News and notes from around the interweb:
- American is selling miles for as little as 2.06 cents apiece through June 12.I’m not a buyer at this price, but it could be helpful to some topping off an account towards an award.
- The City of Austin was considering rules that would kill off small barbecue restaurants and food trucks in the city because of the smell. Surprisingly, to me, legendary Franklin Barbecue objected (I assumed they could afford the cost to modify their exhaust, and the rule would protect them from upstart competition). Now the city has dropped the plan. (HT: Dave B.) And even the complainers think they can come to terms with offending restaurants.
- 2500 mile bonus offer through United’s shopping portal
- The former head of Uruguay’s national airline sits in jail while the government continues to investigate whether he broke any laws in the collapse of the carrier.
- Carl Icahn invested $100 million in Lyft (From the Wall Street Journal so if you hit a paywall, just Google it.) He calls Lyft’s valuation ‘cheap’ compared to Uber. Let’s just hope he doesn’t do to them what he did to TWA.
- Anthony Bourdain’s New York City Hawker Center project will be located at Pier 57 at 15th and Hudson River Park and is still expected to open this year, though since the real estate deal apparently hasn’t been finalized I’m skeptical of the date. (HT: Michael W Travels)