2000 Free Points, New Fast Track Security, and More

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • 2000 Qantas points for upgrading your contact details

  • Hong Kong will add premium fast track security in September. I’ve never had super long lines in Hong Kong. This premium queue will be costly to airlines and several unnamed carriers aren’t happy about it and don’t plan to offer it to their passengers.

  • Delta stranded several members of Congress for seven hours. (HT: Paul H.)

    Several members of the Michigan delegation were grounded on a Delta plane for hours at DCA headed to Detroit yesterday. One traveler on the plane, which felt like it had no air conditioning, estimated that it was at least 85 to 90 degrees inside the cabin. The plane, which was originally scheduled to take off at 12:45 p.m., finally took off around 7:30 p.m.

    I might have said, what do you call it when Delta strands several members of Congress for seven hours? “A good start.”

  • Austin has limited international service — British Airways to London, Condor to Frankfurt, and Norwegian adding London service next year. Delta however will bring Amsterdam service to Austin… but only four times. They’re apparently planning a South By Southwest flight.

    DL156 AUS1743 – 1050+1AMS 76W 08MAR18 / 09MAR18
    DL156 AUS1843 – 1050+1AMS 76W 14MAR18 / 18MAR18

    DL157 AMS1005 – 1500AUS 76W 08MAR18 / 09MAR18
    DL157 AMS1005 – 1600AUS 76W 14MAR18 / 18MAR18

  • Chongqing travel notes

  • Delta has enlisted Deltalina in its video response to Qatar CEO Akbar al-Baker calling US airline flight attendants grandmothers.

    Delta says they don’t accept al-Baker’s apology. Yet they expected the world to accept their own CEO’s apology when he blamed al-Baker’s airline for 9/11 [while Delta continued to partner with state-backed Saudi, amidst allegations that elements of the Saudi government were in fact complicit in 9/11].

  • CBP is taking mug shots of US citizens who leave the country

    Copyright: prestonia / 123RF Stock Photo

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  1. I’ve had my face scanned and matched to my passport photo in South Africa and Australia- but on entry, as a non-citizen. What on earth is the point of scanning on exit???

  2. Adding to what Ken says, The real time saver at Hong Kong is getting the frequent visitor pass so you can get through immigration using the E-gates. Security has never been that much of an issue.

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