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

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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 which two airlines recently dissolved their frequent-flyer partnership (the answer was American Airlines and Alaska Airlines) had the highest share of correct answers, with 84%, but only …

Demystifying Deicing: How It Makes Winter Flying Safer

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Today, December 1, is the busiest travel day of the year and a coast-to-coast winter storm has already delayed over 2,500 flights and resulted in the cancellation of almost 500 as of 1 p.m. EST.
For those lucky enough to depart, whether on time or delayed, there will likely be one additional step after the door is closed and the aircraft pushes back. Indeed, just as a collective sigh of relief can …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2019

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December is the 12th and final month of the year, and in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with winter, multiple holidays, and New Year’s Eve. It was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” the Yule month. Indeed, many Yuletide customs observed by the historical Germanic people have …

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

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Tomorrow, Thursday, is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national day of giving thanks for the harvest and the preceding year followed by a day of retail madness.
George Washington, at the urging of Congress, issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789 that designated Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks, noting that “both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the People …

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Lyceum Theatre

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“A Christmas Carol” is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser whose surname has become synonymous with penny-pinching, and whose transformation into a kinder soul after visits by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, has entered the annals of storytelling as a favored plot device.
Charles Dickens’ novella, published in 1843, was almost immediately adapted into a play although Dickens himself held well-received readings of it until his death …

How to Get Around London Without Uber

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Unless reversed on appeal, Uber will lose its license to operate its ride-hailing service in London after Transport for London said it had decided not to renew the company’s license, citing “patterns of failures” including 14,000 instances where unauthorized drivers were allowed to pick up Uber customers.
The move will leave millions of Londoners and tourists without their customary rides home, so Frequent Business Traveler has prepared a list of alternatives.
Before …

Review: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München, Munich, Germany

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Just when you start to think that one of the best hotels in the world cannot top past experiences, it happens. But allow me to set the scene.
After a short flight from London in British Airways Club Europe, I arrived at Munich Airport and took the S-Bahn to the city center.  It was a glorious fall day and the walk from the Marienplatz S-Bahn Haltestelle to the hotel on the bustling …