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Condor Business Class Flight 1049 Seattle-Frankfurt, Germany – Review

by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

Condor Flugdienst, based in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the world’s leading leisure and charter carriers. Since its founding in 1955, the airline has built a reputation for offering European holiday makers inexpensive vacation packages to long-haul destinations in the Caribbean, North America, and South-east Asia.
While well-known in Europe, it remains a bit of a mysterious oddity here in the United States. Part of that may be attributed to its …

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What’s Doing in Lake Placid, New York

by Robert Waldner
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Located in the Adirondack Mountains in northeastern New York State, Lake Placid is best known as the host of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games and the site of the “Miracle on Ice,” the medal-round of men’s hockey in which the U.S. team defeated the Soviet Union for the gold medal Currently, the village has a population of 2,521 and offers visitors a taste of nature and Olympic …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: October 18, 2014

by Robert Waldner
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The weekend’s here, 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 you should read.
1.) Jeremey Del Nero covers a new FBT poll that surveyed frequent flyers about the Transportation Security Administration. Find out what the TSA is doing right, what they are doing wrong, and how the survey was conducted.
2.) Jonathan …

Lobby Bar – October 17: Fish Bones, Poetry Trees, Eaten Alive, and the Brand New Apricot aPad

by Jeremy Del Nero
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The Lobby Bar – A Smile-Inducing Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views 
Forecast for Hell? It turns out that 86% percent of frequent flyers aren’t too fond of the TSA. When will things begin to improve? That’s still up for debate, but we’ve seen pigs getting fitted for wings, so there may still be hope yet.
Stop. In the name of Security. Apparently nobody is safe from the TSA’s intrusive probing …

Poll: 86% of Frequent Flyers Give TSA Two Big Thumbs Down

by Jeremy Del Nero
Travelers on line at JFK's Terminal 1 TSA security checkpoint

Despite numerous efforts on the part of the Transportation Security Administration to make airport security a more bearable and streamlined process, frequent flyers continue to be dissatisfied with the TSA, and regard the screenings to be ineffective, according to a new survey by Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online community.
Eighty-six percent of frequent flyers surveyed said they think that the TSA is doing either a fair or …

Air Canada Business Class Flight 864 Montreal, Canada – London, England

by Jonathan Spira
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Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is one of Canada’s busiest and offers non-stop flights within North America and to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
It was here that my journey from New York to London, which started a few hours earlier at New York’s La Guardia Airport, would continue. Upon alighting from the LaGuardia flight, an Air Canada concierge escorted me to a Maple Leaf lounge close to my departure …

Short Stay: Raffaello Chicago – Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira
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Nothing compares to a really good rooftop bar, and it’s even better if an equally good hotel comes along with it, making the bar only an elevator ride away.
Such is the case at the Raffaello Chicago, a hotel in Streeterville near Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Observatory, which was my choice for a recent stay.
The Raffaello is a boutique hotel, a term which generally indicates an establishment somewhat …

What’s Doing in Austria’s Wachau Valley

by Karin Sun
The ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionhearted was held captive in Dürnstein

Lower Austria is the largest of Austria’s nine federal states with a population of 1.6 million. Located 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Vienna along the banks of the Danube river, the state is known for its small towns and villages, scenic countryside, and Baroque abbeys and castles.
The region of Wachau, located in the Waldviertel quarter of Lower Austria and occupying a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of the Danube between the …