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by Paul Riegler

Voting for the 2016 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards is underway, and with it, your opportunity to recognize the best in the industry with your vote. To make sure your voice is heard in recognizing these companies, click here to open the ballot.
Last year, for the second year in a row, over 150,000 votes were cast.
This year the field of nominees includes over 100 airlines and alliances, hotels and resorts, …

Lobby Bar – May 6: Traveling Naked, Cars that Drive on Clouds, and Why Tubes are the Future

by Jeremy Del Nero
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Lobby Bar – A Meaningless Memo Summarizing FBT News and Views
Phantom limb. Jesse Sokolow details the biggest events in Mays throughout travel history. His time machine took him to May 2053, when people travel exclusively through a network of air-pressurized tubes at hundreds of miles per hour, and may or may not arrive at their destination in one piece.
Move it up. Hundreds of miles of highway stretches in Pennsylvania have …

Catching a Flight? How to Get from Curbside to Your Seat in Mere Minutes

by Paul Riegler
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As summer approaches, security checkpoint and passport control lines at airports are getting longer and travelers at many airports are seeing wait times that exceed the norm, with conditions expected to only get worse.
In February, the manager of the world’s largest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Miguel Southwell, threatened to replace the TSA with a private contractor because the wait times were so bad.
While federal security officials say they are …

InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco – Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira
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One of my favorite parts of San Francisco is Nob Hill and one of my favorite hotels to stay in the city is the InterContinental Mark Hopkins. When I pulled into the driveway at the intersection of California and Mason, I thought of my many past visits, some with my parents when I was younger, others more recent. I thought of the view from the Top of the Mark, a …

Tony Awards 2016: ‘Hamilton’ Makes History with 16 Nominations

by John Buckley
The cast of "Hamilton"

“Hamilton,” the popular hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, made history Tuesday with a record 16 Tony Award nominations.
The groundbreaking show, which is playing to sold out crowds, was recognized in every category from acting to writing to directing to design, with multiple nominations in some.
The previous record for the most Tony nominations was held by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot,” each of which garnered nominations for 15 Tony …

Pennsylvania Raises Highway Speed Limit to 70 in Many Areas

by Jesse Sokolow
It's ok to go a drop faster now.

Officials in Pennsylvania announced that they are increasing the speed limit on hundreds of miles of highway in the state to 70 mph (112 km/h) effective Tuesday. The change impacts 396 miles (637 kilometers) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 400 miles (644 kilometers) of five state highways.
The state had already raised the speed limit on 200 miles (322 kilometers) of highway from 65 mph (105 km/h) to 70 in 2014.
Officials …

Mobile Phone Roaming Charges in the European Union Just Got Less Expensive

by Paul Riegler
The Siegestor in Munich.

If you live in the European Union or are in the habit of buying local SIMs for your voice and data requirements when traveling, take note: the cost of making and receiving calls, sending and receiving texts, and using data just got cheaper.
Over the past few years, thanks to European Union regulators, the cost of mobile roaming has dropped significantly and roaming charges are slated to completely disappear in just over …

2016 Lexus LS 600h L – Review and Test Drive

by Paul Riegler
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The Lexus LS made its debut in 1989 as a 1990 model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the uninitiated, LS stands for “luxury sedan” and the car’s quiet cabin and luxurious interior, combined with a very high level of customer service, helped launch the Lexus marque in the United States.
The first LS hybrid came in the form of a concept car, the LF-Sh, or Lexus …