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Lobby Bar – January 2: New Year’s and Old Habits, Odds and Evens, and Brown is the new Green

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The Lobby Bar – An Unabashedly Jocular Summary of FBT News and Views
Priorities. Make reading more FBT your biggest New Year’s resolution. Go ahead and start with some great moments in travel history for the month of January. After all, who needs to exercise and polish organizational skills when you can read top notch travel articles?
What’s that procedure again, Sophie m’girl? Before going out to party on New Year’s Eve, most …

Alaska Airlines to Offer Free Checked Bag

Alaska Airlines to Offer Free Checked Bag

Alaska Airlines announced that it will be offering one free checked bag to members of its Mileage Plan loyalty program during the entire month of January.  The carrier normally charges a $25 bag fee for the first checked bag.
Passengers who are not members may sign up online prior to their trip, or at the airport before they check their bags.
All checked bags come with the airline’s baggage service guarantee, which …

LoungeBuddy Adds Support for Lounge Access Purchase in the U.S.

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LoungeBuddy, which released version 2.0 of its app in November, announced it was adding the ability to purchase airport lounge access from a mobile device for locations within the United States.  It also announced a lounge management tool and Apple Pay integration.
The LoungeBuddy app locates and recommends airline lounges at specific airports based on user-defined criteria.
Effective today, with version 2.02 running on iOS devices, LoungeBuddy will support in-app purchases for …

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Union Votes to Accept New Contract

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Union Votes to Accept New Contract

Alaska Airlines’ flight attendant union announced on Wednesday that its members voted to accept a tentative contract agreement between the union and the airline.
The tentative contract agreement was first announced in October, with a ratification vote by the union’s board scheduled to take place in December.
The agreement includes an increase in pay, built-in protections for reigning health care costs, improved job protections, and work rules.
The news follows over two years …

Alaska Airlines Debuts New In-Flight Entertainment System

Alaska Airlines Debuts New In-Flight Entertainment System

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of AlaskaBeyond Entertainment, the carrier’s new in-flight entertainment service.
The service allows passengers to watch recently released movies and TV shows on their personal Wi-Fi-enabled electronic devices during flights.
All content on AlaskaBeyond Entertainment is complimentary through January 31, 2015.  Beginning February 1, 2015, premium content on the service will be available starting at $1.99, at which point the airline will offer passengers approximately 30 hours and …

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express announced plans to offer some of its card members free access to Gogo in-flight Internet starting next year.
The Gogo Preferred Program, which will only be available from American Express, will give holders of the company’s Business Platinum Card ten Gogo in-flight passes per calendar year.
The service will be available Gogo-enabled aircraft on eight airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: November 29, 2014

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend, the guests are gone, the dishes are put away, and no one wants to hear the words “turkey fricassee.” Here are five stories you might have missed while basting the turkey.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Sofitel Philadelphia, noting that a visit to a Sofitel anywhere in the world is also partially a visit to France. The combination of comfortable surroundings and excellent service make for a memorable …