The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hotel Review

by Jesse Sokolow

Situated in downtown Philadelphia, the Rittenhouse hotel overlooks one of the city’s most pleasant public parks. Rittenhouse Square is something of a Central Park in miniature for the City of Brotherly Love, a quiet area filled with lush greenery and fountains, an oasis removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel and park, as well as numerous other buildings in Philly, were named after David Rittenhouse, an …

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Lobby Bar – November 28: Personifying Airlines, Shrinking a Metropolis, and the Milkshake Diet

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Lobby Bar – A Knee-Slapping Summary of FBT News and Views 
I did not order 12 MacBooks.  It’s Thanksgiving week, and everybody knows what that means:  food and family?  Ummm.  Shopping.  Paul Riegler has some tips for safe shopping this holiday season.  Hint: don’t use “password123” as your Amazon password, unless combating fraud sounds like a fun way to spend your holiday.
Dead man walking.  Jesse Sokolow heads to JFK at …

American Airlines A321T First Class Flight 171 New York-Los Angeles – Review

by Jesse Sokolow

Terminal 8, American’s home at John F. Kennedy International Airport, is quiet in the early morning hours. I arrived at 4:30 a.m. for a 6:00 a.m. departure to Los Angeles, and I was somewhat fatigued. Having flown transcon to New York a mere two days earlier, my internal clock was still askew, and the 3:50 a.m. wake up call did little to help. The early arrival was to usher in …

8 Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping While Traveling

by Paul Riegler
Shopping at Sheremetyevo International Airport

Many frequent travelers do a good part of their holiday shopping while on the road, both in brick-and-mortar stores as well as online.
However, the challenge of unfamiliar surroundings, as well as the potential for insecure Internet connections, can turn an ordinary shopping expedition into a beast of nightmarish proportions.
Here are tips for safe shopping both online and off, at home and away.
Shopping in Stores
1.) Don’t overload yourself with packages to …

Sofitel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira

One of the things I love most about staying at a Sofitel, no matter what its location may be, is that it makes my trip – at least in part – also a visit to France, regardless of my actual destination. The Sofitel Philadelphia is no exception.
I arrived at the property, located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, after a quick two-hour drive from New York City and immediately …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 22, 2014

by Robert Waldner

The weekend is 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 should command your attention.
1.) Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren lets us know when it’s the best time to purchase airfare tickets. Many factors come into play here, including how far in advance you purchase your ticket.
2.) Jesse Sokolow reviews the Rittenhouse hotel in …

Lobby Bar – November 21: No Blood for Oil, Soothing Cleaning Appliances, and Packing Tips from a Wizard

by Jeremy Del Nero

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 …

Review: Monster DNA Pro 2.0 Headphones

by Jeremy Del Nero

Musical artists spend large amounts of time and money, outfit their studios with professional recording equipment, and labor endlessly over their creations to produce a product that is unequivocally theirs. One can only imagine how they feel when they witness their tracks being played back through tiny ear buds or cheap bass-pounding mini Bluetooth speakers. Monster recognized this shortcoming and designed the Monster DNA Pro 2.0 headphones to deliver the …