Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

by Jonathan Spira

When it was introduced in 2008, it was the latest in a trend from German automakers: the four-door coupe. Traditionally, a coupe had two doors but those presumptions have long fallen by the wayside.  We’re talking about the Volkswagen CC. We loved it when it came out (CC stood for “Comfort Coupe”) and lamented its demise in 2017. Now the CC faithful can rejoice: the new Volkswagen Arteon is the spiritual successor …

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Munich – Flight Review

by Paul Riegler

Until I started flying more often on oneworld airlines, I didn’t fully appreciate what British Airways had to offer in its Club Europe business-class offering – plus. I was wary about Heathrow’s Terminal 5, a facility that, as FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira doesn’t hesitate to point out, became functionally obsolete not long after its opening.
Adding to the excitement of my trip was an e-mail the night before departure from …

Introducing the Coronavirus Morning Newsbrief Newsletter

by The Editors

Accura Media Group, the parent of Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist magazines, announced the launch of a daily morning newsletter dedicated to summarizing key issues relating to the novel coronavirus, the Coronavirus Morning Newsbrief.
The newsletter will be published weekday mornings and will cover key business and travel topics that virtually everyone today needs to be aware of. Subscriptions can be ordered online by clicking here.
“It is important that managers in …

February News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Paul Riegler

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month. Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question about what “Eyjafjallajökull” is the name of (the answer was The volcano that erupted in 2010, closing down European air space) had the highest share of correct answers, …

Ballet Review: Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ at New York City Center

by Jonathan Spira

Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” which had its première in 1877 and which tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse, is one of the most popular ballets of all time.   Fast forward almost 120 years to the première of Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” in 1995, which uses Tchaikovsky’s music and elements of the plot while replacing the traditionally female corps-de-ballet swans with far …

Airline Industry Prepares Travelers for Real ID

by Anna Breuer

The U.S. airline industry is getting travelers ready for changes that are coming to identification requirements at the nation’s security checkpoints.  Starting October 1,travelers will need Real ID-compliant identification cards to board domestic flights.
Real ID establishes minimum standards and security enhancements for state-issued driver’s licenses.
The move comes even though many almost 100 million Americans do not have one. The deadline is unlikely to be postponed, even though the implementation of the …

Theater Review: ‘Das Barbecü’ at Hill Country Barbecue Market

by Jonathan Spira

Richard Wagner’s epic “Der Ring der Nibelungen,” known as “The Ring of the Nibelung” in English, is a four-opera cycle that tells of a hoard of gold that is being guarded by the Rhinemaidens.
Seeing the entire cycle takes 15 hours but the folks at On-Site Opera, which presents immersive opera performances in unusual spaces, can take you through a somewhat shortened parody, “Das Barbecü,” in about two and a half …