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Lobby Bar – October 2: Yelling at Siri, Another Airline Breakup, and Inventing Holidays


Lobby Bar – A Compelling Compendium of FBT News and Views, Sponsored by the Pope
They’re g-r-r-reat! Did you get your free coffee on national coffee day? Check out our article for costume ideas, which include Tony the Tiger, on how to fool the cashier into thinking you haven’t yet received your free cup of coffee. You’ll shake with excitement – or maybe it’s just the caffeine.
Faded and jaded. Jonathan Spira …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2015

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The original Palmer House, the first of three hotels with that name, burned to the ground on October 9 during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, just 13 days after its grand opening. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875, and again in 1925. Today, it operates as the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel.
William E. Boeing was born on October 1, 1888, in Detroit, Michigan.  He later went on …

Tuesday is National Coffee Day: Here’s Where to Get Your Caffeine Fix for Free


September 29 is National Coffee Day and many coffee-related businesses are celebrating by offering customers free or discounted cups of coffee.
Here is a list of where you can get your complimentary morning joe as well as, in a few cases, a free donut or mug. One company requires a purchase in order to get a free beverage – that would be Peet’s – but most do not.
Dunkin’ Donuts.   Founded in …

What’s Doing in Reykjavik, Iceland

View from the new Fosshotel Reykjavík

Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, has been steadily increasing in popularity as a tourist destination, in no small means thanks to an offer by the country’s flag carrier, Icelandair, for a free stopover when flying from the United States before continuing on to the European continent.
Over one-third of Iceland’s population lives in the capital and two-thirds live in Höfuðborgarsvæðið, the Capital Region. The country has been through a banking collapse …

Lobby Bar – September 25: Papamania, iSmash Phones, and Pastafarian Planes


Lobby Bar –A Summary of FBT News and Views, Written by Monkeys
P is for Pope. You better watch out, you better not cry – the pope is coming to town. Papa’s visit to New York City is expected to shut down the east half of the island as well as many first-day iPhone deliveries, putting the pope at a ranking just a hair less catastrophic than Hurricane Sandy.
Mall rats. Join Jesse …

October 1 is Deadline for More Secure Credit Cards and Terminals

EMV credit cards: Only one of these is chip-and-PIN

One of the most dramatic changes in retailing in the United States is set to take place in less than two weeks and, while it will affect the vast majority of shoppers, it has little to do with what we purchase. EMV is coming and it will eliminate the final step in most transactions, a ritual most shoppers grew up with: the swipe-and-sign of a credit card transaction.
EMV, which stands …

3 Tips for A Restful Night’s Sleep in the iPhone Age

Sunset in Reykjavík

With the arrival later this week of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as the forthcoming monster iPad Pro slated to arrive in November, this scenario will likely take place in more bedrooms than ever. It’s 2 a.m. you’re in bed reading Frequent Business Traveler on your larger than ever new phone and suddenly you receive a text from a friend: “I can’t sleep.”
In fact, you’re up …