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by Paul Riegler

With the end of 2015 approaching rapidly, many travelers are already looking forward to the new cities they will visit in the New Year and the new adventures they will have on the road.
As part of our 2016 Business Travel Survey, Frequent Business Traveler, FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, and Expert Flyer, a leading air travel information tool, want to know what your plans for the coming year …

Delta Air Lines Arrivals Lounge London Heathrow – Review

by Paul Riegler
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Delta now offers passengers arriving in London an arrivals lounge befitting the level of service it offers in Delta One. With the relocation of multiple U.S.-origin flights from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 as part of its partnership with Virgin Atlantic (which also uses Terminal 3 and has its Upper Class Clubhouse – which Jonathan Spira reviewed in April 2014 – for outbound passengers) Delta opted to open its own …

Lobby Bar – November 27: Santa Gets Greedy, Dieselgate Confessions, and the Teddy Bear Express

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Completely-Free-For-Black-Friday Summary of FBT News and Views
Deal with the devil. With winter weather already bearing its teeth, Jesse Sokolow has some tips on how to keep your cool during holiday travel. Taking the train can be a good option, or chartering Santa’s sleigh for the afternoon will get you anywhere in minutes, although Santa has a lengthy waiting list. Don’t worry: bribing Santa to jump the …

Heathrow Express: London Heathrow to Paddington – Review

by Paul Riegler

While the Heathrow Express isn’t the least expensive way of getting from London Heathrow Airport to the city center, it is unquestionably one of the most pleasant and one of the fastest.
I arrived on a Delta flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport about 8 a.m. on an overcast morning and found a Heathrow Express ticket agent standing right outside customs. Buying a ticket was simple although buying …

4 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

by Jesse Sokolow

While the start of the winter season was just about a month ago, that is of little comfort to those in the western United States and Plains this week, where a significant winter storm is developing.
The storm will arrive just in time to disrupt holiday travel and delay or cancel thousands of flights, inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of travelers.
Once a storm is on the radar, both figuratively and literally, listen …

2016 Toyota Prius 4 Touring – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira
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Since its launch in 1994, the Toyota Prius has been the standard bearer for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. It’s also been <yawn> somewhat boring to drive.
Fast forward to 2016: With the introduction of the fourth generation of the car (a contest was held to determine what the plural form of the model name would be: it’s Prii), Toyota is adding a new dimension: fun.
Perhaps the world has come around but the …

Lobby Bar – November 20: Eating Glass, Voice-Controlled Eurodance, and Never Drink Tea Alone

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Slightly Squeaky Summary of FBT News and Views
Heavy lifting. Jonathan Spira checks out the Delta One private check-in experience at LAX. The staff at Delta One handled everything from taking care of Spira’s boarding pass to checking any luggage he had. We can’t wait for Delta Two, which is said to be staffed by bodybuilders who will literally carry you wherever you want to go and …

Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich – Review

by Jonathan Spira
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The Bayerischer Hof is perhaps Munich’s most traditional (i.e. Bavarian) hotel, one built in 1841 at the behest of King Ludwig I. who wanted comfortable lodgings for his guests and, at least based on one source, hot running water for his own bath, something his palace apparently lacked.
Once Europe’s largest (in the early twentieth century), the 340-room hotel, located on the Promenadeplatz, continues to attract heads of state as well …