Lobby Bar – July 1: Unlocking Hotel Rooms with Thumbs, Making Friends In-Flight, and the World’s Largest Porch

By Jeremy Del Nero on 1 July 2016
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Lobby Bar – A Coveted Collection of FBT News and Views

Exceptions. Remember that nothing in life is free. Unless it’s T-Mobile’s high-speed international LTE roaming – find out how well it performs in Europe. Well okay, there’s still no such thing as a free lunch… except if you’re a T-Mobile customer on a Tuesday, in which case you can grab some free pizza, that is if the gods are smiling on you.

Porch envy. Jesse Sokolow is back for a monthly dose of great air travel moments in history. In this edition, Jesse travels to 1887 to visit the world’s largest porch. Since then, of course, China attached a ledge to its Great Wall, claiming the “world’s largest porch” title.

Vote, then think. Have no fear if the Brexit has you all confused, simply check out our quick guide on everything you need to know about the country’s exit from the European Union. And If you’re a resident of the United Kingdom, you may want to go ahead and Google the thing you just voted for.

Prized possessions. Time to brush up on your travel knowledge for our mid-year exam. If you ace the quiz, you get to choose from a selection of flavored lollipops and will receive an extended recess for the next two weeks.

Strangers anonymous. American Airlines announced several changes to its American Shuffle, ahem, Shuttle schedule. Every flight has been moved up three hours, and seating has been shuffled to encourage flyers to make new friends in-flight.

Text-a-flight. Southwest Airlines will soon upgrade to a state-of-the-art passenger service and reservations system. The new system simply requires a passenger to text a Southwest employee for a direct booking. Any passengers without access to a friend at Southwest will be assigned a temporary friend for reservation purposes only.

Thumbs up. Starwood Preferred Guest announced a major update to the SPG Keyless system, which allows guests to enter their rooms using a smartphone app. For those without smartphones, the hotel can program a room’s unlock code into a guest’s thumb, but the thumb must then be turned in upon checkout, an option few guests are expected to utilize.

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