Lobby Bar – July 26: Opera, Financially Wise Rodents, James Bond Considers an SUV, and Daydreaming Pays Off

By Jeremy Del Nero on 26 July 2013
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The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views

DSC_0965That was fast.  Jonathan Spira flies on one of Delta’s shortest routes from San Diego to Los Angeles.  In the time it took you to watch a Game of Thrones episode, he traveled 106 miles.

Credit chipmunks.  Read our guide on EMV chip cards, the most secure and globally adopted credit cards available today.  The cards come in several styles, including Chip-and-Pin, Chip-and-Signature and Chip-and-Dale.

Here we go again.  Boeing’s troubled Dreamliner is once again acting up.  As they say, it’s not over until the fat lady sings… is there a fat lady on board who would do the honors?

Handy reveries.  We’ve launched our Where Are You in New York photo challenge.  Now’s your chance to turn all of those aimless gazes into superior knowledge – and a two-night stay at the Conrad New York.

Shut the door on the way out.  US Airways announced it will be leaving Star Alliance to join oneworld in early 2014.  Forgive us if we don’t hold our breath to see if anybody notices.

One of each, please.  Dan Collins previews the diesel offerings for numerous 2014-2015 models.  It’s a good time to be a diesel fan; we predict you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

From the U.K. with love.  Bentley Motors announced it will begin selling SUVs in 2016.  We’re not positive, but we have it on good authority that Mr. Bond will stick with his iconic Aston Martin.

Distraction in place.  Alaska Airlines agreed to purchase sustainable biofuel from Hawaii BioEnergy.  Now we know what these two states were up to when the Passat TDI set the fuel economy record touring the other 48 states.

Skip the Olympics.  The TSA has improved and expanded PreCheck, allowing passengers to enroll directly in the program.  Nobody likes jumping through hoops to achieve status… except gymnasts.

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