Travelers Beware: Airline-Related E-Mail Scams and Phishing Become More Sophisticated

by Paul Riegler

If you receive an e-mail that looks like it’s from your favorite airline and hotel chain confirming a reservation but you didn’t actually plan a trip, you are probably the recipient of an e-mail-based phishing campaign.
While Nigerians promising great riches in exchange for help with releasing the funds due the widow of the late Nigerian dictator General Sanni Abacha are still out there, the newest trend is to spoof something …

World’s Largest Association of Corporate Travel Managers to Members: ‘Build a Wall’ and Lower the Cost of Meetings

by Paul Riegler

SUCKERVILLE, Maine, April 1 — On the opening day of its annual meeting here, the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, announced findings of a research report that said, in order to make corporate travel great again, companies should build walls around off-site corporate meetings to ensure that employees participate fully and do not go off and do their own thing.
ASSCAM is the largest association of corporate …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2017

by Jesse Sokolow

James Smith McDonnell, founder of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, was born on April 9, 1899. The company later merged with the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967 to form McDonnell Douglas.
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was all set for opening day when, on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake. Fires from the quake consumed much of the property and the hotel had to be largely rebuilt before opening …

Lobby Bar – March 31: Naked in the Sky, Thor’s Favorite Car, Expensive Stakes, and an FBT Editor’s Meltdown

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Sweetly Soporific Selection of FBT News and Views
Call us idols. We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled travel news and reviews to offer some flying fashion advice. In general, try to avoid clothing that is too long, too short, ripped, stained, see-through, brightly colored, or made of polyester. On second thought, why not just avoid the question entirely and book your next trip on our …

Let’s Motor: Celebrating 15 Years of Mini in America

by Jonathan Spira

As a child, I had seen them in England but hadn’t paid much attention. It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne drives a battered …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S60

by Jonathan Spira

Having most recently driven a Volvo in the heat of a desert, it was refreshing to drive the 2017 Volvo S60 in a climate that it was certainly more familiar with, namely winter in New York. While the S60 is one of Volvo’s oldest models, it has aged well and its elegant appearance belies the fact that the current generation of the S60 was introduced in 2010.
For 2017, Volvo has …

Fidget Cube by Ansty Labs – Review

by Jeremy Del Nero

I’m the guy with his knees bouncing under the table and his thumb unendingly pushing in the cap of his ballpoint pen, all while refraining from biting his nails. Fidgeting and nervous ticks abound from dawn to dusk. Which is why, when I spotted a toy called “Fidget Cube” on Kickstarter last summer, I joined hundreds of thousands of other pledges by creating an account and pledging $19 for one …