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Amtrak Mulls Shutting Down Some Tracks at Penn Station for Long-Term Repairs

Amtrak Mulls Shutting Down Some Tracks at Penn Station for Long-Term Repairs

Following multiple incidents in recent weeks involving its aging infrastructure, Amtrak said Tuesday it is considering closing some tracks at Penn Station for an extended period to make long-term repairs. The move would disrupt the commutes of tens of thousands of people who rely on regional railroads, two of the nation’s busiest, which use the station.
“We are putting together plans to renew the infrastructure at New York Penn Station that …

Poll: Have Recent Events Involving Airline Passengers Affected Your Choice of Airline?

As a result of incidents involving passengers, several major U.S. airlines have recently been in headlines that struck a chord both with fellow passengers on a particular flight as well as with millions of people who ordinarily could not care less about the airline industry.
Indeed, airlines have been in the crosshairs of both the public and regulators. From Delta’s IT meltdown to United’s dalliances with dress code enforcement and the …

Delta to Offer Helicopter Transfers from Manhattan to JFK

Delta to Offer Helicopter Transfers from Manhattan to JFK

Delta Air Lines announced it will once again offer a helicopter transfer service between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Manhattan starting April 24.
The transfer service, which will take roughly five minutes, will be operated by Blade, an on-demand aviation company. Blade has three heliport lounges in Manhattan.
Delta will charge $250 on top of Blade’s standard fee, which is $195 from Manhattan to JFK on a scheduled flight.
The Atlanta-based airline …

Apple Maps ‘Transit’ Feature Adds Support for Paris Métro

Apple Maps ‘Transit’ Feature Adds Support for Paris Métro

In a major addition to its Apple Maps app, the Cupertino-based tech company added Transit support for Paris.
The move will provide iPhone users with detailed directions to destinations via public transportation in the city and the surrounding Île-de-France region. This includes the Métro, commuter trains, and buses.
Apple introduced public transportation into its Maps app with iOS 6, which was released in September 2012. At launch, in addition to 300 cities …

IHG Rewards Club ‘PointsBreak’ Promotion Now Available

IHG Rewards Club ‘PointsBreak’ Promotion Now Available

IHG Rewards Club announced the start of this year’s PointsBreak promotion.
With PointsBreak, Rewards Club members can book stays at over 100 hotels across the globe for just 5,000 points per night.
The promotion is available now for reservations between April 24 and July 31, 2017 and includes a variety of Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Crowne Plaza properties in countries as varied as Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, …

Short Stay: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing, N.Y. – Review

Pet-friendly hotels have become a thing, so we wanted to see if they live up to our expectations. Since I don’t own a dog, I borrowed one from FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, who was happy to let Snickers get the pampered pooch treatment for a night.
After picking up Snickers the Wonderdog, I drove to downtown Flushing and pulled into the Sheraton’s private parking garage, where the garage attendant had a …

Not Just April Showers: Cold Wintry Weather Grips Europe and British Isles

Not Just April Showers: Cold Wintry Weather Grips Europe and British Isles

Europe saw a sudden and unexpected return to winter in recent days as temperatures plunged and heavy snow fell in several countries. The wintry blast followed a period of spring-like weather and confused locals and tulips alike.
Snowfall was reported in parts of Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, and Switzerland.
The big freeze was caused by frigid air coming from Siberia and has impacted the region as far south-east as …