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5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 13, 2014

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It’s the weekend.  Once again, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may not have had time to read over the past week.  Here are five stories that are worth putting on your reading list:
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Louis Hotel in Munich, Germany.  The hotel was difficult to locate but the good food and service and a prime location in …

Lobby Bar – September 12: Goldilocks Sleeps Well, Catapulting Fruit, Comfort Crashing, and Overweight Aircraft

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The Lobby Bar – A Mockingly Deviant Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Time Compression. How much in-flight service can an airline squeeze into an hour-long flight? Jonathan Spira flies from New York to Montreal in Air Canada’s Business Class cabin, where he somehow consumes three meals and manages a four-hour nap in under 48 minutes. Fortunately, he wasn’t offered a thin mint.
Goldilocks and the three pillows. Christian Stampfer peruses …

Gogo and T-Mobile to Offer Free Texting During Flights

Gogo and T-Mobile to Offer Free Texting During Flights

Gogo and T-Mobile announced free in-flight texting on Wednesday.
The service, which will be available September 17, is available to T-Mobile customers on all planes with Gogo in-flight Internet operating in the United States.
Airlines offering the service include AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America.
No enrollment is required and travelers will also have access to visual voicemail messages as well.
The service …

T-Mobile and Sprint Lower Prices, Offer Free LTE Data

T-Mobile and Sprint Lower Prices, Offer Free LTE Data

The nation’s number three and four mobile operators unveiled new pricing plans and offers that offer more data at a lower cost.
Sprint is adding a new family plan with 20 GB of shared data and four phone lines for $160.  Customers who switch from a rival, however, can get the plan for $100 per month through the end of next year and can add up to ten lines.  Sprint said it …

Vote for Your Favorite Airlines, Hotels, and Airports in the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards

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Vote today for your favorite airline, hotel, airport, and credit card loyalty program. Balloting for the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards is almost over but you still have a final opportunity to support your favorites.  You will also earn a chance to win historic airline memorabilia at the end of the balloting.
This year’s stellar field of nominees includes well over 100 airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and travel-related Web …

Vote for the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards

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Voting for the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards has started, and with it, your opportunity to give credit where credit is due.  Scroll down to place your vote.
Last year, over 105,000 votes were cast.  This year’s stellar field of nominees includes over 100 airlines and alliances, hotels and resorts, and car rental agencies.  We’ve also added three new categories, namely Best Travel Tools and Apps, Best General Travel Blogs, …

Report from CES: Home Theater, Bluetooth, and Car Tech

Report from CES: Home Theater, Bluetooth, and Car Tech

For much of the northern hemisphere, January means snow, frigid temperatures, and cancelled or delayed flights.  To the tech enthusiast, however, January is a month that ushers in some of the most anticipated gadgets of the year at Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
As always, the weeklong tech extravaganza has seen the debut of dozens of new gizmos and gadgets, many of which are prototypes or yet-to-be-released products.  We’re …