News and notes from around the interweb:
- You think it’s hard to book Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 Suites awards on US routes now? Just wait until Singapore gets their new A380s starting in 2017, as those will have fewer (albeit larger) suites.
- Who wants to win a $2500 stay in Bali?
- The continuing collapse of the Schengen agreement and passport-free travel in Europe: the cost to border controls between Germany and Austria will only get worse. (HT: Marginal Revolution)
Traffic along one of Europe’s busiest highways, which used to flow unimpeded, now often backs up for miles at a newly installed checkpoint, where a phalanx of German police officers screens trucks and cars for hidden migrants.
At this border crossing, as a result, Austrians who work in Germany have trouble getting to their jobs. Many companies in Germany must wait days longer for deliveries of food, machine parts and other goods. Shoppers who made quick weekend jaunts to Freilassing’s stores now mostly stay away.
- TSA stopped a woman for her… shoes.
- Qantas now permits mileage upgrades on award tickets
- Per subscription-based Airline Weekly, Virgin America Elevate has reached 4 million members. The largest loyalty program, American AAdvantage, is now about 100 million members.
- Cool #AvGeek video: runway inspection at London’s Luton airport, something that happens every two hours to check for debris and damage.