At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

by Paul Riegler

If you walk over to the Cadillac stand at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the storied automaker was reintroducing tailfins.  The visitor is greeted by a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible about 15’ (4.5 m) in the air, with an almost larger-than-life billboard underneath and a selection of older Cadillac model cars on display, all in their glorious tailfin glory.
Tailfins were introduced …

Restaurant Review: Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City

by Jonathan Spira

Entering Katz’s Delicatessen is akin to entering a living museum. The New York landmark, which opened in 1888 across the street and moved to its present location in the 1920s, is the purveyor of the definitive pastrami sandwich in the city, perhaps the best in the land.
Dangling signs encourage you to “senda salami to your boy in the Army,” perhaps because you would eat the corned beef or brisket sandwich …

Unboxing the New United Airlines Polaris Amenity Kit

by Jesse Sokolow

United Airlines is introducing new amenity kits in its Polaris business-cabins, Premium Plus premium-economy cabins, and Polaris Lounges and United Clubs this week.
We unboxed a new Polaris amenity kit to find out what’s inside.  The kits we received came in colorful lunchbox-style paper boxes that feature colorful travel icons from airplanes to bicycles to compasses on them, although these boxes were solely for promotional purposes, as was a sheet of …

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

by Anna Breuer

NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers will showcase dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace, will open to the public on April 19 and run through April 28.
Expect …

Take Our Spring Travel Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a Diamond Guest?

by Paul Riegler

Spring is well underway so it’s time once again for our Spring Travel Quiz. By doing so, you could win a piece of airline history including items from Pan Am.
Your inner travel geek may be outed but you do want to show that you are smarter than a Diamond Guest, right?
Simply scroll down, have fun, and feel free to share the quiz with your friends.
If you are using a mobile device, …

In Final Merger Milestone, American Moves Flight Attendants to Preferential Bidding System

by Jesse Sokolow

All flight attendants at American Airlines will be using a new system to bid for trips for the month of May, as the airline completes one last step in its merger. The new program is called the preferential bidding system, or PBS.
“When fully implemented, these new systems will provide you with greater flexibility and simplicity in organizing your monthly schedules through a user-friendly, web-based platform, accessible anywhere in the …

Lobby Bar – April 12: Nursery Rhymes, Mischievous Holidays, and ‘I’ll Take Falling Bridges for $500, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: An Irreverent Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Brexit as costume. Two days before the United Kingdom was scheduled to crash out of the European Union without a deal, the two parties came together and decided to stop the clock and schedule a party for Halloween.   Those coming as Brexiteers will undoubtedly tell others they must go, head towards the door, but actually never leave as the sign …