Lobby Bar – Week of September 28: Apple Apologizes, British Cars Invade Paris, Booking a Room with Dinner in Alsace

By Dan Collins on 28 September 2012
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The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views

Paris is, for once, not burning. Typically, cars in Paris are either on fire or will run you over. Not this week. Jonathan Spira reports from the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The check and a room, s’il vous plait. Some restaurants offer to call their guests a cab, this one goes a little further. Christian Stampfer checks into the Abbaye de la Pommeraie in Alsace, France.

Stuck in repeat mode. Apple repeats itself, saying the new iPhone 5 is the “best thing to happen to the iPhone, since the iPhone.” Dan Collins has some advice for them before the company starts to repeat itself again.

Is it a hotel or a plane? For frequent travelers, it is understandable when hotels or cities become difficult to differentiate. This time, Jonathan Spira wonders if he hasn’t checked into a five-star hotel when he’s really at Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport.

Hello, operator? Fanboy fever hits Paul Riegler, who now wants his money back after upgrading his iPad to iOS 6 and discovering that the revolutionary update is really just hype.  After much ridicule, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized to its customers for its less-than-useful new maps app.

Book ‘em, Dano. Paul Riegler’s frustration continues, he can’t get the awards flights he wants and doesn’t want to visit Alaska in February or Miami in August. Take our poll, and let us know what your biggest pet peeves about redeeming your frequent-flyer miles are.

(Photo: Henry Feintuch)

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