The Lobby Bar – A Polished, Droll Summary of FBT News and Views
Harry Packer. Robert Waldner details eight tips for holiday travel packing. For a most successful trip, purchase one of Hermione’s handbags, which measures 12″ x 14″ x 6″ yet somehow manages twelve cubic feet of internal storage. The bag can be found in Diagon Alley’s West 4th Street location in New York City.
To the microscope! Jeremy Del Nero (greetings, Earthlings) dons a pair of Monster DNA Pro 2.0 headphones. If you were wondering about the name, Monster took plasma samples from over 1,500 musicians in the U.S., fused the samples together, and included a drop of the concoction in each pair of headphones to give them that perfect twang.
Vehicular diets. What could possibly account for the four-year low cost of fuel nationwide? Cars are feeling insecure about their drinking habits, and when faced with the ultimatum of spending more on fuel or becoming more efficient, more and more are choosing the latter, leading to a surplus of gasoline. It’s a simple case of supply and demand, really.
Silence no more. Jesse Sokolow unwinds with a glass of sherry at the Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. The tranquility of the hotel is so intense that some guests actually file complaints that it’s too quiet, requesting hotel staff to “do a little vacuuming outside my room for twenty minutes or so, please.”
I don’t bite (that hard). Remember when we asked you whether Ebola concerns would affect your travel plans? It turns out that the deadly disease isn’t stopping most people from traveling. The survey shows that passengers are actually more afraid of sitting next to a homeless person on their next flight.
Turning new leaves. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but perhaps there is such a thing as free Wi-Fi? The only thing I’ve known to receive free in New York are expired metro cards, unsolicited subway performances, and the flu.
Got Lounge?Loungebuddy rolled out the latest version of its app, which lets flyers instantly purchase guaranteed airport lounge access from a mobile device. If you try to purchase lounge access at an airport that doesn’t have a lounge, be sure to do so 16 hours in advance so airport staff can quickly construct one for you.
It was like being swept up in a tornado in Kansas and finding oneself in the land of nice. That’s how I felt from the minute I arrived at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. But let me first define “nice”: I don’t mean merely pleasant, I mean genuine, sincere, and caring. While I’ve found that many hotels and resorts have staff who are unfailingly polite, in too many cases …
The fare wars are on and you can thank cheap fuel and a dramatic increase in competition for them. Channeling the ghost of Sir Freddie Laker who, in the 1970s pioneered jet age “no frills” international flights, numerous low-cost carriers, including Ryanair of Ireland, have brought affordable travel to the masses across the globe. Southwest Airlines, now the second largest airline in the world by number of passengers carried, has …