News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- US Customs destroyed 11 of flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui‘s instruments upon his return home to the U.S. because they were deemed “agricultural products.” This seems far worse than anything United did to Dave Carroll and much, much worse than Delta banning Lynn Harrell from the Skymiles program for attempting to earn miles for his instrument.
- Stephanie Rosenbloom offers good tips to be ready for a new year of travel: keep your passport up to date, don’t carry knives through TSA security, have the right mobile apps to respond to irregular operations during travel, prepare for lounge access, and have the best mileage-earning credit cards. She recommends my credit card advice page.
- Mommy Points sums up United’s new minimum revenue requirement for elite status. I covered this extensively when it was first announced. This change is presumably meant to weed out United’s over-entitled elite members from the program.
- Scott Mayerowitz offers a good reminder that you can sometimes use a hotel’s concierge just by walking in, even if you aren’t a guest.