News and notes from around the interweb:
- Scott McCartney covers my award booking service in the Wall Street Journal with stories from a couple of my clients.
Also in the Journal today in Susan Carey‘s piece on American Airlines Basic Economy pushing back on the idea that seems to spread in most media that this is about offering lower fares than consumers get today (which even American doesn’t claim).
Basic Economy “is a strategy for the passenger to pay more for things they get today,” said Gary Leff, who blogs about the travel industry for Viewfromthewing.com.
No hedcut, though!
- Live and Let’s Fly was shaken down for $5.33 and a United amenity kit by an official at the Lagos, Nigeria airport.
- easyJet settled a case with a flight attendant who was wired for eating a buy on board sandwich.
- Delta Airlines cabin crew will have to go through diversity training
- Drunk Brit who grabbed his Jet2 flight’s PA and demanded a drink has been sentenced to seven months. (HT: Ken A.) My advice: when you need a drink, the flight attendant call button is your better option.
Jet2 Boeing 737
- Awards to stay on Necker Island – Richard Branson’s private island – are now limited to Virgin Atlantic elites. Although getting silver status is really easy, and they do offer status matches, or at least challenges that include instant silver.
- Hyatt acquired Miraval but their properties are not yet participating in
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