Inside Signia Hilton: New Brand to Focus on Business Travel, Meetings, and Events

by Anna Breuer

With the announcement of Signia Hilton on Friday, Hilton is effectively creating a new segment with a hotel brand dedicated to and designed specifically for the needs of meetings, events, groups, and the business traveler.
The announcement was made at an event on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center in a hotel-like atmosphere designed to convey the Signia Hilton guest experience.
Following the briefing, Frequent Business Traveler sat down with …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature

by Jonathan Spira

The Mazda CX-9 is a rare bird, a good looking three-row crossover with a level of refinement, elegance, and excitement that gives it a decidedly upscale look. It’s clear Mazda’s designers had their eyes on the luxury-car segment – Infiniti QX60 and Accura MDX come to mind – and the CX-9 makes those appear downright boring.
Our aptly named Snowflake White Pearl Mica CX-9, which was the sum total of snowflakes …

6 Tips and Tricks for the Apple iPhone Reminders App

by Paul Riegler

One of the least discussed apps that come with the iPhone is also perhaps the most useful: Reminders.
Apple’s Reminders app, introduced in iOS 5 and OS X 10.8, allows users to set notifications. It automatically syncs the reminders between an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and MacBook, so it will nag you across all of your Apple devices.
The app starts users off with two tabs – Scheduled and Reminders – and …

Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ with New Stars is Loverly at Vivian Beaumont Theater

by Jonathan Spira

It’s been anything but “rather dull in town” at the revival of “My Fair Lady” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, which, ten months after it opened, now welcomes four new stars as principals.
The production is still as glorious as ever, and continues its evolution.  Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” which is considered to be one of the most erudite comedies in the English language, Bartlett Scher’s version of …

Today is Washington’s Birthday and Presidents Day… Or Is It?

by Anna Breuer

Today, Monday, February 18, is Washington’s Birthday, a national holiday in the United States in honor of the country’s first president, George Washington.
Or is it?
To be clear, it really depends on whom you ask.  In reality, the holiday has no agreed-upon name and there is no universal agreement as to who is being honored, aside from George Washington. Oh, and there’s that pesky question about an apostrophe.
First, a quick review: George …

U.S. Airlines Move to Add Gender-Neutral Option to Booking Process

by Paul Riegler

Six U.S. airlines said they are working to introduce additional gender options for travelers who do not identify exclusively as male or female.
The change will add options for “unspecified” and “undisclosed” and will keep airlines in compliance with U.S. and foreign government requirements that allow passenger data to match the identification carried by travelers to airport security checkpoints and immigration controls.
The move follows the adoption of new standards for travelers …

Lobby Bar – February 15: Lady Chablis, King of the Road, and ‘I’ll Take Salvador Dali Airplanes for $250, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
Can’t take the heat.  American Airlines is effectively moving 700 flight attendants from Phoenix to Dallas/Fort Worth.  Rumors at the company say the reason is that too many of the company’s airliners were melting in the hot desert sun, but that’s only a rumor.  In a cost saving measure, American booked flights for the attendants on Southwest Airlines and said …