View from the new Fosshotel Reykjavík
by Jesse Sokolow

Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, has been steadily increasing in popularity as a tourist destination, in no small means thanks to an offer by the country’s flag carrier, Icelandair, for a free stopover when flying from the United States before continuing on to the European continent.
Over one-third of Iceland’s population lives in the capital and two-thirds live in Höfuðborgarsvæðið, the Capital Region. The country has been through a banking collapse …

Lobby Bar – October 9: Gollum’s Airline, Transcontinental Hiking, and Hotel Robots

by Jesse Sokolow

Lobby Bar – A Summary of FBT News and Views, Dumbed Down For Public Consumption
Broad-Fil-Way. Join Jonathan Spira for the grand opening of the first Chick-Fil-A in Manhattan. The premiere of the fast-food chain was sponsored by Kinky Boots, and anybody who brings an uneaten chicken nugget to the theater the night of their meal purchase will receive 20% off their ticket.
Bigger, not better. Jesse Sokolow has the low-down on …

Short Stay: Landsdowne Resort, Leesburg, Virginia – Hotel Review

by Paul Riegler
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It looked enticing on paper, but the Landsdowne Resort, set “on 500 lush green acres” in Washington, D.C.’s wine country, proved to be a bundle of contradictions during a recent stay.
I arrived after a quick flight from New York City to attend a meeting taking place at the hotel. The front desk clerk seemed friendly enough and I was soon en route to my room. Pausing in the hallway as …

Survey: What Are Your Biggest Air Travel Pet Peeves?

by Jesse Sokolow
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Air travel is widely accepted as the most efficient and convenient means of getting from point A to point B, with millions of passengers flying to thousands of destinations each year. However, the process is far from perfect, and as there are many aspects of the flights experience that have the potential to be annoying, we want to know exactly what they are.
Once again, Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s …

2015 Kia Soul EV+ Electric Vehicle – Review and Test Drive

by Paul Riegler
2015 Kia Soul EV+

The Kia Soul EV sneaks up on you, quite literally. Like other electric vehicles, it moves quietly. Indeed, there’s something to be said about the strong but silent type, and that description fits the Kia to a T.
The Soul EV is extremely quiet as it glides by, and there’s a distinct lack of powertrain noise or engine vibration when behind the wheel. With an 81.4kW AC synchronous permanent magnet motor developing …

Chick-fil-A’s First New York City Restaurant – Review

by Jonathan Spira
Patrons in the upstairs dining room on opening day

The opening of the first full-service Chick-fil-A restaurant in Manhattan was eagerly awaited by many New Yorkers, myself included, despite the fact that the chain is relatively unknown in these parts. The Georgia-based company built its reputation on a simple breaded chicken breast sandwich served on a soft, buttered bun accompanied by a slice of pickle. However, aside from a small counter with a limited menu at a New York …

Poll: 87% of Flyers Give TSA Airport Security Fair or Poor Rating

by Jesse Sokolow
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The number of frequent flyers voicing dissatisfaction with security screenings at the nation’s airports in 2015 continues to rise. Roughly 9 out of 10 surveyed said that the Transportation Security Administration is doing a fair or poor job. That figure, 87%, is one percentage point higher than last year’s and two percentage points higher than the year before.
The findings are from a survey conducted by Frequent Business Traveler from August …

Lobby Bar – October 2: Yelling at Siri, Another Airline Breakup, and Inventing Holidays

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Compelling Compendium of FBT News and Views, Sponsored by the Pope
They’re g-r-r-reat! Did you get your free coffee on national coffee day? Check out our article for costume ideas, which include Tony the Tiger, on how to fool the cashier into thinking you haven’t yet received your free cup of coffee. You’ll shake with excitement – or maybe it’s just the caffeine.
Faded and jaded. Jonathan Spira …