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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Wing and Clubhouse, London Heathrow – Review

by Jonathan Spira

Convenience may arguably be the single factor that the busy traveler prizes above all else today.  Indeed, while convenience means different things to different people, an undisputed definition would include short lines and personalized treatment.
Virgin Atlantic offers these to its Upper Class passengers departing from London’s Heathrow Airport, and the idea of convenience starts with the entrance to its private departures area, the Upper Class Wing.  To put it mildly, …

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Lobby Bar – April 18: Elysian Fields, Israeli Chocolates, and the Curse of the Gypsy

by Daniel Berg
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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
The pearly gates. Jonathan Spira tries to visit the AA Flagship Lounge at LAX. He is finally able to gain entry after battling a Minotaur, solving the Sphinx’s riddle, and proving his virtue to Saint Peter by finding the Holy Grail.
Goldthrottle. Editorial team members Paul Riegler, Jeremy del Nero, and Daniel Berg go to the New …

Kempinski Hotel River Park, Bratislava, Slovakia – Review

by Jonathan Spira
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Bratislava’s central position in Europe has made it a much sought after launching pad for those venturing east and, as I returned from the High Tatras Mountains in the easternmost part of the country, it was a logical place to stop.  The city is set in the hills of the Small Carpathians and on the edge of the Danube flats, where the mountains and the Danube River meet.
Kempinski recognized the …

Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’

by Paul Riegler
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Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed..  Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years.
The hunt for Flight 370 started almost immediately after the plane disappeared from radar …

Hotel Palomar DC, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review

by Jesse Sokolow
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Situated just a few blocks away from Washington, D.C.’s lively Dupont Circle in the northwestern quadrant of the city, the Hotel Palomar DC, a Kimpton Hotel, certainly has a prime location in our nation’s capital.  Once off the Dupont Circle metro stop, where neighboring streets are lined with pubs, sports bars, restaurants, clubs, dive bars, and a variety of cafes and shops, it was a mere five minute stroll to …

Chevy Cruze Diesel Named Diesel Car of the Year

by Paul Riegler
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NEW YORK — Readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, a sister publication of Frequent Business Traveler, named the Chevrolet Cruze the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, the first time an American automobile has attained the honor.
The Cruze is the only diesel-powered sedan offered by a U.S. automaker and garnered an impressive 59.3% of 11,030 votes cast.
Chevrolet was named the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year, receiving 45% of …

Report from the New York International Auto Show

by Paul Riegler
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NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers are showcasing dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace, will run through April 27.
The show highlights the rapidly increasing pace of change …

American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles International Airport – Review

by Jonathan Spira
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My first visit to American Airlines’ Flagship Lounge at LAX was the morning after American’s inaugural flights of its new Airbus A321T transcon subfleet aircraft.  I had flown out on the inaugural flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and my second flight on the brand new plane was to come roughly 12 hours after the first.
My visit to the Flagship Lounge started with Flagship Check-in.   American offers …