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)
Dear Mr. Gary –
I love your site, have been enjoying your articles for years now and have used your links as well.
A couple of honest suggestions/remarks – the new website loads so much slower on mobile phones, compared to other BA websites, any chances for improvement – makes it very trying to wait unless one has LTE.
On a less important note “thought leader” line, while true, sounds very arrogant. Consider changing.
Thank you for everything you do to make travel easier and more accessible.
@Darkolino – yours is the first comment I’ve gotten about slow load in mobile. I’ll look into it, haven’t noticed it myself.
As for the tagline, it was something thrown out in a conversation as a placeholder and then I sort of ignored it. Anyone who brags about their humility isn’t actually humble, but I think folks that know me more than a little tend to find anything other than hubris.
Don’t you just love euphemisms? Instead of “activist investor” as the WSJ describes him, “corporate raider,” or, better yet, “corporate rapist” better fits Icahn. He embodies capitalist greed at its worst.