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In Search of a Better Business Class Lie-Flat Seat

In Search of a Better Business Class Lie-Flat Seat

American, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Swiss, United and Virgin (among others) face off in the skies
In the past year, I’ve flown in international business class seats on six airlines, namely, Air France, American Airlines, Continental (now United), KLM, Lufthansa, and Swiss (pictured).    Out of the six, only two airlines offered truly lie-flat seating that was horizontal to the floor, Continental and Swiss.
The fully horizontal seat made a difference.  My Swiss …

Spring Forward! 2012 Daylight Saving Time Starts This Sunday

Spring Forward! 2012 Daylight Saving Time Starts This Sunday

Set Clocks, Reset Your iPhone Alarm, and Double Check Your Appointments
This coming Sunday morning, while most people are asleep, most of the United States and parts of Canada will switch to Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. local time.
In the European Union, Summer Time (the U.K. calls it British Summer Time or BST; in Austria and Germany it’s Sommerzeit) will start two weeks later on March 25, leaving the U.S. …

World Traveler of the Month: Andreas Dharmawan, Globetrotting Tech Executive

World Traveler of the Month: Andreas Dharmawan, Globetrotting Tech Executive

International travel comes naturally to San Francisco-based Andreas Dharmawan, senior director of solutions and services for the development cloud solution company, Electric Cloud. Although he was reared in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dharmawan attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York for his B.A. in electrical and computer science engineering, and has also lived in Boston.
In his position, Dharmawan establishes and leads global technical sales teams and outsourcing operations in India, traveling …

This Week In Business Travel History – 4 March 2012

This Week In Business Travel History – 4 March 2012

In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry landed in Japan for the second time. His business trip culminated in the signing of the Convention of Kanagawa, a treaty between the U.S. and the Tokugawa shogunate.
The United States government issued paper money for the very first time in 1862. The currency was [rinted in $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, and $1000 denominations.
In 1876, the U.S. Patent Office granted Alexander Graham …

Vote for the 2012 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards

Vote for the 2012 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards

Voting for the 2012 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards has begun, giving you the opportunity to give praise where it’s due.
This year’s stellar field of nominees includes well over 100 airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and travel Web sites.  Most of the award categories, which include Best Airline, Best Airport, Best Frequent Flyer Program, Best Hotel Chain, Best Credit/Charge Card, Best Rental Car Agency, and Best Travel Web Site, are …

No One’s Recipe, Hotel Bleston Court, Karuizawa, Japan – Restaurant Review

No One’s Recipe, Hotel Bleston Court, Karuizawa, Japan – Restaurant Review

The somewhat mysteriously-named No One’s Recipe in Karuizawa, a town one hour north of Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train), is a restaurant at the Hotel Bleston Court, a property that specializes in weddings. (It even has two churches, Karuizawa Kogen Church and the Uchimura Kanzo Stone Church.)
While I didn’t stay at the Bleston Court, I did stay at the Hoshinoya, which is under the same ownership.  Guests at the Hoshinoya …

This Week In Business Travel History – 26 February 2012

This Week In Business Travel History – 26 February 2012

In 1776, Silas Deane embarked on one of the most pivotal business trips in U.S. history- a secret mission to France to garner support for the American Revolution.
The first commercial railroad in the U.S. was chartered in 1827. The Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Company was intended to compete with the Erie Canal, and link the port of Baltimore with the Ohio River.
In 1847, Congress authorized the U.S. Postal Department …