News and notes from around the interweb:
- Very good sentences – the bottom-line on Delta SkyMiles:
Irrespective of whether Delta’s frequent fliers defect to other carriers though, the program is moving in the direction that the airline wants. With aircraft at ultra-high capacity and fuel at bargain basement rates, the airline has little reason to beg for loyal customers. Until there’s incentive to bring loyal customers back to the airline, expect SkyMiles to continue shrinking.
- The American Express OPEN lounge at the Javits Convention Center in New York
- As Emirates downgauges their Houston and Dallas – Dubai flights from A380s to 777s, meaning fewer first class seats and no onboard showers, there’s good news for award seekers: Washington Dulles – Dubai will shift to an A380 on March 27 and Los Angeles gets a second daily A380 on July 1.
- Delta has signed a non-binding letter of intent to move from terminals 5 and 6 to terminals 2 to 3 at LAX. The airport just completed a $229 million renovation of terminals 5 and 6. I’m sure that the rehab of terminals 2 and 3 will be more expensive, and take a long time, so don’t expect moves soon.
- Emotional support animals aren’t just dogs.
- According to the DOT, airfares were down in the second quarter of 2015 and are down substantially over the past 15 years.
The average domestic air fare decreased to $385 in the second quarter of 2015, down 2.8 percent from $396 in the second quarter of 2014, adjusted for inflation…
Since 1995, inflation-adjusted fares declined 17.1 percent compared to a 56.5 percent increase in overall consumer prices.
These figures do not include ancillary fees, but separate data suggests that the cost of travel inclusive of fees is down as well.