Winners of 2014 GlobeRunner Awards Announced at Event in New York City

by Jeremy Del Nero

Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hertz, LOT Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Transaero Airlines have been named best in class by readers of Frequent Business Traveler.
At the 2014 GlobeRunner Awards presentation in New York City on Tuesday, Jonathan Spira, Frequent Business Traveler’s editorial director, announced the winners.  The awards honor the world’s top hotel groups, airlines, car rental agencies, travel websites, and more.  …

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Home Automation Part 3: SmartThings Know and Control Your Home Kit

by Jeremy Del Nero

In our continuing series on home automation, we now turn to specific products that centralize and automate control of lighting, doors, appliances and other devices, making life more convenient, energy efficient, and comfortable.  Today we’ll take a look at SmartThings’ Know and Control Your Home Kit.
While the concept of home automation is nothing new, practical solutions are only recently beginning to gain traction and popularity.  The SmartThings Know and Control …

The House Hotel, Nisantasi, Istanbul – Review

by Shannon McClatchey

Celebrated Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk describes Istanbul as “an archipelago of neighborhoods” and, from my personal experience, they all exhibit their own unique character. Nisantasi, part of the Sisli quarter on the European side of Istanbul, has always been an upscale neighborhood known for its cafés and exclusive shops.  Here on Abdi İpekçi Street, Istanbul’s premier shopping street, is one of the four House Hotel locations.
The low-key entrance, one that doesn’t …

Travel Industry Leaders ‘Visit’ Vienna to Receive 2014 GlobeRunner Awards

by Jeremy Del Nero
Frequent Business Traveler staff at the GlobeRunner Awards in New York City.  (L-R) David Goldes, Publisher and COO; Jonathan Spira, Editorial Director; Ken Lacy, Vice Chairman and CMO; Karin Sun, Assistant Editor; Jeremy Del Nero, Tech Editor; Jesse Sokolow, Associate Editor.

Winners and their guests were invited to take a short journey to Vienna, Austria for the 2014 GlobeRunner Awards gala luncheon on Tuesday, held at the Seäsonal Restaurant & Weinbar in New York City.
Amidst strains of Strauß waltzes performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, Frequent Business Traveler Editorial Director Jonathan Spira presented 26 awards to the world’s top travel companies.
The winners of the GlobeRunner Awards were determined by Frequent Business Traveler …

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Flight 10 New York-London – Review

by Jonathan Spira

Usually, I am likely to be the last passenger on any flight to actually show up at the airport. It isn’t that I don’t like airports – I love them – but, given the time I spend traveling, I feel that I already commit enough time to them already.
However, that isn’t the case when flying Virgin Atlantic from New York to London
The airline, which is currently 49% owned by Delta …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: July 19, 2014

by Karin Sun

As another weekend arrives, we bring to your attention once again the most important news and features of the past week.  Here are five must-read stories that will capture your interest.
1.) Jonathan Spira stayed at Claridge’s in London, where he enjoyed an elegant Art Deco room, around-the-clock butler service, and a delicious dinner of truffled Cornish lobster risotto.  He was very impressed by the hotel’s beautiful décor and attentive service.
2.) …

Lobby Bar – July 18: Foul Play, Kissin’ Cousins, Unlimited Shipping Weight, and Interwebs Everywhere

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Conspiracy theory #574.  David Goldes drove the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BluTec 3,500 miles over the past six months and has some stellar fuel economy figures to report.  The Benz might have performed even better had it not been sabotaged by shreds of lumber, which suspiciously fell of the back of a gasoline-powered vehicle.  Coincidence?  I think …

Key Facts About Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

by Paul Riegler

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, also known as MH17, crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members.  The flight was operated using a Boeing 777-200 with registration 9M-MRD, and the flight time was expected to be roughly 11 and 30 minutes, covering 6,368 miles (10,248 kilometers, 5,533 nautical miles).
The plane that operated MH17 had been in service for 17 years and had a clean maintenance record.
The …