

TravelSkills founder Chris McGinnis

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Since you’ve clicked on our “About” tab, you are probably here to learn more about me or the blog…so here goes:

I’m the founder of Travel Skills Group, Inc., and have been offering money-saving, comfort-enhancing travel advice (with a business travel bent) across a wide variety of media since 1990. The TravelSkills blog is a continuation of that effort. 

When it comes to travel, I’ve been all over the map (literally and figuratively) during the last 25 years… I’ve been based in Atlanta and San Francisco, and have traveled to every continent except Antarctica (it’s on the bucket list!). I hit the road or the skies about once or twice per month and head overseas five or six times a year. I’m now based in San Francisco, and travel most frequently to New York, London, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle and Chicago. (Tokyo is my current favorite city in the world, but that changes frequently!) Since I’m in the travel industry, I consider nearly every trip I take to be a “business trip” because I always have my reporter’s eyes and ears open for what’s new or unique.

My weekly column in the AJC ran from 1991-2000

My weekly column in the AJC ran from 1991-2000

I’ve been travel columnist for BBC.com and travel correspondent on CNN Headline News. I’ve also been the business travel columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Entrepreneur magazine. In addition to my consulting work, I now blog about frequent travel right here on the TravelSkills blog and co-host the  weekly #TravelSkills chat on Twitter.

Scroll down to see my latest appearances on CNN…and even the Queen Latifah Show :)

My popular Frequent Travel Advisor column is a mainstay on SFgate.com,  the website of my hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle. I regularly contribute and comment about travel trends on TV networks like CNN, HLN and Fox News and create occasional special business/luxury travel sections for the Wall Street JournalFortune and Bloomberg-BusinessWeek magazines. I’m also an engaging speaker or panel moderator (hire me!). Plus, I’m the author of two books on business travel published by McGraw-Hill.

Running a great travel blog takes a lot of work, and I can’t do it all myself, so I rely on contributors like Nancy BrankaRamsey Qubein and Jim Glab. Do you possess the wisdom of the road warrior and want to write for TravelSkills? Then please contact me. 

Thanks again for visiting the TravelSkills blog… we look forward to interacting with you here or on our social media streams.


Chris McGinnis (email)

Here’s my latest CNN appearance– click on the arrow below to launch video.

Here I am sharing holiday travel tips on The Queen Latifah Show

Wanna see more? Here are links to all the things I’ve been doing over the last few years. 

  • Business Travel Columnist, BBC.com
  • Editor and publisher of  TravelSkills, a blog for frequent travelers
  • Creator and co-host of the #TravelSkills chat on Twitter
  • Editor, The Frequent Travel Advisor blog on the San Francisco Chronicle website, SFgate.com
  • Contributor, CNN On-The-Go, a series of television segments covering travel news and trends appearing on CNN, HLN and CNN.com
  • Business Travel Expert and Blogger for Best Western’s Travel Blog You Must Be Trippin.com
  • Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 4.27.38 PMOn-call travel expert for a variety of television and radio news programs, from Good Morning America to Fox News
  • Writer and producer for a series of business and luxury travel sections in FORTUNE, Forbes,  and Bloomberg/BusinessWeek magazines.
  • Editor, Expedia Travel Trendwatch, a quarterly report on consumer travel trends, insight and tips.
  • Travel correspondent for CNN Headline News, and Travel Adviser columnist for CNN.com where he covered consumer travel issues from 1996 through 2005. He was also the travel correspondent for the Weather Channel for two years.
  • Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 4.30.01 PMFor nearly a decade in the 1990’s, Chris was the Business Travel columnist for the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionEntrepreneur Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
  • Author of two books, The Unofficial Business Traveler’s Pocket Guide (1998 McGraw-Hill). And 202 Tips Even the Best Business Travelers May Not Know (1994 McGraw-Hill).
  • Before focusing on business travel, Chris was a management consultant and corporate trainer, logging over 100,000 frequent flyer miles a year.
  • Chris earned an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Read the story of Chris’s career path in Travel Career Connections.
  • When he’s not on a plane or at his desk, Chris is working hard to launch his famous family concoction, The McGinnis Manhattan.

Advertising/editorial contact: chris@travelskills.com, phone: +1 415-550-4104

photo of Chris by David G. McIntyre aboard a Cathay Pacific training cabin in Hong Kong

  • HairyGuy

    found your website through dailymail news website of all places. they are featuring you showing the sleeping quarters on one of those new boeing aircraft. this is a great resource, very helpful tips.

  • Gonzalo

    Nice Blog Chris, enjoyed very much your articles, specially the one on the irritating actions of infrequent flyers. I still can not believe that Airlines keep installing Touch-Screens in planes. They should instead allow all actions to be done from the seat remote. It was actually like that on the early days of personalized inflight entertainment.

  • Bhavit

    I have recently discovered your blog and love it.

  • http://www.travelskills.com/ Chris McGinnis

    Thanks for your question, Ubuntu! It’s a mixed bag– some trips are comped, some are paid. We make the disclosure on the invididual post. — chris

  • ubuntu

    Does your blog have a disclosure page? For example, I’m curious about all of your free flights in Business Class. Does the airline pay for your flight?

  • Darryl Forman

    I love the video. It’s nice seeing you on the Chron home page.

  • Tom Shannon

    Hey Chris,
    Very much enjoyed the Cape Town video and your letter-tribute to Nick Penny. His spirit smiled! I hope to get to The Taj and Cape Point someday. You brought it all that much closer to making it a reality. Thanks.