What You Read Most in the First Half of 2017

By Jesse Sokolow on 10 July 2017
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With the year 2017 half over, it’s time to look back on some of the most popular news and features from the past six months. From tips to getting a first class upgrade, to new and less confusing Japanese toilets, here are the most read stories from the first demi-year.


1.) Review: The World’s Longest Domestic Flight – Delta First Class New York-Honolulu. Pear salad, Hawaiian leis, and Mai Tais add to the tropical experience on board the longest domestic flight in the world.

2.) Brussels Airlines Business Class New York-Brussels – Flight Review. FBT visits the Belgian capital in the wake of the attacks that shook the city last year.

3.) Before You Go Abroad: Why You Should Enroll in State Dept. STEP. Learn about the government program that keeps you informed about events in your destination country.

4.) Alaska Airlines First Class Los Angeles-Washington, D.C. –Flight Review. The nation’s fifth largest airline offers an impressive breakfast, friendly service, and comfortable seating in its first-class cabin.

5.) Review and FAQ: Uber VIP –What It Is and How It Works. Learn about Uber’s not-so-secret elite status program American Express Platinum cardmembers can get at no charge.

6.) Five (Secret) Tips to Getting a First Class Upgrade On Your Next Flight. Who doesn’t want to fly first class? Jonathan Spira fills you in on not-so-secret ways to score an upgrade.

7.) JetBlue Mint Boston-Los Angeles Launch Flight – Review. JetBlue began to offer its premium Mint service between Boston and L.A. earlier this year.

8.) A Tale of Two Hyatt Regencys: Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports –Hotel Review. We review two different, yet similar, airport Hyatt Regency hotels in California.

9.) A Lack of Civility: The State of Air Travel Today. It really has changed since the Golden Age of Flying.

10.) Review and First Drive: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD. From the 9” tablet-like touch screen center control console to its impressive handling, this is one impressive Swede.

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