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T-Mobile Simple Choice High-Speed LTE Roaming for Europe – Review and Test Drive

Norway, as seen from the air.

T-Mobile USA recently announced it would offer its customers free high-speed 4G LTE roaming in Europe starting in July but it apparently couldn’t wait to pull the plug on the previous, much slower, offering.
The high-speed service will be available in over 50 countries including all of Scandinavia and that’s where we decided to give it an early road test.
Before revealing our findings, I need to explain T-Mobile’s standard offering, which …

American Airlines Plans Changes to American Shuttle Schedule

American Airlines Plans Changes to American Shuttle Schedule

American Airlines announced changes to its American Shuttle operation. The American Shuttle operates between New York’s LaGuardia, Boston Logan International, and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports.
The Fort Worth-based airline will reduce the number of round trips between Boston and New York by one to 15 by dropping one round-trip flight in the evening, while the New York-Washington, D.C. route will see a drop of three to 13 ground trips by …

WestJet to Begin Non-Stop Flights to Halifax From Vancouver, Winnipeg

WestJet to Begin Non-Stop Flights to Halifax From Vancouver, Winnipeg

WestJet announced the launch of new non-stop seasonal service to Halifax from Vancouver. Additionally, the carrier will begin non-stop service to Halifax from Winnipeg on July 2.
WestJet will become the only Canadian carrier to offer non-stop flights to Halifax from Vancouver and Winnipeg.
Flights from Vancouver will depart at 9 p.m. and arrive in Halifax at 6:34 a.m. the next day. From Halifax, flights are scheduled to depart at 7:25 a.m. …

Attack at Istanbul Airport Kills More than 20

Attack at Istanbul Airport Kills More than 20

An attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey has killed at least 28 people, wounding at least 60 others. Three bombs were detonated, officials said, one just outside one of the terminals, and another was at a security gate to the airport.
No bombs were detonated within any of the airport terminals.
Turkey’s justice minister, Bekir, Bozdag, told reporters at the scene that one attacker “first opened fire with a Kalashnikov then …

Starwood Expands SPG Keyless Room Entry to Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, and Four Points

Starwood Expands SPG Keyless Room Entry to Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, and Four Points

Starwood Preferred Guest announced a major update to the SPG Keyless system, which gives guests keyless access to hotel room via a smartphone app. The system is currently in use at over 160 Aloft, Element, and W properties in over 30 countries.
The app now supports additional Starwood brands, namely Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, and Four Points, and the system is being deployed at nine properties including Le Méridien Parkhotel Frankfurt, …

Volkswagen to Settle Diesel Claims in U.S. for $14.7 Billion

Volkswagen to Settle Diesel Claims in U.S. for $14.7 Billion

Volkswagen announced Tuesday it plans to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle Dieselgate-related claims.   The proposed settlement, one of the largest ever for a consumer class-action settlement, covers approximately 475,000 Volkswagen vehicles including 460,000 Volkswagens and 15,000 Audis with 2.0-liter diesel engines.
The settlement, which is subject to the approval of Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, who is presiding …

EU Greenlights Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood

EU Greenlights Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood

European Union anti-trust regulators on Monday unconditionally cleared Marriott International’s $13.6 billion takeover of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The merger, which was first announced last fall, was deemed not to harm competition in the region.
“Our investigation confirmed that the hotel sector will remain competitive for customers in Europe following the merger, so I am pleased that the Commission was able to clear the transaction quickly,” said Margrethe Vestager, the EU …