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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 …

Great Moments in Travel History – 2015

by Jesse Sokolow
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The Château Frontenac Hotel in Quebec City, Canada opened its doors on December 20, 1893.  Named for the governor of the New France colony in America in the 17th century, the luxury, castle-like hotel has grown from 170 rooms to its current 613 rooms.
The Wright Brothers made the first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight on December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The Palace Hotel, which survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake …

‘The Gin Game’ at John Golden Theater –Review

by Jonathan Spira
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One. ONE. Two. TWO. Three. THREE. In a booming voice, James Earl Jones, as Weller Martin, counts out cards for a game of gin with Cicely Tyson, as Fonsia Dorsey, at a nursing home in the roles originated by Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in 1977 in D.L. Coburn’s “The Gin Game.”
Fonsia suffers from chronic diabetes, Weller from “one of the most advanced cases of old age in the history …

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 …