5 Stories to Read This Weekend: December 6, 2014

By Robert Waldner on 6 December 2014
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The first weekend in December is upon us, which means that it’s a great time to catch up on key Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that should be of interest to you.

1.) Jonathan Spira reviews Delta’s business-class service flying from New York to Moscow. In part thanks to a Pan Am purser (Pan Am was the first U.S. airline to fly to Russia, back in 1968), the nine-hour flight was pleasant and made the author feel as if he were following in the footsteps of those first passengers in 1968.

2.) A new FBT poll is surveying frequent travelers about their travel plans for 2015. Tell us what adventures you have planned for the coming year and what your travel preferences are.

3.) Paul Riegler gives us the scoop on the BMW Art Journey. The program will allow a few select emerging artists to travel anywhere in the world in order to develop new ideas and discover new themes.

4.) Jesse Sokolow takes us through Great Moments in Travel History. Learn more about new hotels, earthquakes, the first Boeing flight, the shutdown of Pan American World Airways, and the merger of American Airlines with US Airways.

5.) Paul Riegler reports that Starbucks will open Diamond and Platinum lines in their stores. Sorry, this sounds more like Lobby Bar but what the Seattle-based company is really doing is allowing customers to order their Pumpkin Spice Lattes in advance via an app, saving the wait in line.

Since it was a busy week for travel-related news, here are a few more stories to check out. You might be interested to learn that BMW will expand its DriveNow carsharing program to London, Southwest reached a contract agreement with its customer service workgroups, and that a Lufthansa strike stranded over 150,000 passengers.

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