by Paul Riegler

Virtually everyone frequent traveler has fairly strong opinions about the hotels he stays at and not every stay is picture perfect.
With the Hotels2017 survey, you now have an opportunity to rate the hotel chain you stay at the most as well as to provide direct feedback in the form of comments and suggestions for that specific hotelier.
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, are collaborating with …

Lobby Bar – June 23: How Airplanes Relax, Cats Can Fly, and a Co-operative Driving

by Jeremy Del Nero

It is better to create than to learn! Lobby Bar is the essence of life.
Yep, him too. Jonathan Spira heads to Central Park to see his old friend, Julius. The play has undergone a few minor changes to be relevant to the current political landscape; highlights include Caesar dying for the 119th time, gasping “Et tu, Trumpe?”
Traveling club kids. Penn Station is trying to rid itself of its icky reputation, …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 450h Sedan

by Jonathan Spira

The Lexus GS first made an appearance in 1993 and throughout all four generations has been available with six-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. A hybrid version debuted in 2005 and the fourth generation GS received a mid-life refresh in 2016.
It’s clear that Lexus has worked hard to differentiate the GS from its competition as well as from its front-wheel drive sibling, the Lexus ES. It has a more youthful stance, …

Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day

by Paul Riegler

In case you didn’t know, today is Take Your Dog to Work Day, an unofficial holiday that traces its origins back to 1999.
The first Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International, a company that provides educational resources for professional pet sitters.
At Frequent Business Traveler, almost every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day as Editorial Director Jonathan Spira’s pup, Snickers the Wonderdog, who has …

JFK’s Terminal 4: Gert-Jan de Graaff Wants You to Have a ‘Memorable Experience’

by Jonathan Spira

If you want to see what the future of international travel looks like, you need go no farther than the arrivals hall at Terminal 4, the International Arrivals Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
Having replaced the similarly named ca. 1957 International Arrivals Building in 2001, Terminal 4 is the major gateway for international travelers at JFK and was the first such facility in the United …

Review: ‘Cats’ at Neil Simon Theatre

by Jonathan Spira

In the 1980s, three European musicals came to define Broadway in a manner never before seen. The three – “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” and “Cats” – were, in fact, megamusicals, a form of almost entirely sung-through musical drama in which the spectacle was of equal if not greater importance than the plot.
Of these three, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Phantom,” which opened in the West End in 1986 and …

Hotel Lucia, Portland, Oregon – Review

by Jeremy Del Nero

I actually missed the hotel entrance on my first go around the block. Then I saw the unassuming black awning with “Hotel Lucia” and I pulled my rental car up to the front doors. Two doormen were beside my car before it came to a stop and immediately (and warmly) helped with my luggage and parked my car in a nearby lot. After four grueling hours on the road from …

Penn Station Inaugurates New Long Island Rail Road Concourse as First Stage of New Moynihan Station

by Paul Riegler

NEW YORK—Without much fanfare, officials inaugurated the new Long Island Rail Road concourse inside the James A. Farley Post Office Building in what is soon to be a reimagined Penn Station.
The new concourse is the first phase of the Moynihan Station project. The second phase will consist of a new train hall in the renovated Farley Building that includes a skylighted atrium approximately the size of the Main Hall of …