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Lobby Bar – December 19: Macadamia Melancholy, Pac-Man tries Ravioli, XXXL Santa, and Oui Drive

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The Lobby Bar – A Morally Ambiguous Summary of FBT News and Views
I could eat a…  With Winter Storm Jeremy just around the corner, Jesse Sokolow has some fine tips for dealing with holiday travel.  While you could try to travel ahead of time or take a train rather than a plane, why don’t you consider walking?  Nobody cancels roads, and while it might take a few weeks to reach …

T-Mobile Offers New York Area Users 100 Mbps LTE Speed

T-Mobile Offers New York Area Users 100 Mbps LTE Speed

T-Mobile USA announced a dramatic increase in network speed in the New York metropolitan area.
The mobile operator introduced Wideband LTE, a service that promises to increase download speeds in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and northern New Jersey to as much as 100 Mbps.
The Seattle-based company said it would soon offer Wideband LTE in Westchester County including White Plains and Scarsdale as well as central New Jersey.
The …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 8, 2014

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November is here and another week comes to an end. Once again, it’s time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may have missed this week. Here are five stories that we think you’ll want to read.
1.) A new FBT poll is surveying frequent flyers about Ebola concerns and if they are affecting travel plans. The poll seeks to address what travelers know about Ebola …

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 …