Corinthia Hotel London, England – Review
by Jonathan Spira

While I’ve stayed at a former royal post office, a former monastery, a former 17th-century army barracks, and a former cotton warehouse, none of these comes close to staying at the fictional headquarters of MI6.
What is now the Corinthia Hotel London first opened its doors as the Hôtel Métropole in 1885. One regular guest was the Prince of Wales, who later reigned as King Edward VII. During the First World …

How to Improve Your Chances of Surviving a Plane Crash

by Jesse Sokolow
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A recent bus crash in New England led to a discussion about the survivability of plane crashes versus bus crashes. My friend was surprised to learn that the survival rate in U.S. plane crashes is an astounding 95% according to the National Transportation Safety Board based on figures from the period 1983 through 2000.
This stands in stark contrast to the 46% survival rate in the period 1962 through 1981.
The fatality …

Versailles Cuban Restaurant, Little Havana, Miami – Review

by Paul Riegler

“You have to try Versailles,” several people told me when I asked about the best Cuban restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana section. They pronounced it in the manner of Louis XIV but locals say “Ver-say-ez,” more in the manner of José Martí.
There was a line forming, my dining companion and I were quite hungry, and the hostess advised it would be a 15-20 minute wait. I need not have been …

What Are Your Biggest Frequent Flyer Award Redemption Pet Peeves

by Paul Riegler
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One of the few remaining joys of travel is the ability to earn miles and points that can be used for even more air travel. You’ve applied for and gotten 22 credit cards, done a few mileage runs, and started a new job that keeps you in the air more than George Clooney. You’ve accumulated 480,000 miles, more than enough for those four business-class tickets to Scandinavia for your family’s …

Lobby Bar – February 5: A Bloody Mess in London, On-Demand Underwear, and Why Scorpions Don’t Like Winter

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Glittering Collection of FBT News and Views
Fight fire with fire. Despite what Punxsutawney Phil predicts, hazardous weather could carry on more months to come, so be sure to check out our ten tips for safe winter driving.  Try to avoid driving on icy roads, but carry a USB-powered flamethrower to help clear the path ahead of you just in case.
Cold-weather arachnida. The Blizzard of 2016 gave …

Winter Tires Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow

by Jonathan Spira
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We honestly thought we would not be able to complete our annual winter tire review this year. From the time that we mounted our first set of winter tires, Bridgestone Blizzak WS80s in November, the New York metropolitan area – actually much of the East Coast – enjoyed rather balmy, spring-like weather.
While schoolchildren look forward to a snowstorm with the hope that school will be closed, I began following forecasts …

10 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

by Paul Riegler
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The blizzard that was the first in the history of the United States to bury New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. at the same time has passed but more winter weather is on the way.
Whether you are embarking on a long journey by car or simply driving around town, being prepared in wintertime is more critical than in any other season, as the risk of being stranded comes with the …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2016

by Jesse Sokolow

On February 1, 1859, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas opened its doors.  By the 1870s, the property was one of the best-known hotels in the American Southwest, and has since hosted such notable personalities as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee, Dwight Eisenhower, Babe Ruth, Oscar Wilde, and William McKinley.  The hotel is still in operation today.
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened on February 19, 1888.  …