News and notes from around the interweb:
- (4) confirmed upgrades on Alaska Airlines are available. These are MVP Gold Guest upgrade coupons which expire at the end of the year. If you are absolutely sure you can use them (“U” upgrade inventory must be available for your flights) please leave a comment to this post. I will pass the email addresses of the first four in the comments to the reader that has generously offered to donate them.
- Stephanie Rosenbloom writes in the New York Times “Making the Most of Evolving Airline and Hotel Reward Programs” — with coming changes to American AAdvantage, Delta Comfort+, and Starwood Preferred Guest’s acquisition by Marriott how should our approach to loyalty programs change? My advice features prominently, so should be familiar to readers of this blog.
- United backtracks and quietly eliminates the ability to put award tickets on hold (again).
- You cannot take bottles of water through security. But retail shops that will sell you those same bottles can.
Earlier today at New York LaGuardia’s Central Terminal
- Leave a quick comment to enter to win a 3-night 3-bedroom luxury apartment stay in a great neighborhood of London! And check out the auctions at Luxury Travel Diary which is sponsoring the giveaway.
- Plenty of folks have signed up for LifeLock through mileage-earning offers. I never have. Those that would consider it may find this item from Bruce Schneier interesting.
The article is mostly about how appalling LifeLock was about this, but I’m more interested in the surveillance possibilities. Certainly the FBI can use LifeLock to surveil people with a warrant. The FBI/NSA can also collect the financial data of every LifeLock customer with a National Security Letter. But it’s interesting how easy it was for an individual to open an account for another individual.
- Delta doubles the number of entrees rotating on short domestic flights: “Essentially if you are a frequent flier with us, it will be several months before you would have a duplicate meal”
- Amazing takeoff from an airport in the French Alps via Twisted Sifter hat tip to Paul H.