News and notes from around the interweb:
- “A photograph taken by another passenger showed a man restrained in a seat with his legs bound and also appeared to have his arms tied.” (HT: Claire M.)
- PFdigest says that it may still be possible to get the old American Express Blue Cash card offering unlimited 5% rebates on gas, groceries, and drugstores after your first $6,500 in annual spend.
- 35,000 miles for the Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard is back, the card now issued by Barclays. This interests me not at all, their partner awards are generally expensive and you can’t combine partners on a single award, and transfers to Hilton are no longer as interesting post-devaluation. It could be useful for getting to Hawaii from a city Hawaiian flies to, of course.
- This past summer’s Aeroplan devaluation, which came on the heels of another devaluation (and another devaluation), included the introduction of one-way awards on partner airlines at half the cost of roundtrip instead of 67%. That functionality is now live. Aeroplan is an instant transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, and some awards remain reasonably priced — flying between the US and nearer Europe on Brussels, SAS, Swiss, United, or US Airways costs 45,000 one-way in business class without fuel surcharges.
- United appears to have started making additional international business class award seats available to Platinum elite members and higher on certain routes.