Review and Test Drive: 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

by Jonathan Spira

Look around as you’re driving and you’ll notice, if you haven’t already, that crossovers and SUVs rule the roads.  They’re everywhere and they are no longer a compromise to drive.
When Acura took the wraps off the first generation of the MDX at the annual New York Auto Show in 2000, it explained that MDX stood for “Multi-Dimensional Luxury.”
Since launch, Acura MDX has been the market leader in the luxury crossover …

New Frequent Business Traveler Study Reveals When Frequent Travelers Might Fly, Dine Out, and Take a Cruise

by Anna Breuer

A new study released by the Basex division of Frequent Business Traveler magazine’s parent Accura Media Group reveals that as much as half of all frequent travelers feel comfortable traveling domestically, although not nearly as many would fly to their destination.
The report – Assessing the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Travel and Daily Activities:  When 1,720 Frequent Travelers Will Fly, Shake Hands, Dine Out, and Take a Cruise – provides …

Apple Unveils New iPhone 12, HomePod, and MagSafe Chargers

by Paul Riegler

At the company’s second virtual-only product launch, Apple introduced several new iPhones capable of connecting to faster 5G networks, a new HomePod, and a charger that can charge both the iPhone and Apple Watch.
Unlike at past events in September where Apple would reveal its new line of iPhones along with other products, Apple only unveiled the latest Apple Watch and the iPhone 12’s debut was delayed to mid-October due to …

Storied Roosevelt Hotel, Once Musical Home to Guy Lombardo, to Close Amidst Pandemic

by Kurt Stolz

The Roosevelt Hotel, named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt and located on Madison Avenue and 45th Street in Manhattan, announced plans to close amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.
The 1,025-key hotel welcomed its first guests on September 22, 1924.  Its last day open will be 96 years and 39 days later, on October 31, 2020 and it has served as a witness to history since opening day.
The Roosevelt …

Monday Is Columbus Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer
Monday Is Columbus Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Monday is Columbus Day in the United States, a holiday that celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Columbus was an Italian explorer sailing on behalf of Spain who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean to find a faster route to the Far East, only to land in the New World.
The first Columbus Day celebration was in 1892, marking the 400th anniversary of his …

Review: Final British Airways 747 Flight – London to New York on the Upper Deck

by Jonathan Spira

Heading to Heathrow Airport on a rainy evening in March, I had little idea that the flight I would board would not only be my last for many months, but that it would also be my last flight on a British Airways 747.  Perhaps more significantly, it would also be one of the final 747 passenger flights operated by the airline.
While I grew up flying on countless Pan Am 747s …

First Look: The New American Express Centurion Lounge at JFK

by Jonathan Spira

American Express opened what it calls its “flagship” Centurion Lounge on Friday in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and my initial impressions confirm that flagship is indeed the correct term.
At 15,000-square-foot (1,394-square-meter), the lounge is the largest operated by the company and it is spread over two levels.
After clearing security, instead of going down the escalator to the lower level, where most of the terminal’s airline lounges …