News and notes from around the interweb:
- Choice Privileges will begin offering an elite check-in amenity starting June 1
- Mileslife has launched in Singapore with strong points earning. It’s cool to see them grow beyond the Chinese market, since they were founded by a former BoardingArea blogger and probably the best person I’ve ever known as redeeming SkyMiles.
- Etihad’s family membership lets you pool points-earning with the whole family and the signup bonus (500 points upon first activity) applies to up to 8 family members.
- It’s absurd that British Airways was unwilling to re-route passengers on other airlines during its IT meltdown — especially its jointly owned airlines like Iberia and Aer Lingus, and its revenue sharing joint venture partners like American. Something to consider when evaluating the effect of joint ventures perhaps.
- Ryanair can require companies pursuing compensation on behalf of passengers to submit to Irish jurisdiction. Airlines make it hard for passengers to claim EU compensation, so companies sprout up to pursue claims as a service in exchange for a cut. So airlines make it harder for those companies to act.
Ryanair for its part absurdly claims they are doing it “to ‘protect’ customers from ‘claims chasing’ firms.”
- JetBlue is testing facial recognition on its Boston – Aruba route
- This is kind of awesome, even if it’s clearly not an actual cigarette.
— Louise Acheson (@ach0) May 28, 2017