Lobby Bar – November 15: Steppenwolf Chimes In, Crushed Pilot Dreams, and Gandalf Hates Christmas

By Jeremy Del Nero on 15 November 2013
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The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views

DSC_0529Set your sights high.  Tell us about your business travel plans for 2014, whether it’s flying from San Diego to Los Angeles or going to the moon.  The sky’s the limit, which is bad news, I suppose, if you want to be a pilot.

Fantasy will set you free.  Join us on a pleasure cruise through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where autumn is in full swing.  Why don’t you come with me, little girl, on a magical fall foliage drive?

Long-term relationship.  Jonathan Spira and the iPhone 5S have been together for nearly two months now.  At this point in the relationship, the iPhone usually starts getting paranoid that there may be a droid somewhere in Jonathan’s life, and stubbornly rejects his fingerprint authentication.

Sensible lyrics.  Ramsey Qubein takes a nap on a new fully lie-flat seat in KLM’s revamped World Business Class cabin.  In the words of underground Dutch rapper Lil Z-Dogg,  the interior was “hella gorgeous.”

Olde-fashioned travel.  A Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion (that’s a mouthful) averaged an astounding 80 mpg on its drive from Nantes, France to Copenhagen.  Of course, that’s nothing compared to my bike’s 1000 mpg, which runs on blood, sweat, and tears… although the trip may take a smidgen longer.

Did you hear that high C?  American Airlines and US Airways announced they had settled the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit.  Apparently, while we were driving to Copenhagen, the fat lady did in fact sing.

Critical Citrus slicing.  Now that the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is back on, here’s what all frequent travelers need to know.  Unfortunately we can’t answer the question that’s on everybody’s mind: how will the new American go about slicing limes?  I guess the flight attendants never played Fruit Ninja.

You shall not pass.  Tell us what peeves you most when it comes to redeeming your points through your frequent flyer program.  For us, it’s this ad: fly home for Christmas! (Blackout dates: December 10 – 31).

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